Sonos Playbar vs Yamaha YAS-207

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Sonos Playbar vs Yamaha YAS-207

Sonos Playbar review

Usually Sonos is modestly silent about the exact set of speakers in its acoustics, but in the case of the Sonos Playbar the situation is the opposite. What I want to admit in the comparison of the Sonos Playbar vs Yamaha YAS-207BL is that the company of the first one added a rich set of six midrange and three tweeter speakers. It may seem like a considerable amount, but this is a fairly common and reasonable configuration of the soundbar 3.0. Each channel (left, right, center) has 2 midrange and 1 tweeter, with left and right tweeters installed at the ends of the panel at an angle of about 45 degrees to expand the sound field. It has the output power of 200W.

Sonos Playbar

Yamaha YAS-207 review

With an active virtual environment, the sound is more spectacular, expressive and juicy, but the construction of the scene is far from reality, and most importantly, the sound lacks “support”, it does not seem dense enough - this is due to phase manipulations that are inevitable when creating a virtual volume. If you switch to stereo mode (for this there is a separate button on the remote control), the sound becomes more realistic, but the width of the panorama is reduced and is no longer outside the soundbar. Regarding Yamaha YAS-207BL vs Sonos Playbar comparison, Yamaha loses in terms of built-in channels quantity and output power, which are 2.1 and 2x100W respectively.

Yamaha YAS-207

Sonos Playbar pros & cons

Pros

  • It sounds like true 5.1 system, but adding two more speakers can't hurt
  • I had no problem setting up the Playbar to the Alexa/echo system

Cons

  • The Playbar only has optical audio in

Yamaha YAS-207BL pros & cons

Pros

  • It's Clear Voice option, if enabled, will make dialogues and narrations sound clearer
  • It comes with wireless subwoofer for dynamic sound

Cons

  • As other reviews have mentioned the sound level and Base wavers up and down. Possibly a crossover issue

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Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar review

Nov 19, 2019

The low-profile design of the panel corresponds to the Sonos corporate identity; it is successfully designed in such a way that it can look relatively flat both when mounted on a wall and when instal...

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Yamaha YAS-207

Yamaha YAS-207 review

Nov 22, 2019

If the possibilities of a budget soundbar seem insufficient, it makes sense to pay attention to the middle positions in the company's price list and see our Yamaha YAS-207BL review. For example, Yama...

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Yamaha YAS-207

Model

Playbar
YAS-207

Brand

Sonos
Yamaha

Reviews

1311
1162

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
input, mute, volume down, volume up, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
92.9 x 5.8 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.3 x 10.6

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
2.7/6.1
Sonos Playbar
Yamaha YAS-207
Sonos Playbar
Yamaha YAS-207

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