Yamaha YAS-203 Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer

Yamaha YAS-203 Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer
From Yamaha

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Average customer review:
(4.0 stars, based on 350 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #3945 in Speakers
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Yamaha
  • Model: YAS-203
  • Released on: 2014-08-11
  • Number of items: 2
  • Dimensions: 3.63" h x 34.88" w x 4.75" l, 24.30 pounds

Features

  • Length & Power Output: 34.9-inch 200 W (7.1 channels) - ideal for 40-inch and larger TVs
  • Subwoofer: Wireless
  • Connectivity: Wired, bluetooth
  • Wall Mountable: Yes; Remote Included: Yes
  • Inputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial

Make all of your movies and TV shows come to life with clear, spacious sound. The piano-black finish of the sound bar looks great with your TV and the wireless subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room to deliver rich, impactful bass. Bluetooth lets you wirelessly stream music from your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful.
4Great system (if you have appropriate expectations about soundbars) but could use HDMI control
By Darius F.
After reading lots of reviews on inexpensive sound bars I decided to go with this system, which has received universal acclaim. I think if you have appropriate expectations, you will find this to be a great system.

quick version: It sounds as good as you could expect for a system of this price. No soundbar, including really expensive ones, is going to be better than even the cheapest brand name "home theatre in a box" when it comes to filling a room with directionalized sound. I would have given this system 5 stars if it had HDMI control. Also, if you're concerned about dolby, you should figure out if your television set sends the original audio signal out or one that has been converted to 2 channel. If your set does the latter, you should plug it directly into the media source if possible.

Full version
First impressions:
Product is packaged nicely. The gloss finish on the main speaker seems like a fingerprint magnet (which is ok, you probably won't be touching it much) and also makes it feel kind of cheap. Well it is relatively cheap on the price scale, so no hard feelings there. Comes with everything you need to get started.

Setup:
Physically setting up the system wasn't difficult at all. Simply set the main speaker where you want it and plug the optical cable (it comes with one) into your source - in my case the television itself. The subwoofer is wireless but needs a power source of course. I have mine just to the side with the cable box, but bass isn't really directional, so you could put it wherever you think is most convenient. I will say that the main speaker cord could be longer.
When I turned on the system, the subwoofer connected automatically without any issue. I had to wade through some TV menus to turn off the set speakers and route the audio to the soundbar. Obviously the ease of that depends on your TV. My set allows the unfiltered multi-channel signal to pass through, which the speakers will attempt to recreate (more on that later). Once I was getting sound, I had to turn my focus to remote controls. Probably the only major downside of this soundbar is that it doesn't use HDMI control. Instead, you train it to respond to the same signals as your TV remote. The training was easy enough - you start the sequence and then press the appropriate buttons to program - but it makes for some needlessly annoying moments at times
- If I don't have the TV remote pointed at the right angle it might "miss" one or the other, resulting in me having to walk up there and manually turn on one or the other. It also renders the cable box remote useless for this purpose; I think the burst it sends to the TV is too short to capture both the TV and the soundbar reliably
- Anytime I change the volume I get a message from the TV that "the volume is fixed." (Of course it is, I turned off the speakers). But with HDMI control you could actually get visual feedback on the TV as to your volume level.

Operation:
Assuming you got your remote programming sorted out, it's pretty easy to use. Instead of a slick-looking LED screen, all your information is given by a few status lights in the front. A quick look at the manual can orient you as to what they mean. It's not very complicated. The remote allows you to adjust the volume and bass level. Basically I just cranked up the bass level and put the remote away in a drawer. There are some other more advanced audio profile settings you can play with, but you need to download an app to your phone and connect to Bluetooth - another downside, though I'm sure in the end, it gives you more options than you would find in competing products.

Sound:
On most flat panel TVs, the speakers are in the rear and pointed down. Also the drivers have to be pretty flat to fit inside the screen. In other words, you have laptop speakers which are pointed backwards. If you're expecting this soundbar to replace even your $300 home theater in a box, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Instead, it's more like someone took some small speakers, spaced them apart, and pointed them in the right direction + added a subwoofer - all this without the hassle of an extra amplifier or superfluous wiring. But that is not an indictment of this product, it's just a simple fact when it comes to soundbars. You can't expect it to be as loud and you can't expect comparable directionality. Yamaha claims that the subtle convex shape helps the bar to "throw" sound towards the corner to recreate a surround effect, but this will be a mostly untrue claim if you have an open floorplan. Overall, it makes the speech clearer and adds some much needed bass and depth. You could spend a lot more money on a higher-end soundbar, but at that point, I would say you are better off getting an actual 5.1 or 7.1 system

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
5Incredible Sound
By eichtj01
First, i consider myself an audiophile. I like my music to be clear, full range, and punchy. I'm also a singer and musician as a hobby, so i'm already familiar with the incredible quality of yamaha's musical instruments and amps. I'm using this sound bar with a large tv hooked up to my mac mini. It was very easy to set up and use. The sound is simply fantastic. I play and listen to my music library through this, also ps4 and movies. The thing that really stuns me about this unit is the incredible, realistic, and room filling bass i get with this, out of a relatively tiny 6" subwoofer speaker. I can easily turn this loud enough to drive other people from the room when i'm using it, yet, due to it's small size, my neighbors in the mobile homes next to me say they haven't heard it.
If i want bass that rattles other people's mirrors, i'll take a drive in my van with it's 10" subs. If you want that kind of bass in your home, the good news is that Yamaha also a 10" version of the wireless subwoofer at a very reasonable price, and it will work with this sound bar unit, so you could upgrade the subwoofer if you want to rattle the dishes off the shelves.

66 of 73 people found the following review helpful.
5That's what I call a soundbar
By Roland W.
I exchanged my sony soundbar HTC 150 with this one as the sony sounded 'hollow'.
The YAS was set up in about 10 minutes including the set up for the directTV remote. The sound is full, deep base even at low volume, easy to understandable voice sound. It is a little bigger than the sony one but easily fits in front of the 58" Samsung LED.
The few LEDs on the sound bar itself dim after a few seconds. You can still see them but not as annoying than the blue light of the directtv receiver.
All in all Perfect so far. CNET WAS CORRECT!
You have to make sure that you go through the pairing process for the subwoofer. there is a little "pairing" hole on the back of the sub - and a pair button on the remote. just hold remote button for 5 secs, then press the pair button on the sub for 3-4 secs... and done...

*** UPDATE Aug 2016 - still going strong - I am now using the regular TV remote to turn it on / off (got rid of Cable/Dish). Only little problem is that when I change the sound setting, my Samsung TV displays a quick message on the screen that the input is not available. Soundbar still responds, but you have to live with the little message for about 3 seconds every time you change the sound.

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