Yamaha YAS-203 200W 2.1-Channel Soundbar System (Piano Black)

Yamaha YAS-203 200W 2.1-Channel Soundbar System (Piano Black)

Yamaha YAS-203 200W 2.1-Channel Soundbar System (Piano Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 2.1-Channel Configuration
  • Up to 200W of Total Power
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • External Wireless Subwoofer
  • 1 x Optical / 1 x Coaxial / 1 x RCA
  • Smartphone or Tablet Control
  • UniVolume Technology
  • Stand or Wall Mountable
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Yamaha YAS-203 overview

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The piano black Yamaha YAS-203 200W 2.1-Channel Soundbar System offers powerful sound for music and movies. This soundbar is equipped with dual 2.1" full-range cone drivers, and includes an external wireless subwoofer for added bass impact. These drivers are powered by a digital amplifier that delivers up to 200W of power. Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity allows you to wirelessly stream music from other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartphones or tablets.

The Yamaha YAS-203 features digital optical and coaxial inputs for interfacing high-quality audio sources; an optical cable is included with the soundbar. A stereo RCA input is also onboard, which allows you to interface legacy audio sources. A number of included enhancements such as AIR SURROUND EXTREME, Clear Voice, and UniVolume technology are designed to provide enhanced sound quality.

The YAS-203 employs AIR SURROUND XTREME, a Yamaha virtual surround technology that reproduces 7.1-channel surround sound with optimized imaging and rich presence. You can experience a realistic sound field, with clear dialogue in the front and dynamic sound action at the back.
Realistic Sound
The soundbar houses a digital amp and two 2.1" cone speakers with large magnets to help ensure life-like sound quality. Its structural design allows the soundbar to perform with power and clarity in a slim-body chassis. Yamaha's original advanced bass extension processing delivers powerful bass for enhanced performance.
External Subwoofer
This subwoofer features a large magnet, a front-firing configuration, Yamaha's Advanced YST II technology, and a linear port to produce deep and smooth bass. Its wireless design offers placement flexibility.
Bluetooth Wireless Music Streaming from Your Smartphone or Tablet
Stream music from Bluetooth-compatible smartphones, tablets and computers. The YAS-203 can also be set in Bluetooth standby mode, enabling the soundbar's power to turn on or off automatically for energy-saving convenience.
Clear Voice Makes Dialogue and Narrations Easy to Hear
Clear Voice raises the level of dialogue and narrations while maintaining overall sound quality. Movies and TV shows, sports commentary and news broadcasts are more clearly audible.
UniVolume Maintains the Same Volume Level
This technology maintains a consistent volume level between different channels, programs, commercials and input sources. It can be switched on and off.
Wall-Mountable Design
The YAS-203 can be mounted to a wall using commercially available hardware. A paper mounting template is included to assist with the installation process.
Free Control App for Easy Operation
Download the free Home Theater Controller app for iOS and Android to easily perform a variety of basic functions. Select surround modes or make sound adjustments for an optimized listening experience.
Use Your TV Remote
The YAS-203 offers a learning feature that allows you to turn the sound bar on/off and control its volume level using your TV's remote control, giving you the convenience of using a single remote control for both devices.
TV Remote Repeater for Signal Transmission
Even if the YAS-203 blocks the TV's remote control signal, the TV Remote Repeater on the back transmits the signal to the TV so operation is not affected.
Other Notable Features
  • Slim profile at 3.6" with the included table feet attached
  • Subwoofer: Bass-reflex design (Advanced YST II with Linear Port)
  • In the Box
    Yamaha YAS-203 200W 2.1-Channel Soundbar System (Piano Black)
  • Wireless Subwoofer
  • 4.9' (1.5 m) Optical Cable
  • 2 x Stand Feet
  • 2 x Stand Screws
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Mounting Template
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Yamaha YAS-203 specs

    Amplifier Output Front Left and Right: 2 x 50 W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
    Subwoofer (Dynamic): 1 x 100 W (5.5 ohms, 100 Hz, 10% THD)
    Amplifier Type Digital
    Drivers Front: 2 x 2.1" (5.3 cm) full-range cones
    Subwoofer: 1 x 6.5" (16.5 cm) cone
    Driver Type Soundbar: Acoustic suspension type (non-magnetic shielding)
    Subwoofer: Advanced Yamaha Active Servo technology (magnetic shielding)
    Frequency Response Soundbar: 150 Hz to 22 kHz
    Subwoofer: 35 Hz to 150 Hz
    Audio Formats Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, PCM
    Bluetooth Version: 2.1 + EDR
    Profiles: A2DP, SPP
    Codecs: SBC, aptX
    Wireless Output: Class 2
    Range: Up to 33' (10 m)
    Inputs 1 x Digital Optical (TV)
    1 x Digital Coaxial (BD / DVD)
    1 x Stereo RCA (Analog)
    Subwoofer Wireless Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
    Transmission Range: Up to 33' (10 m)
    Power Requirements System: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption (Active) Soundbar: 26 W
    Subwoofer: 45 W
    Power Consumption (Standby) Soundbar: 0.4 W
    Soundbar Bluetooth: 0.5 W
    Subwoofer: 1.4 W
    Dimensions (WxHxD) Soundbar: 34.9 x 3.1 x 4.8" (886.5 x 78.7 x 121.9 mm)
    Soundbar with Feet: 34.9 x 3.6 x 4.8" (886.5 x 91.4 x 121.9 mm)
    Subwoofer: 11.4 x 11.5 x 12.5" (289.6 x 292.1 x 317.5 mm)
    Depth Soundbar without Protrusions: 2.5" (6.4 mm)
    Weight Soundbar: 6.4 lb (2.9 kg)
    Subwoofer: 17.9 lb (8.1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 31.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.0 x 18.0 x 14.0"

    Yamaha YAS-203 reviews

    YAS-203 200W 2.1-Channel Soundbar System (Piano Black) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatly Enhances Sound I'm a very serious audiophile, but a casual videophile. My video sound must be clear and have good dynamic range, but I find surround distracting and fraught with stumbling blocks. I'd rather have competent 2.1 channel sound and leave it at that. This rig was very easy to set up. I used the optical cable provided by Yamaha and set the subwoofer just behind the TV screen. There's a separate control for the main speaker and the subwoofer. I found it easy to get a good balance. Listening with my 65 Sony UHDTV, I notice a major improvement in spoken-word clarity, much more dynamic range and more subtle sound effects. I watched a Nita Simone documentary and the piano sounded very natural, as did her vocals. I'm very pleased with the result at this low price point.
    Date published: 2016-02-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much better than the TV speakers It is a very nice soundbar for the price. I am using it in a great room where a full surround system is not practical. Having been involved in high end A/V and Hi-Fi for many years l knew this was no equal to those type of systems. It performs exactly as I expected. It is very average for music but is good for movies. I do wish the clear voice was a little better. Fort the size of the sub, bass extension is very good. I considered spending more for something better and may upgrade later...but for now the YAS-203 is performing well. Set up and connection was quick and easy. If you are looking for a soundboard/sub combo that takes up a small footprint, at a reasonable price and performs better than the price... the YAS-203 is certainly worth considering.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good soundbar for the price This is a good soundbar for the price but if you're looking for theater like sound on a soundbar get the new Bose 300 soundbar.
    Date published: 2016-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Soundbar I made two trips to B&H before purchasing this Soundbar. Both sales clerk were very good and helped me make a great decision. I purchased the Soundbar from the second sales clerk on my second visit and he was very knowledgable regarding the proccur and he assisted me with choosing a surge protector. I would definitely purchase from B&H in the future Thank You
    Date published: 2015-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent choice I wanted a compact speaker system for my bedroom that works well with TV, as well as good for playing music. I saw several good reviews on YAS-203: CNET and others, but was a little skeptical. Anyway, I decided to give it a try, and this was a great decision. YAS-203 doesn't disappoint. It does sound really good either for music or TV application. Yes, it does have some limitations, so as any other system. For example, bass extension doesn't seem to be very effective. Or, when Yamaha claims 200W of power, this is just peak power, on average it cannot give out more than it takes from the power outlet, which is only 26W soundbar / 45W subwoofer. But the clarity and volume of sound is surprising with such a small, inexpensive system. The bass is very natural and tight. I tried it with different types of music, including classical, and I really like the sound. So I believe, this is a great compromise between quality of sound, size and cost. Also, this is probably not the best system for a huge room, but in a room under 200 sq. ft. it should work great. Just for a reference, I am an electrical engineer with 30 years of experience, and I made my way into electronics through designing and building audio components. I highly recommend this system.
    Date published: 2016-06-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inferior to competition Ok as a sounbar but inferior to bose cinemate 15. More muted and base is not as powerful.
    Date published: 2016-12-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Sound I bought this as a birthday/father day gift for my husband. We replaced a Sony model that we currently had. The Yamaha quality sound was so much better. And it was nice that the subwoofer was wireless too. The only problem we are having is getting back to one remote again.
    Date published: 2015-07-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value I bought this soundbar to upgrade from the built in speakers and it does a very good job at a reasonable price. It has added a lot of depth to the sound, but don't expect it to replace a true surround system. My TV is on a table and the unit sits nicely below it. Setup was easy and I am very happy with my purchase.
    Date published: 2016-02-15
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