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Yamaha YAS-201

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer

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Movie night at home! Break out the comfy blanket, turn off the phone ringer, and pop the popcorn. There's a fun evening ahead.

Pass the salt

Movie night at home! Break out the comfy blanket, turn off the phone ringer, and pop the popcorn. There's a fun evening ahead.

...except... for one annoyance. Turns out eating a handful of popcorn drowns out the dialogue. Don't blame your popcorn brand. It's those tiny speakers in your television at work again. Do you wish that, somehow, you could replace just the speakers with something beefier?

Looking for a good home

Well, in a sense, you can, because the Yamaha YAS-201 powered home theater sound bar is just waiting to find a home in your den or living room. Plus, its companion wireless subwoofer will be coming along for the ride, and it fits pretty much anywhere in the room that you have power and roughly a cubic foot of space.

The Yamaha YAS-201 sound bar has a rear facing infra-red blaster

The Yamaha YAS-201 sound bar has a rear facing infrared blaster, to make sound bar placement easy

Power and clarity

Take a handful of popcorn and sit back. Thanks to 160 watts of total system power and Yamaha's Clear Voice technology, you won't need to lean forward or stop mid-chew to hear a subtle throw-away line. And with Air Surround Xtreme 7.1-channel surround synthesis, you'll be immersed in an expanded, surround-like soundfield that invites you in to the action on-screen.

Easy to place

The YAS-201 can be positioned conveniently in front of your TV with the included feet, or easily mounted on the wall. And if the bar blocks the TV's infrared receiving port, a thoughtfully placed IR blaster will forward signals received at the front of the sound bar directly from the back of the unit.

I found this to be a good unit but not a substitute for a good surround sound system. It does what I expected it to do and is significantly better than the sound that comes from the 60" TV that it was bought for.

DP, St. Petersburg, FL

What's in the Box:

  • Amplified soundbar speaker (YAS-CU201)
  • Wireless powered subwoofer (NS-WSW40)
  • Remote control (FSR62 ZC94940)
  • 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:
    • 30 watts x 2 RMS for sound bar
    • Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding team up with Air Surround Xtreme 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
    • two 2-1/8" full-range cone drivers
    • wall brackets and mounting feet included
    • requires AC power
    • weight: 6.83 lbs.
    • 34-15/16"W x 3-7/8"H (with stands, 3-1/8" without) x 4-3/4"D
    • front-firing 6-1/2" cone woofer
    • 100-watt RMS built-in amplifier
    • bass reflex (ported) enclosure
    • weight: 18.3 lbs.
    • 11-7/16"W x 11-1/2"H x 12-1/2"D
    • system frequency response 35-20,000 Hz
    • remote control included
    • rear built-in remote flasher ensures that commands are transmitted to your TV
    • sound bar can learn your TV remote's volume command
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Sealed/Ported
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Gloss Black
    Tweeter None
    Midrange 2.125" Cone (2)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 6.5" cone
    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 35-20k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 60 watts
    Subwoofer RMS Power 100 watts
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output 0
    Sound Bar (inches) 3-7/8H x 34-15/16W x 4-3/4D
    Sound Bar Weight 6.83 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 11-1/2H x 11-7/16W x 12-1/2D
    Subwoofer Weight 18.3 lbs

    Product Research


    YAS Front Surrond System: The Yamaha YAS-201 is a two-component home theater system composed of an amplified soundbar speaker and wireless powered subwoofer that produces a 160-watts of total power. The soundbar speaker with AirSurround Xtreme technology and the wireless powered subwoofer delivers 7.1-channel surround sound from a simple to setup two-component speaker system. The Yamaha YAS-201 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, while the wireless powered subwoofer can be hidden out of sight for a stylishly compact home theater system.

    Amplified Soundbar Speaker (YAS-CU201): The soundbar speaker houses a 60-watt digital amp and two 2.125" cone speakers with large magnets to ensure high sound clarity. Its superb structural design allows high capacity cabinet volume for very powerful and clear sound, even though the body is very slim. The grilles protecting the speaker unit is a saran net that allows unimpeded sound flow. All sounds, including vocals and music, are clear and pleasant. The soundbar speaker fits easily into the available space you have above or below your television. With a height of only 3.875" (with feet), the soundbar speaker can be easily positioned in front of your TV so the soundbar straddles the TV stand, using the included feet. You can remove the feet and hang the soundbar speaker on the wall, using the included wall-mount brackets. A wall-mounting template is provided. Wall mounting screws not included (sold separately). The soundbar speaker measures 3.0" in height without feet.

    Wireless Powered Subwoofer (NS-WSW40): The YAS-201 includes a wireless powered subwoofer that houses a front-firing 6.5" woofer inside a bass-reflex cabinet (side-firing port) powered by a built-in 100-watt amplifier. This 6.5" subwoofer features a large magnet and a front-firing configuration. Its high sound quality design takes advantage of Yamaha's proprietary Advanced YST II and a Linear Port to produce deep and smooth bass. Advanced Yamaha Active Servo Technology (Advanced YST) is a unique system in which the speaker and amplifier work together to cancel out impedance so the speaker unit has a perfectly linear motion. Advanced YST helps to ensure the highest levels of sound pressure and overall performance. The circuit board has an ideal grounding pattern that ensures stable current supply for prodigious bass output. This subwoofer is capable of delivering powerful movie effect sounds and rich, deep bass. You can adjust the soundbar speaker's subwoofer volume independent from the speaker's main volume for added bass response.  The wireless subwoofer does not have to be connected to the sound bar, so setup and placement is faster and easier. This is a convenient subwoofer that delivers powerful, high-quality bass sound.

    Air Surround Xtreme Technology: The slim, low-profile soundbar speaker system features the latest Air Surround Xtreme technologies. 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. This system can also be set to Stereo.

    Dolby Digital/DTS Compatible: The YAS-201 home theater system 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.

    Dual Digital Optical Inputs: The Yamaha YAS-201 soundbar is fitted with 2 rear-panel digital audio optical (toslink) inputs labeled "TV" and "BD/DVD". The soundbar's digital inputs support PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS audio signals.

    Remote Control: The YAS-201'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. The YAS-201 has the ability to "learn" the TV remote control operation, so you can use the TV remote control to turn the YAS-201 On or Off, and to adjust its volume. This allows you to use either the TV remote or the Yamaha remote for easy operation. Even if the soundbar speaker 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.

    Auto-Sleep Function: The system will automatically turn off when there is no operation for 12 hours, or no audio input and no operation for 1 hour.

    Optional Wireless Transmitter (for Apple devices): The optional YIT-W12 Wireless Transmitter lets you enjoy music wirelessly from your iPod/iPhone/iPad or Mac/PC. The yAired technology developed by Yamaha provides uncompressed linear PCM transmission for clear, accurate sound output. yAired technology uses lossless (uncompressed) signal transmission to achieve wireless sound quality that is as good as wired quality and the perfect synchronization between sounds and images for movies.

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    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff  Jan 05, 2014 ]  Staff