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Monday, May 19, 2014

Yamaha YAS-103 Soundbar


This is an excellent sound bar.  It set up easily.  It comes with an optical cable which seems like such a no-brainer but I have reviewed several which did not include any cables.  

I turned on the power and it worked.  If you are satisfied with the sound, that's it, you are done.  Incredibly easy.  

You can interface it with your remote which also shocked me with how easy it was compared to others I have reviewed.   The last sound bar I reviewed, I was never able to get the on/off to work with my Comcast remote.  Thus you had to use the sound bar remote to turn the sound bar off and on and then you could adjust the volume with your Comcast remote.  This sound bar all the basic functions programmed seamlessly. 

Bluetooth setup was just as easy and I was impressed with the sound out put.  The bass is adjustable and surprisingly robust since there is no external or separate base.  Clear voice does seem to enhance dialogue on TV shows.   You get good separation on the stereo selection which again is a surprise considering it is only 39" long.   That is a serious selling feature for my spouse as she did not like the size of the 60" sound bar I had previously reviewed.  

The surround sound setting seems to provide the best audio experience but I haven't experienced any content that featured surround sound to truly test it.

The feet are detachable if you want to wall mount or have it lower in front of your TV.   The infrared pass through was another remarkably easy set up.   I didn't want to remove the feet as it appears one of the speakers feeds out the bottom and I was afraid that would muffle it.   The infrared pass through worked seamlessly too.  

I am impressed with this sound bar.   It is not the $1000.00 Yamaha sound bar that amazes you with it's surround features but for the $249.00 it is far more than adequate for everyone but an audiophile.

·                           Bluetooth wireless music streaming from your smartphone or tablet
·                           Compatible with HT Controller app for iOS and Android to easily perform operation and sound settings.
·                           TV remote repeater forwards infrared signals to TV even if the YAS-103 is blocking the TV's sensor.
·                           Air Surround Xtreme delivers 7.1-channel surround sound.
·                           Integrated system equipped with dual front speakers and dual-driver subwoofer.


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