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Yamaha YAS-101

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Yamaha's Air Surround Xtreme™ teams with Dolby® Digital and DTS® surround decoding to bring out the richness of today's movies and digital broadcasts. Two 2-1/2" speakers powered at 30 watts each deliver the goods like no tinny, tiny TV speaker can. A pair of built-in 3" powered mid-bass speakers round out the sound at 30 watts each, adding depth to music and bass punch to your favorite action movies. Thanks to the bass reflex ports at each end of the YAS-101 you'll enjoy room filling sound from this compact system.

Doesn't your television deserve a fair hearing?

Today's HDTVs are a study in contrasts (no pun intended). While the image quality is extraordinary, sound can be unrecognizable, coming from speakers squashed inside a thin bezel. The Yamaha YAS-101 puts an end to that in one fell swoop.

YAS-101 soundbar

Bass reflex port

Surround realism is in the air

Yamaha's Air Surround Xtreme™ teams with Dolby® Digital and DTS® surround decoding to bring out the richness of today's movies and digital broadcasts. Two 2-1/2" speakers powered at 30 watts each deliver the goods like no tinny, tiny TV speaker can. A pair of built-in 3" powered mid-bass speakers round out the sound at 30 watts each, adding depth to music and bass punch to your favorite action movies. Thanks to the bass reflex ports at each end of the YAS-101 you'll enjoy room filling sound from this compact system.

YAS-101 ports

This is what TV is supposed to sound like

The YAS-101 easily handles the demanding soundtracks that overwhelm the puny drivers in most TVs. Voices are clear and distinct. Music scores come through with the full range of the instruments. Every boom and pow sounds like it should, instead of like it's coming out of a crackling kazoo. And with Yamaha's built-in Univolume™ technology, the assault of loud commercials is arrested before the first blow.

The sound bar that won't block your vision — or your HDTV's

Many sound bars will sit perfectly in front of your HDTV — and blind the remote control eye. Fail. The Yamaha YAS-101 solves the problem, offering a built-in IR repeater so your remote's signal gets picked up by a front sensor and transmitted through a rear emitter. Success! Plus the legs adjust so you can see perfectly too. If you prefer, just remove the feet from the YAS-101 and mount it on the wall below your television. The system also learns the commands of your TV's controller so you can put away the included remote for safe keeping.

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WCP, Bloomsburg, PA

What's in the Box:

  • Soundbar speaker
  • Remote control (FSR60 WY57800)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 2 Mounting feet (installed)
  • 2 Mounting brackets (installed)
  • 59" Optical digital cable
  • 2 Wall spacers
  • Mounting template
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Online Product Registration

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • 120 watts (30 watts x 2 peak full-range, 30 watts x 2 mid-bass)
    • Dolby Digital and DTS decoding with virtual surround processing for a more engaging listening experience
    • Clear Voice™ processing for clearer sounding dialogue
    • UniVolume maintains steady sound levels, eliminating unwanted bursts from commercials
    • bass ports for rich, deep lows
    • two 2-1/2" full-range powered drivers
    • two 3" built-in powered mid-bass speakers
    • wall brackets and mounting feet included
    • requires AC power
    • weight; 9.3 lbs.
    • 35"W x 4-1/4"H x 4-3/4"D
    • 1 coaxial digital and 2 optical digital audio inputs
    • line-level output for optional powered sub
    • system frequency response 50-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
    • remote control included
    • rear built-in remote flasher ensures that commands are transmitted to your TV
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Sealed/Ported
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 1
    Color Gloss black
    Tweeter None
    Midrange 2.5" Cone (x2)
    Woofer 3.0" Cone (x2)
    Separate Subwoofer No
    Subwoofer Driver None
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    4K Video Compatible No
    HDR Video Compatible ---
    Audio Return Channel ---
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity No
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
    Speaker Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 2 Years
    System Frequency Response 50-20k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 48 watts
    Subwoofer RMS Power 48 watts
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 1
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output 1
    Sound Bar (inches) 4-1/4H x 35-1/16W x 4-3/4D
    Sound Bar Weight 9.3 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
    Subwoofer Weight N/A

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    Audio Features
    Remote Control
    Mounting Options

    Audio Features

    Soundbar Speaker System: The Yamaha YAS-101 is a slim, low-profile soundbar speaker system featuring the latest Air Surround Xtreme technologies from Yamaha and built-in dual-driver subwoofer that delivers a 7.1-channel surround sound from a single speaker unit. The Yamaha is a great addition to your flat-panel TV, replacing your television's speaker with rich, virtual surround sound. The soundbar's front panel and top have a glossy "piano black" finish that harmonizes beautifully with today's flat-panel TVs, for a stylishly compact home theater system. The YAS-101 soundbar can be table-top or wall mounted below or above your television.

    Air Surround Xtreme Technology: Yamaha's exclusive Air Surround Xtreme reproduces 7.1-channel surround sound with high quality, excellent imaging, and rich presence; far superior to that of the speakers in your TV. You'll experience an extremely realistic and impressive sound field, with clear dialogue in the front and dynamic sound action at the back and sides.

    Note: You can also set the soundbar speaker system to Stereo.

    2.2 Speaker System: The Yamaha YAS-101 soundbar combines two 2.5" full-range drivers (front-firing) with dual 3.0" subwoofers (down-firing), driven by a digital amp with a total output of 120W (Peak). Although compact, its excellent structural design provides a large volume enclosure for all speakers. The two 2.5" full-range drivers are housed in separate acoustic suspension chambers, while the dual 3.0" subwoofers are housed in separate bass reflex chambers for added efficiency and better bass response.

    Note: The soundbar speaker is not magnetically shielded.

    Digital Amplifier: The Yamaha YAS-101 soundbar's 2.2 speaker system is powered by a built-in 24 watt (RMS) x 2 channel (6-ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD) + 48 watt (RMS) x 1 channel (3-ohm, 100kHz, 10% THD) digital amplifier.

    Dual-Driver Subwoofer: The dual subwoofers employ large magnets and large-diameter voice coils to realize dynamic and robust bass sound reproduction. This ensures that the overall sound has a rich sense of presence, making movie effect sounds more realistic.

    Bass Reflex Port: The YAS-101 employs a bass reflex port (for the dual subwoofers) that has a straight shape and adequate length to provide outstanding bass response together with the large volume cabinet. The duct outlet is shaped like a trumpet bell, which reduces wind noise for better sound clarity.

    Saran Net Grille: The grille protecting the speaker unit is a saran net that allows unimpeded sound flow. All sounds, including vocals and music, are clear and pleasant.

    Dolby Digital/DTS Compatible: The YAS-101 soundbar is compatible with popular surround sound formats, such as Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround, so you get the full effect of multichannel movie sound.

    Clear Voice: The Clear Voice function raises the level of dialog and narrations while maintaining overall sound quality. Movies, TV shows, sports commentary, and news broadcasts are more clearly audible.

    UniVolume: UniVolume is a Yamaha-developed technology that maintains a consistent volume level between different channels, programs, commercials, and input sources. For instance, when watching TV while using UniVolume, the volume of commercials will not be louder than the program being viewed. The same is true when switching sources to watch a DVD or Blu-ray movie, or to listen to music on CD. This is particularly helpful for late night watching and listening when spikes in volume can disturb others in the house or apartment building. This feature can be switched On or Off.

    Audio Delay Control (Lip Sync): This technology adjusts the timing of the picture and dialog, so they are always in sync with one another.

    Subwoofer Volume: You can adjust the soundbar speaker's subwoofer volume independent from the speaker's main volume for added bass response.


    Digital Inputs: The Yamaha YAS-101 soundbar is fitted with 3 rear-panel digital audio inputs. The YAS-101 features 2 optical digital inputs (labeled TV, BD/DVD) and 1 coaxial digital input (labeled STB). The soundbar's digital inputs support PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS audio signals.

    Note: Your TV speakers should be turned off, once the soundbar is connected.

    Subwoofer Output: The Subwoofer Out mono-RCA jack on the rear-panel of the Yamaha soundbar lets you connect an additional subwoofer to enjoy even more powerful bass sound.

    Note: You cannot use the soundbar speaker's built-in subwoofer and the external subwoofer connection simultaneously.

    Remote Control

    Simple Remote: The YAS-101's IR remote control is simple and easy to use. It lets you turn the power On or Off, adjust the volume, do other basic operations, and lets you switch the surround modes.

    Note: The remote operates off of 2 "AA" batteries (included).

    Learning Function: The YAS-101 has the ability to "learn" the TV remote control operation, so you can use the TV remote control to turn the YAS-101 On or Off, and to adjust its volume. This allows you to use either the TV remote or the Yamaha remote for easy operation.

    Built-in IR Flasher: Even if the YAS-101 blocks the TV's remote control signal, the IR flasher on the back of the soundbar transmits the signal to the TV so operation is not affected.

    Mounting Options

    Slim, Low-Profile Design: Because both speakers and subwoofers are built into the Yamaha YAS-101 soundbar, it fits easily into the available space you have above or below your television. With a height of only 4.25" (with feet), the YAS-101 can be easily positioned in front of your TV so the soundbar straddles the TV stand, using the included feet.

    Wall-Mount: You can remove the feet and hang the YAS-101 on the wall, using the included wall-mount brackets. A wall-mounting template is provided. Wall mounting screws not included (sold separately).

    Note: The soundbar's height is only 3.5" with feet removed.

    Attached AC Power Cord: The YAS-101 is fitted with an attached 6' AC power cord.

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    I don't. Just used for TV [ BRYAN  Dec 05, 2013 ]
    Unfortunately, you cannot connect your phone/mp3 directly to this sound bar as it does not have analog/stereo mini-plug inputs. It only has optical/coaxial digital audio inputs. You can connect your phone/mp3 to the stereo inputs of your TV (via a headphone to RCA stereo cable), and then connect the digital audio output of your TV to one of the digital audio input ports of the sound bar via an optical (toslink) cable. [ Soumava  Dec 05, 2013 ]
    I haven't tried to connect my phone to the sound bar. Although, the sound bar is better than the tiny built in TV speakers, it still isn't very good. [ KEITH  Dec 05, 2013 ]
    Sorry, I'm low tech. [ PETER  Dec 05, 2013 ]