Yamaha introduced Monday the YAS-207, which is billed as “the world’s first sound bar with DTS Virtual:X.” The new virtual 3D surround sound technology is said to deliver an immersive surround sound experience using any signal source, without the need to decode special metadata.

As the first sound bar with DTS Virtual:X, the YAS-207 compensates for the lack of height speakers by translating and virtualizing immersive audio over the YAS-207 speaker array. DTS Virtual:X up-mixes sound tracks to completely fill the front of the room, from overhead to the floor.

The affordable sound bar will hit stores in July at a $299.95 suggested retail and features a sleek, slender design that is low enough to fit under the screen in most table-top television applications. It also can be easily placed below a wall-mounted screen using convenient keyhole slots on the back.

The YAS-207 also includes a wireless subwoofer that can be positioned on the floor, almost anywhere in a room.

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As a result, the sound bar seamlessly surrounds the listener with s0und from material as a recent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movie release to an old DVD classic.

Music lovers will find the YAS-207 handles a favorite song with lifelike clarity and presence, even when streamed from a personal music library or an Internet music service using a mobile device.

In fact, the Yamaha YAS-207 can control the volume or cue up selections using a Bluetooth Home Theater Controller App for iOS and Android mobile devices. The app provides easy-to-follow graphics to quickly select a desired setting or find and playback a favorite song.

Being a Yamaha sound bar, the YAS-207 includes a suite of surround sound modes optimized for the content played including: music, sports and movies.

The YAS-207 supports both Dolby and DTS surround sound technologies, including the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio formats.

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Inside the sound bar are four woofers and two tweeters that drive full, clear dialog and sound.

The YAS-207 is equipped with Yamaha Clear Voice technology that pulls voices out of background noise so it is easier to hear within the surrounding din.

Connections include a 3.5mm analog input, a digital optical input, and HDMI with HDCP 2.2 in/out including Audio Return Channel (ARC) flexibility and the ability to pass through up 4K Ultra HD, 60 fps video signals with high dynamic range (HDR).

Unlike sound bars that offer only an optical digital-audio connection that strips down audio to a basic stereo signal, the HDMI connection assures the internal surround processing will maximize multichannel performance.

A USB port on the back of the sound bar supports firmware updates, including one that will bring the DTS Virtual:X capability in August.


By Greg Tarr


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