Yamaha has expanded the range of soundbars with the new SR-C20A and SR-B20A models. The two products fit respectively in the entry range and immediately below the YAS-109, similar in many respects to the SR-B20A but equipped with integrated microphones that allow you to use the Alexa voice assistant, not supported here.
C20A is characterized by compact dimensions: it measures 600 (W) × 64 (H) × 94 (D) millimeters. Yamaha describes it as a tool to improve not only the sound of a TV but also that of a monitor, precisely because of its small footprint.
It houses two full range speakers with a 4.6 cm cone, an integrated subwoofer with a 7.5 cm cone and two passive radiators. The declared power is 20 W x 2 plus 60 W for the subwoofer for a total of 100 W in total.
C20A can recreate a virtual surround effect and relies on Dolby Audio; it is therefore capable of handling tracks in Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II format. The Clear Voice function allows you to increase the intelligibility of dialogues, making them stand out from the background noise. The user then has four listening modes available, optimized for as many scenarios. We find Stereo (music), Standard (TV shows), Movie (movies) and Game (for video games).
Connectivity includes an HDMI output with ARC (the audio return channel), two optical digital inputs, an analog input on a 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP, SBC and AAC. Thanks to the Sound Bar Remote application, you can control all the functions of the soundbar via mobile devices. However, the remote control is supplied.
B20A, on the other hand, comes in a more conventional guise with its 910 (L) × 53 (H) × 131 (D) millimeters. The configuration of the internal components is also different. There are two 5.5cm cone woofers, two 2.5cm tweeters, a double 7.5cm subwoofer and a double bass reflex port. The declared power is equal to 30 W x 2 plus 60 W overall for the subwoofers for a total of 120 W.
The higher-end model recreates the virtual surround effect using DTS Virtual: X technology. The difference from Dolby Audio is the ability to expand the sound vertically as well. DTS is added to the formats supported by the C20A. The rest of the equipment basically follows what we have already described for the cheapest soundbar with the exception of connectivity. The B20A forgoes the analog input but provides the output for connecting an external subwoofer.
Following prices and availability for the European market:
- SR-C20A: from the end of September at a price of 219 pounds, about 240 euros
- SR-B20A: from the end of August at a price of 249 pounds, approximately 275 euros
We look forward to knowing the official prices for the Italian market.