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Yamaha Sheds An Inch With Slim Soundbar

Buena Park, Calif. – A new active soundbar launched by Yamaha is the company’s slimmest soundbar to date with a height of only 2 1/8 inches.

At a suggested $249, the YAS-105 also marks the company’s return to a $249 price point for an active soundbar, joining two models at $299.

The YAS-105 is also Yamaha’s first soundbar with what the company called a flexible-orientation design, enabling the 2 1/8 by 35 by 5 1/8-inch bar to be laid flat in front of a TV or flat on the wall beneath the TV. When placed in front of a TV, the unit is 2 1/8-inch-high from the front, but that surface faces down when placed on the wall, so the bar protrudes from the wall by only that amount, the company explained.

With the latest TVs, said Yamaha A/V division general manager Bob Goedken, “it’s challenging to make a soundbar that is thin enough to not block any image yet still sounds great.” The company’s next shortest soundbar is 3 1/8 inches tall.

Compared with the company’s two current $299 soundbars, the YAS-105 adds Bluetooth and the ability to be controlled via Bluetooth from the company’s free controller app.

Proprietary Air Surround Xtreme technology delivers a virtual 7.1-channel listening experience when playing back Dolby Digital soundtracks. The soundbar is the company’s first without DTS surround.

The YAS-105 also comes with one optical input, one coaxial input, an analog input and a subwoofer output to add on an outboard powered subwoofer.

The speaker complement consists of two full-range drivers, two tweeters and two built-in subwoofers in a ported enclosure. The structural design and proprietary Advanced Bass Extension Processing delivers bass response said to belie the bar’s size. Yamaha’s Clear Voice feature raises dialog levels.

A learning feature lets a user’s TV remote control select soundbar functions as on/off and volume.