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Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar

Submitted by on July 29, 2012 – 5:28 amNo Comment

Yamaha’s YAS-101 is the cheapest of their sound bars, yet still packs an audio punch that is most certainly a notch above any TV’s built-in speaker system. But the real question is whether it will play complement to your big screen investment.

Housed inside the glossy black box are two 2-1/2” cone speakers with a dual-driver (3” cones) subwoofer. It’s all driven by a built-in digital amplifier with a total output of 120w. On the right side of the box is a bass reflex port to help with the lows, which Yamaha says is shaped like a trumpet bell to help reduce wind noise and ultimately improve sound quality.

The YAS-101 is far from a feature rich soundbar, though Yamaha was sure to include a few of the standards. These include compatibility with Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, a clear voice option to raise the level of the dialogue and a Univolume option that maintains a consistent volume between different channels, scenes or even commercial breaks. They’ve also tossed in a mini, yet underwhelming remote and an optical Toslink cord. The front is adorned with your usual buttons, such as volume, power and input and includes a few glowing LED indicator lights. The rear boasts a system connect port to play nice with other Yamaha gear, two optical inputs, a sub out and 1 coxial digital connection.

The YAS-101, like all soundbars is designed to be placed in front of the TV or mounted just below it on the wall using the built-in “keyholes” – you’ll just want to remove the feet before doing this. In the event you place the soundbar in front of your TV and cover up your display’s IR port, the YAS-101 is capable of passing on the commands to the TV. That said, the soundbar is also capable of learning your TV’s remote control power and volume functions with a few key presses.

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