The Yamaha YAS-105 brings an upgraded audio quality of your TV that is found at an entry-level price range. It is the successor to last year’s YAS-103, which was still an impressive value for money despite one or two flaws with regards to sound quality.
The Yamaha YAS-105 is a Straightforward Entry-Level Soundbar
The Yamaha YAS-105 has a straightforward design as it is a single-body speaker that lacks the sound-beam technology which is found by the company’s own YSP-2500. However, the YAS-105 is equipped with integrated subwoofers, 120Wof power, and virtual surround which will all equate to a powerful sound experience straight to your living room.
Its design is unobtrusive. The lack of an external subwoofer makes this the prime choice for eliminating clutter for those who want to go with the minimalistic approach for their home entertainment system. You can set it on a tabletop or fix it on a wall as there is a switch located underneath the device that will optimize the sounds to where it is placed.
When it is placed on a TV stand, this 53-millimeter high speaker will not get in the way of your TV remote’s sensor. While mounted on wall, it won’t stick out drastically. Either way, it is a win-win situation no matter where the YAS-105 soundbar is placed.
Its black styling is low-key which makes the device blend into any living room environment. The curved front portion of the device brings a touch of luxury as both ends are bass reflex ports that has openings shaped like a trumpet bell. The design’s purpose is to reduce air output noise. Overall, the build quality is impressive, albeit the body does feel heavy and robust when you pick it up. However, you’re not going to pick it up all the time so this does not pose too much of a problem.
As for audio performance, the YAS-105 delivers a large, cohesive sound. This will make any TV set turn away in shame. However, there are a few flaws that make this soundbar a shy away from greatness. For instance, sound quality does not reach the deepest bass notes, but this can be rectified by adding in an external sub. There is also a lack of fine-tuning with regards to mid-range and treble. The touch of hardness creeps in at higher volumes.
With its space-saving architecture, the Yamaha YAS-105 will win the hearts of individuals who want to be as minimalistic as possible with regards to their home entertainment system. However, it does lack some refinement here and there to make its performance become on par with the best soundbars in the market.