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Yamaha's entry-level soundbar is a hitThe Yamaha YAS-106 soundbar offers excellent sound quality and useful features in a budget package.
If you want better sound for your TV you don't need to spend very much. And the Yamaha YAS-106 sound bar is proof. This $200 Yamaha offers features you won't usually see at the price, including HDMI inputs and both Dolby and dts decoding. If you have a 4k TV, it will parse 4k and HDR material without a problem. As well as HDMI, it also comes with optical in, analog, and Bluetooth. So you should be able to connect most sources without an issue. While it lacks a subwoofer, it does have two base woofers and a separate subwoofer output if you want more base. The soundbar comes with a cute little control that is a step above most you'd see these days. So pictures are nothing if the performance is poor. [MUSIC] But the Yamaha does this well, too. Though it lacks the precise sound projectives of the company's more expensive sound bars. It does have a really wide sound field. Both movies and music sound larger than life, and yet fully detailed. Though you do something in the bottom register for action movies. But Yamaha offers sub woofers for about $100 more if you want that. At the price there isn't much to compete with the YAS106, and as a result it's one of the best entry level sound bars you can get.