The Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar was released in 2017. Yamaha YAS-209 is an updated version of the soundbar YAS-207, providing surround sound technology DTS Virtual:X. See Yamaha YAS-209 specs in this comprehensive Yamaha YAS-209 review.
With a total power of 200 watts and 2 channels, the system will provide support for 4K, Ultra HD with HDR 10, HDR and HLG. The YAS-209 soundbar has many features, and this is Yamaha's first smart model of this class. The unit uses Amazon Alexa, which is one of the most popular voice assistants, and if you already have a pair of Amazon Echos, this is good news. Things get even better when you consider that the Yamaha smart soundbar works reliably and sounds great. The YAS-209 soundbar is equipped with DTS Virtual:X technology to create a surround sound effect without additional speakers, as well as a set of preset sound modes for different content: “Music”, “TV”, “Films”, “Sports”, “Games” and “ Stereo".
The Yamaha YAS-209 is a soundbar with a wireless subwoofer that features two microphones for use with Amazon Alexa. The soundbar has a width of about 94 cm and a height of 6.3 cm, and I found that it is suitable for installation in front of some TVs, as it does not block their IR sensors. You can also place the soundbar on the wall under the TV. The subwoofer is quite large and is equipped with a 6.5-inch woofer. The soundbar comes with a large remote control, the back panel of which is slightly concave. Given the presence of several small LEDs on the soundbar, the remote control is one of the main ways to interact with the YAS-209. The set of buttons and their placement on the remote are convenient, which makes it easy to use.
The soundbar is equipped with an HDMI input and HDMI (ARC) output, an optical input and Bluetooth. You can connect the soundbar via Ethernet and Wi-Fi to support Spotify Connect and Alexa (although there is no AirPlay 2 or built-in Chromecast here).
The free Sound Bar Controller app allows you to configure and manage the system from your mobile gadget.