Published On: August 19, 2020

New Yamaha Soundbars Designed to Bring the Best Out of Your TV's Audio

Published On: August 19, 2020
Last Updated on: October 31, 2020
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New Yamaha Soundbars Designed to Bring the Best Out of Your TV's Audio

Yamaha's new SR-C20A and SR-B20A soundbars are aimed at a wide array of lifestyles and listening preferences

New Yamaha Soundbars Designed to Bring the Best Out of Your TV's Audio

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Yamaha announced this week the release of two new soundbars -- the SR-C20A and SR-B20A -- both of which are Bluetooth-equipped. The soundbars have Stereo, Standard, Movie and Game sound modes, as well as Clear Voice technology for better dialogue intelligibility. Both also feature built-in subwoofers for enhanced bass without the need for another black box cluttering your floor. The $179.95 C20A is Yamaha's new solution for tight spaces. Just 23 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall, this soundbar is easily adaptable to any area. The $199.95 B20A is equipped with Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, as well as DTS Virtual:X for virtual surround sound processing, and also features a subwoofer output if you want to augment its low-frequency output. Additionally, Yamaha is hosting a public webinar about the new soundbars on Thursday, August 20, at 5:00 p.m. EST, which you can register for here.

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Something's been missing for millions at home who are looking to unwind with their favorite movies and shows. It's the details and the dialogue, trapped inside their tiny TV speakers. Starting today, there's never been a better time to do something about it.

Yamaha is expanding its range of sound bars by adding two new models, the SR-C20A (C20A) and SR-B20A (B20A), to the start of its lineup. These new sound bars make it easy to feel every moment from home - from on-demand video and music streaming services to battle royale games and more. Each features a slim profile, simple setup and uncompromising sound to satisfy any space or budget.

Yamaha enters the compact sound bar market with the C20A, designed to fit any space without sacrificing sound or specs. At just 23" long and 2.5" high, the C20A is designed to fit modern life where space is limited, including gamer stations, bedrooms, offices, playrooms and dorms. It can discreetly fit in front of any screen without obstructing the action or be easily wall-mounted.

The C20A distinguishes itself from other compact sound bars with its focus on audio and connectivity. Powerful sound is delivered from a built-in subwoofer and dual passive radiators. The combination is a rarity in the realm of compact sound bars, exerting a surprising amount of bass, especially given its size. Four customizable sound modes (standard, stereo, game, movie) are available, in addition to a virtual surround mode. The breadth of connection options also differentiates the C20A from other compact sound bars, with HDMI ARC, optical and aux to connect and control the sound bar with your TV remote, leaving no source unconnected.

The award-winning tradition of fan-favorite sound bars from Yamaha continues with the B20A, building off of the success and admiration of the YAS-108 while incorporating enhancements to complement thin TVs and their shrinking speakers. This includes dual built-in subwoofers in the B20A, which have been redesigned for richer and clearer bass, plus DTS Virtual:X, which imparts even more realism into movies and games. Aesthetically, the B20A sports a new shape and slim profile, with sleek, deep black fabric and larger, dimmable LEDs for visibility of sound bar functions and adjustments.

"You no longer need to break the bank or sacrifice space when you're ready to complement your 4K display with stunning sound," said Alex Sadeghian, director, Consumer Audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. "Whether it's the C20A or the B20A, these new sound bars are more than just a first step to take you beyond your built-in TV speakers. They put you directly on the path to more immersive entertainment to enjoy True Sound in any room."

In addition to their numerous sound modes, including virtual surround sound, both the C20A and B20A feature Clear Voice technology, a Yamaha fan favorite, for enhanced dialogue clarity.

Along with control by an existing TV remote (when connected via HDMI), each sound bar comes with its own remote and is supported by the Sound Bar Controller App for smartphone control. Easy access buttons on top of the C20A and B20A allow for quick control of volume levels, sound modes and input selection on the units themselves.

Both sound bars can be placed on a cabinet or shelf, or wall-mounted via the built-in keyholes. No additional bracket is required.

SR-C20A At-a-Glance

    • Connections: HDMI ARC, Optical (x2), Analog stereo mini input for gaming consoles and other portable devices, Bluetooth (including multi-point functionality to switch between devices, including Alexa)
    • Speaker drivers: 2 full-range, 1 subwoofer, 2 passive radiators
    • Sound modes: Stereo, Standard, Movie, Game
    • Clear Voice for dialogue clarity
    • Dolby Digital and Virtual Surround
    • 23" wide and 2.5" tall; tabletop or wall-mountable
    • $179.95 MSRP, available early fall 2020

SR-B20A At-a-Glance

    • Connections: HDMI ARC, Subwoofer Out, Optical (x2), Bluetooth (including multi-point functionality to switch between devices, including Alexa)
    • Speaker drivers: 2 tweeters, 2 woofers, 2 subwoofers
    • Sound modes: Stereo, Standard, Movie, Game
    • Clear Voice for dialogue clarity
    • Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:X
    • 35 7/8" wide and 2 1/8" tall; tabletop or wall-mountable
    • $199.95 MSRP, available late summer 2020

Additional Information and Webinar

To learn more about the new sound bars, including features, app control, settings, placement and more, Yamaha is hosting a webinar, open to the public, on Thursday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 2:00 p.m. Pacific. See what's in store and register here:

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