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Escape Plan: The Extractors starring Sylvester Stallone isn’t exactly cinematic magic, but it does have great sound design. Dialogue at first sounded muddy and overwhelmed by the movie’s music score, but it was simple to adjust the bass and subwoofer levels while slightly elevating the treble using the system’s remote control. Once this was done, the sound was much improved, with the G8 doing what a good soundbar should: disappear and not draw attention to itself. Escape Plan’s dialogue sounded crisp and clear and its music was full and balanced. The system’s sub is only spec’d down to 50 Hz, so it lacks an ability to convey deep low-frequency effects, but bass was still quite powerful on explosions. Whispered dialogue on the system was also clearly audible even when watching movies with a deep, pounding soundtrack.:”
In the world of affordable soundbars, three major trends appear to be happening right now: the ditching of separate subwoofers, the addition of voice control and the move to Dolby Atmos delivered via eARC. Of those three trends, Yamaha is adhering to just one with its new YAS-209 soundbar.
Like its predecessor, the YAS-207 (which continues alongside the YAS-209 for the time being), Yamaha’s new soundbar comes with a large, wireless subwoofer and eschews Dolby Atmos and eARC in favour of DTS Virtual:X and standard ARC. The headline change is the addition of Amazon Alexa, which is built directly into the bar (rather than the remote control), thanks to two far-field microphones.
Of course, what matters most is the performance, and the Yamaha YAS-209 largely upholds the fine reputation that Yamaha has made for itself with soundbars.”
“Perhaps the biggest surprise is just how good Ambeo is at ‘upscaling’ two-channel content. It genuinely blurs the lines between a natively immersive codec and post-processing. I’m not suggesting you magically get discrete surround sound, or whizz-bang effects emanating from your ears. But the soundstage becomes wider, nuanced and realistic.
Sky One Kung-Fu show Warrior, which is broadcast in stereo, hits harder through this Sennheiser ‘bar. Any disappointment about the lack of 5.1 transmission fades away. And when you do have a multichannel TV mix, perhaps live sport, the ambience that’s created is smooth and naturalistic. You’re not listening to channels panning left or right, you’re simply engulfed by sound.