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Yamaha SR-C20A Soundbar w/ Built-in Subwoofer

MSRP 180 USDNEX score 70%

Product Overview

Yamaha SR-C20A is an entry-level soundbar that is easy to place in any room, thanks to its compact size and built-in subwoofer.
With the said subwoofer and dual passive radiators, the SR-C20A is able to deliver a surprising amount of bass for its size. It also supports HDMI ARC and virtual surround mode, which are rare for an entry-level, compact soundbar. It also features Clear Voice technology for enhanced dialogue clarity.
The Yamaha SR-C20A can easily be placed on a cabinet or shelf, or wall-mounted via the built-in keyholes; no additional bracket is required.
Launched at the same time is the more substantial SR-B20A, which employs a dual subwoofer setup.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Great sound quality for the size
  • Compact design
  • Lots of connection options
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Compact and well-built
  • Comfortable to use
  • Compact, well-defined soundstage
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Compact design
Cons
  • Lack of rhythmic certainty
  • Subwoofer is too bass-deficient
  • No built-in remote
  • No subwoofer
  • No dynamic expression
  • Dim dimensions
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 1x HDMI | [Output] 2x Optical + 1x analog
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0
Wireless Range
33 ft

Construction

Drivers | Tweeter
2x 1.8" cone
Drivers | Woofer
1x 3" cone + 2x passive radiators
Form Factor
All-in-one soundbar

Dimensions

Size | Depth
3.75 inch
Size | Height
2.5 inch
Size | Width
23.68 inch
Weight
3.9 lbs

Function

Audio
DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Audio, Dolby Pro Logic II, Compressed Music Enhancer
Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, AAC
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP

Performance

Power Output
100 W (Front L/R: 20 W × 2-ch, Built-in subwoofer: 60 W)

Production

Availability
2020 Q3
Debut
2020-08-17

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External Reviews

cnet[1]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Clear Voice
  • DTS Virtual:X surround sound
Cons
  • No subwoofer

digitaltrends[2]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Clear, clear sound
  • Compact design
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • Subwoofer is too bass-deficient
  • No built-in remote

t3[3]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact, well-defined soundstage
  • Compact and well-built
Cons
  • Lack of rhythmic certainty

whathifi[4]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Clear and focused sound
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • Dim dimensions
  • No dynamic expression

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar review: A sound fit for small spaces. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/yamaha-sr-c20a-review/. 2020-10-23. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Yamaha SR-C20A review: Clear sound in a compact soundbar. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/sound-bar-reviews/yamaha-sr-c20a-review/. 2020-09-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Yamaha SR-C20A review: the best cheap soundbar all-rounder. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/yamaha-sr-c20a-review-cheap-soundbar. 2021-02-24. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
4. ^ Yamaha SR-C20A review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/yamaha-sr-c20a. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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