Yamaha Launches Two New Soundbars
Are you looking to upgrade the sound of your TV at low cost? Well, Yamaha Music had added two new soundbars to its extensive lineup. They are both at entry level for the company but still feature a built-in subwoofer.
The Yamaha SR-C20A is priced at £219 and measures 600mm wide by 54mm tall and 96mm deep. Inside it employs three drivers: two 46mm full-range units for left and right, and a 75mm subwoofer. Each of the small drivers receives up to twenty watts of power, while the sub gets sixty watts. The bass is supported by two passive radiators.
Sound can be fed to the soundbar in several ways. It has an HDMI connection with Audio Return Channel support for easy integration with a TV. Additionally, there are two optical digital audio inputs plus a 3.5mm analogue audio input.
Finally, there’s Bluetooth with “multi-point functionality”, so the Yamaha SR-C20A can be used with multiple devices. It supports Dolby Digital inputs and offers Dolby virtual surround sound.
At £249 – only £30 more – the Yamaha SR-B20A ups the stakes considerably. It’s wider at 910mm, not quite as tall at 53mm but significantly deeper at 131mm. Inside, its left and right channels are two-way, with a 55mm cone midrange driver and a 25mm dome tweeter, each channel receiving thirty watts. There are two of the 75mm cone subwoofers, supplied with a total power of sixty watts. If that’s not enough bass, an active subwoofer can be added thanks to the subwoofer output.
The inputs are the same, except that the SR-B20A does not have an analogue audio input. But it adds support for DTS audio signals, and it can employ DTS Virtual:X to create surround sound. Like it’s smaller sibling, it has four sound modes on offer: Stereo, Standard, Movie and Game.
Both soundbars can be placed in front on a TV or wall-mounted, and each is provided with an IR remote control. They will be available here in the autumn.
For more information, visit Yamaha.
Stephen Dawson started writing full time about home entertainment technology just weeks before the DVD was launched in Australia. Since then he has written several thousand product reviews amounting to millions of words for newspapers and magazines around Australia.
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