Yamaha’s sub-$200 soundbars look to take budget crown from Vizio

The Yamaha B20A (high) and C20A soundbars


Yamaha has added two sub-$200 soundbars to its vary, the SR-C20A and SR-B20A, which supply an all-in-one design and HDMI connectivity. The fashions additionally embody Bluetooth.

The $180 C20A is the compact choice at 23 inches lengthy and a pair of.5 inches, and it features a “built-in subwoofer” and twin passive radiators. It gives 4 totally different sound modes (customary, stereo, recreation, film), along with a digital encompass mode. 

But for slightly extra at $200, the B20A seems to be the early decide, because it’s reportedly an replace to the older YAS-108 with the same design and lack of Amazon Alexa. (The YAS-109, which got here out in 2019, has the voice assistant onboard however prices extra at $220). This 35-inch 20A consists of twin built-in subwoofers, plus a step-up function that Yamaha debuted a number of years in the past — DTS Virtual:X. At this worth solely the Vizio V21 has this sound mode and it is one of the spectacular ways in which I’ve heard to spice up immersion in films with out including audio system.

The soundbars may be managed with both your present TV distant (HDMI CEC), the distant included within the field or the corporate’s Sound Bar Controller App for smartphone management. Each soundbars may be wall-mounted through built-in keyholes. 

Yamaha is up in opposition to some powerful competitors on the worth, with the superb Vizio V21 debuting at $180 earlier this month. The Vizio exceeds the Yamaha for options with a devoted wi-fi subwoofer and a (admittedly bizarre) voice assistant enter. But, if you would like one thing extra compact with out the necessity to place a soundbar, the Yamahas provide an intriguing different.

The $200 SR-B20A can be accessible in late summer season, whereas the $180 SR-C20A will accessible in early fall.

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Ty Pendlebury