A bang-for-your-buck bar
Yamaha’s sound bars have consistently impressed us, and their budget-friendly bars are no exception. This new SR-B20A offers a really simple way to improve your TV’s sound quality with an easy one-cable connection — either HDMI or optical digital.
Onboard amplification powers six drivers, including a pair of built-in ported subwoofers that deliver more bass than you’d expect from such a slim bar, especially at this price point. But if you want even more low-end rumble, there’s an output for adding on a separate powered sub of your choice.
Dedicated dialogue and surround modes
I hate when I have to rewind movies and TV shows because I didn’t catch what the actor just said. Sometimes it is just too hard to hear the dialogue over the background noise. That’s where Yamaha’s Clear Voice processing comes in handy — it brings speech to the forefront so that dialogue is easier to hear and understand.
And right next to “Clear Voice” on the remote control, you’ll find a button for “3D Surround.” This enables the bar’s simulated surround sound via a technology called “DTS Virtual:X.”