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Yamaha YAS-207 Soundbar Will Be 1st With DTS Virtual:X

DTS said the first Virtual:X-ready products will launch this summer, with Yamaha’s YAS-207 soundbar set to be the first device to feature the technology.

DTS Virtual:X is designed to provide an immersive sound experience without the need for rear surround and height speakers. It supports any input source from stereo to a 7.1.4 layout (11.1 channels), and is optimized to work with all DTS codecs, including the flagship DTS:X, said DTS. An upmixer is included for legacy content.

The YAS-207 soundbar will be available in July at a $299 suggested retail, and will receive a DTS Virtual:X firmware update in August. A/V receivers featuring the technology are expected to be announced in the fall, while compatible TVs are slated for 2018.

Joanna Skrdlant, home audio general manager at Xperi, DTS’s parent company, said in a statement: “With the introduction of DTS Virtual:X technology, listeners can enjoy height and surround sound with simply a soundbar, making it more accessible and affordable than ever to experience the benefits of immersive audio at home.”