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Published on July 2nd, 2019 | by The GC Team


Yamaha’s new sound bars with Alexa built-in

Yamaha has announced two new sound bars, the YAS-209 and the YAS-109, each featuring built-in Alexa voice control.

The inclusion of native Alexa voice control – one of the UK’s most widespread voice assistants – allows easy connection and control for home entertainment including movies, and enhanced music playback capabilities featuring Wi-Fi connectivity to play tunes through Spotify Connect, Amazon Music and Alexa-supported music services.

The YAS-209 and YAS-109 each have 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, while the YAS-209 includes a separate wireless subwoofer, providing flexible placement options and more expressive bass.

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.

Both sound bars incorporate Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround decoding, as well as DTS Virtual:X® for immersive, virtual 3D surround sound. The post-processing technology creates a life-like, 3D sound field without the need for separate speakers, and both have Yamaha Clear Voice technology, which improves the audibility and clarity of dialogue in movies and TV shows while maintaining overall sonic quality. This feature is especially useful for action scenes and live sports programmes when background sounds might otherwise overwhelm dialogue and narration.

Connectivity options include 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.

Besides Spotify Connect and Alexa enabled music services, Bluetooth® functionality facilitates playing of 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 a further way to control inputs and volume. The same app allows for playback of music stored on a smartphone via Wi-Fi.

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