Yamaha has been chargeable for some wonderful sound bars in recent times, and we have been huge followers of the $200 YAS-106. In 2016 it was one among our favourite sound bars for the cash. Rather a lot has occurred within the two years because it was launched, however a very powerful factor on the funds sound bar degree might be boiled down to at least one phrase: Vizio.

The efficiency of fashions just like the Vizio SB3621N-E8 and SB362An-F6 is nearly as good or higher than the Yamaha for much more reasonably priced costs. The brand new Yamaha YAS-108 ($200 at Amazon.com) has much more competitors than earlier fashions.

The YAS-108 has so much to supply — candy design, helpful options like HDMI and twin Bluetooth connectivity, and wonderful sound high quality. It is a slicker bundle than both Vizio sound bar and is certain to draw its personal justifiable share of followers. The Vizios are cheaper and sound higher, nonetheless.

In fact, in the event you’re in Australia or the UK the Vizio’s aren’t accessible there, so Yamaha’s funds merchandise just like the YAS-108 symbolize the very best of their type. Whereas pricing and availability for these areas aren’t accessible but, you’ll be able to anticipate the value to be across the identical because the YAS-107 it replaces — AU$349 and £230, respectively.

Design

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With its low, flattened design, the Yamaha YAS-108 appears to be like like an enormous’s tongue depressor. The two-inch excessive sound bar is engineered to both sit flat on a TV stand or connect to the wall utilizing the built-in keyhole ports. The speaker has an onboard gyroscope that optimizes the sound relying on whether or not it is positioned flat or vertically.

The YAS-108 contains twin Three-inch “subwoofers” plus two units of dome tweeters and woofers with bass ports at every finish of the bar.

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As an entry-level sound bar, there is no such thing as a on-screen show, only a sequence of LEDs comparable to the enter choice and quantity. It is much less complicated than the Vizio’s shows, but it surely nonetheless solely is sensible at arms-length the place you’ll be able to learn the legends. To the aspect of the readout are capacitive contact controls for supply choice, quantity/mute and energy.

The distant management is a step up from virtually each different funds sound bar on the market, with precise bodily buttons and a smart structure.

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Options

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Not like Vizio’s funds ‘bars, the YAS-108 has HDMI in and outputs.

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The Yamaha’s options benefit over Vizio begins with HDMI out and in plus ARC, in comparison with primary optical-only on the cheaper Vizio bars. HDMI connectivity affords extra flexibility than a easy optical connection as a result of it provides the flexibility to change between the TV’s onboard sound (by way of ARC) and the direct connection from one other gadget, like a Blu-ray participant. HDMI CEC additionally allows you to flip the sound bar on and off with the TV distant.

The YAS-108’s HDMI ports additionally promise compatibility with 4K HDR in its many-splendored kinds, which ought to present a small diploma of future-proofing. As well as, the sound bar affords optical and analog inputs. 

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