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Yamaha Yas 109 Review

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The Yamaha YAS-109 offers low latency and a powerful sound profile, though bass lovers may be disappointed by its limited bass range. It excels for TV shows and dialogue but has poor surround sound performance.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Yamaha YAS-109 is a basic soundbar that was first announced in mid-2019. Its soundstage is slightly wider than the bar, so the audio sounds like it is being projected from the center.

Since it doesn’t come with a subwoofer, its low-bass output isn’t impressive. The best speakers for a thumpy bass output are those that ship with a subwoofer and consist of a 3,4, or 5-channel setup.

The YAS-109 also doesn’t support Dolby Atmos content, so its not the best option for an immersive listening experience.

Its wireless capabilities include Bluetooth & Wi-Fi connectivity, but unlike the best soundbars, it doesn’t work with Chromecast or Apple AirPlay. Its physical inputs include an Optical Audio In port, three HDMI ports, and an Ethernet port.

Owners will also be able to control the soundbar through Amazon Alexa or its phone app, the Yamaha Sound Bar Controller, making it much more convenient.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Yamaha YAS-109 offers impressively low latency, ensuring a seamless audio-visual experience for owners without any synchronization issues.

While this entry-level soundbar boasts a powerful and resonant sound profile, it may fall short for bass enthusiasts longing for the deep rumble and thunder that truly immerses them in movies or music.

Nevertheless, it excels when it comes to watching TV shows or dialogue-focused content, thanks to its impeccably balanced mid-range that delivers crystal-clear vocals.

To further enhance the audio experience, the soundbar provides EQ presets for personalized sound customization. With its reliable Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, most users can effortlessly connect their devices without encountering any connectivity hiccups.

Regrettably, its surround sound performance leaves something to be desired.

Reason to Buy

  • Clear, crisp sound signature
  • Multiple sound modes
  • Alexa and Spotify Connect built-in
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • EQ Presets Available

Reason to Avoid

  • No discrete subwoofer
  • Poor surround sound performance
  • No Atmos support

Yamaha Yas 109 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth5.2"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.1"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels2.0
SubwooferSubwooferBuild-in
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS Virtual:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantAmazon Alexa
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight7.5 lbs
WidthWidth35"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityNo
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)13,472.794
Max Volume Test (db)87.05
Latency (ms)-60
THD @ 80dB0.62

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Market Context

The Yamaha YAS-109 is a basic soundbar that was first announced in mid-2019. Its soundstage is slightly wider than the bar, so the audio sounds…

The Yamaha YAS-109 is a basic soundbar that was first announced in mid-2019. Its soundstage is slightly wider than the bar, so the audio sounds like it is being projected from the center.

Since it doesn’t come with a subwoofer, its low-bass output isn’t impressive. The best speakers for a thumpy bass output are those that ship with a subwoofer and consist of a 3,4, or 5-channel setup.

The YAS-109 also doesn’t support Dolby Atmos content, so its not the best option for an immersive listening experience.

Its wireless capabilities include Bluetooth & Wi-Fi connectivity, but unlike the best soundbars, it doesn’t work with Chromecast or Apple AirPlay. Its physical inputs include an Optical Audio In port, three HDMI ports, and an Ethernet port.

Owners will also be able to control the soundbar through Amazon Alexa or its phone app, the Yamaha Sound Bar Controller, making it much more convenient.

The Yamaha YAS-109 has better surround sound performance than the Yamaha YAS-108 because it has 2.2 channels, while the 108 is a 2-channel sound system….

The Yamaha YAS-109 has better surround sound performance than the Yamaha YAS-108 because it has 2.2 channels, while the 108 is a 2-channel sound system. The Yamaha 109 also has Wi-Fi connectivity which is missing on the 108, but the 108 gets slightly louder than the 109 at max volume.

The Yamaha YAS-109 does not include a subwoofer, which the Yamaha YAS-209 ships with, and as a result, the YAS-209 has a deeper bass output…

The Yamaha YAS-109 does not include a subwoofer, which the Yamaha YAS-209 ships with, and as a result, the YAS-209 has a deeper bass output than the YAS-109. However, the YAS-109 has a higher peak volume compared to the YAS-209. Check out what else the YAS-209 has in store by going through our Yamaha YAS-209 review.

The surround sound performance of the Yamaha YAS-109 is outmatched by that of the Sonos Beam since the Beam is a 3-channel soundbar. The Sonos…

The surround sound performance of the Yamaha YAS-109 is outmatched by that of the Sonos Beam since the Beam is a 3-channel soundbar. The Sonos Beam also ships with a HDMI cable which is missing on the YAS-109; however, the YAS-109 includes a Digital Optical Cable, which you don’t get with the Sonos Beam.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Depth

5.2"

4.3"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Height

2.1"

2.5"

Number of Audio Channels

2.0

2.1

Subwoofer

Build-in

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

76

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Score

    63
    The Yamaha YAS-109 is acceptable for mixed usage. It has a boomy sound profile, but… read more

    By:

    Jake Thauvette
  • Techgear Lab
    85.83

    Category Trust Score

    53
    A soundbar is a necessary accessory to a large flatscreen, but if you’re pinching pennies… read more

    By:

    Michelle Powell
  • Digital Trends
    75.48

    Category Trust Score

    80
    “An easy way to give your TV great sound.” read more

    By:

    Parker Hall

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