Yamaha YAS-203 Wireless Front Surround Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - £199.99 @ Amazon
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Yamaha YAS-203 Wireless Front Surround Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - £199.99 @ Amazon

£199.99Amazon Deals
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Found 10th Mar 2015
Deal of the day, £279 elsewhere.

Advanced Bass Extension Processing delivers a good amount of bass sound
Slim, low-profile soundbar design allows positioning in front of a TV
Soundbar produces expansive and clear surround sound
App surround modes provide more choices than remote unit
Wireless subwoofer allows flexible placement

34 Comments

Is lack of hdmi important when buying soundbars?

Optical is good enough. Will check this soundbar as it looks nice

I just seen this in my e-mails from Amazon and ordered immediately. Just came on here to see if it was posted. Excellent deal. Been waiting for some thing like this, particularly with a small sub. Yamaha are superb.

ordered. this has really good reviews. cheers

Never understand why they charge £100 more for alternative colour such as white.

Looks nice! Also good reviews. Would be an advantage to have ability connecting Chromecast directly for sound only, but still via TV and Digital input should do the job well.

can you bluetooth this with your tv?

I dont really know much about sound systems, so this might sound like a stupid question:

Where is the best place to put a sub? At the front of the room near the TV?

JollyEngland

I dont really know much about sound systems, so this might sound like a … I dont really know much about sound systems, so this might sound like a stupid question:Where is the best place to put a sub? At the front of the room near the TV?


Do the 'Sub Crawl' for best results:
Start by placing your subwoofer in the spot where you usually sit when watching movies or listening to music, and turning on a fairly bass-heavy test track. Then, crawl around on the floor and listen to where the bass sounds the best—you're looking for deep, smooth bass, not loud and rattling. When you find a spot that sounds good (and where you think your subwoofer will fit in with the furniture), that's where you subwoofer should go — it should sound about the same.

Otherwise just stick it in a corner and next to a wall if it's a small SW (as the wall will help to increase the bass) or just close to your listening position. Most people are restricted by their furniture layout so they have very little choice anyway.

Nice soundbar by the way. Yamaha are a sound choice (no pun intended) for soundbars.

Edited by: "MisterMadHatter" 10th Mar 2015

JollyEngland

I dont really know much about sound systems, so this might sound like a … I dont really know much about sound systems, so this might sound like a stupid question:Where is the best place to put a sub? At the front of the room near the TV?



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Although, at £200, this is getting close to the bottom end price of buying entry level amp and speaker separates. The closer the price gets, the less point I see in a soundbar which is more restrictive than separates. If space is your issue, fair enough. But other than that, I can't see why you'd buy this when another £100 (£50 if you're lucky and get a deal) would get you on the bottom rung of AV separates ....
Edited by: "sancheez" 10th Mar 2015

So as long as I have an optical connection to this from my TV or sky box / amp this should be okay?

rollmesome

Is lack of hdmi important when buying soundbars?



Only if you were interested in uncompressed Dolby True HD or DTS Master Audio...and really if you were interested in those sound formats over standard Dolby Digital and DTS you would be more interested in a surround sound setup with an av receiver than buying a 2.0/2.1 soundbar anyway.

The only real other convenience of HDMI apart from its ability to pass these uncompressed audio formats for decoding is passing video as well as sound, utilising a soundbar as a HDMI video switcher.

I dont think my TV has and digital optical cord socket - it is one of these Blaupunkt TV's that people were fighting over - is there other methods for connecting the soundbar?

I previously owned a Yamaha soundbar - YSP-900 - but was disappointed with volume of dialogue. Often when watching movies or TV shows id have to rewind to hear what people were saying. There were numerous settings, but this was a problem on everything.

I think unless you're getting separates I wouldn't spend this, even a basic soundbar from sainsburys will be a small improvement on your plasma or led's built in sound
Edited by: "buckfast67uk" 10th Mar 2015

PierremontQuaker

I dont think my TV has and digital optical cord socket - it is one of … I dont think my TV has and digital optical cord socket - it is one of these Blaupunkt TV's that people were fighting over - is there other methods for connecting the soundbar?



It also allows for co-ax digital in and analog L/R phono in (you may need a 3.5mm stereo to twin phono cable here). I'd be surprised if your TV offers digital co-ax out (but you never know!). Failing that, you should be able to connect it via Aux-Out (or the headphone socket as an absolute last resort as this is the worst possible connection quality). But the L/R phono in is basic stereo only. No dolby digital or DTS via those ....

Tempted, but I am waiting for the 103 to drop from £169.

I have the YAS-101. Although it's an older model, I still use it in the lounge now - it's a nice bit of kit for what it is, and the additional sub that this has will only increase that in my opinion.

For mid to large rooms, I think the additional sub is a really useful addition. For smaller lounges/bedrooms etc, the kick from these is ample (in my opinion).

Can I connect my sandisk MP3 player to this?

cicobuff

Only if you were interested in uncompressed Dolby True HD or DTS Master … Only if you were interested in uncompressed Dolby True HD or DTS Master Audio...and really if you were interested in those sound formats over standard Dolby Digital and DTS you would be more interested in a surround sound setup with an av receiver than buying a 2.0/2.1 soundbar anyway.The only real other convenience of HDMI apart from its ability to pass these uncompressed audio formats for decoding is passing video as well as sound, utilising a soundbar as a HDMI video switcher.



To me, HDMI is important on a soundbar, and I'm staggered by how many still don't have it in this price range.
To me HDMI ARC should be a base feature on £100+ soundbars.

HDMI ARC (+CEC) = tv "sees" the soundbar connected, automatically disables internal speakers, and sends your tv remote volume +/- commands down hdmi to the soundbar, and the soundbar goes to standby/wakes up with the TV.

Bought this literally 2 weekends ago. Originally paid £329.99 at Richer Sounds which I thought was an excellent deal and I was happy to part with that cash after seeing the reviews and hearing it as well as the fact John Lewis was still selling at £429.99 at the time. Then price dropped within a week to £250 (although temporarily) at Crampton and Moore. Due to Richer Sounds' price guarantee for 7 days I got it matched and £80 was refunded. This is a scorching hot deal at £200. One of the best things I've ever bought. The optical does the job, almost every TV has it. It has a IR signal repeater in case it is blocking your TV and it has an IR signal learner so you can teach it your volume and power buttons, so you don't even need the remote to control it. Also can be controlled via bluetooth on phone app. Do not be fooled, this is very much a mid-ish range soundbar at a low end budget due to the massive price reductions in recent weeks. I'd take this any day over anything else at the £200 price range. It is a superb product. Lots of great reviews of it on review sites.
Edited by: "xenononon" 10th Mar 2015

N3lson

To me, HDMI is important on a soundbar, and I'm staggered by how many … To me, HDMI is important on a soundbar, and I'm staggered by how many still don't have it in this price range.To me HDMI ARC should be a base feature on £100+ soundbars.HDMI ARC (+CEC) = tv "sees" the soundbar connected, automatically disables internal speakers, and sends your tv remote volume +/- commands down hdmi to the soundbar, and the soundbar goes to standby/wakes up with the TV.



Not all TVs have ARC though, but I agree a useful feature, although with costs I can understand why its not a base feature to be honest.

Also this is the sort of geek stuff us AV enthusiasts like, not the general likes of soundbar purchasers who in general are looking into getting a more balanced sound than their tv is currently outputting.

is this speakers any good when compared to Bose Companion 5

This website is killing me. In last 24hours I've come on for a little nosey...........Bought a box of wood screws from screw fix a coat from halfords and now this Yamaha system. I didn't need any of them.

Ordered!! Just couldn't wait any longer for the sonos to be sub £200 ha ha

Thanks op

The Amazon product description states the dimensions as: 10 * 10 * 10cm, and 100KG

poinsy

The Amazon product description states the dimensions as: 10 * 10 * 10cm, … The Amazon product description states the dimensions as: 10 * 10 * 10cm, and 100KG



It's corrected in the q and a section.

.... I really want this but I have had wine.......

mdekq007

It's corrected in the q and a section.


I know, because it was me who asked it a few minutes ago

poinsy

Tempted, but I am waiting for the 103 to drop from £169.


The YAS103 was £129 at AO.COM and Amazon a month ago. I am returning my one to Amazon in favour of this. The sound is excellent but the sub-woofer is awful. My Creative Audio T2's produce much better bass. I am hoping the sub on this will give something a little more substantial. My only concern now, though, is only having one digital optical in. The Yahama's sound great but seem limited in the right connectivity. I think the YAS152 is the better option and get my own sub.

Weggie

The YAS103 was £129 at AO.COM and Amazon a month ago. I am returning my … The YAS103 was £129 at AO.COM and Amazon a month ago. I am returning my one to Amazon in favour of this. The sound is excellent but the sub-woofer is awful. My Creative Audio T2's produce much better bass. I am hoping the sub on this will give something a little more substantial. My only concern now, though, is only having one digital optical in. The Yahama's sound great but seem limited in the right connectivity. I think the YAS152 is the better option and get my own sub.

I have a small'ish flat, with neighbours eirther side and below so I reckon the 103 will be fine. The lack of a separate sub is a bonus. Off to JL to pick it up now!

I am glad I went for this.
Brilliant bit of kit.
Highley recommend

I received mine last night. Just unpacked it and plugged it in and it does not power on

Weggie

I received mine last night. Just unpacked it and plugged it in and it … I received mine last night. Just unpacked it and plugged it in and it does not power on

Amazon will get that sorted for you, just played a track via B.T and now the neighbors know I have a new toy. The bass makes the whole room shake!
Edited by: "thisismark" 15th Mar 2015

any reviews from purchaser ?does anyone recommend this for £199? i am thinking to get one.
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