A bang-for-your-buck bar
Yamaha’s sound bars have consistently impressed us, and their budget-friendly bars are no exception. This new SR-B20A offers a really simple way to improve your TV’s sound quality with an easy one-cable connection? either HDMI or optical digital.
Onboard amplification powers six drivers, including a pair of built-in ported subwoofers that deliver more bass than you’d expect from such a slim bar, especially at this price point. But if you want even more low-end rumble, there’s an output for adding on a separate powered sub of your choice.
The bar has built-in ported subwoofers for deeper bass than most sound bars can deliver on their own.
Dedicated dialogue and surround modes
I hate when I have to rewind movies and TV shows because I didn’t catch what the actor just said. Sometimes it is just too hard to hear the dialogue over the background noise. That’s where Yamaha’s Clear Voice processing comes in handy ? it brings speech to the forefront so that dialogue is easier to hear and understand.
And right next to “Clear Voice” on the remote control, you’ll find abutton for “3D Surround.” This enables the bar’s simulated surround sound via atechnology called ?DTS Virtual:X.?
How does DTS Virtual:X work?
Many sound bars simulate Dolby Atmos or DTS:X by bouncing sound off your walls and ceiling. That’s not what’s happening here. Instead, DTS Virtual:X almost completely relies on digital sound processing.
DTS uses what they call “spatial audio techniques” to make it seem like the sound is all around you. Incredibly sophisticated audio delays and adjustments create a larger, wider soundstage. That includes overhead atmospheric effects like leaves rustling on a tall tree or birds chirping above.
Check out Jeff Miller’s article “”for more details.
Stream your favorite tunes over Bluetooth
The SR-B20A can handle your music, too. The bar has built-inBluetooth so you can wirelessly stream music, audiobooks, or podcastsfrom compatible devices directly to the sound bar.
Connections and general info:
- 1 HDMI ARC connection
- 2 optical digital audio inputs
- mono RCA subwoofer output for adding your own powered subwoofer
- free downloadable Sound Bar Remote app for Apple? and Android? lets you control the bar via Bluetooth with your smartphone
- keyhole slots for wall-mounting
- remote with subwoofer volume control
- 35-7/8″W x 2-1/8″H x 5-1/8″D
- weight: 7.1 lbs.
- warranty: 1 years