Built-in Alexa voice control for easy control of your soundbar, smart home devices, music, and more Wireless subwoofer for deep bass with flexible placement Clear Voice for enhanced dialogue clarity.
The Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar is an exercise in minimalism, with curved edges and a wrap-around black fabric grille. The top is also matte black, so no danger of annoying reflections from the TV screen.
The build quality is good and the design will pair well with TVs that are between 55 to 65 inches. There’s a choice between stand or wall mounting, with screw holes and a template for the latter. The connections are in a recessed area at the left rear of the soundbar, where you’ll find an HDMI input and output. Both pass 4K and HDR, while the latter supports ARC.
There’s also an optical digital input for connecting to TVs that don’t support ARC and an Ethernet port for a wired connection. In terms of wireless connections there’s Wi-Fi (2.4GHz), and Bluetooth (Ver 4.2). The included remote is small and fiddly but boasts all the controls you’ll need to set up and operate the soundbar.
There’s an Alexa wake-up button, along with a selection of surround modes, and the clear voice feature. As an alternative to the remote, there’s also the Soundbar Controller app, which is available for iOS and Android.
The Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar boasts plenty of features for what amounts to an entry-level soundbar: For a start, there’s a strong emphasis on sound quality thanks to two front-firing speakers, each composed of a 4.6cm woofer and a 2.5cm tweeter. There’s also a separate wireless subwoofer, which ensures the combined system can deliver deep and well-integrated bass.
The sub is made of MDF and matches the styling of the soundbar with a matte black finish and a black fabric grille. It is front ported, and uses a side-firing 6.5-inch driver that’s powered by 100W of built-in amplification.
There’s also 50W of amplification for each of the Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar in the soundbar itself, resulting in a total of 200W for the entire system. The Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar supports lossy Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS Digital Surround, but also includes DTS Virtual:X.
This is described as 3D surround sound processing for a single soundbar solution, which basically means it uses psychoacoustic processing to create the illusion that the soundbar has more than its 2.1 channels.
In addition to DTS Virtual:X, there are a number of other surround modes, including Music, TV Programs, movies, Sports, and games – the purpose of which should be self-explanatory. There’s also a stereo mode, a bass extension mode, and a clear voice feature designed to boost the clarity of dialogue in TV shows and movies.
Yamaha keeps things simple with a minimalist black wrap-around fabric grille, and a small but effective remote control, along with an HDMI input and output with ARC. This minimalism extends to the display, which is simply a series of small LEDs on the top panel. These LEDs register which input you have selected – HDMI, TV (ARC), Bluetooth and Net – along with indicators to show if the surround mode or clear voice has been selected.
There’s also an indicator for the Wi-Fi connection and one that shows Alexa is working. To the right of these indicators, you’ll find some basic touch-sensitive controls for source selection, volume up/down, and power on/off. Thanks to Alexa now being built-in, there’s also a button to wake it up and another to mute the far-field microphones, two of which are located above the indicators and controls.