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Yamaha YAS-101BL Soundbar, Piano Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Slim, low-profile, one-body design allows positioning in front of a TV
  • AIR SURROUND XTREME delivers 7.1-channel surround sound
  • UniVolume keeps programs and commercials at the same volume level
  • Learning function enables operation from the TV remote control
  • Audio Delay Control (Lip Sync) adjusts discrepancies between picture and vocals
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Product Description

Style: Soundbar

Product Description

One-body system with built-in powerful subwoofer. Easy setup, stylish design and luxuriously rich surround sound - this soundbar takes video enjoyment to a new level.
The YAS-101 does not have an analog input for devices like MP3 players.

From the Manufacturer

The Yamaha YAS-101 is a single speaker home theater Soundbar system with a built-in powerful subwoofer. With easy setup, stylish design, and luxuriously rich surround sound, this soundbar takes video enjoyment to a new level. This powerful sound bar system is designed with a focus on simplicity and elegance. This system is meant to be visually appreciated, it conveys the impression of fine Yamaha fine sound quality. Glossy and beautiful, the elegance and sophistication of the YAS-101 emanate from its polished black surface, not giving a feeling of its size and perfectly harmonizing with any interior. The front is beautifully designed with a gentle curve. This stylish one-bar speaker system provides the impressionable surround sound to fill all parts of your room.

High Sound Quality

Integrated System with Dual Front Speakers and Subwoofer

The YAS-101 soundbar combines two 2-1/2" cone speakers with a dual-driver (3" cones) subwoofer, driven by a digital amp with a total output of 120W. Although compact, its excellent structural design provides a large volume enclosure for both the speakers and subwoofer. The result is powerful, high quality sound that makes TV and movies much more enjoyable.

Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar
Producing powerful, high quality sound in a compact design. View larger
Dual-Driver Subwoofer Powerfully Reproduces Bass Sounds

The dual-driver subwoofer employs large magnets and large-diameter voice coils to realize dynamic and robust bass sound reproduction. This ensures that the overall sound has a rich sense of presence, making movie effect sounds more realistic.

Yamaha YAS-101 Bass Reflex Port
Linear shaped bass reflex port offers deeper bass. View larger
Bass Reflex Port Contributes to Deeper, Richer Bass

The YAS-101 employs a bass reflex port that has a straight shape and adequate length to provide outstanding bass response together with the large volume cabinet. The duct outlet is shaped like a trumpet bell, which reduces wind noise for better sound clarity.

Saran Net Grille Enhances Sound Definition

The grille protecting the speaker unit is a saran net that allows unimpeded sound flow. All sounds, including vocals and music, are clear and pleasant to listen to.

Easy Installation and Convenient Placement

Slim, Low-Profile, One-Body Design Allows Positioning in Front of a TV
Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar
Slim, low profile design is easily wall mounted or placed in front of the TV so it straddles the stand.
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With a height of only 4-1/4", the YAS-101 can be easily positioned in front of a HDTV so it straddles the TV stand. With the stand removed, the height can be adjusted. Because both speakers and subwoofers are built-in, it fits more easily into available space than separate components.

Can Also Be Hung on a Wall

If the TV is hanging on a wall, you can remove the stand and hang the YAS-101 on the wall as well.

Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar Learning Function
IR flasher on the rear of the YAS-101 transmits the signal so TV operation isn't interrupted
Built-in IR Flasher for TV Remote Control Signal Transmission

Even if the YAS-101 blocks the TV's remote control signal, the IR flasher on the back of the soundbar transmits the signal to the TV so operation is not affected.

Learning Function Allows Operation with the TV Remote Control

The YAS-101 can "LEARN" your TV viewing remote control, so you can use the TV or Cable Box remote control to turn the YAS-101 on and off and to adjust its volume.

Easy-to-Operate Remote Control Supplied

The included YAS-101 remote is simple and easy to use. It lets you turn the power on and off, adjust the volume and do other basic operations, and even lets you switch the surround modes. Together with the Learning function, you can use either the TV viewing remote or the Yamaha remote for easy operation.

Technical Specifications

  • Maximum Output Power: Front L/R 30 W + 30 W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD); Subwoofer 60 W (3 ohms, 100 Hz, 10% THD)
  • Front Speaker Type: Acoustic suspension type
  • Front Speaker Drivers: Dual 6.5 cm (2-1/2") full range cone
  • Speaker Frequency Response: 150Hz – 20kHz
  • Subwoofer Type: Bass reflex type
  • Subwoofer Drivers: Dual 7.5 cm (3") cone
  • Subwoofer Frequency Response: 50Hz – 150Hz
  • Input Terminals: 2 Optical Digital, 1 Coaxial Digital
  • Output Terminals: 1 Subwoofer output, 1 System Control
  • Power Consumption: 22 W
  • Standby Power Consumption: 0.5 W
  • Dimensions: 35" x 4-1/4" x 4-3/4" (with stands/brackets)
  • Weight: 9.3 lbs

Surround Realism

AIR SURROUND XTREME Provides Powerful Surround Sound

Yamaha's exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME reproduces 7.1-channel surround sound with high quality, excellent imaging and rich presence, far superior to that of any other soundbar. You'll experience an extremely realistic and impressive sound field, with clear dialogue in the front and dynamic sound action at the back and sides.

Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar Surround Realism
Fill your room with sound with the YAS-101's realistic and impressive sound field
Compatible with Popular Surround Sound Formats

The YAS-101 soundbar is compatible with popular surround sound formats, such as Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround, so you get the full effect of multichannel movie sound.

Practical Sound Features

Clear Voice Makes Dialogue and Narrations Easy to Hear

Clear Voice raises the level of dialogue and narrations while maintaining overall sound quality. Movies and TV shows, sports commentary, and news broadcasts are more clearly audible.

Yamaha YAS-101 UniVolume
With UniVolume, volume level is automatically appropriately adjusted, so no sudden increases
UniVolume Maintains the Same Volume Level

This welcome feature, made possible by Yamaha-developed technology, maintains a consistent volume level between different channels, programs, commercials, and input sources. It can be switched on and off.

Audio Delay Control (Lip Sync)

This technology adjusts the timing of the picture and dialogue.

Add an Extra Subwoofer

The Subwoofer Out jack lets you connect an additional subwoofer to enjoy even more powerful bass sound.

Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar
The glossy black finish of the YAS-101 matches flat-screen TVs perfectly

High Quality Design

Stylish Design Achieves Both Visual Beauty and Ease of Use

Although low enough to be placed neatly in front of a TV, the body is beautifully finished with an elegantly curved front surface. It adds a stylish accent to your entertainment area.

Glossy Black Finish Matches Flat-Screen TVs

The front panel and top have a rich, "glossy piano finish" black finish that harmonizes beautifully with the newest thin TVs, for a stylishly compact home theater system.

Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar

Product Information

Product Dimensions 35 x 4.8 x 4.2 inches
Item Weight 9.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 11.3 pounds
Department Home Theaters
Manufacturer Yamaha
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number YAS101
Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 682 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #220 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Sound Bars
#4,458 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers
#10,998 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com April 30, 2011

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First, my motivation for taking the time to write a review is that these Amazon product reviews have helped me so much in the past that I wanted to pay some of that back.

More to the point, Yes, definitely buy this Yamaha Sound Bar if your needs are similar to mine.

I love this thing because my new 46Inch LED Flat Screen had a great picture but really dull sound and I wanted to add better sound without a complicated set of gear, and this Yamaha Sound Bar immediately gave me bright clear quality sound in a simple one piece component that looks high end and fits nicely in front of my TV. You don't notice it.

I gave it a full five stars because it worked great right out of the box, exceeded my expectations and I really got it set up within in 20 minutes, really.

When I turned it on I sat there with a big smile on my face because of the quality sound as I channel surfed and played with the sound settings, how many times does that happen with a new piece of gear?

Only two wires to deal with, the power cord to plug in and it came with the other one, an optical cable, so no running out to figure out what cable or cables to buy. You just plug in the optical cable to the audio out on the TV and into the back of the Yamaha.

When you slide it out of the box, be careful grabbing it, as along the bottom of the unit two of the internal speaker compartments are cloth covered and you could accidentally poke your fingers through before you get it fully out of the box, unwrapped and can see them.

Even though it sits in front of the base of my TV; it didn't block my TV remote's signals, as it has a setting to pass through and relay your remotes signal out of its back side.
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Synopsis: I read all 102 reviews available (at the time), then purchased the unit, spent 2 days trying to set up "correctly", researched more and found a helpful review in Britain, finally got set up "right", not quite happy, went to listen to side-by-side comparisons of Bose Lifestyle, Cinemate Series II System, and the Cinemate 1 SR soundbar system. That made the decision for me. I kept the Yamaha YAS 101, and am quite happy with it now.

All that said, it was a long process to make that decision, and although I generally prefer brief and concise reports, I'm going to try to to include all the information I wish I had had at the time, so bear with this review. This is of the [[ASIN: B005IVUWHW}] Yamaha YAS 101

I had never heard of a soundbar, or heard one. I was walking through Best Buy just browsing when I heard this incredible sound. Reconnoitering, it was a salesperson demonstrating a Polk soundbar with a wireless subwoofer. I had never even heard of a soundbar. I was impressed with the entire idea, and it seemed perfect for what I needed in my bedroom to augment the dinky speakers on our otherwise wonderful Sharp 57" HD TV. They were $350, and I virtually told him I wanted them. IN the discussion that followed, he mentioned Bose had a new soundbar out, the Cinemate 1 SR that "nothing else compares to" but was $1500. He had a Bose soundbar there for me to look at, but it wasn't hooked up so I could not hear it. It looked great.

Now my quandary began. I have been a BOSE fan since I bought my first set of 901 Series IV speakers back in the '70's. I also have a Bose receiver (they don't make them anymore), a third-party Bose car audio system (they don't make third-pary non-customized car systems either), and a Bose Dolby 5.
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By MB123 on December 16, 2011
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I just recently purchased the sony kdl55hx820 and needed a sound bar to make up for the lackluster sound produced by flat screens in general. My main requirements were: Full sound, aesthetically pleasing and smaller form factor since I haven't wall mounted my tv just yet.

Since I wanted some bass I was looking at systems with a sub and decided the finalists for me were:
Sony HT-CT150
Sony HTCT550W
Panasonic SC-HTB520
Yamaha YAS-101

Sony HT-CT150- Although a nice system I eliminated it because the sub was not wireless and you needed a clear sight line to it because the ir sensor is at the top of it, which makes hiding the sub more difficult.

Sony HTCT550W- A superb system really. Also provides hdmi switching at a very reasonable price. The only thing I did not like was the extra piece of equipment (receiver unit) that I would have to stick into my tv stand and that the main speakerbar has no frills physically. uses ARC meaning, if your tv is capable, you can use a single hdmi cable for audio&video + it should turn unit on and off.

Panasonic SC-HTB520- a very underrated system and by far the most beautiful of the units reviewed...main bar is gorgeous, plus thin. Issue for me was that the bar was slightly taller and I was worried it would block the ir signal for the tv. Also arc compatible

which brings me to the yas-101

Yamaha YAS-101- listened to it in a store and it sounded terrible. no bass whatsoever but I decided to give it a try anyway. main reasons:
1. i knew you can adjust the sub woofer level
2. has the ir relay so even if it blocks the sight line of the tv it passes the signal on
3. can learn power + vol + and - of your tv remote.
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