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Yamaha's Sleek Soundbar Flatters All TVs

By Tony Ibrahim | Tuesday | 23/10/2012

As modern televisions continue to get thinner, it is becoming harder for TV companies to equip them with a decent set of speakers. As a result, many high end televisions are distinguished by visual flair alone, lacking the audio prowess for theatrical viewing.

In a have your cake and eat it too move, Yamaha has released their short, shallow and thin soundbar, the YAS-101. Despite its cabinet standing a mere 10.7cm, this introductory soundbar is fitted with two 6.5cm cone speakers and a dual 7.5cm subwoofer to produce "size-defying audio ideal for movies and television viewing."

On board is a suite of software designed to get the best performance from the hardware. This includes Yamaha's Air Surround Xtreme technology, which causes audio to converge on the listener providing a pseudo surround sound field and ultimately recreating the sensation of a multi-speaker setup.

Clear Voice is another useful aid which increases the volume of dialogue, while Audio Delay Control allows you to match the sound and video together for out-of-sync content. Another notable additive is UniVolume, which is responsible for maintaining the level of volume between different inputs, channels and even commercials, deeming the irritating chore of constantly tweaking the volume redundant.

Soundbars are often placed at the base of a TV, but doing so obscures the infrared technology your remote control uses to change the TV channel. Thinking ahead, the YAS-101 has an infrared receiver that channels the signal to the TV, allowing you to position it in front without inducing frustration when you want to channel-surf. Better yet, the YAS-101 is compatible with your existing TV remote through its unique learning function.

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This soundbar is lavishly dressed in a black gloss finish that matches modern TVs and contrasts with its Saran grilles, which protect the speakers without impeding audio.

Since the YAS-101 has such a shallow body—and its legs can be removed—this soundbar can be easily mounted beneath a TV whilst contributing to a room's decorum; a trait few multispeaker systems can brag about. 

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