The 3 star rating is a fairly good estimate, overall
Roger Venne, Amazon
26 September 2014
Summary: This YAS-101 BL factory refurbished Soundbar is exactly what is says: refurbished! The sound quality is up there with other soundbars in this price range, but there were scuff marks all over the top of the soundbar...I expected some but not that many! I had the intention of returning this item for the mentionned reason, but decided to keep this item, not knowing the probable hassles I would have to put up with! The 3 star rating is a fairly good estimate, overall!
Summary: Read other reviews so I unpack the unit from box carefully. The sound bar arrived and took less than 10 minutes to setup. The piano black looks great and the sound is a major upgrade from the TV's sound quality. The remote control was bad on arrival. I call the support and they were helpful (long waiting time till you get someone one phone). They advised me to download the return request form from Yamaha website and mail the remote back to Yamaha for replacement.
Summary: Got this on the gold box special for $149.99. It's a good deal for that price. I had to remove the stands because the speaker was too tall and blocked the signals on my Samsung tv making the remote unusable. No problem there. I ordered the Yamaha YAS-101 but the YAS-101BL arrived. Not sure if it's a newer or older model. The latest reviews were from July, 2012.
OK with a couple of issues - caution if you own a Samsung tv
3D graphics guy, Amazon
13 January 2014
Summary: Overall this is ok, the sound is much better than the stock speakers in my Samsung tv and hookup was very easy. I had read reviews of other sound bars about the display on the front being bright and distracting; the led points on the front of this unit are not distracting at all. Here are the things that I don't like as much.
Better than original speakers but short of wonderous.
8 April 2013
Summary: The soundbar was purchased because of the "clear voice" application which was supposed to clarify voices for slight hard of hearing persons. The soundbar is a little better than the TV's original speakers but does not work any miracles. I would not purchase this unit again but I felt it was worth the chance.I am not degrading the unit but I am still looking for a better solution. If you get it at the right price it is worth trying.
Summary: Bought this item a few days ago at Costco to try and improve upon anemic TV sound (Insignia 42" HD LCD) and also declutter the front room with five separate speakers all over the place. The unit (which appears quite similar to the YAS101) was well-packaged, the instructions were easy to follow, and the set-up was quick.
Summary: I bought this sound bar to replace a vizio sound bar that stopped working after about 2 years of sporatic use. I already have a nice Polk Audio powered subwoofer so I was looking soley for an upgraded sound bar (made with a little more quality than the Vizio)without the subwoofer. Pros: - I like the quality of the remote. It is not one of those watch battery / 3-foot range tiny remotes. It actually used aaa batteries and has a nice feel.
Summary: The sound quality from my rather expensive Philips TV is excellent, but at a mere 2 x 4 wats the amplifier isn't up to dealing with very low sound input. So I bought a soundbar for when this would necessary. The listing experience was way below that of the TV for general usage, however I was pleasantly surprised when listening to a football match how much more real the crowd sounded, a completely new dimension.
Summary: I'm slightly disappointed but not necessarily surprised that the 'surround' capabilities of this unit are virtually none. For the price, I'm not sure what I really expected. If you have a pair of stereo speakers connected to your television, there is no point buying this. However, if you don't and you want something neat and tidy that will far exceed the speakers on your telly, this is for you. One thing I have to commend Yamaha on is the build quality of the unit.
Excerpt: Bought after much comparison, on the strength of Yamaha reputation, previous experience and the boast that it gave "best virtual surround sound on the market" Gives Several sound options which is ok, but could not discern any real surround sound effects. My old cheap one was better! Since replaced with LG version, at least as good at half the price.