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Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer and Alexa

MSRP 350 USDNEX score 76%

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Product Overview

Yamaha YAS-209 is a mid-range soundbar with a wireless subwoofer. Sharing much of the same features with the MusicCast BAR 400 (YAS-408), the YAS-209 only differs in dropping MusicCast Surround support.
At the same time, the YAS-209 improves upon the YAS-109 unveiled at the same time by offering a 6.5-inch wireless subwoofer. Like the YAS-109, it supports a rich set of digital audio processing functionalities, including DTS Virtual:X virtual 3D surround sound. With Alexa built-in, the YAS-209 also enables voice control.

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Ratings

What we found**

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

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent multiroom performance
  • Excellent multiroom system
  • Excellent sound quality with music, TV and movies
  • Sleek, well-defined midrange
  • Powerful bass
  • Alexa and Google Assistant support
Cons
  • Weak dialogue
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No HDMI ARC
  • No AirPlay 2 or built-in Chromecast
  • No separate subwoofer
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Specifications

Variants:
Sub

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 1x HDMI | [Output] 1x HDMI + 1x optical
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Wireless Range
33 ft

Construction

Drivers | Subwoofer
6.5" cone
Drivers | Tweeter
2x 1" dome
Drivers | Woofer
4x 1.75" cone
Form Factor
Soundbar with wireless subwoofer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
4.25 inch
SubSize | Depth
16 inch
Size | Height
2.5 inch
SubSize | Height
16.5 inch
Size | Width
36.68 inch
SubSize | Width
7.5 inch
Weight
6.0 lbs
SubWeight
17.4 lbs

Function

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

Performance

Power Consumption
25W (bar) + 20W (sub)
Power Output
100W (bar) + 100W (sub)

Production

Availability
2019 Q3
Debut
2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 review: Great sound for TVs and music meets the convenience of Alexa. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/yamaha-yas-209-review/. 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/sound-bar-reviews/yamaha-yas-209-soundbar-review/. 2019-08-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/yamaha-yas-209-soundbar. 2020-02-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Yamaha YAS-209 review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/yamaha-yas-209. 2019-10-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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