Yamaha announces YAS-109 and YAS-209 budget soundbars
Budget cinematic sound? YAS please!
Aimed at TV fans who want to improve the audio experience for their shows and movies without undue expense and installation fuss, the two latest soundbars from Yamaha, the YAS-109 and YAS-209, come in at the affordable end of the spectrum.Most entry-level requirements will be catered for since the two speakers sport a range of features including voice control, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support for network streaming, plus a range of physical connectivity. The YAS-109 costs £299 and the YAS-209 will set you back £399.
Both models come with Alexa voice assistant integration, so losing the included remote down the back of the sofa is no longer a worry as a simple voice command will enable the necessary adjustments to be made. Users can vocally adjust the volume, mute and power down the speaker and change the audio input to supported apps such as Spotify Connect or Amazon Music
Yamaha has worked with Amazon on the Alexa integration so that when the inbuilt microphones detect a command, the soundbars automatically decrease the volume of the sound they are emitting to make communication that much easier. It won’t shut the kids up or stop the dog barking though.
With a slimline profile, each speaker is suitable for placing in front of the TV without obscuring the screen and each can be wall mounted without requiring an additional bracket. The YAS-109 has built-in woofers to handle the low-end audio but the extra £100 for the YAS-209 gets listeners a standalone wireless subwoofer to improve the bottom end.
Connectivity is the same across both models and includes 4K HDMI inputs that support High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Audio Return Channel (ARC).
Supported audio decoding includes Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround formats and there’s also compatibility with DTS Virtual:X, an algorithmic processing feature that creates extra width and height to the sound field to increase the impression of audio immersion.
Both speakers also make use of Yamaha’s Clear Voice technology which aims to ensure dialogue is clear and present.
The YAS-109 will be available in the UK during August with the YAS-209 following in September.
Source: www.slashgear.com, www.digitaltrends.com
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