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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A multi-tasking Soundbar that can fill a room.

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Music, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Ease of use, Inputs, Remote control

    YAMAHA YAS-109 Soundbar with ALEXA I was pleasantly surprised by the easy setup and the very nice sound that the YAS-109 produces. It beats the sound of any flat panel TV I know, for a reasonable price. I switched back and forth between my TV, which advertised its superior sound, and the Yamaha YAS-109, and it was night and day. This significantly elevated my TV sound and recreate a movie theater experience in our large guest bedroom. Add in ALEXA features, the ability to play playlists from my phone, and App access to Spotify, Amazon Music and a few others sources and I feel like I got a bonus goodie bag along with a straightforward soundbar. SETUP: The Yamaha leaves a nice impression right out of the box. While it’s not especially heavy (7.5 lbs), it has a nice, modern, rounded design that sits fairly flush (projecting only 2”) from our wall. It looks great either under or over a wall-mounted TV. It will mostly disappear from view except for the small LEDs which confirm input or sound control changes. If your TV is still on its stand, you can simply lay the Soundbar in front of it. I did that during some of my pre-install period In the box is the 35” x 5.13” x 2.13” Yamaha Soundbar (measurements assume wall mount orientation), the small remote, a thin optical cable, power cable, a useful mounting template, and instruction guides. There are no mounting screws or HDMI cable, which you may need in order to exploit all the Yamaha Soundbar’s features. The VERY SIMPLEST SETUP: Mount on the wall or lay the Soundbar on a counter under your TV. Find the Optical Jack on your TV and connect the provided optical cable to the Soundbar. (Make sure you pop off those tiny protective shields at each end of the cable). Plug in the Soundbar to an outlet. Turn on your TV and go into your sound setting where you’ll turn off the TV SPEAKERS and select AUDIO SYSTEM or something similar. Turn on the Soundbar, increase the volume and you’re ready to hear movies as the director intended. There are a variety of sound fields, voice enhancement and subwoofer management. Play with the remote and modify sound all you want. But, there is a lot more with a little added effort. The FULL FEATURED SETUP: Do you want ALL those other voice managed and connection features in the YAMAHA YAS-109? Download the Yamaha Soundbar App from the iOS or Google Play store. You can connect ONE streaming or set-top box or game console directly to the Soundbar (HDMI cable). Connect your TV (ARC Input if possible) to the Soundbar with an HDMI cable. In order to use ALEXA, you need to either use the Ethernet connection or use wireless to connect the Soundbar to the internet. [I found that I needed to unplug my ethernet. I may talk to Yamaha about this.] PERFORMANCE: Because I like to have my new equipment playing within minutes, I did my VERY SIMPLEST SETUP and was watching a movie while I learned about enabling the more advanced Yamaha features. This is a nice sounding Soundbar, with a balance of sound which projected itself into the room. It was very difficult to tell where the sound was coming from at times, because it nicely filled this large bedroom location. Clean voice (which could be brought forward with the CLEAR VOICE button), detailed treble and rich bass. This is a great improvement over the TV’s best sound. The settings allowed a choice of sound fields, which I generally ignore. But, Yamaha is not over-the-top with its digital processing, so I found myself experimenting with all of them. I was really shocked by the bass. There is no extra bass module, but there is definitely extra bass when it’s called for by the program. Surprised me. Nicely done, Yamaha. I began the FULL FEATURED SETUP by downloading the Yamaha Soundbar App from the Apple store. I allowed the iPhone App to find the YAS-109 using my home wireless which needs to signed into upon initial install. This was fairly fast and new FIRMWARE (2.72 dated 2019-12-25) was installed. The APP provides all of the features of the remote control. But, the remote is limited to the sound fields, input selection and overall sound level as well as a separate subwoofer level. The phone APP opens up the world of the Internet and ALEXA. I found that I could directly select music from my iPhone music library, or select Spotify, TIDAL, etc, or go back to the TV output (remember to connect ARC output from the TV) or choose the device connected via the HDMI input of the Soundbar. I could request (using my voice) that ALEXA play music, and it offered music from the Amazon Music play. I could even specify (by voice) music selections. If I chose to play “My Music” the App let me survey my iPhone’s Playlists and select a song from my collection, directly. This was all fairly easy to master. Spotify Connect relies on the App on my phone, but the music is playing beautifully on the Yamaha Soundbar. The YAS-109 doesn’t work with Google Assistant. Although I primarily use Google Assistant to control lights. locks etc in my house, I wasn’t limited in any way using ALEXA to control the YAMAHA and call up music as I wanted. Those other ALEXA type features like weather, traffic and the news reports are all here. I will need to go explore some more. SUMMARY: Whew. Lots of features going on here. I wish Yamaha covered this more completely in the instructions, because I had quite a few trial and error moments which better instructions might have lessened. If you’re a novice looking for a simple Soundbar, the Yamaha YAS-109 can be quickly and easily set up. Don’t let my extended review frighten you away. You’re going to love it. If you see the usefulness of ALEXA and want to add a really great voice-controlled music source to a room, this Soundbar will easily outperform many standalone wireless speakers while practically disappearing in the room. And, who doesn’t want to be able to ask their TV wall to give them the weather or traffic on command? The price is nice and the features go on and on. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Makes Home Cinema Sound Easy

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Music, Price, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Remote control

    I have been curious about what soundbars can bring to the table. It has been a while since I have invested in an entertainment system. Don’t get me wrong, we have fairly new 4k TVs, but the last time I purchased a sound system it involved a slew of speakers and having to run cables all over the room. I have loved the idea of one speaker that could simulate a surround experience. To start with the sound is not going to be the same as having a full surround, it comes about 60%-70% of the way there. Now, the benefit here is the ease of setup, very compact, and the price is more reasonable. Setup was pretty straightforward, plug into ARC port on the TV, then we plugged in our 4k FireTV stick into the soundbar. We had also tried to connect one of our AppleTVs. The AppleTV we have here is not the 4k version and that worked without any issues. Not the case with the 4k FireTV. The connection was simple enough, and sounds were great, but we had issues with the screen flickering black sporadically when watching content on the 4k FireTV. I tried different cables, restarting the stick, and nothing was working. I finally happened across a site that said to try adjusting the color depth. I had to bring it down to 10 bits and voila flickering ceased. After that, we have not had an issue whatsoever with the soundbar. The FireTV stick takes over controls for the soundbar so I can just use 1 remote to control everything. Being able to stream music from Spotify, and Amazon Music is great since we use both services. Music sounds amazing from it. Movies and TV shows sound great as well. We have the soundbar connected in our bedroom and it does a good job of separating and simulating that surround sound. We were watching a movie recently and I could have sworn the insect noises in the movie were coming from outside of our window, I had to pause the movie to verify that it was the movie. My only issue, and it's more if a nitpick is that the bass is a little lacking. There is a way to adjust it, and we have done so, but I think we will have to try to see about connecting a separated subwoofer to the soundbar. The soundbar does have built-in subs, and they do offer a little rattle when watching action movies, I was just hoping for a bit more. I could easily recommend this soundbar to anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive way of increasing their home theater experience. Just make sure to adjust your FireTV stick if you come across the flickering issue. The music streaming, Bluetooth connectivity, sound quality, and ease of use make this a very strong choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Supplementary Soundbar with Alexa

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Set up, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Remote control, Volume

    So let's be honest, most folks unless they are in a small space or apartment would not consider a 2.1 channel compact soundbar for their primary home theater or TV set-up. However at this pricepoint, this soundbar is still an attractive option with solid Yamaha sound and Amazon Alexa extension functionality. Why buy an Echo spot for $50 when you can get a real competent soundbar in that guest room, kitchen or office attached to your TV? A few negatives, this unit is deeper/thicker than most soundbars. This is due to the subwoofer exhausts on the back of the unit, but that's why the unit is so big. The remote is pretty low-quality with an IR sensor that you see the bulb on. Barely functional although it is well laid out, you have to literally point it directly at the soundbar with nothing obstructing it. I couldn't get ARC to work correctly from my Hisense TV. Not a huge surprise and it may be partially my TVs fault since it had issues with my Vizio Soundbar as well, but ARC works perfectly and auto-switches to my Samsung soundbar with the same TV setttings and connections. I don't hold this against Yamaha so much but I simply could not get audio over HDMI ARC from the TV apps to the soundbar which was very frustrating. I set it to TV and it wasn't as obvious if the settings were correct or not. I didn't love the capacitive touch button settings on the unit itself, and the lights show the level of volume from left to right re-using function displays. Some positives: The sound is excellent! Fantastic for a smaller room, bedroom, kids play room. HDMI passthrough works perfectly and is also 4K capable. Would be amazing for a dorm room for TV and music since you can stream directly to it with Spotify or Alexa. Includes Alexa which is a huge boon for any smart device for Alexa users. One less other Amazon device in a room. No video of course, but maybe one day they'll have a native app like the Portal TV. Set-up was actually very fast and easy despite a large update. It went through without an issue. Only works on 2.4GHz networks but my mesh network has both 2.4 and 5GHz on the same SSID. Includes a template and doesn't require additional hardware to hang off the wall, it just hangs vertically, but this also includes its size and profile on the wall (its kinda fat). Overall a solid sound bar, I'm going to try it with ARC on my Samsung TV and see if it does better.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound. App could use some work.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Ease of use

    My wife didn’t want a huge sub woofer in our living room so I went with this one, since they are built in. The sound quality is good. I have a large, open living area and the sound bar performs well. The bass is good enough for my needs but audiophiles will want to look elsewhere. I had no issue connecting to my network through the app. The sound profiles work well, especially clear voice. I connected through ARC and it has worked well for the most part. I did lose connection once and had to reboot but this may have been an issue with my Vizio TV. The Yamaha app is not intuitive and needs some work. We have it sitting on our tv console and it looks great.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great entry level sound bar!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Music, Set up, Sound quality

    Out of the box the sound bar has a heft and feel of quality that you would expect from a company such as Yamaha. On the sound front it delivers the depth of sound that you just don’t get from your TV set alone. Not having a separate sub, it won’t have the wall thumping bass if it had one, though you can add a sub if you need/want that. Though I’d like to have seen Bluetooth 5.0 (it has 4.2), streaming music was always consistent and stable. This is gonna be the bedroom, dorm room, or living room sound bar where the big booming sound is not needed or allowed for movies and music. The app, though it could use less steps to go here or there, really shines in my opinion. You can control and change everything within the app and not need the remote. Turn the sound bar on or off, change the settings, control the volume, sync the music on your device and control Alexa. Though I’m not the biggest user of Alexa, set up was extremely easy. Using Alexa, the sound bar detected me saying Alexa from 25 feet away. You have the ability to have Alexa always on or only listening when the sound bar is on. This is a huge plus to me for privacy reasons, and it’s easily changed in the app. Overall, this Yamaha sound bar delivers a solid value that doesn’t break the bank, but gives you depth for music and movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good option for mid-size room

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Price, Set up, Sound quality

    I’m hard of hearing and it’s hard for me to enjoy conversations, tv programs, or video games because I’m constantly missing some sort of sound that enriches the activity. When we set-up our house a number of years ago, we installed a 7.1 surround sound set-up in our living room simply for the purpose of enhancing my ability to hear simple dialogue in TV shows. It helps, but unfortunately, I can’t have that large of a set-up in every room of my house. That’s where this Yamaha sound bar comes into play. The sound bar is compact in size (only 3-feet in length) and it can be wall-mounted or set-up in front of your TV screen. Even though it’s only provides 2.1 channels of audio, the sound bar produces quite a powerful sound and it’s perfect for medium-sized rooms. The sound bar also supports most major audio codecs. The sound bar has a super quick set-up, but does not include an HDMI cable. It does support connection through an HDMI-ARC port on TVs and if you don’t have that port on your TV, you can use the included optical cable for audio. One downside to this particular sound bar is that it only works on a 2.4Ghz network. This isn’t that big of a problem for me because I have a dual-band wireless router in my home, but I feel like we are in a time that devices shouldn’t be limited to only 2.4GHz networks. Another weird outdated piece of technology that this sound bar has is that it utilizes Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth 5.0 is the ‘new’ standard. One of the biggest features of this sound bar is that it is compatible with Amazon Alexa. Even though Alexa isn’t my virtual assistant of choice (Apple’s HomeKit is my primary virtual assistant ecosystem), I do have a couple of Alexa-compatible devices in my home. So, I connected it to Alexa and didn’t have any issues with using Alexa through the sound bar. This is a great option for a 2.1 sound bar. It’s moderately priced and has a lot of nice built-in features. People who want extra sound for their TVs will love adding this sound bar to their set-up because it’s so easy to install and it has a lot of extras with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Range and Great Sound

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Music, Set up, Sound quality

    I'd like to kick this off with how much I enjoyed not having to get a sub woofer when it has built in subs and powerful ones at that! At first glance I was confused because the setup seemed almost to easy for me not to have another piece of audio equipment to pair with my device. Then I played some tunes from bands that usually stand my test for quality audio. I played some Elvis of course and I could hear the orchestra in the back, I played some Paramore and the 3-D sound was amazing. I didn't get to go to the Red Rocks show so this was an awesome feature to discover. The 3D feature fills the room in a different way, there isn't a way for me to describe how funky you ears feel at first and then you realize it's because it sound like the sound is coming from every angle. That brings me to the Bluetooth process which didn't take long to set up at all. The game room we have in this office is clean and neat so we wanted something that will compliment the room but still give great sound when company is over. I am astounded by this sound bar because I have had Yamaha speakers in cars but never in my house for TV and leisure. I don't need a sub woofer in this room but I predict that i'll be spending more time up stairs than I do downstairs now. So I might opt in for the sub just to spoil myself! I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound spread and easy to add a sub-woofer...

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Music, Price, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Ease of use

    This soundbar replaced a more compact system with modest sub-woofer from another manufacturer. This Yamaha YAS-109 looked pretty much the same as the YAS-209 other than lacking a separate free-standing sub-woofer. With a sub-woofer already sitting around, the 109 seemed like the better choice. For those willing to switch between different sound settings for music, movies, ‘regular’ TV, sporting events on TV – all these settings are available through the included remote, and also through a phone app. With all the choices available, I recommend switching through the different settings available to find the best settings to match the room acoustics and the particular use for the soundbar. There are several settings that can be pretty much “set it and forget it” that will provide good sound for whatever is being played, but there IS a difference between the settings and if you are planning on using the sound bar for a particular purpose for a period of time, it is worth selecting the best setting for that particular purpose. Some may consider this too much to do if they use the soundbar for different purposes during the day, and they may want to find the best sound for general use and leave the system at that setting for everything. The display for settings consists of a series of tiny lights on a dark plastic panel (on the soundbar) and the one thing I would like to see changed is an easier to read display. It is difficult to tell what is going on with the system if you rely on the indicator lights, as the lights are nice and bright but what they are showing is hard to tell. The best solution is to get comfortable with the remote and/or the phone app to control the system, and not to rely on reading the indicator panel on the sound bar. This is not really a big deal, as after setting up the sound bar and tucking it away behind the TV, the display panel is out of sight anyway. It was during the initial setup and testing that I found the indicator panel to be hard to decipher. This isn’t something that would be much of a problem once the system is set up and installed, so no big deal. The sound is excellent, and a definite improvement over the more compact system it replaced (that actually lists for a higher price). In all fairness, if you are used to any type of sub-woofer, even a small unit, then you may miss the extra range that the sub-woofer provides. With that said, I added a modest 10” sub-woofer to this system with an inexpensive crossover mixer and the result was as good as the more costly YAS-209. So if you already have a decent sub-woofer, then the YAS-109 should work well as the main bar and you can simply plug in your sub-woofer for the extended range. If you do NOT have an existing sub-woofer, I really recommend the YAS-209 if you can swing it so you don’t feel the need later on to add on a sub-woofer for the full sound experience. The built-in Alexa works just fine if you like having that available, and will respond to request to play different music from streaming services and change settings on the sound bar. Personally that was OK to play around with but not something I will be using very often. Alexa DOES work, and can be set up in the same way as most Alexa devices. If you have a "Smart Home" with loads of IOT devices, then this may fit in nicely with your voice-controlled system. Overall, the sound quality is what you would expect from Yamaha, and there are distinct differences between the various settings – which shows that they really do make a difference for the sound purpose and quality, and are not just “different” in name but not much different in output.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice soundbar, needs improvement

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Price, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Remote control

    The Yamaha sound bar has many great features, sounds great, but feels like there is still room for improvement. My first thoughts right out of the box is that the sound bar seems slightly smaller than expected. It is slightly larger than most smaller sound bars, but not as big as the nice high end ones, if that makes sense. It is somewhat average in size. It is also slim, not very tall. I thought this would impact the sound, but it doesn't. The slim design will actually allow it to fit under some spaces that most sound bars cannot. The look and feel are all very nice and premium. The sound bar includes the remote, an optical cable, some foam spacers, instructions, and a wall mounting template that is thick stock and will making the wall mounting very easy. You can plug everything in and enjoy this sound bar right out of the box, but you can install the app and connect it to your home wifi for the full experience. There is a Yamaha sound bar app specifically for their sound bars. It is user friendly and very intuitive. I actually enjoy using the app. It allows you to connec the device to you Alexa account, control the sound settings, check network settings, change sources, and play music via Spotify and Tidal. That is pretty much it, there are no in depth settings to change things like auto shut off (more on this later). Overall the app is clean and gets the job done. I first connected this to my TV via the optical cable and switched to input to TV. It played sound crystal clear and I was very impressed. I played Iron Man 3 and the sound was impressive. The bass was nice and tight and voices were nice and clear as well. I think the sound was better that a high end Samsung sound bar I have. Then I browed around some VUDU movies and spent a few minutes trying to figure out what I wanted to watch. I finally found a movie I liked and played it...there was no sound. I had to get up and take a look at the bar to make sure it was still on and it was. It was on stand by. It auto shuts off when there is no sound for a few minutes. I don't know exactly how many minutes, but this happened to me several more times when I tried browsing Youtube videos as well. This is very frustrating because you have to keep turning the unit on just to keep using it while you browse. You have to either keep the remote near you or keep asking Alexa to "switch the audio source to TV" to get it to power on. This also happens after you shut off the TV and turn it back on later as the TV remote does not control the unit when plugged in via the otptical cable. All of my other sound bars I have used allowed me to control their volumes from the TV remote when plugged in via the optical cable. I then switched over to connecting the unit via the HDMI. This is a much different experience. I plugged my cable box into the sound bar, then the sound bar to the HDMI ARC port on my TV. This woke up all of the features in which my TV remote controls the sound bar. It wakes up when I control the volume from my remote, and it turns on when i turn on the TV. This is what I am used to when controlling a sound bar. This does not work like this if you are using optical only which would be the case if you only use antenna (cord cutters). The Alexa function also needs improvement. There are several times where my family and I are having a conversation and the sound bar beeps and starts listening. This causes the sound to cut off while it is listening. This is because the sound bar thinks you said the magic word (Alexa) when you really didn't. This happens very rarely on my Echo or Echo Dot devices, but happens a few time a day on the sound bar. This is also frustrating. Also, you have to say very sepecific phrases to change the input on the bar, like "change the input source to ....". Once it is playing you can simply ask it to higher it or lower it, that works fine. It is nice having Alexa around to answer questions and provide info if connected to a room that doesn't already have an Alexa device. So overall I think in the right setup this sound bar will be the best option for upgrading the sound for your TV viewing experience. For some it will be slightly frustrating and sometimes annoying. The sound is spot on and you will at least enjoy that. I like it, I just wish it was more refined with the tech/smart features.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Gaming and Movies!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    I've been using the Yamaha 2.1 channel soundbar for about a week now. For the price of the product it is truly worth every penny. I will list the pros and cons of the soundbar below. (Pros)-Amazon Alexa built in feature -Sound very clear for movies and video games -Sound can get to high volume which isn't distorted to ears -Very good built quality "Premium Finish" -Great bass (Cons)-Music quality can be better, it doesn't sound clear enough. -Instructions not clear to download the official music app for soundbar, download "Sound Bar Controller app" not MusicCast controller app! Overall my experience for the soundbar has been amazing. Price has been on sale lately, so you will be getting a good deal. Bonus tip: You will need the Amazon Alexa app and the Sound Bar Controller app in order to have Alexa enabled on soundbar.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Sound, Alexa & DTS at affordable price!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Music, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Inputs, Volume

    Powerful Sound, Alexa & DTS Tech at very affordable Price! There is a lot to say about this Yamaha Soundbar, but what amazed me the most, is all the great features, power, quality sound, and the technology that is included like Alexa, 4K HDR, Extra Bass integrated, and DTS Virtual X Technology, everything for retail price of $200 plus tax. That is what I called a great deal! So, let me start for the easiest part of the whole process, and probably the part that most concerns you, if you have a TV with HDMI ARC port (usually is located in port #2 in Samsung TVs or Port #4 on Sony, HDMI cable not included), or if your TV has the optical port, (optical cable included), just connect either cable from the TV to the Yamaha YAS-109 Soundbar, and that is it, you can have immediately powerful and clarity crystal sound for movies and video music! Ideally the using the HDMI port will be a better option, since it takes advantage of more features of the Soundbar, like for example, power on or off the unit when you power the TV. Out I strongly recommend once you have turned on the Soundbar, to install the app, the app named “Yamaha Sound Bar Controller” can be found either Google Play or Apple Store. I have both and the install is seamless and fast. Once you do that the app will ask you for your wifi settings in your home router, then it will try to locate your Yamaha Sound Bar in your network, and once it is found, it will perform the Firmware update. The whole process is intuitive and simple, which is something that I appreciate the most, because there are a lot of different sound bars in the market that are good units but with very complicated concepts and settings, and people like me prefer not to think too much about settings or learning heavy concepts, but to get good performance fast and simple settings. The app will allow you to set up alexa, and that is really cool, once it is set up, you can stream music, get updates, change the music selection, with voice control. Voice commands like “alexa play Music, alexa what is the weather, Alexa turn up the volume, alexa play the top play list on Amazon Music" and if you don’t have amazon music subscription, like me, I have setup up my amazon alexa with Pandora account, when you say “Alexa play music, it will play from my Pandora account or play the music you have stored in your phone or where the Yamaha app is installed. The instruction manual doesn’t say to much but as I said before, the whole process is very intuitive. There are other features that I consider really innovative, even if the unit comes with an integrated 3 Bass drivers, and the response in very good, it also include a output port for bass sub-woofer, and I connected to my oldie but goodie Yamaha TST-SW45 Subwoofer, that I had forgotten and buried in my garage. So I connect them using an 9 feet RCA cable, and the response frequency improved, obviously. The bass volume of the subwoofer increase or decrease when you turn up or down the volume of the Sound Bar. There is also a subwoofer volume up or down that can be controller through the app or the remote. The app also gives you the option to cancel the internal subwoofer in case you want only use your external Sub or by turning on/off the bass ext button on the remote. Talking about the unit this can be mounted on a wall vertical with the help of a template that is included, or place flat on a furniture close to the TV. The unit has indicators on the front with buttons on the right side that allows you to turn on/off the sound bar, change inputs, increase/decrease volume, disable microphone, which I found very useful for privacy considering that alexa will be enable at all time when you turn on the sound bar. However, there is an option in the app in the alexa section, “Voice control” that allows you to have alexa feature on at all-time even if the sound bar if power off. You can find more options to control your sound bar on the remote and app. Talking about the ports, it has one 4k hdmi in, which I found very helpful, I have had in the past sound bars with 4 hdmi in but I ended up never use them, but only one, when I ran out of ports in my TV. I always set up my HDMI units connect them first to the TV. There is also an Internet port that you can use to connect to a wired network in case you don’t use the WIFI connection. The Bluetooth will make your sound bar works as a Bluetooth Speaker. So I have a couple songs where my ear is tuned to test the sound response of my speakers, because of the bass and variety of different tones, Come Together (Beatles) and Royals (Lorde), and the unit didn’t disappointed me at all, the sound was great, clear, and in my living room area (15x15) was enough resonance and fill the whole room. The pairing was easy, I used my Samsung cell phone to find the Bluetooth device as “Yamaha YAS-109”, very easy. Something that I found really nice was that all the indicators works together as a volume indicator when you turn up or down the volume, very clever. Now, about the different sounds configuration, despite other brands that has a lot of different settings, this unit make narrowed to 6 options, Movie, Music, Sports, Game, TV Program and Stereo. I found out for me that best works the Movie (when you are watching movies), and Stereo for music, this is because is more suitable for music that is recorded in stereo, if you are using the Sound bar as a speaker playing your music. If you are playing music that is decoding 5.1 or playing from you tube, use the “Music” option instead. Now, remember that this is a 2.1 unit, which means that 5.1 or 6.1 formats will be decoded to 2.1, and it performs really well. Either on the app or remote you will find the 3D Surround sound button, which enable a sound technology called virtual X, other brands has their own similar technology, but this unit can make you hear the sound from horizontal and vertical directions when it is selected creating a whole virtual acoustic environment experience, so it will match either the visual as well as the audio sense experience, a lot of technology in this box definitely! The 3D Surround will not work with the “Stereo” Selection. To recap, with all the technology that is included in this sound bar, and the quality sound performance, this is a bargain, it is totally worth it, I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazingly versatile - so much more than a soundbar

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Price, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Ease of use

    Review for Yamaha - 2.1-Channel Soundbar with 3" Subwoofers with Alexa - Black Most flat screens can benefit from enhanced audio, mine included, so I thought this soundbar from Yamaha would be great for watching TV, but I soon discovered it was so much more! For the price, it really does deliver great sound to movies and TV. The extra settings for bass boost and and 3D sound really deliver, as well. You can also stream audio to the soundbar from your phone or mobile device and it has Alexa built in, if you’d like to use it for music requests and information. The hardware itself is clean and well-designed. It can hang easily on the wall, using the included mounting template, or sit in front of the TV if your TV is not mounted on the wall. Using the soundbar with a TV is easy and intuitive, the included remote is nicely designed and works well. The free app lets you update the firmware and is easy to use. I would rate the final product as 5 stars, except for one thing. I have to ding it one star for the poor documentation. I thought setup would be easy and straightforward, and it would have been, if one small fact had not been buried: the set-up app is easy to download, but will only work on a 2.4 GHz network. What is this, 2005? I spent quite some time trying to figure out why the app would download but not install. The error messages did not point me to the problem. Only after digging through the set-up doc, did I find the answer. This could have been easily identified with simple user testing and would never have been an issue if it was stated up front.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good full robust surround sound and feature packed

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Music, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Remote control, Volume

    The Yamaha soundbar out of the box is elegant and compact in its design and feel. It truly compliments our entertainment center and blends right in. It is a very simple and quick setup with just one connection via the optical cable provided or a HDMI cable not included. You can wall mount it with just two keyhole screw mounts or just sit on top of entertainment center. I have it set desktop style for now but am considering wall mounting it for the design appeal and probably better sound deflection. I initially just plugged in the soundbar and connected the optical cable and it was up and running. I did not use the included remote control because I set it up with my Fire Cube control. That being said, this sound bar does come equipped with voice assistant Alexa but I use the Alexa on the Fire Cube so muted the mic on the soundbar after testing it to make sure it works. It did function with no issues turning the volume up and down with just the sound of my voice. I also tested the Spotify function and It did what it was supposed to do, so no worries there. Not much different than any other voice enable device enabled with Alexa or competing voice assistant. The WIFI connection was very simple to setup via the app which is basic and user friendly. I am not a huge fan of included apps because it just seems like adding another remote control. The app does allow for the control of the different features if the remote is not accessible. So, after initial testing of the mic and the soundbar producing a decent sound out of the box, I wanted to see what it could really do for the size of it. On the top of the sound bar are where the touch sensitive buttons are located. They are all led lit and very inconspicuous unless you are close enough to see them. I am somewhat blind and the markings on the buttons are very small and hard to see so I reverted back to the included remote control to set the soundbar to my liking. After experimenting with all the different feature packed items of this soundbar I was surprisingly impressed! This thing produces a full robust sound for such an entry level priced soundbar with no stand-alone subwoofer! It has a bass extension button that automatically adds a decent amount of bass to any video or song playing. Just be careful not to turn the volume too high for audio that is heavy in bass because it starts to distort and doesn’t sound great. The 3d surround is a must after hearing it for the first time and trying to go back to a standard or stereo setting for movies. It fills the room and you can hear it consistently at the same level from any angle you are sitting in the room. The clear voice setting is supposed to enhance the voices in movies or shows so you can hear them more, but to my ear it is only very slightly enhanced, that may be because I have the bass turned up a bit too much. You can control the subwoofer/bass volume separately via the remote control which makes a difference when trying to hear the voices I found. Overall, this soundbar is what every tv’s speakers should be stand alone when purchased. It produces a full robust surround sound pleasing to the ear for most rooms. The design is beautiful, and it feels built to last. I am very pleased with this soundbar it will be going in the main family room for entertainment.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Minimalist soundbar design

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Music, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Inputs

    Soundbars are a great solution to those who want a better sound for watching shows on TV but still neither do not want nor have the space for a full home theater setup. And there’s a wide gamut of soundbar ranging from a full 9.1 Dolby Atmos setup to a basic 2.0 setup. The Yamaha YAS 109 2.1 channel soundbar is a great solution for those wanting a basic setup with minimal space requirements. Following the success of the YAS-108/ATS-1080, the YAS-109 follows the design of a soundbar with an integrated sub-woofer offering a sleek design less the boxy external sub-woofer often found in soundbars. A separate bass module is available too. The main difference being the YAS-109 is now Alexa enabled thereby making it a smart speaker. And though it doesn’t have all of Alexa’s smart capabilities found in Amazon devices, it still greatly adds functionality to this soundbar. Alexa can be configured by downloading the Yamaha Soundbar Controller app from either the Apple Appstore or the Google Playstore. Also the app also substitutes as a remote control too. Setting up the YAS-109 is a breeze. You just have to connect an HDMI cable (not included) to the HDMI-ARC port of your TV and soundbar. And if you don’t have an ARC enabled TV you can also use the included optical cable for audio. Do note that this soundbar supports 4K-HDR pass through so you may want to use a high speed cable though. Unfortunately, this soundbar does not support Dolby Vision or HDR-10. But it supports most audio-codecs (Dolby Digital, DTS-X) out there. (Obviously by nature of the design, Dolby Atmos is not supported.) As for the sound output, the soundbar boasts of 60-watts for the sub-woofer and 30-watts each for the two channels. This is by no means room shaking but it is nonetheless sufficient in a medium sized room. (And as mentioned earlier, if you want more base a separate bass module can also be connected to this.) Also the soundbar has 3D sound which gives a wider sound but still cannot replace full surround speakers. (This is most noticeable in a bedroom rather than a living room.) Nonetheless it improves the sound output of the device which is most effective when watching action movies. The only odd thing that I found here is that the Yamaha for whatever reason has downgraded the YAS-109 bluetooth version to 4.2 whereas the older YAS-108 has Bluetooth 5.0. This personally has no bearing for me as I seldom use Bluetooth in this soundbar as I use Alexa to stream music. But I did notice that music streaming from Alexa has better overall sound (higher treble) when streaming audio as compared to using bluetooth to stream music. And lastly, this unit uses 110V only so those planning to bring these overseas should take note of this. These said, I highly recommend the Yamaha YAS-109 for those who want a simple 2.1 soundbar. For those who have no need for Alexa, the Yamaha-108 for a cheaper price is worth considering. And if you want more bass, the Yamaha YAS-209 should be considered albeit at a higher price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Quality

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Features

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    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I was pretty excited to get this, mainly because I love Yamaha products. But I have been a little underwhelmed by the quality of the sound. There are several modes to choose from - which is good - but the overall volume is not loud enough when needed, and I constantly found myself turning it up on the low parts and down on the loud parts. I could never find the sweet spot. Could be user error. However, I am still satisfied with the purchase.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good sound. Nice feature set. Great value.

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Price, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Remote control

    This is a good all-around system. I like the look of the hardware: plain, black, and clean. It has a nice smaller size, at just under 8 pounds and just under 3 feet in length. Still, it is well-built and has a good feel. Connectivity is great for me with optical audio, HDMI (4K pass through), a subwoofer port, as well as some wireless options. There are a couple of ways to set-up it up, but the process I went with was quick an easy and I had no issues. I also made sure to grab the app since I am collecting too many remotes these days. Gladly, the app is pretty much all you need, and while the design is not perfect, it does a good job of giving you control over the system. If you prefer, you can simply use the provided remote. As for the sound, I am pretty impressed. It is always hard to set expectations going in, but this system outperformed mine. Clearly, there are better systems, but at this price point it does very well. The space this system was pegged for is not that large, but it easily filled that space. There is a lot of volume with minimal distortion. The sound is clean, with the mids and highs doing very well. The little subs do give out some bass, but it was a little lacking for what I was looking for. I had planned on using it with a sub I already had anyway, so the available port was all I needed. That said, I do think it is enough bass to keep most happy. There are also quite a few modes you can select to further enhance the sound quality. I mostly found them to be good with the Clear Voice being great for TV and the 3d Effect simulated sound being better than I was expecting. To make that long story short, my TV and movie watching experiences have been vastly improved; and, while it is not my main use for the soundbar, the occasional album sounds great as well. Now, as for the Alexa integration, I have to admit this is not really my ecosystem. I did set it up, although it probably took me longer than it would for those more familiar, and it did work. I can see where there would be value here for those in the ecosystem or for those who just want voice control, but I am just not sold on the idea that I need it here. We shall see. Ultimately, this is a good soundbar, a great value, and is exactly what I was looking for. It sounds good, is the perfect size for my space and comes at in at a solid price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Small Footprint and Big Sound

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Music, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Remote control

    Yamaha YAS-109 Yamaha has been known to produce exceptional quality audio equipments and this sounder is no exception. It is an excellent sounding sound bar in a small package. Although it comes in a small package, it is feature rich. Features ———— 1. 4K Pass Through 2. HDMI ARC & CEC 3. Subwoofer out (Can connect an external sub) 4. DTS Virtual X 5. Bluetooth 6. Alexa Built in 7. Wifi Built in 8. Subwoofer Built in Setup ——- Setup is straight forward, connect the HDMI cable to your TV, The sounder has HDMI arc so you can use your TV remote to control it. The remote that comes with it is very flimsy. So it is very convenient. You can also download the Yamaha sounder controller app from iPhone or android Appstore. The small remote is easily lost. The indicators on the sounder has subtle and won’t be bothersome. The sounder also has an additional HDMI port. Sound Quality —————— I am very impressed with the sound quality of the set. Crisp highs and not boomy bass. The bass is very impressive for a sounder without any subwoofer. The soundstage is also very good . The surround sound is Dolby X which does pretty good. I also played music streaming from my phone to the sounder through bluetooth and the soundbar sounds really good for both music and movies. I think it is a great upgrade to your TV speakers and you will definitely feel the difference. It may not be as good as Sonos beam but it is very close. Pros —— 1. Small footprint speakers and it does not stand out 2. Excellent sound quality - Crisp Highs and Bass for a small speaker set 3. Built in Alexa. 4. Wifi connection (Streaming & update) 5. Bluetooth version 4.2 (not 5 yet) 6. Has Sub out (For connecting optional subwoofer) Cons —— 1. No subwoofer with the package (although built in)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound bar with Alexa

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Music, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Volume

    This is my third sound bar and by far my favorite although it doesn’t include a wireless subwoofer. I hooked this up to my 60” Sharp 4K TV using the Arc input and with this setup, it automatically switches to the sound bar for audio. Even without the separate subwoofer, the bass is complimentary and not overpowering. Setting it up was as simple as downloading the app, pairing it and it automatically downloaded and installed the update. I can download playlists from my Apple Music and Amazon accounts, as well as a couple of other streaming services and it plays great. Alexa is where this thing shines for me. I’m still learning my way around these assistants (Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa) but I find them more and more useful. Alexa works great when I tested it by streaming music from Apple and Spotify and it was flawless and sounded great. I asked Alexa to check my local weather, turn down the volume and switch to the next track. This thing is pretty awesome and the location I have it in is a room about 21’ x 16’. Ultimately, I will put it in my workout room which is much smaller and I know it will sound even better. The other thing I like about this soundbar is that mounting it underneath the TV will be simple with the template that is included. No brackets necessary. I would recommend installing it into studs if possible and if not, get some drywall anchors. All in all, this is an awesome soundbar and I think a pretty good value.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional sound quality for the price point.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Music, Price

    Are there better sound bars out there? Of course, but for a bit over $200 you'd be hard-pressed to find one that sounds better than this. I just laid out almost 3 grand with tax for a flagship TV so my wife limited me to what I could spend on a soundbar. I've never been a big fan of preset EQ modes, I'd rather have a true 5 band equalizer so I could fine tune the sound to my personal preference but it seems that's the way of the soundbar world these days. I'm 62 yrs old and not a big fan of thumping bass, so although the bass is by no means weak, this soundbar does the trick for me. I prefer balanced sound up and down the spectrum. I found the best sound mode (for me) for music by testing the 6 different modes while playing 'David Gilmour - Wish You Were Here / Live at Pompei 2016' on YouTube over and over again. The treble was remarkably true and super crisp for the acoustic guitars in the beginning, the vocals were clear and when the drums came in mid-way through the song the bass was just right using sports mode with the 3D surround function turned on. And by the way, this soundbar has some serious kick to it when you crank it up with no discernible distortion to speak of . My built-in speakers will never wear out because I'll never use them again. Watching television the TV mode with clear voice turned on worked quite well for me. I could keep the volume low without straining to hear dialogue. So there you have it, from an old man's perspective this soundbar is serving me quite well. It was money well spent and was just what the doctor ordered to enjoy the excellent PQ on my new TV now with the enhanced sound it was crying out for. I haven't tried it on games or Blu-ray action movies as of this writing, but from what I've heard so far I'm sure it will perform quite well on those mediums. Even if some time down the road I sneak back to Best Buy and buy a more expensive soundbar, this excellent Yamaha YAS-109 will always have a place on a TV somewhere in my home.

    Features

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Surprising!

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Bass, Set up, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Ease of use

    Bought a new tv and knew the sound from tv would be garbage so picked this up being able to mount flat on wall under tv. Sound was shockingly impressive, bass is kind of flat but is expected from something this small. Easy to hide wires when wall mounting. Setting up the app was a difficult process but eventually got it. But setting up the soundbar from the app is the way to go, using arc to the tv lets you control volume from the tv remote. Great budget soundbar, good job yamaha!

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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