X

Yamaha YAS-101 photos

Yamaha's YAS-101 is a great budget sound bar, with an excellent design and a helpful feature for dealing with remote signals, although it's light on connectivity.

Matthew_Moskovciak.jpg
Matthew_Moskovciak.jpg

Matthew Moskovciak

See full bio
untitled01-2.jpg
1 of 6 Sarah Tew/CNET

Yamaha YAS-101

Yamaha basically created the sound bar category and continues to sell its best-in-class Digital Sound Projector line, but it can be hard to recommend the company's sound bars when they generally cost in excess of $1,000. The YAS-101 ($250 street price) is Yamaha's entry into the increasingly crowded budget sound bar field, and it's one of the few that manages to stand out.
Yamaha_YAS-101_35088920_02.jpg
2 of 6 Sarah Tew/CNET

Remote

Yamaha includes a remote with the YAS-101, which isn't always guaranteed with a sound bar system. This particular remote is a mixed bag: button layout could be a lot better, but Yamaha does include virtually all the buttons you'd want, including direct input buttons and a subwoofer volume control.
untitled01_3.jpg
3 of 6 Sarah Tew/CNET

Connectivity

Inputs are located on the back panel, and it's a weakness of the system. There are three digital inputs (two optical, one coaxial), which is pretty good, but we were surprised that there isn't an analog audio input. That's bad news for Nintendo Wii owners (the console only supports analog audio), although you can likely work around this shortcoming by connecting the Wii to your HDTV and using its digital audio output.
Yamaha_YAS-101_35088920_07.jpg
4 of 6 Sarah Tew/CNET

Bass ports on the side

In addition to the rear-mounted subwoofer, the YAS-101 has two bass ports on each side.
Yamaha_YAS-101_35088920_03.jpg
5 of 6 Sarah Tew/CNET

Front-panel buttons

There are a few basic front-panel buttons in case the remote goes missing.
Yamaha_YAS-101_35088920_06.jpg
6 of 6 Sarah Tew/CNET

Front-panel lights

There's no display on the front of the YAS-101, so when you make volume adjustments (subwoofer or overall) with the remote the only visual feedback you get is from the tiny LED on the front of the speaker. It's green when the volume is low, orange at standard level, and red at higher volume settings. A numerical display (like the one on the Zvox Z-Base 555) is more useful, but this approach is better than nothing.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan
2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan

48 Photos
24 things you should never, ever google
snape

24 things you should never, ever google

25 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos