Yamaha MusicCast BAR 40 Soundbar System Review : Multi-room and multi-channel

What is the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 40?

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 40 is the latest entry-level soundbar from the company that practically pioneered the concept. The YMS-4080, as it’s also known, is a single, two-channel soundbar with no included subwoofer and, as the name suggests, it boasts Yamaha’s MusicCast multi-room technology. Although it doesn’t support any of the object-based audio formats, it does include DTS Virtual:X which applies psychoacoustic processing to create a more immersive experience.

In terms of other features, there’s support for Hi-Res Audio, various music streaming services are built-in, and there’s even voice control via Amazon Alexa. You also get HDMI, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, and a Clear Voice feature. The soundbar retails for around £329 as at the time of writing (December 2018), but thanks to MusicCast you can add a wireless subwoofer (SUB 100) and wireless rear speakers (MusicCast 20) to create a genuine multi-channel system.

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