The past few years Yamaha has rolled out a continuous stream of top-notch soundbars. The Yamaha YAS-207 will be the latest entry in their 2017 line-up when it hits store shelves.


According to Yamaha, the YAS-207 will feature their most immersive 3D sound experience to date. In fact, the 207 will be one of the first soundbars to feature DTS Virtual:X technology. This new tech is designed to create a realistic surround sound experience without the need to place speakers directly behind your head.


The 207 has a thin profile measuring only 2 3/8″ high. With these meager dimensions, it should fit comfortably in front of most TVs without obstructing the TV image. Key holes on the rear of the bar also allow for easy wall hanging. Accompanying the 207 is a compact wireless subwoofer that is responsible for handling low frequencies.


For connectivity, the Yamaha YAS-207 has two HDMI inputs which allow for 4K video pass through at 60 fps. Built-in Bluetooth allows for easy wireless music playback from most mobile devices. The bar also includes multiple DSP settings. Chief among them is Clear Voice which is designed to make dialogue more intelligible.


DTS Virtual:X shows promise, but many soundbars use similar tech to approximate surround sound. However, as we’ve seen in the past, this type of tech can be hit or miss. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it’s just so-so. It will be interesting to see if DTS’s latest stab at virtual surround succeeds where others have failed. The Yamaha YAS-207 is set to launch in July. DTS Virtual:X will be available soon after via a firmware update.

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