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Yamaha YAS-209 Review Rundown

Yamaha CorporationPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent sound quality with music, TV, and movies
  • DTS Virtual:X for simulated surround effects
  • Alexa voice control
Cons**
  • 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[*] 75%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality with music, TV and movies
  • Alexa and Google Assistant support
Cons[**]
  • No AirPlay 2 or built-in Chromecast

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The YAS-209 brings to bear a smooth and relatively well-defined midrange, solid clarity up high, and plenty of thump from that squared-up subwoofer. The 209 serves up sneaky-good detail in your favorite films and TV shows, without punching you in the ears with sharpness or sibilance. It's not going to be a hi-fi musical experience, but at $350 it doesn't have to be — especially with so many features.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, well-defined midrange
  • Alexa voice control
  • Excellent multiroom performance
Cons[**]
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No HDMI ARC

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Yamaha YAS-209 is a competitively priced soundbar that covers all the bases. The subwoofer is best positioned at the front of the room, either to the left or right of the soundbar. HDMI connections offer the best sound quality and the greatest convenience. Built-in far-field microphones are suitably sensitive, allowing for seamless interaction with Alexa.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful bass
  • DTS Virtual:X
  • Excellent multiroom system
Cons[**]
  • No separate subwoofer

whathifi[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The YAS-209 features a dedicated subwoofer, which has clear benefits in terms of bass depth and weight. Being wireless means less clutter and increased versatility, but there's a limit to how much it can be hidden away. On top of the soundbar, there is a row of touch-sensitive ‘buttons' that control volume, power, input-switching and the microphones. There's a single 4K and HDR-compatible HDMI input and ARC-enabled HDMI output.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Plenty of bass depth and weight
  • DTS Virtual:X processing
Cons[**]
  • Weak dialogue

References

2. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar review. digitaltrends. 2019-08-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar review. techradar. 2020-02-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 review. whathifi. 2019-10-14 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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