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Should You Buy a Yamaha Soundbar?

Updated 01 January 2020 by Matthew
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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 2,600 user and expert reviews and 200+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 460+ soundbars to impartially compare each soundbar brand.

Yamaha are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular soundbars. Their soundbars start at $110 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 $463.

Yamaha are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular 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%
261 reviews
#2
Bose
88%
88%
94 reviews
#3
87%
87%
21 reviews
#4
Sonos
85%
85%
413 reviews
#5
Polk Audio
83%
83%
23 reviews
#6
Razer
78%
78%
313 reviews
#7
Harman Kardon
76%
76%
7 reviews
#8
Klipsch
75%
75%
7 reviews
#9
Denon
75%
75%
17 reviews
#10
AVerMedia
74%
74%
14 reviews
#11
Canton
73%
73%
43 reviews
#12
Monitor Audio
72%
72%
2 reviews
#13
Audioengine
71%
71%
10 reviews
#14
JBL
70%
70%
53 reviews
#15
South Korea
69%
69%
0 reviews
#16
VIZIO
United States
69%
69%
0 reviews
#17
DELL
United States
68%
68%
1 review
#18
Bluesound
67%
67%
59 reviews
#19
Anker
65%
65%
6 reviews
#20
Japan
64%
64%
0 reviews
#21
Supersonic
United States
64%
64%
0 reviews
#22
Trust
62%
62%
2 reviews
#23
Avtex
United Kingdom
60%
60%
1 review
#24
Lenovo
China
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
QFX
56%
56%
0 reviews
#26
Promethean
55%
55%
0 reviews
#27
Dali
54%
54%
1 review
#28
Goodmans
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
Logik
United Kingdom
53%
53%
0 reviews
#30
Creative
52%
52%
0 reviews
#31
Naim
52%
52%
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 71%.

The average review score for a Yamaha soundbar is 71%.

There's a smaller selection of Yamaha soundbars available compared to other soundbar brands, with only 11 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.

Whilst Yamaha have a number of interesting features including 4k passthrough, Mobile App Control and auto lipsync, overall they tend to be less feature rich than their competitors.

No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$257
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $2,199
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$463
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,449
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.

5 stars
6
4 stars
10
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Yamaha has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its soundbars than most other soundbar brands.

Over 100% of expert reviews for Yamaha soundbars are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% across all soundbar brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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 Razer JBL Canton Yamaha
CNET.com logo
75%
12 reviews
70%
10 reviews
72%
8 reviews
70%
3 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
9 reviews
76%
14 reviews
92%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
2 reviews
82%
6 reviews
70%
1 review
78%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
whathifi.com logo
90%
2 reviews
65%
4 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
82%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
65%
2 reviews
avforums.com logo
80%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
80%
2 reviews
hifitest.de logo
100%
1 review
90%
4 reviews
88%
4 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
87%
3 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
3 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
tomsguide.com logo
83%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
lite-magazin.de logo
97%
2 reviews
98%
4 reviews
100%
1 review
goodhousekeeping.co.uk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
86%
1 review
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
81%
2 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
100%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
dday.it logo
84%
2 reviews
76%
1 review
78%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
79%
139 reviews
80%
23 reviews
60%
53 reviews
61%
11 reviews
51%
5 reviews
100%
2 reviews
Average
82%
197 reviews
77%
98 reviews
74%
62 reviews
69%
34 reviews
80%
31 reviews
82%
16 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Yamaha Soundbars Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 4 industry awards for Yamaha soundbars. The table below compares the number of awards given to Yamaha to other popular soundbar brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Yamaha has won 4 awards for its soundbars.

Compare all award winning soundbars

Number of Awards Sonos LG Razer JBL Canton Yamaha
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
2
6
avforums.com logo
2
5
2
Trusted Reviews logo
2
1
3
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
2
Expert Reviews logo
2
1
1
lite-magazin.de logo
1
2
1
homecinemachoice.com logo
1
2
soundandvision.com logo
3
areadvd.de logo
1
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
3
gamerspotion.de logo
1
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
EISA.eu logo
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
audiovision.de logo
1
1
Which? logo
2
99mac.se logo
1
1
Tweak.dk logo
1
Other Expert Sites
18
2
36
1
1
1
Total
45
18
43
7
17
4

How Reliable Are Yamaha Soundbars?

We checked over 2,600 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Yamaha soundbars. 100% of reviews that mention reliability were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Yamaha soundbar owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

100% 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
all (or most) of the popular streaming services built right in
hometheaterhifi.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 ($319), the Yamaha YAS209 ($300) and the Yamaha YAS207BL ($290).

Yamaha Mobile App Control

Yamaha soundbars that support Mobile App Control include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($319), the Yamaha YSP-2700 ($935) and the Yamaha YAS207BL ($290).

Yamaha Auto Lipsync

Yamaha soundbars that feature auto lipsync include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($319), the Yamaha YSP-2700 ($935) and the Yamaha YAS207BL ($290).

Yamaha Compressed Music Enhancer

Yamaha soundbars that feature compressed music enhancer include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($319), the Yamaha ATS1060 ($120) and the Yamaha YSP-2700 ($935).

What is the Best High End Yamaha Soundbar?

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

$319.00
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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 86, but is a bit more expensive at $319.

Features We Love:
Auto lipsync
Compressed music enhancer
Is 6.1 channels
Subwoofer included
Supports Bluetooth

A fully featured and award winning 6.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price. It has a subwoofer included, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC). Multiple reviews mentioned that this soundbar isnot {more} expensive but not {more} quiet and difficult to setup.

95
Reviews
20 Reviews + 3 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has very good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 82%, based on 20 reviews.

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?
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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?

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