Sound bars offer a solution to improve the poor sound of slim televisions. And, above all, it is an easy solution to install and very not aggressive with the decoration of the living room. And the other option is to fill the room with boxes and cables.
However, this does not mean that we forgo quality sound. There are many kinds of sound bars. We have from sound bars that provide practically nothing, to very high-end models. However, in the middle zone we can find good teams. For example, the Yamaha YAS-107, a sound bar that offers great quality at a reasonable price .
The Yamaha YAS-107 offers a minimalist design, but hides some very interesting features. For example, it has two built-in subwoofers to boost the bass. In addition, it uses DTS Virtual: X technology to achieve a magnificent surround effect . All this with a price of around 250 euros. We are going to analyze in depth what the Yamaha YAS-107 soundbar offers us.
Technical sheet Yamaha YAS-107
|Speakers||Two 5.5 cm drivers, 2 integrated 3-inch subwoofers, two 1-inch tweeters|
|Maximum power||120 W: 30 W x 2 + 60 W built-in subwoofer|
|Surround technology||DTS Virtual: X|
|Surround modes||Cinema, TV, Game, Sports, Music|
|Connections||HDMI input and output, optical digital input, analog, Subwoofer output|
|4K pass-through||Yes (supports 50 / 60Hz YCbCr = 4: 4: 4, HDR, HDCP2.2)|
|Compatible sound||Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS Digital Surround|
|Bluetooth||Yes ((Version) Ver. 4.1 + EDR (Profile) A2DP, SPP (Audio Codec) SBC, MPEG AAC)|
|Maximum Bluetooth distance||10 meters|
|Wireless subwoofer||Yes (optional)|
|Remote control||Yes (also App)|
|Dimensions||890 x 53 x 131 mm (on the cabinet)|
890 x 131 x 62mm (wall mounted)
Users who opt for a sound bar generally seek discretion. If we do not want to put a speaker configuration that "floods" the dining room, not a very striking sound bar. In this regard the Yamaha YAS-107 is perfect. It has a length of 89 centimeters and a thickness, placed on the cabinet of 5.3 centimeters . That is, it will be very difficult for us to cover the television.
The entire front of the bar is covered in an elegant acoustic fabric in black . This extends even to the ends of the bar, where we will see two openings for the subwoofers. At the top we have a small bar where the touch controls are located. Also here we have the different LEDs that inform us of the operating mode of the sound bar.
If we choose to hang the bar on the wall, it remains in a vertical position. That is, protrudes from the wall only 6.2 centimeters . In our opinion, in this position it is even more elegant than placed on the furniture.
At the back we have a small plastic area where we find the connectors. The Yamaha YAS-107 sound bar incorporates an HDMI input and output, an optical digital input and an analog input . We also have a subwoofer connector.
Clear voices and powerful bass
Inside the Yamaha YAS-107 we find two 1-inch tweeters, two 2-1 / 8-inch midrange speakers, and two 3-inch tapered subwoofers . At each end we have a bass output for the subwoofers.
If we talk about power, the Yamaha YAS-107 includes a 30 W amplifier dedicated to the front left and right speakers . On the other hand, it also includes a 60 W amplifier that takes care of the bass speakers . Although the configuration is the same that we saw in the Yamaha YAS-106, the company assures that there are several changes between the two models. The most current one features newly designed drives and an improved interior drawer.
This set achieves a clean sound, especially focused on offering clear dialogue . We also get some powerful bass, even without including an external subwoofer.
In addition, the Yamaha YAS-107 is already compatible with DTS Virtual: X . It is a technology that uses digital signal processing and psychoacoustic techniques to simulate an object-oriented audio experience. That is, it simulates sounds in the rear and side of the listener, but also sound from height. Also, according to DTS, this can be applied to any two-channel stereo signal, making it a 7.1.4-channel signal.
To enjoy surround sound, the Yamaha YAS-107 includes five specially optimized surround modes : cinema, music, games, sports and TV.
Even though the Yamaha YAS-107 is more focused on enhancing TV audio, it doesn't forget about music. The company has included Bluetooth connectivity so that we can send music wirelessly from our mobile or tablet . The bar has a Bluetooth coverage of about 10 meters.
To connect the sound bar to the TV we will only need an HDMI cable (as long as the TV is ARC compatible). The HDMI input of the Yamaha YAS-107 supports video signals with 4K / 60p resolution . It is also compatible with HDR (High Dynamic Range), which will allow us to connect any device to the soundbar.
And if we don't have an ARC-compatible TV, the bar also includes an optical digital connection . We will even have an analog connection, although with it we will lose a lot of sound quality.
Also, if we have a high-quality external subwoofer, we can use it with the bar. The Yamaha YAS-107 has a subwoofer input .
To control the entire system we can use the remote that is included. But also the application that Yamaha has available. This application allows us to control many options of our system in an easy way . We will be able to play content to fine-tune the sound quality.
Price and availability
All in all, the Yamaha YAS-107 soundbar is a great option to enhance your TV's audio . It does not have a very high price and its sound is good. It substantially improves the dialogue and gives extra power to the rest of the sounds.
We will even have the option of listening to music from the mobile or tablet. All this with an elegant and discreet design. The Yamaha YAS-107 sound bar is already on the market with a price of 250 euros .