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.
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: 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.
Summary: Received promptly, good service. The base sound is good but not great. Its supposed to provide surround sound, but I could not distinguish any real surround affect. It just seems to provide the base that's missing from most TV speakers. I have it connected by digital optical audio to TV and although the sound is better than my Samsung TV it hardly justifies the outlay for me.A bit disappointed really because I expected a better surround affect.
Summary: I purchased this through Hughes Direct (whose service has been excellent). The build quality and looks of the product are excellent, and it fitted perfectly beneath my TV. It is easy to set up. I connected via the supplied (rather flimsy looking) optical cable and fed with a number of BBC HD broadcasts. Whilst the sound is undoubtedly better than my TV (which is a Philips, and as flat screens go pretty good anyway), I have to confess I was under-whelmed by the sound.
Soundeffekte und Musik top, bei Sprache aber deutliche Abschläge
21 July 2014
Summary: Ich habe diese Soundbar als Ersatz für die integrierten Lautsprecher meines LED-TV gekauft. Die Fernsehboxen stoßen bei lauten Szenen einfach an ihre Grenzen (wen wunderts :-)). Nachdem wir die Bar nun zwei Tage mit verschiedensten TV- und BluRay-Programmen ausprobiert haben, gibt es gute und schlechte Punkte: + Super Musiksound + Super Effektsound Die Pluspunkte sind sicher auch dem eingebauten Subwoofer zu verdanken, der dem Sound die richtige "Fülle" gibt.