Yamaha YAS-207 review
Mid-estimated sound bar that satisfies exclusive requirements
The Good / The Yamaha YAS-207 offers incredible sound quality that is a stage up from other spending frameworks. It offers a flock of valuable highlights at a reasonable cost. Assemble quality is fantastic and incorporates a subwoofer produced using MDF and not plastic. The recreated encompass modes overshadow whatever else accessible at a similar cost or less.
The Bad / It doesn’t have an on-screen show for your TV.
The Bottom Line / The Yamaha YAS-207 is a brilliant sound bar bundle which offers sound quality which takes off over others’ at the cost.
The Yamaha YAS-203 has for some time been a most loved here at CR, it won our Editor’s Choice honor in 2014, thus desire for its substitution is high. Like, incredibly high. We’ll even go so far as to state that the YAS-207 is a standout amongst the most asked for audits we’ve had by perusers in years. So this item better be great!
In the a long time since its forerunner appeared there have been a few changes to Yamaha’s unique recipe, and they’re all positive. The cost is comparative at around $300, offers an additional sound mode – DTS Virtual:X – for reproduced encompass, and additionally HDMI network.
With costs dissolving quick – Polk simply declared a $130 sound bar, for instance – the spending end has never been so aggressive, however the Yamaha wins through with an immersive sound and convenience. General its sound quality appraised the same as the substantially less expensive Vizio SB3621, however the Yamaha has a more immersive sound.
The Yamaha YAS-207 is accessible now for $299, £349 and AU$599.
Plan and highlights
The particulars list isn’t the main thing that is changed, it’s additionally the beautifying agents. The YAS-207’s false calfskin plastic best and fabric barbecue encompass make it less like the YAS-203’s “games auto guard” and more like a household item. The 207 manages without the IR repeater of the old model but on the other hand it’s shorter – down from 3.125 creeps to 2.375 inches – so it’s less inclined to hinder your TV’s IR port. Obviously divider mounting utilizing the keyhole mounts makes this a non-issue however know that it will jab out from the divider around six inches.
The front of the unit highlights contact touchy controls and a sensibly marked LED readout, however the show isn’t exactly understandable from the lounge chair. This is a pity as the gadget is with no on-screen show for your TV.
The sub that goes with the primary unit is huge (7.125 inches wide by 17.25 inches high by 15.75 inches down) and it additionally has a fabric flame broil that looks removable… in any case, isn’t. The sub is front-ported and remote so you can undoubtedly tuck it in a corner or alongside your lounge chair.
In conclusion, the remote. It’s most likely the main thing that Yamaha hasn’t changed over past items. It’s somewhere close to a Visa and a little clicker and has the catches you require. In any case, know that your own TV remote might be better, or you could attempt Yamaha’s own HT Controller application which works by Bluetooth for additionally control alternatives.
The YAS-207 highlights similarity with both Dolby and DTS soundtracks. One thing to note is that it’s the main sound bar to incorporate DTS Virtual:X – a virtual encompass mode for stereo frameworks. The soundbar highlights an arrangement of four 1.75-inch woofers matched with two tweeters while the subwoofer includes a 6.5-inch driver.
Availability comprises of a 4K-perfect HDMI input/yield, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm simple info and an optical port. The speaker additionally incorporates a USB port for firmware refreshes, however as there’s no show it’s difficult to check which firmware you have. It’s critical to take note of that the soonest forms delivered without DTS Virtual:X thus if squeezing the “Encompass” catch doesn’t turn the LED blue you have to refresh.
The plain first thing we saw about the speaker’s sound was its wide imaging paying little heed to where we remained in the room, even without DTS Virtual:X preparing turned on. Sitting focused before the YAS-207, and at least 7 feet away, yielded the amplest and most precise picture.
We likewise preferred that it’s so natural to change the subwoofer’s volume level, and switch on the “Bass Extension” include specifically from the remote. We consistently exploited those two controls as we tuned in to motion pictures and music, making on-the-fly changes in accordance with the YAS-207’s bass adjust.
We began diving further into the YAS-207 with the “Twilight” DVD, and were promptly awed with the sound that filled the front mass of the CR listening room. This present film’s blend doesn’t have embellishments, yet the road and inside scenes sounded sensible, Nicholas Britell’s inconspicuous music score was stunning, and exchange was characteristic and clear.
To test the YAS-207’s home theater stamina we played a cluster of fight scenes from the World War II-period “Hacksaw Ridge” on Blu-beam. The YAS-207 took care of mounted guns impacts without strain, yet the motion picture’s sound was more straightforward when we lessened the volume to a direct level. The YAS-207’s Clear Voice highlight somewhat enhanced exchange clarity.
Changing over to the Polk MagniFi Mini sound bar and subwoofer framework shrank the soundstage’s measurements, however the little framework sounded clearer and more prompt, while the YAS-207 was more blunt. The MagniFi Mini’s sub was no counterpart for the YAS-207’s considerably bigger box which rendered “Hacksaw’s” pandemonium with more oomph. The YAS-207’s general sound was more full and weightier, the MagniFi Mini seemed like what it is, a substantially littler framework. The YAS-207’s mellower introduction was less demanding on the ears thus there was to a lesser degree a possibility for audience weariness to set in finished long listening sessions.
There’s a refinement to the sound of the YAS-207 that makes it simple to tune in to, particularly with the DTS Virtual:X/3D Surround Playback killed. Truly, it completed a great job making extensive, immersive sound fields, however the quality and tone of the sound changed starting with one motion picture then onto the next, so we didn’t generally utilize it. DTS Virtual:X once in a while sounded substantially brighter than the YAS-207’s standard encompass mode, and we were all the more reliably happy with it killed. All things considered, we were awed by the way the DTS mode extended the sound fields of the vast majority of the motion pictures we played. Attempt it, you may like it.
With music the YAS-207’s abilities were somewhat superior to normal for sound bars, and the Replacements’ “Don’t Tell A Soul” collection shook out more convincingly than what we urged out of the MagniFi Mini. The Polk wasn’t terrible, yet its size confinements were clear. The YAS-207 was more solid with generally classifications.
Would it be a good idea for you to get it?
The rulebook has changed in the a long time since the YAS-203 was discharged and it’s presently conceivable to get an insane decent framework for the cost of seven days of foodstuffs. Specifically the Vizio SB3621 offers better an incentive for cash, and furthermore sounds extraordinary, yet it can’t create an indistinguishable level of submersion from the Yamaha.
The YAS-207 was so great we now and again overlooked we were tuning in to a sound bar, and just delighted in the motion picture we were viewing. That is high acclaim without a doubt for this reasonable framework! In the event that you need a stage up from ultra-spending speakers, we’d prescribe this Yamaha.