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Yamaha SR-C20A Powered sound bar with built-in subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item # 022SRC20A

This compact bar is a perfect companion for smaller TVs and desktop computer setups.

This compact bar is a perfect companion for smaller TVs and desktop computer setups.

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Item # 022SRC20A

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About the Yamaha SR-C20A

Emily S.

Great sound for smaller setups 

Yamaha makes some of our most popular sound bars, and their new SR-C20A promises to deliver that same reliable performance at a reasonable price. The bar's compact size makes it perfect for smaller TV rooms or to give a boost to your computer's audio quality.

Great sound for smaller setups 

Yamaha makes some of our most popular sound bars, and their new SR-C20A promises to deliver that same reliable performance at a reasonable price. The bar's compact size makes it perfect for smaller TV rooms or to give a boost to your computer's audio quality.

Yamaha SR-C20A

The SR-C20A's small size makes it a great choice for desktop use.

Hear it all

Yamaha's helpful Clear Voice processing brings speech to the forefront so that dialogue is easier to hear and understand. The bar also has a built-in subwoofer and two passive radiators for enhanced bass response — so you can get some low-end rumble, even when you don't have the room for a separate subwoofer. 

Easy connections

This low-profile sound bar can connect to your TV with a single cable. It has keyholes for wall-mounting, or you can simply place it on your TV stand. Bluetooth is built in, so it's super-easy to wirelessly stream your favorite tunes right from your compatible phone.


Product highlights:

  • two-channel sound bar with simulated surround sound
    • two 1-3/4" cone full-range drivers
    • one 3" cone woofer with two passive radiators
  • built-in amplifiers: 20 watts x 2 for front full-range drivers, 60 watts for bass driver
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from compatible devices
  • Dolby® Digital decoding
  • Clear Voice mode for clearer, louder dialogue with movies and shows
  • listening modes: stereo, standard, movie, and game
Connections and general info:
  • 1 HDMI ARC connection
  • 2 optical digital audio inputs
  • 3.5mm analog minijack aux input
  • free downloadable Sound Bar Remote app for Apple® and Android™ lets you control the bar via Bluetooth with your smartphone
  • keyhole slots for wall-mounting
  • 23-5/8"W x 2-1/2"H x 3-3/4"D
  • weight: 3.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • MFR # SR-C20ABL

No A/V receiver required.

What's in the box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • AC power adapter (attached 5' DC cord)
  • 5.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery (installed)
  • 5' Optical digital cable
  • 2 Rectangular spacers
  • 2 Round spacers
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Wall-Mount Template
  • Safety Brochure
  • Warranty Information
  • Contact Information
  • Product Registration

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More details on the Yamaha SR-C20A

Stacey B.

Features & specs

Design Bar
Amplification Self-powered
Separate Subwoofer No
Wireless Surrounds No
Number Of Channels 2.1
Surround Formats
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos No
Audio Enhancements
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
Night Mode No
Virtual Surround Movie Mode
Room Correction No
Audio Connections
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs None
HDMI ARC Input Yes
HDMI eARC Input No
3.5mm Stereo Analog Inputs 1
RCA Stereo Analog Inputs None
USB Type-A Input No
Subwoofer Output No
Audio Specs
Tweeter None
Midrange 1.8" Cone (2)
Woofer 3" Cone (1)
Subwoofer Driver None
Enclosure Passive Radiator
System Frequency Response 65-22k Hz
Sound Bar RMS Power 100
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Video Connections
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs 1
Video Specs
HDMI Version 1.4
HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution N/A
HDR Video Compatible N/A
Includes Remote Yes
Voice Control No
Control by App Apple iOS, Android
Remote IR Passthrough No
Learns TV Remote No
Audio Streaming
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
Bluetooth Audio Playback Yes
Bluetooth Transmitter Mode No
Online Music Sources None
Apple AirPlay No
Chromecast built-in No
Amazon Music No
Apple Music No
Pandora No
SiriusXM No
Spotify No
TuneIn No
YouTube Music No
Files on Your Network No
Wi-Fi Networking
Built-in Wi-Fi Version None
Bands N/A
Other Info
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included No
Sound Bar Size (inches) 2-9/16H x 23-5/8W x 3-11/16D
Sound Bar Weight 3.9 lbs
Subwoofer Size (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A
Speaker Parts Warranty 2 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 2 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 2 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


2.1ch Active Soundbar Speaker: The Yamaha SR-C20A active soundbar speaker features a 2.1ch driver configuration with one 1.8" cone driver for each left & right channel, plus a shared 3" cone subwoofer and two passive radiators for the LFE channel. The SR-C20A delivers 100-watts of power to the enclosed drivers - 20 watts to each of the left & right channels and 60 watts to the subwoofer.

  • Clear Voice: Clear Voice raises the level of dialog and narrations while maintaining overall sound quality. Movies and TV shows, sports commentary and news broadcasts are more clearly audible.
  • Built-In Subwoofer w/ Bass Extension: The SR-C20A is equipped with a built-in 3" subwoofer, plus two passive radiators and "Bass Extension" processing to deliver exceptional low-end performance without the need for a separate powered subwoofer. You can adjust the level of the built-in subwoofer independently from the soundbar's overall volume.

Note: The Yamaha SR-C20A does not include a separate powered subwoofer and does not offer a wired or wireless sub out.

Dolby Digital Compatible: The Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar decodes 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital audio signals. You can listen to these audio formats in Virutal Surround mode (with horizontal surround effects only) or 2ch Stereo mode (no surround effects). The 2ch Stereo mode is ideal for music, while the Virutal Surround mode provides surround effects for movies.

Digital Audio Connector Audio Signal Type Audio Signal Format
HDMI & Optical Bitstream Dolby Digital
2Ch Linear PCM 2ch, 32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit

Note: The Yamaha SR-C20A does not support DTS.

Sound Modes: You can enjoy the sound of movies, music, TV programs and games with Yamaha's optimal sound modes. Select from four options (Stereo, Standard, Movie, Game) designed to suit your content. Stereo mode to match stereo playback of music, Standard mode for most TV programs, Movie mode for movies to enhance space expansion, and Game mode to immerse yourself in gameplay content allowing for individual sound action localization to be clear and precise.

Dynamic Range Compression (DRC): Compressing the dynamic range of audio signals (the volume difference between the loudest and quietest sounds) makes it easier to listen at a low volume. This setting is applied only when Dolby Digital audio signals are being played.

Compressed Music Enhancer: The Compressed Music Enhancer restores frequency response lost during digital compression, so your music sounds the way it should. Optimized for Bluetooth audio transmission, you'll enjoy vivid, lively sound quality during wireless playback. When a compressed source is played, the Compressed Music Enhancer engages automatically.

HDMI ARC Output: The Yamaha SR-C20A features one HDMI ARC output to connect the soundbar to your TV's HDMI ARC input. The SR-C20A's HDMI ARC output allows audio from your TV to be sent through the active soundbar speaker. The HDMI ARC output supports 5.1ch Dolby Digital and 2ch PCM audio signals.

  • Some televisions will only pass 2ch PCM through the ARC-enabled HDMI input from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, and will only pass Dolby Digital via the TV's built-in tuner, network apps, or USB.
  • The HDMI ARC Output only supports audio transmission and does not support any type of video signals.

Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the SR-C20A is outfitted with one analog Aux (3.5mm) input and two optical (toslink) digital inputs. The optical digital inputs supports 2ch PCM and 5.1ch Dolby Digital audio signals.

Note: The digital optical output terminals of some flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar features built-in Bluetooth 5.0 with support wireless audio streaming (A2DP). You'll be able to stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled device (such as your smartphone, table, laptop, or computer) to the SR-C20A active soundbar speaker. You will continue to navigate your music and view song/artist/albums information from your Bluetooth-enabled source device. The soundbar system has a Bluetooth wireless range of approximately 33'.

  • Pairing: This unit pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. If a Bluetooth device has been paired before, the unit will connect to the last paired device when the soundbar's Bluetooth source button is pressed. You will need to terminate this connection to pair a new device.
  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the Yamaha soundbar speaker offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the SR-C20A soundbar offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Bluetooth Standby: The Bluetooth Standby function allows you to turn On or Off the soundbar automatically, linked with the operation of a Bluetooth device.


  • The SR-C20A does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making or answering phone calls.
  • Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Yamaha SR-C20A.

Mounting Options: Due to its slim profile, the soundbar fits in front of most flat-panel TVs without blocking the screen. If you prefer to wall-mount the speaker, the SR-C20A offers built-in keyhole slots (spaced 18" apart). A built-in gyroscope optimizes sound depending on whether the soundbar is placed on a table-top or hung on wall.

IR Remote + HDMI-CEC: The SR-C20A comes with a sleek, easy-to-use IR remote control for wireless operation of the soundbar speaker. Also, if your TV supports HDMI CEC and you use HDMI connectivity, it is possible to adjust the volume of the sound bar using your TV's remote to simplify day-to-day operation.

Note: This soundbar does not allow you to program your TV remote to operate the speaker, but does offer HDMI control through your compatible TV's remote.

Sound Bar Remote App: With Yamaha's Sound Bar Remote App (for Apple iOS 13.0+ and Android 6.0+) its even easier to control the SR-C20A active soundbar speaker from your compatible smartphone or tablet device. The app can be used to switch sources, sound modes, clear voice and bass extension functions and simple power on/off commands intuitively and easily from your Apple iOS or Android mobile device.

Auto Power Standby: When the Auto Power Standby function is enabled, the unit will automatically turn off when there is no operation for 8 hours. When Bluetooth or HDMI is selected as the input, the unit will turn off after no audio input and no operation for 20 minutes.

Firmware Updates: Firmware updates can be done via a USB thumbdrive containing downloadable firmware updates from Yamaha's website. Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.

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Customer Q&A

6 questions already asked

Is there any difference in sound by using the optical or HDMI-ARC connection?
erjobo  Oct 17, 2022
1 answer
In general HDMI does give you passthrough for newer surround sound encodings but, for this particular Yamaha sound bar, the sound would be the same with either cable.
arielle  Oct 17, 2022 (Staff)
can you use headphones with this soundbar or any soundbar?
don a  Aug 28, 2022
1 answer
You will not be able to connect wireless headphones with the Yamaha SR-C20A powered soundbar sadly, Don. We do have some options for you! It sounds like you need a wireless headphone for personal volume, and possbily a bar like this Yamaha at the same time? We have you covered! Take a gander at these fantastic Sennheiser RS 175's in the link below. These connect directly to your TV via an optical cable. Since these go direct, you can still use something like the Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar (or any other HDMI connected bar for that matter) at the same time! You'll get your own volume control on the headphones, and they come pre paired for easy setup right out of the box. These are one of our top models for TV listening! IF you are using an older TV without ARC or limited outputs, you can always use this toslink splitter to run the bar and the headphones all off the single optical, that's in the second link below.
bo  Aug 28, 2022 (Staff)
Can you control the volume with this using the tv remote when connecting via the digital optical port?
douglas  Feb 13, 2021
6 answers
HI. I can't help you because I have connected the sound bar to the tv with the HDMI port. Also I have direct tv and use their remote.
robert d  Feb 13, 2021
brian  Feb 13, 2021
NO. The sound bar has a HDMI feature called CEC, or Consumer Electronics Control. CEC will let the remote from your TV adjust the volume on your sound bar, so you do not need to use the sound bar remote for this. However, you need to use the sound bar remote to control other features of the sound bar. This will not work with the digital optical port. Buy a HDMI cable to connect your TV and sound bar if you want to control the volume of the sound bar with your TV/Cable remote.
jordan  Feb 13, 2021
I have the Comcast remote and it works to control the TV and Sound Barr using the HDMI- ARC connection. I think it will. I did connect with the optical first, until I found out what settings to set for the HDMI. I'm not tech smart, so I used a You Tube site to walk me through the set-up. My son referred me to You Tube.
gary  Feb 13, 2021
With the optical cable, you can only use the Yamaha remote unfortunately.
eugene  Feb 13, 2021
john a  Feb 13, 2021
How many watts of electricity does this soundbar consume?
jeff  Feb 06, 2021
2 answers
The answer is in the specs. 13W (rated) and 0.2W-0.4W on standby.
jeff  Feb 06, 2021
rakesh  Feb 06, 2021
Cheers, With this speaker I replace the center console and sub woofer for my stereo Yamaha RX -V 385?
jose  Dec 10, 2020
3 answers
I don't have an answer for your question. I have set up the SR-C20A as a compact sizes sound source for a Samsung small flat screen that had terrible sound. It replaced a small Bose unit that failed suddenly and prematurely. I am pleased with the Yamaha and bought it over another Bose having had a satisfactory Yamaha stereo system previously. Crutchfield was good as a supplier....
geoffrey a.  Dec 11, 2020
I do not know. Sorry.
paul o  Dec 10, 2020
I purchased this sound bar to replace an older Zvox. Excellent value purchase, clear dialogue and good sound in other applications as well, sports, movies and tv. Current use is in a smaller room.
dwayne  Dec 10, 2020
Can you adjust base and treble manually with this sound bar? I realize it has built in equalization settings but sometimes it is nice to adjust manually.
marc  Nov 24, 2020
2 answers
There isn't a equalizer to modify base and treble however, there is a bass adjust to turn up and down and the Clear Voice setting increases your midrange - so basically you're adjusting those bands. Hope this helps! It is a great sound bar - better than I thought it'd be.
mark  Dec 02, 2020
not that I know of
john  Nov 24, 2020

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