Yamaha’s new YAS-106 sound bar supports 4K HDR video and multi-channel audio
Stephan Jukic – August 9, 2016
Yamaha has taken its sound bar lineup to a new level with the upcoming YAS-106 sound.bar for home theater fans. Basically, if you’re a fan of more robust home theater audio at a decent price and want support for multi-channel performance and 4K UHD video sources, this particular model might just be for you.
The YAS-106 is the successor to the YAS-105 but unlike the older model, this new sound system delivers a simpler setup and use procedure and comes with a sleeker, slimmer, more rounded physical design that offers a superior appearance in the home. It’s still hefty but at 2.15 inches by 35 inches less hefty than the YAS-105 was.
Most importantly however, the YAS-106 offers a new level of sound performance and support for more advanced sound codecs. Thus, what you get with the device is compatibility with 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby Digital and DTS sound coding. Of course, how the sound system setup in your home entertainment den or living room is rigged together will also have a major impact here but the support for these two sound systems is at least present.
On the other hand, the YAS-106 does not support the new and most highly advanced Dolby Atmos or DTS:X sound formats which are increasingly being found in certain new 4K UHD disc and streaming video media sources. For these even more powerful soundtrack systems, you’d have to upgrade to the even pricier but more advanced YAS-5600 soundbar.
However, the YAS-106 does feature dual built-in subwoofers, Advanced Bass Extension Programming for surround sound playback and also comes with twin bass reflex ports. These combine together to deliver some rich, powerful bass power without the need for an external subwoofer hookup, though the connectivity is there for just such an extension if you really want to kick things up a notch on your bass delivery.
Another interesting aspect of the Yamaha YAS-106 is its inclusion of a Clear Voice feature which raises the quality of dialog in movies and other programming to high levels of clarity regardless of accompanying background noise levels in the content itself.
Next, there are other connectivity specs in the 106 to consider. This new soundbar supports HDMI 2.0a connectivity for both Full HD content and 4K UHD Blu-ray disc HDR media player video sources to pass through it smoothly on its way to the TV itself. As a result, though Yamaha hasn’t specified its inclusion, we also can safely assume that the YAS-106 comes with support for HDCP 2.2 and HEVC as well for clean passage of 4K UHF content that has been compressed and copy protected.
The HDMI in the YAS-106 comes from a single HDMI input and single output and Yamaha has stated that the Input allows for fully processed multi-channel audio. This is in contrast to the connectivity setups of some soundbars, which only allow connectivity to a TV’s optical digital-audio output with access to only stereo sound signals instead of full surround audio. We should note that the YAS-106 can be controlled wirelessly via Bluetooth through a free Android/iOS Yamaha Home Theater Controller app.
The YAS-106 also supports CEC (Consumer Electronics Council) compliant devices for simpler, more universal remote control functionality and will be available as of mid-August for a suggested retail price of $199.95
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