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Yamaha YAS-209 Review Rundown

Yamaha CorporationPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer and Alexa
Neoscore* 77%
  • Excellent sound quality with music, TV, and movies
  • DTS Virtual:X for simulated surround effects
  • Alexa voice control
  • Lacks AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support

Summary

Yamaha YAS-209 is a soundbar and wireless subwoofer combo incorporating two microphones for use with Amazon Alexa. It offers DTS Virtual:X for simulated surround effects from a single bar. You can connect the soundbar to Ethernet and Wi-Fi for Spotify Connect and Alexa support, though there's no AirPlay 2 or built-in Chromecast.
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

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The Yamaha YAS-209 is a soundbar and wireless subwoofer combo incorporating two microphones for use with Amazon Alexa. The main soundbar is approximately 37 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall, and I found it fit under a number of TVs without blocking the IR port. Connections include HDMI in and HDMI (ARC) out, optical digital and Bluetooth.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality with music, TV and movies
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple AirPlay 2
Cons[**]
  • Subwoofer is a little intrusive

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Yamaha's YAS-207 blew away the crowd upon its 2017 debut, offering a heady mix of clear and balanced performance and more features than a $300 soundbar has any right to. Yamaha has stuck with the 207 playbook, while also offering even more extras — including built-in Amazon Alexa — at a $50 markup. The 209's drivers and amplifiers have been redesigned for improved clarity.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Clear, balanced sound
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa
  • Works with Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Alexa, and more
Cons[**]
  • Lacks Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Yamaha YAS-209 is an entry-level 2.1-channel soundbar and subwoofer combination. It has two front-firing speakers, each composed of a 4.6cm woofer and a 2.5cm tweeter. The sub is made of MDF, and matches the styling of the soundbar with a matte black finish and a black fabric grille. There's also 50W of amplification for each of the speakers, resulting in a total of 200W for the entire system. It supports lossy Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS Digital Surround, but also includes DTS Virtual:X.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Works with Alexa and DTS Virtual:X
  • Easy to setup and operate
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support wired connections

whathifi[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
Yamaha's new YAS-209 soundbar comes with a large, wireless subwoofer. It eschews Dolby Atmos and eARC in favour of DTS Virtual:X and standard ARC. The headline change is the addition of Amazon Alexa, which is built directly into the bar (rather than the remote control)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS Virtual:X and eARC
  • Easy-to-use app
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 review: Great sound for TVs and music meets the convenience of Alexa. Cnet. 03 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar review. Digitaltrends. 19 August 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar review. Techradar. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 review. Whathifi. 14 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. *. 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.
  6. **. 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.
  7. ***. 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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