Yamaha has been pumping out solid sound bars the past few years. They run the gamut, from entry-level units to pricey high-end Dolby Atmos equipped models. Yamaha’s latest budget conscious sound bar, the YAS-106, is reminiscent of last years 105 model except it sports a more curvaliscious design.
 


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The YAS-106 is flat on the top and bottom with striking curves on its front and backside. The new design gives the unit added flexibility. The 106 stands a mere 2 1/8″ tall which should make it relatively unobtrusive when resting in front of your flat screen. The YAS-106 can also be rotated and mounted to accommodate wall hung TVs.

Yamaha YAS-106 Sound Bar

The 35″ long speaker houses dual 1″ tweeters along with twin 2″ mid-range drivers. Bass is handled by side-ported 3″ woofers. If you feel the need to up the bass, the Yamaha YAS-106 offers a subwoofer output so that you can add your favorite sub into the mix.

 

Along with the subwoofer output, the 106 also has an HDCP 2.2 compatible HDMI input with ARC (Audio Return Channel), one analog audio input and one digital optical input. The sound bar is also equipped with CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) technology. Essentially with CEC, you can use the remote of an HDMI/CEC equipped TV to control the speaker’s volume and on/off functions. Audio from your Android or iOS device can also be transmitted to the 106 thanks to it’s built-in bluetooth.

Yamaha YAS-106

For audio processing the YAS-106 can handle both Dolby Digital and DTS signals. To enhance dialogue the 106 employs Yamaha’s Clear Voice as well as Advanced Bass Extension Processing to boost bass response. On the video side of things, the diminutive sound bar allows for 4K video with HDR pass through.

 

The Yamaha YAS-106 is expected to arrive on store shelves in August.

 


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