Yamaha has announced a new, low-priced addition to its soundbar line. The YAS-106 ($199.95) features dual one-inch dome tweeters, a 2.13-inch woofer, and a three-inch subwoofer, along with twin bass reflex ports designed to improve lower-frequency response. This soundbar does not come with a subwoofer, although there is a subwoofer output on back if you want to add one. The system features an HDMI 2.0 input and output to pass through 4K video and multichannel audio from disc players or other set-top boxes, as well as Bluetooth streaming. The YAS-106 will be available this month.
Yamaha is bringing the exceptional performance of its all-in-one sound bars to a new level with the YAS-106, which simplifies the setup and daily operation of a home theater system while providing great TV sound.
Sporting an attractive, ultra-slim design, the YAS-106 creates a convincing virtual surround-sound experience from Dolby Digital and DTS multichannel soundtracks without requiring multiple speakers like a traditional home theater audio system.
With its dual built-in subwoofers, twin bass reflex ports, and Advanced Bass Extension Processing for surround playback, the YAS-106 further simplifies home theater setup by eliminating the need for a separate outboard subwoofer to reproduce deep, rich bass.
With an HDMI input and output supporting the direct connection of such video sources as Blu-ray Disc/DVD players or cable-TV set-top boxes, the YAS-106 is assured of receiving a true 7.1- or 5.1-channel audio signal. That makes it possible to create the most convincing virtual-surround experience while simplifying cable connections to the TV. In contrast, sound bars connected to a TV's optical digital-audio output might receive only a stereo signal, preventing the surround processors in sound bars from maximizing surround performance.
Though the YAS-106 brings legendary Yamaha performance to a more popular price point, the YAS-106 doesn't skimp on HDMI connectivity. The sound bar's HDMI input and output feature HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) technology to eliminate coffee-table remote control clutter. With CEC, the remote control that comes with your HDMI/CEC-equipped TV can be used to control the sound bar's on/off and volume functions.
Additionally, it can be controlled wirelessly via Bluetooth from Android and Apple mobile devices running the free, simple-to-navigate Yamaha Home Theater Controller app.
"The YAS-106 provides signature Yamaha audio quality with simplified setup in an easy-to-use, décor-friendly package at an unbeatable price," said Bob Goedken, general manager, AV division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "With the inclusion of Bluetooth streaming, the YAS-106 delivers even more bang for the buck by doubling as a compact, great-sounding music system that connects wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet."
Yamaha Clear Voice raises dialog levels in the YAS-106 to ensure dialogue audibility no matter what's going on in the background of a scene. The feature is particularly handy for listening to sports-program commentary and news broadcasts.
With the latest HDMI 2.0 connections, the sound bar passes through not only full HD from Blu-ray Disc players, but also the latest high-performance video format -- 4K Ultra HD video with high dynamic range (HDR) - from new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players and from future Internet-connected HD media streamers. HD cable- and satellite-TV set-top boxes can also be connected to the sound bar's HDMI input.
The YAS-106 is a mere 2 1/8 inches tall when placed in front of a flat-screen TV, so it won't block your view of the onscreen action. The 35-inch-wide sound bar offers great flexibility in wall placement and can be rotated to match the orientation of wall-mounted TVs.
A separate powered subwoofer can be easily connected to the sound bar's subwoofer output if even more bass is desired.
Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha YAS-106 will be available in mid-August at $199.95 MSRP.
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