BUENA PARK, Calif. (August 7, 2018) — Today, Yamaha raised the bar for music enjoyment and home theater experiences, unveiling the MusicCast BAR 400 sound bar. A complete package of audio performance, versatility and functionality, the BAR 400 gives music and movie enthusiasts more bang for their buck.
The BAR 400 stands out in its class, delivering higher performance sound, more surround-sound technologies and more versatile connectivity options than any other sound bar in its tier.
The sound bar offers a wide array of features and technologies that elevate the listening and home theater experience. Key elements include Yamaha MusicCast wireless multi-room audio technology, Wi-Fi access to the most popular music-streaming services, optional wireless surround speakers to enhance home theater performance, and voice control via Amazon Alexa devices, including Amazon Echo smart speakers.
The BAR 400 supports high-resolution audio formats at sampling rates up to 192kHz with 24-bit resolution. The sound bar also includes a wireless subwoofer as part of the package, rather than as an optional component. On top of that, it incorporates a wide array of Yamaha sound-enhancement technologies, including Yamaha Clear Voice to improve the audibility and clarity of dialogue in movies and TV shows while maintaining overall sonic quality. Its Compressed Music Enhancer enriches the sound quality of compressed-music formats by restoring high frequencies lost during compression.
To integrate easily with any TV and other external sources, the BAR 400 features multiple connectivity options: an HDMI input, an HDMI output with Audio Return Channel (ARC), and optical and analog audio inputs. Beyond hard-wired connections and Wi-Fi, customers also have the convenience of connection from any Bluetooth-enabled device.
For home theater users, the sound bar offers both Dolby Digital and DTS Digital SurroundTM to ensure peak performance. The BAR 400 joins a select group of Yamaha sound bars incorporating DTS Virtual:X® post-processing technology, which creates a spacious 3D virtual surround – including the sensation of height – from any stereo or multichannel source.
As the first sound bar with Yamaha MusicCast Surround technology, the BAR 400 satisfies more demanding home theater enthusiasts’ requirements with the option to add wireless MusicCast Surround-enabled rear speakers. MusicCast Surround uses a Wi-Fi link to send surround-channel audio directly from the BAR 400 to a pair of MusicCast 20 speakers, or to one or two stereo-capable MusicCast 50 speakers. Each of these speakers alone will fill a whole room with sound; paired with the BAR 400, they create an immersive and realistic 5.1 channel home theater.
MusicCast Surround builds on the MusicCast wireless multi-room audio platform, which streams all of your music wirelessly to MusicCast-enabled products located throughout the house. You can stream thousands of internet radio stations, popular music-streaming services, and music files stored on mobile devices and computers – all controlled from the MusicCast Controller app. Streaming services include Spotify, Pandora®, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, and Napster.
“The MusicCast BAR 400 offers exceptionally high performance and gets the most out of your music, video and gaming content,” said Robert Goedken, general manager, AV Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “This sound bar packs a wide array of features and advanced technologies at a price unmatched in its class.”
The MusicCast BAR 400 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer will be available in September at $499.95 MSRP.
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multi-room audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.