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Should You Buy a Yamaha Soundbar?

Matthew
Updated 24 August 2021
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should you buy a Yamaha Soundbar?

Yamaha is one of the most popular soundbar brands as well as being well known for its headphones.

We've collated all the key information on Yamaha soundbars in this handy guide. We've analysed over 10,000 user and expert reviews and 390+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 500+ soundbars to impartially compare each soundbar brand.

Yamaha are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning soundbars. Their soundbars start at $80 for the ATS-1050 which is a 2.1 soundbar and go up to $1,199 for the YSP-5600 which is a 7.1 soundbar. The average price of a new Yamaha soundbar is $423.

Yamaha are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning soundbars.

Is Yamaha the Best Soundbar Brand?

So are Yamaha soundbars any good? We give every soundbar a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all soundbars we are able to impartially rank all the soundbar brands.

Yamaha is ranked the No. 3 best soundbar brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Yamaha is the 3rd best soundbar brand out there.

#1
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
2,279 reviews
#2
Sonos
89%
89%
1,319 reviews
#3
89%
89%
435 reviews
#4
South Korea
88%
88%
348 reviews
#5
Bose
86%
86%
1,117 reviews
#6
Polk Audio
84%
84%
979 reviews
#7
Japan
83%
83%
594 reviews
#8
JBL
79%
79%
61 reviews
#9
Netherlands
78%
78%
80 reviews
#10
Klipsch
78%
78%
9 reviews
#11
TCL
76%
76%
6 reviews
#12
Razer
76%
76%
316 reviews
#13
Denon
75%
75%
131 reviews
#14
DELL
United States
75%
75%
101 reviews
#15
Anker
74%
74%
19 reviews
#16
Bluesound
73%
73%
68 reviews
#17
Audioengine
70%
70%
11 reviews
#18
Trust
70%
70%
4 reviews
#19
Dali
68%
68%
21 reviews
#20
VIZIO
United States
67%
67%
0 reviews
#21
Bang & Olufsen
66%
66%
25 reviews
#22
Q Acoustics
66%
66%
33 reviews
#23
Supersonic
United States
64%
64%
0 reviews
#24
Harman Kardon
63%
63%
50 reviews
#25
Monitor Audio
62%
62%
2 reviews
#26
Logik
United Kingdom
62%
62%
0 reviews
#27
QFX
61%
61%
0 reviews
#28
Lenovo
China
57%
57%
0 reviews
#29
Naim
56%
56%
0 reviews
#30
Promethean
54%
54%
0 reviews
#31
Majority
54%
54%
0 reviews
#32
Goodmans
54%
54%
0 reviews
#33
Toshiba
Japan
54%
54%
0 reviews
#34
Thomson
France
54%
54%
0 reviews
#35
Trevi
53%
53%
0 reviews
#36
Hisense
China
53%
53%
0 reviews
#37
Creative
53%
53%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Yamaha soundbars compare to the other soundbar brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All soundbar Brands
Yamaha Soundbars

Yamaha have better reviews than the typical soundbar brand, with the average rating of a Yamaha soundbar being 70%. Yamaha also have a number of great features including 4k passthrough, Mobile App Control and auto lipsync which sets them apart from the competition.

There's a smaller selection of Yamaha soundbars available compared to other soundbar brands, with only 12 Yamaha soundbars currently on the market in the US. Yamaha soundbars also tend to be more expensive than most other soundbar brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$336
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,699
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$423
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,599
Price Distribution of Yamaha Soundbars

What Do the Yamaha Soundbar Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Yamaha soundbar to work out the average distribution of reviews for Yamaha and then compared this to the other soundbar brands.

Yamaha logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
52
4 stars
63
3 stars
8
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Yamaha logo

User Reviews

5 stars
134
4 stars
79
3 stars
23
2 stars
15
1 star
12
Yamaha has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its soundbars than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 93% of expert reviews and 81% of user reviews for Yamaha soundbars are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 85% respectively across all Soundbar brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Yamaha soundbars by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other soundbar brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sonos LG Yamaha Razer Denon
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
11 reviews
72%
17 reviews
83%
6 reviews
75%
6 reviews
CNET.com logo
74%
11 reviews
75%
13 reviews
78%
9 reviews
83%
5 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
3 reviews
79%
10 reviews
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
88%
4 reviews
81%
8 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
avforums.com logo
80%
1 review
80%
9 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
85%
4 reviews
73%
6 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
PC Mag logo
78%
4 reviews
76%
5 reviews
65%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
85%
3 reviews
84%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
whathifi.com logo
93%
3 reviews
60%
6 reviews
100%
1 review
60%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
95%
2 reviews
82%
5 reviews
80%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
70%
2 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
84%
4 reviews
75%
2 reviews
85%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
hifitest.de logo
100%
1 review
90%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
computertotaal.nl logo
82%
3 reviews
90%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
78%
3 reviews
74%
1 review
76%
2 reviews
tomsguide.com logo
83%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
75%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
80%
1 review
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
01net.com logo
83%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
pc-magazin.de logo
78%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
71%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
80%
147 reviews
77%
44 reviews
78%
28 reviews
61%
56 reviews
74%
21 reviews
Average
83%
217 reviews
77%
149 reviews
79%
69 reviews
72%
62 reviews
75%
59 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Yamaha Soundbars Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 23 industry awards for Yamaha soundbars. The table below compares the number of awards received by Yamaha to other popular soundbar brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Yamaha has won 23 awards for its soundbars.

Compare all award winning soundbars

Number of Awards Sonos LG Yamaha Razer Denon
avforums.com logo
1
7
3
2
Lydogbilde.no logo
6
3
3
Expert Reviews logo
3
3
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
3
3
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
4
2
1
Techradar logo
1
3
2
altomdata.dk logo
3
1
1
areadvd.de logo
2
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
3
1
lite-magazin.de logo
2
1
in.pcmag.com logo
2
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
techgearlab.com logo
2
1
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
1
EISA.eu logo
1
2
01net.com logo
1
1
1
CNET.com logo
3
whathifi.com logo
2
1
whatnext.pl logo
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
17
9
5
36
4
Total
53
34
23
42
16

How Reliable Are Yamaha Soundbars?

We checked over 10,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Yamaha soundbars. over 30 of these reviews mention reliability of which 94% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Yamaha soundbar owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

94% of reviewers think Yamaha soundbars are reliable.

So, most people think that Yamaha soundbars are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Yamaha soundbars that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

It's well made
avforums.com
The YAS-706 is a robust soundbar that can challenge Sonos as a unit around which you can build a multiroom system
tomsguide.com
all (or most) of the popular streaming services built right in
hometheaterhifi.com
It doesn't feel like the most robust of units
whathifi.com
good quality of construction
Bestbuy.com

NOT RELIABLE

video games -Sound can get to high volume which isn't distorted to ears -Very good built quality "Premium Finish" -Great bass (Cons)-Music quality can be better
Bestbuy.com

Features to Look Out For On Yamaha Soundbars

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Yamaha soundbars that set them apart from the competition. These include 4k passthrough, Mobile App Control and auto lipsync.

Yamaha 4k Passthrough

Yamaha soundbars that have a 4k passthrough include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($460), the Yamaha YAS ($200) and the Yamaha YAS109 ($160).

Yamaha Mobile App Control

Yamaha soundbars that support Mobile App Control include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($460), the Yamaha YSP5600 ($1,199) and the Yamaha YSP2700 ($950).

Yamaha Auto Lipsync

Yamaha soundbars that feature auto lipsync include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($460), the Yamaha YSP5600 ($1,199) and the Yamaha YSP2700 ($950).

Yamaha Compressed Music Enhancer

Yamaha soundbars that feature compressed music enhancer include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($460), the Yamaha YSP5600 ($1,199) and the Yamaha YSP2700 ($950).

What is the Best High End Yamaha Soundbar?

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

$459.99
world_wide_stereo_outlet
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Buy Now
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
200W
2.7kg
WEIGHT

If you're looking for a high end Yamaha soundbar then the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 88, but is a bit more expensive at $459.99.

Features We Love:
Multiroom
Is 6.1 channels
Subwoofer included
Supports Bluetooth
Wall mountable

The highest scoring soundbar under $1,000, with a reasonable price. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC). Our review analysis indicates that this soundbar has a very good sound quality, outstanding surround sound quality and it's very quiet.

96
Reviews
43 Reviews + 3 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has very good expert reviews and marvellous user reviews with 91% of buyers recommending this soundbar to others.

avforums.com Recommended
videotesty.pl 3 Star
lite-magazin.de Middle Class
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Review: Packing big sound into a slim sound bar
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Review: Packing big sound into a slim sound bar
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 Review -The Best Soundbar Under $500?
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 Review -The Best Soundbar Under $500?
Yamaha MusicCast 400 / Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 / YAS 408 unboxing / full review
Yamaha MusicCast 400 / Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 / YAS 408 unboxing / full review
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Review | Best Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Review | Best Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

The cheapest price that we could find for the MusicCast BAR 400 in the US is $459.99 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Yamaha Soundbar?

Yamaha YAS

$199.94
Adorama
Yamaha YAS
Buy Now
Yamaha YAS
180W
3.4kg
WEIGHT

At only $199.94 and with a Kagoo Score of 85 the Yamaha YAS makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Subwoofer included
Supports Bluetooth
Wall mountable
Handheld remote control
Features Audio Return Channel (ARC)

A multi award winning and cheap 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a very good spec. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC). Customers report that this soundbar has a good subwoofer sound, good features and it's very quiet.

94
Reviews
393 Reviews + 19 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Yamaha YAS has great expert reviews and great user reviews with 83% of buyers recommending this soundbar to others.

CNET.com Editor's Choice
Les Numeriques.com award
lite-magazin.de Top Class
areadvd.de Outstanding
ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended
videotesty.pl 3 Star
besteproduct.nl 4 Star
lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 5 Star
01net.com 4 Star
CNET.co.uk Editor's Choice
avforums.com Recommended
CNET.com.au Editor's Choice
techgearlab.com Best Buy
whathifi.com 5 Star
soundandvision.com Top Pick
tomsguide.com Editor's Choice
pcworld.com_techhive.com Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product
Lydogbilde.no Best Buy 5 Star
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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Yamaha Soundbar?
Is Yamaha the Best Soundbar Brand?
What Do the Yamaha Soundbar Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Yamaha Soundbars Received?
How Reliable Are Yamaha Soundbars?
Features to Look Out For On Yamaha Soundbars
Yamaha 4k Passthrough
Yamaha Mobile App Control
Yamaha Auto Lipsync
Yamaha Compressed Music Enhancer
What is the Best High End Yamaha Soundbar?
What is the Best Budget Choice Yamaha Soundbar?

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