Today Yamaha launched two new soundbars, the YAS-209 and YAS-109, and each features native Alexa voice control.
In addition to the convenience of the popular voice assistant, these new models offer enhanced music playback capabilities, featuring Wi-Fi connectivity to play tunes through Spotify Connect, Amazon Music and Alexa-supported music services.
Aesthetically, both models boast an ultra-slim design for movie and music enthusiasts to discreetly place in front of their TV or mount on the wall without the need of an additional bracket.
The YAS-109 features built-in subwoofers that deep bass in a compact size while the YAS-209 includes a separate wireless subwoofer.
The built-in Alexa feature provides volume lowering capabilities, which automatically decreases the volume of movies or music to help receive a voice command. The included remote contains a dedicated button to initiate Alexa control. In addition, Alexa can be muted, when desired, or turned off completely when the sound bar is powered down, based on user preferences.
These sound bars incorporate Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround decoding, as well as DTS Virtual:X for virtual 3D surround sound. Both sound bars feature Yamaha Clear Voice technology, which improves the audibility and clarity of dialogue in movies and TV shows while maintaining overall sonic quality. The feature especially shines during action scenes and live sports programs when background sounds might otherwise overwhelm dialogue and narration.
The ound bars pack all the latest high-performance connectivity options, including HDMI input and output with ARC. 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video is supported for use with HDMI-connected 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players or 4K streaming media players. Both sound bars support CEC, enabling audio control with compatible TV remotes. An optical input is provided for use with other devices without HDMI connections.
90 days of free access to Amazon Music Unlimited is included with both sound bars. Besides Spotify Connect and Alexa enabled music services, Bluetooth functionality lets those passionate about music play tunes from any Bluetooth-connected mobile device.
A free app to control the sound bar, available for both Apple and Android mobile devices, gives users yet another way to control inputs and volume. The same app allows for playback of music stored on a smartphone via Wi-Fi.
The Yamaha YAS-209 ($349.95 MSRP) and YAS-109 ($239.95) sound bars will be available in July.