Is it cheaper to buy the MusicCast 400 soundbar + 2 x MusicCast 20's than the option you reviewed?
Also, I have been able to play Dolby True HD / DTS Master soundtracks via HDMI to the MusicCast 400 soundbar, even though it doesn't say it supports it in the manual. While it's technically a different bar from the one you tested, would you believe that it can receive lossless audio, down-convert it and play it?
There was no lip sync issues when I did this... so I'm wondering if the bar does actually play lossless audio? The MusicCast 50 rear speakers I have were certainly working to maximum effect while doing this (I tested this with Game Of Thrones Season 1 boxset).
The 400 comes with a wireless sub, the 40 has a socket to use a wired sub or you can connect a wireless musiccast sub, according to the manuals nothing else is different
I bought the 40 and 2 musiccast 20 speakers and added a Yamaha sub I got of Amazon for £100, I am over the moon with the sound and effects ,it replaced a YSP 2200 that I could never get sounding right due to room shape
Stuck on whether to get the Bar 400 and two 20s or the Bar 40, Sub 100 and two 20s. Is the Sub 100 significantly (£200) better than that supplied with the 400?
Also, how easy is it to switch between surround for TV and films to 2.1 stereo for music playback? The inability to completely mute the Sonos Beam in a similar Sonos arrangement is one of the reasons I won't go that route.
If you want to use the rears as a 2.1 setup, then you'll need to go with the MusicCast Bar 40 and MusicCast 20's as the subwoofer on the MusicCast 400 isn't able to be de-coupled.
Un-pairing and re-pairing the Sub100 / MusicCast 20 takes about 15 -30 seconds respectively... so it's not a super quick process, but it is obviously able to be done.
The Sub100 does look to be a bit more powerful and offers a larger driver, so I'd guess that it would have a bit more ooomph.
How are people now finding the Yamaha 400/40 now you have had them a while.
I am still very pleased that I bought it with the musiccast 20 speakers it sounds amazing, and watching Stranger Things the sound brought the screen alive and gave the other half a few shocks which was mildly amusing
I ended up choosing the BAR 40 over BAR 400 and YSP 2700. Main reasons because the BAR 40/400 are newer, support latest MusicCast 20 and 50 for rear speakers as oppose to the first generations.
In regard to BAR 40 vs 400, to me the integrated sub from 400 didn't make that much of a difference? But oh boy how noticeable it was with the SUB 100.
The whole setup of the BAR 40 plus SUB 100 and two rear MusicCast 20 is absolutely marvelous. I think for the price you pay (around £650-700, I got one MusicCast 20 for free due to Yamaha promotion) it is certainly one of the best in terms of value.
You may get better performance when you get the LG SK10Y or the new Samsung HW-N950 but they are £1,200 or more for the same setup which I did not consider it to be worthy.
The MusicCast integration with Spotify and newer devices you add is seamless and really like it. I don't use the remote and pretty much control it from my phone.