Yamaha has taken its sound bar lineup to a next level with the upcoming YAS-106 sound bar for home theater fans. Basically, if you are a fan of more robust home theater audio at a decent price and want support for multi-channel performance and 4K UHD video sources, this new particular model might just be for you.
Yamaha’s latest budget conscious sound bar, the YAS-106, is reminiscent of the last years 105 model except it sports a more curvaliscious design. The bar offers a sleeker, curvier design than the 105 while still providing the hallmarks of its sound engine, including dual down-firing ‘subwoofers’ and twin bass reflex ports, enabling it to carve out some low-end thunder without the need for a separate wireless subwoofer.
The YAS-106 is designed to simulate a virtual surround sound experience from 5.1 or 7.1 Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks. The effectiveness of the simulated surround sound, however, will depend on your room’s layout. The new soundbar doesn’t support immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. Users will need to take a major step up to YAS-5600 for those features.
In addition to HDMI, the YAS-106 also offers a single digital Optical input, and Bluetooth connection to the stream music from your phone and connect to Yamaha’s handy Home Theater Controller app to control audio parameters wirelessly. If single bar isn’t enough power for your home theater setup, the bar also provides a subwoofer output to wire up the sub of your choice.