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Yamaha YAS-203 Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer
|Price:||$449.95 & FREE Shipping|
- Length & Power Output: 34.9-inch 200 W (7.1 channels) – ideal for 40-inch and larger TVs
- Subwoofer: Wireless
- Connectivity: Wired, bluetooth
- Wall Mountable: Yes; Remote Included: Yes
- Inputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
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Yamaha knows music...
As the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer and home theater innovator, Yamaha knows how to make your TV, movies and music their absolute best.
Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
Immersive Home Theater Sound with Deep Bass
Make all of your movies and TV shows come to life with clear, spacious sound. The piano-black finish of the sound bar looks great with your TV and the wireless subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room to deliver rich, impactful bass. BLUETOOTH lets you wirelessly stream music from your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
- Wireless subwoofer for deep bass with flexible placement
- Bluetooth wireless music streaming from a smartphone or tablet
- Extremely easy set up with a single-cable connection
- Learning feature lets you use your TV remote to control volume
- Low-profile design - mount on wall or place on TV stand
Easy to Place Wireless Powered Subwoofer
This subwoofer features a large magnet, a front-firing configuration, proprietary Yamaha's Advanced YST II and a linear port to produce deep and smooth bass. And, because there is no need to connect cables, it’s easy to set up and place.
AIR SURROUND XTREME Provides Superior Virtual Surround
Yamaha-exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME reproduces virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with high quality, excellent imaging and rich presence far superior to other virtual surround technologies. You’ll experience an extremely realistic and impressive sound field with clear dialogue in the front and dynamic sound action effects from behind.
Realistic and Impressive Sound
The sound bar houses a digital amp and two 2-1/8" cone speakers with large magnets to ensure high quality sound. Its structural design allows the sound bar to perform with power and clarity in a slim body chassis. Yamaha’s original advanced bass extension processing delivers powerful bass for enhanced performance.
Clear Voice Makes Dialogue and Narrations Easy to Hear
Clear Voice raises the level of dialogue and narrations while maintaining overall sound quality. Movies, TV shows, sports and news broadcasts are more clearly audible.
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.
Elegance and Simplicity
The sophisticated design features a piano black finish bringing elegance and quality to the room.
The YAS-203 can be mounted to a wall using commercially available hardware. A paper mounting template is included to assist with the installation process.
Easy Operation from Your Smartphone or Tablet
Download the free Home Theater Controller app for iOS and Android to easily perform a variety of basic functions. Select surround modes or make sound adjustments for the best listening experience.
TV Remote Repeater for Signal Transmission
Even if the YAS-203 blocks the TV remote’s signal, the TV Remote Repeater transmits the signal to the TV so operation is unaffected.
|Output Power||120 W total||120 W total||120 W total||200 W total|
|Drivers||Dual 2-1/2"||Dual 2-1/2"||Dual 2-1/2"||Dual 2-1/8"|
|Subwoofer Type||Dual built-in 3"||Dual built-in 3"||Dual built-in 3-1/2"||Wireless 6-1/2"|
|Home Theater Controller App||-||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Digital Inputs||2 optical, 1 coaxial||2 optical, 1 coaxial||1 optical, 1 coaxial||1 optical, 1 coaxial|
|Analog Input||1 in||1 in||1 in + 1 stereo mini jack||1 in|
|Sound Bar Dimensions (W x H x D)||35" x 3-5/8" x 4-1/2"||35" x 3-5/8" x 4-1/2"||47-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 5"||34-7/8” x 3-1/8” x 4-3/4”|
|Subwoofer Dimensions (W x H x D)||-||-||-||11-3/8” x 11-1/2” x 12-1/2”|
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|Connectivity Technology||—||—||—||bluetooth||wi-fi, bluetooth, hdmi||—|
|Item Dimensions||34.88 x 4.75 x 3.62 in||36.62 x 4.25 x 2.38 in||35 x 5.12 x 2.12 in||3 x 38 x 3 in||37.38 x 5.12 x 2.88 in||40 x 2.8 x 4.1 in|
|Item Weight||24.3 lbs||6 lbs||7.5 lbs||5.8 lbs||11.9 lbs||7 lbs|
Make all of your movies and TV shows come to life with clear, spacious sound. The piano-black finish of the sound bar looks great with your TV and the wireless subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room to deliver rich, impactful bass. Bluetooth lets you wirelessly stream music from your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
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quick version: It sounds as good as you could expect for a system of this price. No soundbar, including really expensive ones, is going to be better than even the cheapest brand name "home theatre in a box" when it comes to filling a room with directionalized sound. I would have given this system 5 stars if it had HDMI control. Also, if you're concerned about dolby, you should figure out if your television set sends the original audio signal out or one that has been converted to 2 channel. If your set does the latter, you should plug it directly into the media source if possible.
Product is packaged nicely. The gloss finish on the main speaker seems like a fingerprint magnet (which is ok, you probably won't be touching it much) and also makes it feel kind of cheap. Well it is relatively cheap on the price scale, so no hard feelings there. Comes with everything you need to get started.
Physically setting up the system wasn't difficult at all. Simply set the main speaker where you want it and plug the optical cable (it comes with one) into your source - in my case the television itself. The subwoofer is wireless but needs a power source of course. I have mine just to the side with the cable box, but bass isn't really directional, so you could put it wherever you think is most convenient. I will say that the main speaker cord could be longer.
When I turned on the system, the subwoofer connected automatically without any issue. I had to wade through some TV menus to turn off the set speakers and route the audio to the soundbar. Obviously the ease of that depends on your TV. My set allows the unfiltered multi-channel signal to pass through, which the speakers will attempt to recreate (more on that later). Once I was getting sound, I had to turn my focus to remote controls. Probably the only major downside of this soundbar is that it doesn't use HDMI control. Instead, you train it to respond to the same signals as your TV remote. The training was easy enough - you start the sequence and then press the appropriate buttons to program - but it makes for some needlessly annoying moments at times
- If I don't have the TV remote pointed at the right angle it might "miss" one or the other, resulting in me having to walk up there and manually turn on one or the other. It also renders the cable box remote useless for this purpose; I think the burst it sends to the TV is too short to capture both the TV and the soundbar reliably
- Anytime I change the volume I get a message from the TV that "the volume is fixed." (Of course it is, I turned off the speakers). But with HDMI control you could actually get visual feedback on the TV as to your volume level.
Assuming you got your remote programming sorted out, it's pretty easy to use. Instead of a slick-looking LED screen, all your information is given by a few status lights in the front. A quick look at the manual can orient you as to what they mean. It's not very complicated. The remote allows you to adjust the volume and bass level. Basically I just cranked up the bass level and put the remote away in a drawer. There are some other more advanced audio profile settings you can play with, but you need to download an app to your phone and connect to Bluetooth - another downside, though I'm sure in the end, it gives you more options than you would find in competing products.
On most flat panel TVs, the speakers are in the rear and pointed down. Also the drivers have to be pretty flat to fit inside the screen. In other words, you have laptop speakers which are pointed backwards. If you're expecting this soundbar to replace even your $300 home theater in a box, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Instead, it's more like someone took some small speakers, spaced them apart, and pointed them in the right direction + added a subwoofer - all this without the hassle of an extra amplifier or superfluous wiring. But that is not an indictment of this product, it's just a simple fact when it comes to soundbars. You can't expect it to be as loud and you can't expect comparable directionality. Yamaha claims that the subtle convex shape helps the bar to "throw" sound towards the corner to recreate a surround effect, but this will be a mostly untrue claim if you have an open floorplan. Overall, it makes the speech clearer and adds some much needed bass and depth. You could spend a lot more money on a higher-end soundbar, but at that point, I would say you are better off getting an actual 5.1 or 7.1 system
So I've been shopping for a new Soundbar/Sub set to replace my 240watt Polk Magnifi One set that I purchased several months ago on a "deal" for $150. The Polk has an amazing 7" sub (probably one of the best for the price class) but the soundbar itself has left so much to be desired. It gets plenty loud but it sounds cheap, the highs and mids are pretty much nonexistent. Found out later in several reviews that the Polk "isn't good for music." but it got high reviews anyway. How can a Soundbar/Sub set not be good for music with all the soundtrack heavy programming out there and movies with theatrical scores. I've tried to get over it but I just can't. I would have most likely returned this item but a shipping mishap with Adorama got me much of my money credited back, so it just wouldn't be worth the hassle.
So I've been watching the deals, and this Yamaha Yas-203 came up for sale here at Amazon for $189.99. They also were running a sale at the Amazon warehouse for Like-New sets in original packaging for $170.99, with an additional 20% off making it $136.77. That was just too cheap for such a well reviewed soundbar that retailed at $400 and was pretty much never under $250 even on a sale. So I gambled and figured if it didn't show up looking and performing like brand new, then back it would go. Well my gamble paid off. This item showed up brand new with all original factory inserts, plastic taping around the bar and sub, remote and instructions in sealed bag with unopened batteries. No way had this item ever even been opened before.
Now for the sound. I was disappointed at first, sounded way too wimpy for my taste and I could barely even tell if the sub was on or not. I almost threw it back in the box and contacted Amazon. I decided to give it a few more days and mess with the settings and give my ears more of a chance to adjust to it (or not.) Glad I did. First off you've gotta turn the bass all the way up separately and hit the Bass Boost button on the remote. Also it's especially important to have it in Stereo mode instead of Surround when listening to music, video games, or Soundtrack heavy movies/shows. Surround might be OK for sitcoms or the news, but you lose a ton of bass plus a good share of your mids and highs in surround mode. Plus it just sounds kind of muffled in my opinion. I also believe this sub has a bit of a break-in period as it seems to be much more powerful sounding then the first couple days I had it. This unit gets plenty loud, so don't hesitate to turn it up for some bigger sound. Haven't noticed any distortion at higher volumes either. I wish they would have included tweeters on the bar, but the range is surprisingly good in stereo mode. Did several comparisons to my Polk Audio and difference was amazing. Superior sound especially with music. You won't be fooling anyone that you have a 7.1 theater system with receiver, but for what it is it performs quite well. Huge improvement over generic TV speakers One last note is the Soundbar and sub are quite attractive and have an interesting and quality look to them. Doesn't look like every other boring generic soundbar out there, but isn't weird looking either. In the end, I really don't think I could've done any better for the money spent. Very Pleased
Performs well even with music.
Decent remote (small but thick with heavy plastic construction)
Gets Plenty Loud
Bluetooth works flawlessly
Voices are clear and easy to understand
Sub could be a bit more powerful (although it seems to be improving)
Could benefit a little from tweeters for a bit more range
Surround Mode seems useless (and actually hinders performance)