As modern TVs get thinner and thinner, their speakers get smaller and smaller … and the audio is the first thing that suffers. To achieve better audio, you’ll need some help. That’s where a sound bar comes in.
The only catch? Knowing which one is right for you. To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of the very best Yamaha sound bars for every space and budget, categorized by the type of need you might have. Note that all models mentioned here include Bluetooth® support in case you want to stream music when the TV is off.
Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house, space is often in short supply … especially when it comes to where to place audio equipment. The small but mighty Yamaha SR-C20A provides a space-saving solution for every scenario.
At just 23″ in length, the SR-C20A can fit anywhere, from bedroom dressers to cabinets to computer desks — it even includes rear keyholes for easy wall-mounting. What’s more, it’s packed with features that can fill a room without waking your neighbors. Key among them is Dolby® 2D virtual surround sound, which simulates the placement of sonic elements like footsteps and helicopter blades using various digital techniques. With a built-in subwoofer, Bass Extension and Clear Voice dialogue enhancer, plus four different sound modes to choose from (including one designed specially for gamers), this little bar is sure to do big things for you in close quarters.
The SR-C20A is a great place to start, but if you’ve got a little more space and a little extra budget, the Yamaha SR-B20A provides another great all-in-one option, along with several improvements.
At 35″ long, the SR-B20A has room for two built-in subwoofers to help boost the low-end. It also features DTS® Virtual:X™ virtual 3D surround sound, which expands the soundstage to provide a more immersive experience.
If you prefer the convenience of going hands-free, the Yamaha YAS-109 takes it a step further with built-in Alexa voice control. This allows you to seamlessly integrate the sound bar with your smart home devices to round out your connected home ecosystem. Alexa Skills include: turning power on or off, volume control and requesting a specific artist, song or genre to be played from Amazon Music. You can also mute Alexa on the sound bar if you’re in need of some privacy.
Make no mistake: Every sound bar on this list packs a punch, but if you’re looking to fill a bigger room with even more sound, you might consider the Yamaha YAS-209, which comes with a separate wireless subwoofer. The sub can be placed anywhere in the room, providing added flexibility and layout options. Like the YAS-109, the YAS-209 includes Alexa voice control for the smart home.
If you’re an aficionado of surround sound, you might want to consider the MusicCast BAR 400, which comes with a wireless subwoofer. Aside from being the largest sound bar on our list at over 38″ long, the MusicCast BAR 400 includes multiple voice control options with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri (via AirPlay 2).
The BAR 400 also includes support for MusicCast multi-room audio, a feature that enables you to listen to music in any or all the rooms in your house — even out on your patio! You can also use MusicCast wireless speakers with the BAR 400 to create a complete discrete 5.1-channel surround sound system without the need to run wires around the room or through the walls, thus simplifying setup and allowing for increased placement flexibility.
Once you’ve made up your mind about which sound bar works best for you, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of great sound while staying within your budget … and without impacting on your home décor!
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