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: The sound bar didn't improve the sound that much from the TV speakers on satellite programing to warrant the cost of the sound bar. There was more of an improvement in the sound with movies on the DVD though.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Interfaces Well With TV
Summary: The sound is fairly good. It is better than what is on the TV. Based on reviews, I thought the sound would be pretty spectacular despite it did not have a seperate speaker for surround sound. It is just okay. Clear sound and it looks nice.
Summary: The quality of the this product is excellent. I love it. However be sure it is compatible with your components. I just have an HDTV and Blu ray player, no internet. The sound bard was hooked up to the TV using the optical cable supplied but the soundbar was only showing PL II (PCM) playback not Dolby. Of course I wanted the Dolby. So I was getting enhanced PL II (Stereo) plus the soundbar surround effect. Nice but....
Pros: Great heft and appearance. Super sound if someone desires not to foll with 5.1 and 7.1 wires etc. It is not true surround in that regard but is a darn good option for an average space where speaker wires etc. would be a problem.
Cons: The directions do not address my problem i.e. getting the Dobly to the sound bar. Yahama support was laughable. They just said the sound bar was not "blocking" the Dolby. What I asked them was what I need to do with my components to change that. That is why three stars. If I can get it so it utilizes its full capability I am sure it will be a five star.
Summary: Yamaha is the only name when it comes to receivers/amps but as far as soundbar speakers go, not very impressed. Stereo sound or surround sound are very weak when compared to another soundbar that I own. The Yamaha soundbar has flat surround sound when it comes to movies with no detectable sound from different places whereas the other soundbar produces sounds which appear to come from different places in the room.
Pros: Great look for a soundbar and easy to hookup. Sound is okay.
Cons: Not much power and the sound itself seems very enclosed and not spacious.