YAMAHA YAS-209 AND YAS-109 SOUNDBARS BOAST ALEXA, DOLBY DIGITAL, DTS VIRTUAL:X

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by Jay Garrett

20th June, 2019

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YAMAHA YAS-209 AND YAS-109 SOUNDBARS BOAST ALEXA, DOLBY DIGITAL, DTS VIRTUAL:X

Yamaha has bragging rights to being the originator of one of the world's first soundbars. Now, Yamaha is introducing two new soundbars, the YAS-209 and YAS-109, making it easier for you to connect, control and enjoy your favourite music, movies and more. The icing on the cake is that they all have native Alexa voice control.

Yamaha YAS-109

Additionally, these new models offer enhanced music playback capabilities and feature Wi-Fi connectivity to play tunes through Spotify Connect, Amazon Music and Alexa-supported music services.

Aesthetically, the YAS-209 and YAS-109 boast a fresh, ultra-slim design for movie and music enthusiasts to discreetly place in front of their TV or mount on the wall without the need of an additional bracket.

Yamaha YAS-209

The YAS-109 features built-in subwoofers while the YAS-209 includes a separate wireless subwoofer, providing flexible placement options and even more expressive bass.

Yamaha didn't take any chances with the Alexa mics. In fact,  they collaborated with the Alexa team at Amazon to implement the preferred method for microphones, focusing on both quality and spacing.

The built-in Alexa feature provides volume lowering capabilities, which automatically decreases the volume of movies or music to help receive a voice command. The included remote contains a dedicated button to initiate Alexa control. Additionally, Alexa can be muted, when desired, or turned off completely when the soundbar is powered down.

Yamaha YAS-109

More importantly, however, is that the new soundbars incorporate Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround decoding, as well as DTS Virtual:X for immersive, virtual 3D surround sound.

Both soundbars feature Yamaha Clear Voice technology, which improves the audibility and clarity of dialogue in movies and TV shows while maintaining overall sonic quality. The feature especially shines during action scenes and live sports programs when background sounds might otherwise overwhelm dialogue and narration.

Yamaha YAS-209

Connectivity includes HDMI input and output with ARC. 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video is supported for use with HDMI-connected 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players or 4K streaming media players. Both soundbars support CEC, enabling audio control with compatible TV remotes. An optical input is provided for use with other devices without HDMI connections.

Besides Spotify Connect and Alexa enabled music services, Bluetooth functionality adds music from your smart device.

Finally, a free app available for both Apple and Android mobile devices gives you yet another way to control inputs and volume. The same app allows for playback of music stored on a smartphone via Wi-Fi.

Price and availability

The YAS-109 priced at £299 is expected August, while the YAS-209 is expected in September and will cost £399.

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