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Yamaha Music Cast Bar 400 Soundbar (2018) (YAS 408)
Yamaha YSP-5600 Music Cast Soundbar (2015) (YSP-5600BL)
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Yamaha Music Cast Bar 400 Soundbar (2018) vs Yamaha YSP-5600 Soundbar (2015)

Analysis:

While the Yamaha Music Cast Bar 400 Soundbar (2018) (YAS 408) wasn't able to make it to the very top of any roundups from sources that perform quality hands-on testing, it still got featured in a large number of them. AVForums, Tom's Guide, Techradar, TrustedReviews, CNET, Rtings, PCmag, and Reviewed have all deemed it worthy of a place on their respective shortlists.

Moving on to the Yamaha YSP-5600 Music Cast Soundbar (2015) (YSP-5600BL): it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like HomeTheaterReview.com, AVForums, What Hi-Fi?, CNET, and Gear Patrol, enough for them to include them on those lists.

To get a better idea of how they fare when compared directly to each other, we analyzed review scores of sources that tested both. CNET, for example, preferred the Yamaha Music Cast Bar 400 Soundbar (2018) (YAS 408), while AVForums and Digitaltrends rated both of them the same.

We also took a look at which sources had the best things to say about them. We learned that the Yamaha Music Cast Bar 400 Soundbar (2018) (YAS 408) got reviewed the highest by AVForums - it gave it a rating of 8, while the Yamaha YSP-5600 Music Cast Soundbar (2015) (YSP-5600BL) most impressed reviewers at HomeTheaterReview.com, which gave it a score of 9.

Lastly, in order to better compare them to the rest of their competition, we averaged out their review scores. The Yamaha YSP-5600 Music Cast Soundbar (2015) (YSP-5600BL) managed to get 7.8 out of 10 - considerably better than the 7.6 review average of Soundbars in general - whereas the Yamaha Music Cast Bar 400 Soundbar (2018) (YAS 408) earned 7.6 points.

It should be said that doing a direct Yamaha Music Cast Bar 400 Soundbar (2018) (YAS 408) vs. Yamaha YSP-5600 Music Cast Soundbar (2015) (YSP-5600BL) comparison might not be entirely fair due to the difference in their prices - some sources don't put much weight on value for money and thus tend to give better review scores to more expensive products.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
AVForums
Tom's Guide
CNET
Rtings
PCmag
HomeTheaterReview.com
Reviewed
Techradar
TrustedReviews
What Hi-Fi?
Tech. Specs Comparison
Yamaha Music Cast Bar 400 Soundbar (2018) (YAS 408)
$499
Yamaha YSP-5600 Music Cast Soundbar (2015) (YSP-5600BL)
$1,430
Amplification
Active
Active
Channels
2.1
7.1.2
Dolby Atmos
No
Yes
Voice Control
No
Alexa
Has average expert review score
Has average expert review score
7.6
Overall Avg. for Soundbars
7.8
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Soundbars of 2021” 
Last updated: 10 days ago
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Soundbars Under $500 of 2021” 
Last updated: 17 days ago

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