A customer favorite gets an upgrade
Yamaha’s sound bars have consistently impressed us, and their budget-friendly bars are no exception. The YAS-109 has everything customers loved from the previous models — some of the most popular bars we’ve carried in recent years — and it adds voice control.
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 a dedicated output for adding on a separate powered sub of your choice.
Alexa, how’s the weather?
The YAS-109 has Amazon Alexa built-in so if you want to play your favorite Spotify® playlist on the bar, all you have to do is ask. And Alexa can do more than just play some tunes. Plan your day with weather and traffic updates. Create a shopping list, set reminders or alarms, and control connected smart home devices like lights and thermostats — all with your voice.
Hear it all
Sometimes I have to rewind movies and TV shows because I didn’t catch what the actor just said, and I’m sure I’m not alone. It can be hard to hear 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.”
How does DTS Virtual:X work?
Many sound bars simulate Dolby Atmos or DTS:X by bouncing sound off your walls and ceiling. That’s not what’s happening here. Instead, DTS Virtual:X almost completely relies on digital sound processing.
DTS uses what they call “spatial audio techniques” to make it seem like the sound is all around you. Incredibly sophisticated audio delays and adjustments create a larger, wider soundstage. That includes overhead atmospheric effects like leaves rustling on a tall tree or birds chirping above.
Check out Jeff Miller’s article “What is DTS Virtual:X?” for more details.
Options for music
The YAS-109 can handle your tunes, too. You can use Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi to wirelessly stream music, audiobooks, or podcasts from compatible devices directly to the sound bar.