Yamaha products have been known for quite a long time for their great build quality and solid performance. In 2015 they have upgraded their previous model, the YAS-103 and released the Yamaha soundbar YAS-105. The Yamaha soundbar YAS-105 appeals with its sleek and slim design, the built-in dual tweeters and subwoofers, wireless connectivity to keep clutter to a minimum and few great features that we will have a close look at. Its price slightly exceeds the average for soundbar for TV of the same class, but it makes it up with excellent performance and build quality.
Sound Bar Size: 35”
Output power: (Front L / R) 30 W + 30 W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10 % THD) (Subwoofer) 60 W (3 ohms, 100 Hz, 10 % THD)
Drivers: Subwoofers (Dual 3” cones) Front L / R (Dual 2-1/8" cones) Tweeters (Dual 3/4" balanced dome)
Audio Decoding Technology: Dolby Digital®, Dolby Pro Logic II
Sound Enhancement Technology: Air Surround Xtreme, Bass Extended
Total Power: 120 W
Installation: Tabletop and wall-mountable
Obviously, the most appealing thing about the Yamaha soundbar YAS-105 in its elegant design is the fact that it is only a touch over 2 inches tall. That is what makes it the perfect soundbar for TV, as it will not obstruct the signal coming from your TV remote. We are paying attention to this, as it has been an issue with some other soundbar for TV we have tested, but with the Yamaha soundbar YAS-105 we have been safe in this regards, when just placing it in front of our TV.
The Yamaha soundbar YAS-105 has a cloth grille covering the slightly and elegantly curved front and the back is made from a combination of matte and gloss plastic, as the entire body feels quite sturdy. You will find two openings on both sides of the Yamaha soundbar where the built-in subwoofers are housed.
In the center towards the back you will find a low-profile quick buttons that control the power, input and volume levels, as well as a line of LED light that indicate the particular changes. Here we must say, that the location of the LED lights is somewhat inconvenient, as they are not easily visible, particularly when the Yamaha soundbar is placed in front of your TV. This is not an issue if you have chosen to wall mount it, as the lights show just in the center top of the soundbar.Speaking of the wall-mountable option, we found included in the package all the gear needed as well as a simple scheme on how to do it.
Of course, at the back (or top, depending on how you have prefered to place the soundbar for TV you will find all the connectivity sockets, that in this case are optical digital input and a coaxial digital input, along with a 3.5 mm mini-jack and an output that you can use to plug in in external subwoofer.
For some the best feature would probably be the built-in subwoofers, as you can get the bass you want without an additional subwoofer and a wire clutter, especially when the subwoofer doesn’t connect wirelessly to the soundbar. On the other hand, some people might find the built-in subwoofers not as powerful as an external one, but in our tests the bass was good enough for a mid-sized room and added richness to the sound coming from the Yamaha soundbar.What also adds to the top soundbar performance of the YAS-105 are the two drivers joined by two tweeters that blend perfectly with the built-in subwoofers for a crisp and dynamic sound.
With the built in bluetooth, the Yamaha soundbar YAS-105 gives you to opportunity to stream music directly from your smartphone or tablet that is as easy as the single cable connection needed in order to hook up the Yamaha soundbar to your TV.
Here we come to the things you can tweak to your personal likings. The Yamaha soundbar YAS-105 uses a proprietary sound enhancement technology called Air Surround Xtreme and claims to produce 7.1 channel surround sound.
Unlike Samsung soundbars, where the smartphone app is developed only for Android OS phones, the Yamaha soundbar offers to the iOS users as well the possibility to download the Home Theater Controller App and play around with the surround sound options including Movie, Sports, Game, Music and TV program. You can also try the Yamaha soundbar performing with the Bass Extension option on or off, or use the Clear Voice option, that in our opinion works great for non action dialogues.
One of the best features, in our opinion is the TV remote control learning function, that actually allows you to control the soundbar for TV with your TV remote. Although we were a bit sceptical about it, it works great and is a nice way to get rid of the tons of remote controls around your living room.
We are truly impressed with the performance of the Yamaha soundbar. For a 120 W and 35 inch slim design the soundbar is able to deliver crisp and dynamic audio with powerful bass. It can not compare to a multi part home theatre system, but still the performance is solid and enjoyable.
We have put to the test the Air Surround Xtreme technology, where the claim is for true 7.1 channel surround sound experience and the outcome was a great quality audio, especially having in mind the size of the Yamaha soundbar, but not up to the levels of surround sound what a home theatre system can produce. Of course, when we stop comparing the Yamaha soundbar to a home theatre system, we can actually see why the price is a bit over the average of the top soundbar in this class. The audio from your TV is not only boosted, but the quality is excellent and you would really feel like you have made a great investment.
Overall, the Yamaha soundbar is a slim, elegant soundbar for TV that easily blends in with your home decor. The set up is very easy and the performance is excellent. The Yamaha soundbar will not disappoint you and will make your investment worthwhile.
Slim design with dual orientation
Strong build quality
Great audio quality
Inability to see display when placed on table top
Bass is not too strong