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Yamaha SR-B20A Review Rundown

Yamaha CorporationPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Yamaha SR-B20A Soundbar w/ Dual Built-in Subwoofers
Neoscore* 79%
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X soundtracks
  • Excellent build quality
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Yamaha's new SR-B20A soundbar is a peculiar product offering. Yamaha simplified the top panel of the soundbar, adding larger LEDs for better visibility, and improved the design of the bar's built-in woofers, of which there are two. Connectivity is available via HDMI ARC, a couple of digital optical sockets, and Bluetooth 5.0.
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.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Yamaha's new SR-B20A budget soundbar is a peculiar product offering. According to Yamaha, it's a bar designed to build on the success of the cost-friendly YAS line. Yamaha simplified the top panel of the soundbar, adding larger LEDs for better visibility.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Easy-to-use remote app
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

t3[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
Yamaha SR-B20A is a compact, high-achieving upgrade to your TV's sound without hitting you in the wallet too hard. Connected to a mid-range TV over HDMI, the Yamaha wastes little time in establishing just how much more full-bodied, expansive and detailed it is when compared to the average TV's integrated sound system. At the ‘standard' EQ preset, there's greater low-frequency presence, more detail through the midrange and a more assertive and substantial top end. It's not about to confuse its presentation with that of an expensive and authentic Dolby Atmos soundbar, but thanks to the judicious positioning of its drivers it's a good alternative to the Panasonic SoundSlayer.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Dolby Audio and DTS Digital Surround
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techhive[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following[***]:
The 120-watt Yamaha SR-B20A is a 2.1-channel soundbar, with two 2.125-inch cones and two 1-inch tweeters. Unlike some all-in-one soundbars, it can't be upgraded with wireless surround speakers. An RCA subwoofer output lets you augment the soundbar's bass.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and AirPlay 2
  • Built-in bass
  • Two HDMI inputs
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support eARC or eARC

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Yamaha SR-B20A Sound Bar is able to deliver DTS Virtual:X soundtracks. It's a step towards the sort of ‘3D' surround sound that's all the rage among more expensive soundbars at the moment. It can be configured to be equally happy sitting flat on a TV stand or hanging on the wall beneath a television. Wired and wireless inputs are available.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X soundtracks
  • Comfortable to sit on
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Yamaha's SR-B20A is a replacement for its much-admired YAS-107 soundbar. It's designed to up your movie and/or gaming experience without being complicated, expensive or unhelpfully large. The Yamaha is compatible with Dolby Audio, DTS Digital and DTS Virtual:X – this format intends to mimic the DTS:X/Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound.
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Pros[**]
  • Expansive, expansive sound
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X compatible
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
Yamaha's SR-B20A is a stereo soundbar, with six drivers in all. Four of these fire upwards if the unit is benched (forward if on the wall) There are two 25mm tweeters on the front edge (benched) or firing down (wall-mounted) The bar can get sound from your TV in two (or potentially three) ways. It's close to its smaller sibling in terms of character, only the scale here is predictably greater.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid sound without a subwoofer
  • Solid build quality
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

1. ^ Yamaha SR-B20A review: Still good, just less value. digitaltrends. 2020-09-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Yamaha SR-B20A Sound Bar review. techradar. 2020-12-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Yamaha SR-B20A Review. trustedreviews. 2020-12-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Yamaha SR-B20A review. whathifi. 2021-03-05 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
*. 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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