Yamaha has launched a small, compact 60cm wide soundbar, suitable for both small TVs and desktop computers.
If Yamaha is known for its hi-fi systems, amplifiers, headphones and even wireless headphones, the Japanese manufacturer specializing in audio also offers a fairly complete range of soundbars. Especially since it was enriched this week with the announcement of a new particularly compact and affordable model, the Yamaha SR-C30A.
This new soundbar has a particularly reduced size with dimensions of 600 x 64 x 94 mm, i.e. a total width of only 60 cm. It’s actually a soundbar aimed at both small TVs – which often suffer from particularly poor sound – and desktop computers. It can thus be easily positioned under a PC screen to allow you to enjoy the sound broadcast other than through headphones or the often mediocre speakers of PC screens.
With such a size, inevitably, the Yamaha SR-C30A does not rely on the number of voices and processing surround in abundance. It’s basically a simple 2.1 bar with two voices on the bar itself – 1.8-inch-diameter cone speakers – and the bass handled by a bundled wireless subwoofer – with a high 13 cm cone speaker. Enough to still offer a power of up to 90 W (2×20 W + 50 W).
A soundbar with full connectivity
On the connector side, however, Yamaha wants to be rather generous. There are indeed two optical digital audio inputs, an analog audio input and an HDMI ARC socket, CEC compatible. The speaker is also Bluetooth compatible and can therefore be used as a wireless speaker for your smartphone.
If the Yamaha SR-C30A only offers a 2.1 system, it does offer virtualization surround with four built-in programs: Stereo, Standard, Game and Movie. A function “Clear Voice” is also there to highlight voices in films, documentaries or reports.
The Yamaha SR-C30A soundbar will be available in September. It will be offered only in black at a price of 369 euros. What position it against the Sonos Ray, launched in the spring at 299 euros, or the Polk Signa S4, with its Dolby Atmos 3.1.2 system at 350 euros.
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