Yamaha’s MusicCast BAR 400 is compact in size, but it is chock-full of features.
If you want room-filling sound without the hassle of lots of speakers, Yamaha’s MusicCast BAR 400 is an elegant solution. Its low profile and streamlined design will slip easily into your home’s decor, but the upgrade to your TV’s audio will definitely make an impact on your binge-watching game.
Clear Voice processing brings speech to the forefront so that dialogue is easier to hear and understand, while DTS Virtual:X digital signal processing broadens the soundstage for an even more immersive cinematic experience.
The included sub has a 6-1/2” woofer to add low-end punch to your movies, shows, and music. Plus it’s wireless — so you can park it in the most convenient and best-sounding spot. Just remember that it needs AC power.
How does DTS Virtual:X work?
Many sound bars simulate Dolby Atmos or DTS:X by bouncing sound off your walls and ceiling. That’s not what’s happening here. DTS Virtual:X uses “spatial audio techniques” to make it seem like the sound is all around you. Incredibly sophisticated audio delays and adjustments create a larger, wider soundstage. That includes overhead atmospheric effects like leaves rustling on a tall tree or birds chirping above.
Virtual surround sound has come a long way, but there’s just no substitute for the real thing. So if you want an even more immersive experience, you can add one or two MusicCast 50 speakers or a pair of MusicCast 20 speakers behind your viewing area to deliver complete wraparound sound effects.
Plenty of options for music, too
The MusicCast BAR 400 offers a variety of options for streaming your content, including Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, Apple® AirPlay®, and Spotify® Connect. It even supports high-resolution audio formats up to 24-bit/192kHz. And it’s easy to select and control your music using the free Yamaha MusicCast app.
Part of a whole-home audio system
MusicCast uses your existing Wi-Fi network to stream music wirelessly throughout your home. Expand your system by adding compatible speakers, and you can play different music in each room, or group your speakers so they all play the same thing. The system is also Alexa-compatible, so if you have an Amazon Echo device, you can control it with your voice.
two-channel sound bar with wireless subwoofer
Dolby Digital® and DTS® decoding
DTS Virtual:X digital sound processing emulates object-based surround sound like DTS:X and Dolby Atmos
add one or two Yamaha MusicCast 50 speakers or a pair of MusicCast 20 speakers for full surround sound (sold separately)
connects to your Wi-Fi network and Yamaha’s MusicCast wireless whole home music system
pair with an Amazon Echo device for Alexa voice control
5 listening modes: Music, Movie, TV Program, Sports, and Game
Clear Voice mode for clearer, louder dialogue with movies and shows
200 watts of built-in amplification
four 1-3/4″ woofers
two 1″ tweeters
rests on a TV stand or can be mounted on a wall using keyhole slots
38-5/8″W x 2-3/8″H x 4-3/8″D
weight: 6 lbs.
6-1/2″ cone woofer
syncs wirelessly with sound bar
100-watt built-in amplifier
7-1/8″W x 17-7/8″H x 16″D
weight: 21 lbs.
MusicCast Wireless Multi-room Music System:
connects to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music listening
built-in Bluetooth lets you stream directly from compatible devices
free MusicCast app lets you group and control up to 10 MusicCast devices
play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
support for online music services, including Spotify®, Pandora®, SiriusXM, and thousands of free internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
plays MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
supports high-res playback for PCM-based files up to 24-bit/192kHz
Compressed Music Enhancer for smoothing out the sound of over-compressed MP3 files
Apple AirPlay 2 for flexible streaming options with compatible Apple devices
DLNA support for streaming music from compatible networked computers and NAS drives
supports 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi® (2.4 GHz)
Connections and General Info:
1 HDMI input, and 1 HDMI output with ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDCP 2.2 copy-protection compatibility for 4K broadcast and streaming content
HDR-compatible with support for Dolby Vision™, HLG, and HDR10 formats
optical digital input
3.5mm analog minijack aux input
Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network