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Yamaha SR-C30A Review

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With a portable design, the Yamaha SR C30 presents excellent value for budget-conscious customers who enjoy dialogue-centric content. It comes with EQ presets and app support, but the narrow soundstage and average surround capabilities limit the movie immersion experience.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Launched in 2022, the Yamaha SR C30A is a budget-friendly 2.1-channel soundbar with a portable design. For connectivity, the soundbar includes HDMI ARC and Optical ports for wired TV connections, along with wireless Bluetooth support for streaming music.

Yamaha’s exclusive Clear Voice technology puts emphasis on dialogue, and based on your content, you can switch between the four different sound modes (stereo, standard, game, and 3D movie). However, this model doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, limiting you to Dolby Audio and Dolby Pro Logic II. Like the best speakers, you can control the bar with an included remote control and SB remote app, and the Adaptive Low Volume Technology ensures clear sound reproduction even at lower volumes. Discover our full list of the best soundbars here.

Consensus

our Verdict

Connectivity-wise, the Yamaha SR C30A includes HDMI ARC, two Optical ports, and Bluetooth support, and its subwoofer has a pairing button to connect wirelessly. The audio is crackle-free, but there is slight latency with the Optical connection. Featuring a compact design, it lacks an expansive soundstage, and its 2.1-channel setup means the surround performance is mediocre for adrenaline-pumping action scenes.

There is no Dolby Atmos, but the remarkably high-frequency range creates crisp treble sounds, and the mid-range ensures distinct and detailed dialogues. The bass, however, slightly lacks depth. There is an included tactile remote for adjusting sound modes, the bar’s thick grille wrap ensures durability, and commands are responsive. With four EQ presets, you can seamlessly adjust sounds, and the SB remote app enables prompt control access.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good connectivity options
  • Clear dialogues
  • Durable build
  • 4 EQ presets
  • App compatibility

Reason to Avoid

  • Slightly high latency via Optical
  • Relatively narrow soundstage
  • Mediocre surround performance
  • Less extended bass

Yamaha SR-C30A Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth3.75"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureNo
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.5"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels2.1
SubwooferSubwooferBuild-in
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound Supported3D Sound Plus, Dolby Digital
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight15.5 lbs
WidthWidth3.75"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless Connectivity
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer Connectivity
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Launched in 2022, the Yamaha SR C30A is a budget-friendly 2.1-channel soundbar with a portable design. For connectivity, the soundbar includes HDMI ARC and Optical…

Launched in 2022, the Yamaha SR C30A is a budget-friendly 2.1-channel soundbar with a portable design. For connectivity, the soundbar includes HDMI ARC and Optical ports for wired TV connections, along with wireless Bluetooth support for streaming music.

Yamaha’s exclusive Clear Voice technology puts emphasis on dialogue, and based on your content, you can switch between the four different sound modes (stereo, standard, game, and 3D movie). However, this model doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, limiting you to Dolby Audio and Dolby Pro Logic II. Like the best speakers, you can control the bar with an included remote control and SB remote app, and the Adaptive Low Volume Technology ensures clear sound reproduction even at lower volumes. Discover our full list of the best soundbars here.

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Both the Yamaha ATS 2090 and Yamaha SR C30A are 2.1-channel soundbars, but the ATS 2090 offers WiFi connectivity, whereas the SR C30A does not. Moreover, ATS 2090 supports DTS:X to enhance height perception, but you won’t find that on the SR C30A. For a 2.1 soundbar suitable for PC gaming, read our Creative Sound BlasterX Katana review.

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While both the Polk Magnifi Mini AX and Yamaha SR C30A are compact, the Polk Magnifi Mini AX is a 3.1-channel setup, and the Yamaha SR C30A is a 2.1-channel setup. Additionally, the Yamaha SR C30A’s app support makes it easier to control the soundbar, but the Polk Magnifi Mini AX does not have this feature. To learn more about the Polk model, read our Polk Magnifi Mini AX review.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Depth

3.75"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

No

Energy Star Certified

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Height

2.5"

Number of Audio Channels

2.1

Subwoofer

Build-in

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True Score

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Expert Scores

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    54.51

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    60.27

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    90
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  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

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    43.18

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