The Yamaha YAS-203 has lengthy been a favourite right here at Proinertech, it received our Editor’s Selection award again in 2014, and so expectation for its alternative is excessive. Like, actually actually excessive. We’ll even go as far as to say that the YAS-207 is without doubt one of the most requested critiques we have had by readers in years. So this product higher be good!

Within the three years since its predecessor debuted there have been some tweaks to Yamaha’s authentic components, and so they’re all optimistic. The worth is analogous at round $300, provides an additional sound mode — DTS Digital:X — for simulated encompass, in addition to HDMI connectivity.

With costs eroding quick — Polk simply introduced a $130 sound bar, for instance — the funds finish has by no means been so aggressive, however the Yamaha wins by way of with an immersive sound and ease of use. General its sound high quality rated the identical because the less expensive Vizio SB3621, however the Yamaha has a extra immersive sound.

The Yamaha YAS-207 is offered now for $299, £349 and AU$599.

Design and options

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The specs record is not the one factor that is modified, it is also the cosmetics. The YAS-207’s faux-leather plastic high and fabric grill encompass make it much less just like the YAS-203’s “sports activities automotive bumper” and extra like a chunk of furnishings. The 207 does with out the IR repeater of the outdated mannequin however it’s additionally shorter — down from three.125 inches to 2.375 inches — so it is much less prone to block your TV’s IR port. After all wall-mounting utilizing the keyhole mounts makes this a non-issue however remember that it’ll poke out from the wall about six inches.

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The entrance of the unit options touch-sensitive controls and a sensibly labelled LED readout, although the show is just not fairly decipherable from the sofa. This can be a pity because the gadget is with none on-screen show in your TV.

The sub that accompanies the principle unit is massive (7.125 inches large by 17.25 inches excessive by 15.75 inches deep) and it additionally has a fabric grill that appears detachable… however is not. The sub is front-ported and wi-fi so you may simply tuck it in a nook or subsequent to your sofa.

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Lastly, the distant. It is in all probability the one factor that Yamaha hasn’t modified over earlier merchandise. It is someplace between a bank card and a small clicker and has the buttons you want. However remember that your personal TV distant could also be higher, or you would strive Yamaha’s personal HT Controller app which operates by Bluetooth for additional management choices.

The YAS-207 options compatibility with each Dolby and DTS soundtracks. One factor to notice is that it is the first sound bar to incorporate DTS Digital:X — a digital encompass mode for stereo methods. The soundbar includes a set of 4 1.75-inch woofers paired with two tweeters whereas the subwoofer includes a 6.5-inch driver.

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