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Should You Buy a Yamaha Soundbar?

Matthew
Updated 11 June 2020
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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 3,300 user and expert reviews and 270+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 480+ soundbars to impartially compare each soundbar brand.

Yamaha are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular soundbars. Their soundbars start at $161 for the ATS-1060 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 $515.

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. 5 best soundbar brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Yamaha is the 5th best soundbar brand out there.

#1
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
265 reviews
#2
South Korea
90%
90%
3 reviews
#3
Bose
87%
87%
94 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
370 reviews
#5
84%
84%
21 reviews
#6
Sonos
84%
84%
434 reviews
#7
Polk Audio
80%
80%
23 reviews
#8
Bluesound
77%
77%
60 reviews
#9
Razer
77%
77%
313 reviews
#10
JBL
76%
76%
53 reviews
#11
Denon
76%
76%
91 reviews
#12
Trust
75%
75%
2 reviews
#13
Klipsch
74%
74%
7 reviews
#14
Harman Kardon
74%
74%
8 reviews
#15
Canton
73%
73%
51 reviews
#16
Audioengine
69%
69%
10 reviews
#17
Wharfedale
67%
67%
1 review
#18
Anker
66%
66%
7 reviews
#19
AVerMedia
66%
66%
14 reviews
#20
VIZIO
United States
66%
66%
0 reviews
#21
Supersonic
United States
64%
64%
0 reviews
#22
QFX
62%
62%
0 reviews
#23
DELL
United States
58%
58%
1 review
#24
Lenovo
China
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
Promethean
53%
53%
0 reviews
#26
Bang & Olufsen
53%
53%
1 review
#27
Naim
52%
52%
0 reviews
#28
Dali
52%
52%
1 review

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%.

The average review score for a Yamaha soundbar is 70%.

There's a smaller selection of Yamaha soundbars available compared to other soundbar brands, with only 7 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
$305
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $4,099
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$515
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,299
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 brands.

Over 100% of expert reviews for Yamaha soundbars are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% 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 Sony Razer Denon Yamaha
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
11 reviews
76%
14 reviews
50%
3 reviews
75%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
CNET.com logo
76%
13 reviews
70%
10 reviews
73%
5 reviews
83%
5 reviews
70%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
2 reviews
82%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
87%
3 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
avforums.com logo
80%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
82%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
3 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
whathifi.com logo
93%
3 reviews
65%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
100%
2 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
hifitest.de logo
100%
1 review
90%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
tomsguide.com logo
83%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
74%
1 review
76%
2 reviews
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
85%
3 reviews
50%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
soundandvision.com logo
90%
3 reviews
90%
1 review
74%
1 review
goodhousekeeping.co.uk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
01net.com logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
79%
142 reviews
80%
26 reviews
72%
50 reviews
61%
56 reviews
70%
15 reviews
100%
3 reviews
Average
84%
211 reviews
77%
98 reviews
75%
76 reviews
72%
62 reviews
74%
50 reviews
80%
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 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 4 awards for its soundbars.

Compare all award winning soundbars

Number of Awards Sonos LG Sony Razer Denon Yamaha
Lydogbilde.no logo
6
2
3
3
avforums.com logo
2
5
1
1
2
Techradar logo
1
2
1
2
Expert Reviews logo
2
1
1
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
2
1
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
2
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
3
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
3
1
EISA.eu logo
1
1
1
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
1
99mac.se logo
2
1
Which? logo
2
hardware.info logo
1
1
gamerspotion.de logo
1
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
areadvd.de logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
16
2
5
37
3
2
Total
49
18
23
43
13
4

How Reliable Are Yamaha Soundbars?

We checked over 3,300 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

all (or most) of the popular streaming services built right in
hometheaterhifi.com
It's well made
avforums.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 ($400), the Yamaha YAS209 ($300) and the Yamaha YSP5600 ($1,199).

Yamaha Mobile App Control

Yamaha soundbars that support Mobile App Control include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($400), the Yamaha YSP5600 ($1,199) and the Yamaha YAS207BL ($250).

Yamaha Auto Lipsync

Yamaha soundbars that feature auto lipsync include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($400), the Yamaha YSP5600 ($1,199) and the Yamaha YAS207BL ($250).

Yamaha Compressed Music Enhancer

Yamaha soundbars that feature compressed music enhancer include the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 ($400), the Yamaha YSP5600 ($1,199) and the Yamaha ATS1060 ($110).

What is the Best Mid-Range Yamaha Soundbar?

Yamaha YAS209

$299.95
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Yamaha YAS209
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Yamaha YAS209
100W
HDMI
X 1
2.7kg
WEIGHT

A great mid range choice, priced at $299.95 is the Yamaha YAS209, which has a Kagoo Score of 81.

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

A good value for money and fully featured 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).

81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Popularity
Quite Popular
79
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the YAS209 in the US is $299.95 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Yamaha Soundbar?

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

$400.00
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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 85, but is a bit more expensive at $400.

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

An award winning and fully featured 6.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC). Purchasers report that it's not {more} expensive but not {more} quiet and difficult to setup.

95
Reviews
20 Reviews + 3 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report 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
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Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Review: Packing big sound into a slim sound bar
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Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Review | Best Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Review
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Review

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What is the Best Budget Choice Yamaha Soundbar?

Yamaha YAS109

$174.89
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30W
HDMI
X 1
3.4kg
WEIGHT

At only $174.89 and with a Kagoo Score of 78 the Yamaha YAS109 makes a great budget choice.

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

A bargain price and fully featured 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).

81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the YAS109 in the US is $174.89 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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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 Mid-Range Yamaha Soundbar?
What is the Best High End Yamaha Soundbar?
What is the Best Budget Choice Yamaha Soundbar?

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