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Yamaha SR-C20A Review Rundown

Yamaha CorporationPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Great sound quality for the size
  • Compact design
  • Lots of connection options
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Nothing in particular


Yamaha SR-C20A is the smallest soundbar from Yamaha at just 23 inches wide. While it lacks streaming capability, the Yamaha does offer more connection options. It may lack the physical side-firing speakers, but the SR-C20A makes up the difference with ingenious software.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
Yamaha's C20A soundbar is small but offers a wide, involving sound. It's especially suited to action movies and gaming. It may lack the physical side-firing speakers of the Roku Streambar. DTS Virtual:X offers a huge soundstage and I was able to track sounds as they moved around the room and to the sides.
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  • Sleek design
  • Clear Voice
  • DTS Virtual:X surround sound
  • No subwoofer


Sentiment Score[*] 51%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Yamaha's C20A produces a very clear sound and does exceptionally well with acoustic-leaning music. The sound is still clear, to be fair, and it does get loud for the package it comes in. For $200, Yamaha's SR-B20A is a better option for bigger rooms, though it doesn't have the luxury of compact versatility.
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  • Clear, clear sound
  • Compact design
  • Comfortable to use
  • Subwoofer is too bass-deficient
  • No built-in remote


Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
Yamaha's SR-C20A is a far more spacious, well-defined and sturdier listen than any TV that doesn't have a bespoke speaker array. Detail levels are high, and even at the bottom of the frequency range the Yamaha differentiates textures and tones well. The ability to switch, sonically speaking, between ‘stealth’ and ‘shock and awe' is important in games.
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  • Compact, well-defined soundstage
  • Compact and well-built
  • Lack of rhythmic certainty


Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
At 60cm wide and 6.4cm tall, the SR-C20A will have little trouble sitting beneath any TV or computer monitor. It promises volumes and depth belying its stature thanks to its pair of 46mm full-range drivers and integrated 75mm subwoofer with dual passive radiators. Bluetooth 5.0 is on board for wireless streaming.
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  • Clear and focused sound
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Dim dimensions
  • No dynamic expression


1. ^ Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar review: A sound fit for small spaces. cnet. 2020-10-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Yamaha SR-C20A review: Clear sound in a compact soundbar. digitaltrends. 2020-09-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Yamaha SR-C20A review: the best cheap soundbar all-rounder. t3. 2021-02-24 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
4. ^ Yamaha SR-C20A review. whathifi. 2021-03-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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