Yamaha YAS 109 Smart SoundBar with Built in Subwoofer

by birtanpublished on November 20, 2020

Hi guys this is ranjit and in this video let's do the review of this uh sound bar from yamaha the model name is yas109 and guys yamaha uh this one is the a good audio brand uh comparable to some of the uh established audio brands like bulk audio uh what you could say on cure etc and they make high end what do you say av equipment and even sound bar and this is sort of their mid-range one uh this is for about 20 000 and let's have a look at this and this is also smart

Uh that means uh it has wi-fi connectivity and also has built-in alexa and stuff and i tested this one with two televisions that i had so let's go over it what do i feel about it what do i like about the sound bar and what are the things that i do not like but first let's have a look at the same so guys this is the sound bar and you get these accessories you get also uh what do you say a wire to connect you get this remote using which you can control all

The aspects i also got a optical cable and the safe and a big bunch of manuals and if you want a wall mount a layout like this so let me keep these things to the side i wish a hdmi cable also came but we don't get that in the box uh so this is the sound bar itself and most of the drivers are over here over here they call it subwoofer but i will just say it's a woofer so we have two over here and uh two of the woofers are two the drivers are here and we also have it over here and these

Are the lids i'll power it on and show you guys and on the side this is actually heavy about 3.7 kilogram on the side we also have a base port over here and the other one on the other side and if you look at the back here is the interesting stuff i would say uh again it also has bluetooth dolby audio again guys basic dolby again you can't expect atmos and stuff at this uh price point dts virtual surround we have and hi

Uh hdmi or port we have uh with our support and of course wi-fi your power plug will go over here and if you notice here these are the main ports and we also have a hdmi in one and we also have uh what do you say hdmi out that is er enhanced r but don't worry it'll work perfectly fine with normal arc one i tested it one with a normal arc tv that was old one and even with er and it works brilliantly

And here we have a usb port on this one this is for service uh this is if you don't have a hdmi arc on a television then you would use the uh what do you say optical in the cable that was provided but again make sure if your tv has arc use that that is much better uh but again guys if you don't have an optical out on your tv or a hdmi arc then i would not suggest the soundbar because it doesn't have the normal what do you say 3.5 mm

Headphone jack or something like that uh we also have a wired ethernet port if you don't want to use wifi you can use that and i really like the fact that it has a subwoofer out so you can attach any active subwoofer you might have to this you don't need it but if you want that extra bass you can definitely do that and i did test with that i'll show you and guys i've switched it on and this has built-in alexa so actually you can use it without the remote also i'll just keep the remote

Over here and let's try alexa alexa what's the time the time is 1 20 pm i'll just lower the volume it's actually allowed we can ask alexa to do it alexa what's the volume level this device is at volume six alexa change volume to five again you can also play music because now in india we have amazon music for example alexa play some english pop music the playlist pop to make you happy on amazon music and it should start playing actually

Alexa increase volume you can skip the track alexa skip track i'm going to increase the volume a little bit to show you that it works even with higher volume i'm gonna skip the track alexa skip track so the alexa works as you can see so that works actually pretty good alexa skip track i'm just not playing because of copyright issues guys but yeah i'll add the surround effect i'll add this around i'm going to switch on this around now

This is it surround on i'm going to switch off this around alexa stop so i'm not playing the music but as you can see you can control it with alexa works very well now let's do one thing let's now connect it to the television and have a look and guys i've said it to hdmi arc output so let's play this trailer and see let me just oh

and now what i'll do guys i'll try a lot of sub external stuff and see how it changes now we have added this up so this is with the sap is so guys what do i feel about this sound bar let's break it down between the pros and cons let's talk about the negatives first and the first thing that i noticed is that and if you saw earlier

Uh what these buttons uh are actually touch button that's fine but again the led lights are very very tiny and we don't have any led display over here so again initially for the first couple of days it was very annoying to figure out what are these and they're very tiny when we are away from the tv it's difficult to distinguish so i don't like that they should have given a proper led over here next thing is that the maximum volume i felt

Was not super super high don't get me wrong if you are in sort of a medium to small size room it has very filling sound but again if i compare it with my polk audio magnify i definitely fell at the maximum volume it was about 20 louder my daughter definitely said that this is loud enough but i felt yeah the maximum volume is not super super high but again i like the fact that it has the clear voice and all those things so gets that very immersive feeling but

Maximum volume i would say not that much though it is having that 120 watt rms uh next thing is uh i connected it mostly to the television via the arc and generally uh what happens is when you switch on the tv this also switches on that is fine and you can even control the volume with your tvs remote control uh that is fine but what happens is that when i switch off the tv for more than let's say 25-30 minutes uh this also switches off and i think so this goes in a very low state

And when i switch on the tv this does not switch on automatically so i have to use the supplied remote so that is a little bit annoying uh if you wake up the tv after half an hour or so i think so it's going in a deep deep sleep mode when you open the tv uh that signal is not coming so that is something that i noticed so these were the net pickings and also regarding the uh what is a mobile app uh yes you have that mobile app and you have to use that to configure alexa it

Works but again the mobile app is very very average in my frank opinion it could have been a lot better now let's move to the things that i really liked about this soundbar and i was surprised uh initially regarding the sound signature i was getting on this one in fact i did not expect this much and yes it does have those woofers they call it subwoofer i won't call it a subwoofer that woofers and in fact it does provide quite a bit of bass even without the sub and i used it without the sub just

Like this for the first five days and i was surprised with the bass that you get yes it's not earth shattering or something it will shake your uh what do you say equipment or your furniture but again the base was there and the base is good enough it's done in a good way yes definitely when i added the external sub uh the base improved drastically but even without that i would say if you're sort of using it in a bedroom or medium sized room the base is surprisingly good and i

Like the fact that you have that external base port so in the later stage if you want to put a dedicated subwoofer you can put it and you can go with any active subwoofer you're not restricted to just uh from yamaha or anything like that so i like that next thing is uh regarding the sound again as i've told you the sound signature was very good it has expansive sound and the sound is actually rich even the dialogue delivery is good and we also have the clear voice option

On the remote and if you invoke it the dialogues definitely get enhanced quite a bit so watching movies on this one was a good experience in fact i enjoyed it more than my polka magnify sound bar which is technically more expensive than this one so that way it is good it also has that virtual surround sound and here i would say i had mixed reactions in about just about 25 percent of the movies that test what he says sound effect was better but in some of the other movies

It was not that great so it's a hit or a miss again it's a virtualization thing guys so again you have to play around when you start a movie just press that 3d surround and see if you like that it tries to simulate the sound from side and stuff but the effect as i told you is great in some movies or completely lost and and sounds annoying in some so again it's a mixed thing but overall i would say the sound signature that i got with this one was very good the sound is actually very

Rich on this one i didn't expect that and also the built-in bass with those bass drivers that it has was surprisingly good so overall i like it and if i have to compare with some of the other sound bars in this price range one of my cousins had the bose solo 5 that i think was for 25 26 000 this definitely sounds way better i would say compared to the bose solo 5 and even the polk magnify mini that i had this one sounds richer and sound and

That sound stage is better on this one especially for movies i would say this is great for watching movies and for movies i would rate it as high as 9 out of 10 but again if you are mostly getting this to listen to music etc then i would say i would rate it just about seven out of five ten uh also i like the fact that alexa is there as you saw and that alexa functionality also works very well so overall i would say it's a very good sound bar

And i would rate it nine out of ten i'm taking out some points because uh in terms of loudness as i told maximum volume level is not super super high and again that app as i've told you is not that great but overall this sound bar exceeded the expectations that i had anyways guys that's it for now thanks for watching this is ranchit and i hope to see you in my next video and guys again stay tuned i'll also be reviewing some dolby atmos sound bars those are high-end sound bars i've ordered them uh but it'll take

About a week or two to get the delivery so again if you are not subscribed to this uh youtube channel hit that subscribe button this is ranjit and i hope to see you in my next video take care guys

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