A soundbar just might be the simplest, most convenient way of beefing up the sound coming out of your TV, all while doubling as a decent speaker for enjoying your music in the living room. While Yamaha’s got plenty of models in the category, those looking for a modest unit to boost their living room audio should find plenty to love in the outfit’s new YAS-106 Soundbar.
Yamaha’s entry-level soundbar, it comes in an ultra-slim and attractive design that should play nice whether it sits in front of the TV, rests on a nearby shelf, or hangs right on the wall. Its smart enough to detect its placement, too, automatically adjusting the sound profile for optimum listening, depending on whether it’s mounted on a wall or set down on a surface.
The Yamaha YAS-106 Soundbar boasts “clear, full-range sound” courtesy of two 3-inch subwoofers, two 2.13-inch cone woofers, and two 1-inch dome tweeters all built into the enclosure, along with the outfit’s “bass reflex port” for padding out the lower end, eliminating the need for a separate subwoofer. It does come with a subwoofer output, though, in case you’re hankering for even deeper bass.
Both Dolby Audio and DTS Digital Surround are onboard for simulating a surround sound experience, with five sound mode profiles you can switch into via the accompanying app. Features include Bluetooth for music streaming, a compressed music enhancer (for improving your MP3s), and Clear Voice tech, which raises the level of dialogue for better clarity, while maintaining the rest of the sound along its original range.
Available now, the Yamaha YAS-106 is priced at $200.