Yamaha Builds Upon Success of its Popular Soundbars

Yamaha has updated its YAS-101 soundbar with the introduction of its new YAS-103 soundbar. The YAS-103 adds features such as wireless Bluetooth audio and increased control capabilities through the company’s Home Theater Controller app.


Soundbars have been one of the audio category’s shining stars over the past few years. The popularity of these products has been soaring as consumers seek affordable upgrades that don’t take up a lot space to augment their A/V systems.

Long before soundbars were trendy, Yamaha was advocating the benefits of these solutions. The large company is still promoting them through new product releases like its YAS-103 soundbar. Yamaha’s latest soundbar builds upon the feature set of its popular YAS-101 soundbar, including its built-in dual subwoofers by adding features like streaming Bluetooth for wireless audio connectivity and additional control capabilities through its Home Theater Controller app available to Apple iOS and Android users.

“We found that many soundbar shoppers want deep, rich bass to add impact to TV and movie viewing, but they just don’t want the clutter of a separate subwoofer in the room,” says Bob Goedken, general manager, AV products, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The single-body design of the YAS-103 is equipped with two built-in subwoofers for a cleaner, more elegant solution. Now with the addition of Bluetooth audio streaming, we provide an easy way to fill your home with music from mobile devices.”

The single enclosure YAS-103 utilizes a similar industrial design to its predecessor. Internally it incorporates two full-range drivers, two down-firing subwoofer and a bass-reflex port. To maximize the YAS-103’s performance capabilities, Yamaha implements its Air Surround Xtreme surround sound technology to support the playback of Dolby Digital and DTS content. It also augments the soundbar’s low frequency abilities with its Advanced Bass Extension Processing (in surround mode) that adds an increased level of bass response.

Other features bundled into the soundbar include built-in IR repeaters, Yamaha’s UniVolume function that eliminates the volume spikes that occur with some commercials, and a choice of digital and analog inputs.

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.