The wonderful Yamaha YAS-207 ($230 at Amazon) got here out in 2017, and if the corporate had loads of competitors then, it has much more now. Vizio has gone from energy to energy with merchandise such because the SB36512, and different sensible sound bars just like the Polk Command Bar ($250 at Amazon) have come on-line that provide nice sound and ease of use.

There’s loads driving on the YAS-209, particularly because it’s the corporate’s first sensible speaker of any variety. Yamaha went with Amazon Alexa, the most well-liked voice assistant within the residence, for its voice management, and you probably have a few Amazon Echos ($100 at Amazon) tucked away already that is excellent news for you. Even higher: The Yamaha performs nicely as a wise speaker and sounds nice.

It isn’t the most cost effective sensible sound bar obtainable although. Some consumers on this value vary may nicely desire the Sonos Beam for its multiroom chops and selection of Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple AirPlay 2, whereas the Command Bar affords Alexa for much less cash. Neither matches the Yamaha’s sound high quality nonetheless. The YAS-209 offers you the whole lot you’d anticipate from a Yamaha on the value: ease of use, highly effective output ranges and a capability to replay each motion pictures and music to a excessive normal. 

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The Yamaha YAS-209 is a sound bar and wi-fi subwoofer combo incorporating two microphones to be used with Amazon Alexa. Not like such rivals because the Sonos Beam (which lacks a sub) and the Bose Soundbar 700, the Yamaha is just not going to get Google Assistant sooner or later.

The principle sound bar is roughly 37 inches huge and a couple of.5 inches tall and I discovered it match beneath plenty of TVs with out blocking the IR port. You too can mount it on a wall in the identical horizontal orientation. The subwoofer, then again, is a big field that homes a 6.5-inch bass woofer. It is slightly extra intrusive than the bar at roughly 16 inches sq. and seven.5 inches huge. 

The speaker affords DTS Digital:X for simulated encompass results from a single bar, plus a bunch of media-specific presets: Music, TV program, Film, Sports activities, Sport and Stereo.

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Connections embrace HDMI in and HDMI (ARC) out, optical digital and Bluetooth. You may join the sound bar to Ethernet and Wi-Fi for Spotify Join and Alexa assist (although no AirPlay 2 or built-in Chromecast). Yamaha says compatibility with Amazon’s MRM (Multi-Room Music) characteristic is within the pipeline as nicely.

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The sound bar comes with a bigger distant than common and the again of it’s pleasingly concave. Given the small nature of the sound bar’s LED show readout, the distant is among the principal strategies of interacting with the sound bar; its button choice is suitably complete and straightforward to make use of. 

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