27/7/2012 [Audio & Visual]
TV audio gets a boost with the YAS-101 sound bar
Adding to an already formidable sound bar range, Yamaha introduces the YAS-101 TV audio booster – providing full-bodied audio from an elegantly designed, all-in-one speaker solution.
With the television market experiencing a move to larger but thinner screens, improved picture comes at a cost of audio quality. The slim profile of today’s TVs sacrifice dedicated space for speakers. Yamaha has addressed this with a new product designed specifically to fill this gap. Introducing the YAS-101 TV audio booster.
The YAS-101 utilises two 6.5cm cone speakers and an integrated dual 7.5cm driver subwoofer system to produce size-defying audio ideal for movies and television viewing. Although slim in profile, the cabinet provides a large volume enclosure for both speakers and subwoofer, and employs a linear shaped bass reflex port to generate powerful and deep sound.
The YAS-101 is an attractive alternative for those wanting more from their movie and television viewing experience without the need for an amplifier and multiple speakers. Utilising Yamaha’s exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME technology, the YAS-101 produces a simulated surround sound field without having speakers positioned around the room. With a recommended retail price of $349, the YAS-101 delivers excellent value at the entry‐point to the sound bar range and is perfect for rooms requiring a discreet home theatre.
Practical audio features for movies and television viewing include Clear Voice which increases the volume of dialogue/narration and UniVolume which maintains the level of volume when changing inputs, channels and even negates discrepancies in the volume of TV commercials. Lip‐sync, presented as Audio Delay Control, is also featured enabling timing adjustment of audio to match the picture.
Designed to be positioned in front of a television, the YAS-101 stands at a height of only 10.7cm. In the event the YAS-101 blocks the television’s IR receiver, an innovative IR flasher relays the IR signal to the rear of the unit to ensure unaffected operation of the television. Additionally, the YAS-101 features a Learning Function which enables the user to use the TV remote control to power on/off and adjust the volume of the YAS-101.
For wall-mounted entertainment systems, the YAS-101 is also able to be hung with feet removed ensuring it complements any home. A black gloss finish matches that of modern televisions while the gentle curve of the fascia adds a stylish accent to the entertainment area. Protecting the speaker, a Saran grille enables unimpeded audio.
The YAS-101 includes 2 optical/1 coaxial digital inputs, with the ability to connect an external subwoofer for even greater bass.
The YAS-101 TV audio booster is available now with a recommended retail price of $349.