Yamaha has introduced two new soundbars, the YAS-209 and YAS-109, both with native Alexa voice control. In addition to the integrated convenience of one of the country’s most popular voice assistants, these new models offer enhanced music playback capabilities, featuring WiFi connectivity to play tunes through Spotify Connect, Amazon Music, and Alexa-supported music services.
The YAS-109 features built-in subwoofers that deliver rich and deep bass in a compact size while the YAS-209 includes a separate wireless subwoofer, providing flexible placement options and even more expressive bass.
The built-in Alexa feature provides volume lowering capabilities, which automatically decreases the volume of movies or music to help receive a voice command. The included remote contains a dedicated button to initiate Alexa control. In addition, Alexa can be muted, when desired, or turned off completely when the soundbar is powered down, based on user preferences.
These soundbars incorporate Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround decoding, as well as DTS Virtual:X. Both soundbars feature Yamaha Clear Voice technology, which improves the audibility and clarity of dialogue in movies and TV shows while maintaining overall sonic quality. The feature especially shines during action scenes and live sports programs when background sounds might otherwise overwhelm dialogue and narration.
The new soundbars pack all the latest high-performance connectivity options, including HDMI input and output with ARC. 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video is supported for use with HDMI-connected 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players or 4K streaming media players. Both soundbars support CEC, enabling audio control with compatible TV remotes. An optical input is provided for use with other devices without HDMI connections.
A free app to control the soundbar, available for both Apple and Android mobile devices, gives users another way to control inputs and volume. The same app allows for playback of music stored on a smartphone via Wi-Fi.
The Yamaha YAS-209 ($349.95 MSRP) and YAS-109 ($239.95) soundbars will be available in July.
To learn more about the YAS-109, visit https://yamaha.io/2RgXSnC.
To learn more about the YAS-209, visit https://yamaha.io/2FhTpwp.