Yamaha has introduced two new sound bars, the YAS-209 and YAS-109, both with native Alexa voice control
In addition they feature Wi-Fi connectivity to play tunes through Spotify Connect, Amazon Music and Alexa-supported music services.
The YAS-109 features built-in subwoofers while the YAS-209 includes a separate wireless subwoofer.
The built-in Alexa feature provides volume lowering capabilities, which automatically decreases the volume of movies or music. The included remote contains a dedicated button to initiate Alexa control. In addition, Alexa can be muted, when desired or turned off completely when the sound bar is powered down.
They both include Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround decoding, as well as DTS Virtual:X. Both sound bars also feature Yamaha Clear Voice technology, HDMI input and output with ARC. 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video is supported for use with HDMI-connected 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players or 4K streaming media players. Both sound bars support CEC too. An optical input is provided for use with other devices without HDMI connections. Oh and Bluetooth is in there as well.
A free app to control the sound bar, available for both Apple and Android controls inputs and volume. The same app allows for playback of music stored on a smartphone via Wi-Fi.
The YAS-109 will be priced at £299 and is expected August. The YAS-209 will be priced at £399 and is expected in September.
To learn more, click uk.yamaha.com
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