Yamaha SR-X40A, upgradeable True X soundbar and Dolby Atmos

The Japanese manufacturer announces its new family of True X wireless products made up of sound bars, network speakers and subwoofers. These materials are very easily interoperable and allow you to configure a Home Cinema system up to 4.1.2, therefore compatible with Dolby Atmos. Presentation of the Yamaha SR-X40A soundbar before returning later to the other references in the True X series.

If MusicCast products are still in the Yamaha catalog and remain the preferred solution offered by the brand for configuring a multiroom audio system, wireless or wired, mixing soundbar, connected speaker, stereo or multichannel amplifier… with many links , the True X range is aimed at another category of consumers, above all desirous of simplicity but also concerned about modularity and performance.

Yamaha SR-X40A, acoustic package

We begin our overview of the True X series with the Yamaha SR-X40A soundbar. It delivers a total power of 120 W (2 x 30 W + 2 x 30 W + 60 W, front speakers + Up-Firing + box) through two ovoid-shaped broadband speakers (4.6 x 6.6 cm), two other broadband for Height channels (5.2 cm) Dolby Atmos and two boomers (7.5 cm).

Yamaha SR-X40A, the connection

The Yamaha SR-X40A has an HDMI 2.0 input/output (CEC functions for managing the soundbar from the TV remote control, and eARC), an optical input and an Ethernet port. The USB-A port is reserved exclusively for Firmware updates or maintenance. Connectivity mentions Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 compatibility.

Yamaha SR-X40A, the features

Namely, the Yamaha SR-X40A embeds the voice assistant Amazon Alexa for its control. Otherwise, the Android / iOS SoundBar Controller application is also included. Access to Amazon Music, Tidal Connect and Spotify Connect is also included. Five sound rendering modes are on the menu, Clear Voice to optimize dialogue intelligibility, Stereo to magnify music reproduction (direct access to Spotify or Tidal), Standard for TV, Game and Film programs. Finally, we must also mention the Bass Extension mode to reinforce the impact of low frequencies.

Yamaha SR-X40A, modularity

As already mentioned, the Yamaha SR-X40A can easily evolve into a 4.1.2 Home Cinema system via the wireless addition of the Yamaha SW-X100A True X subwoofer and a pair of True X surround speakers Yamaha WS-X1A. And the latter can also be used alone, for that you just have to press the Solo button to dissociate them from the system and place them for example in another room.

Immediate availability. Indicative price: 599 euros.

Reminder of the key features of the Yamaha SR-X40A True X:

• Type: soundbar

• System: 2.1

• Total power: 120 W (2 x 30 W + 2 x 30 W + 60 W for the subwoofer)

• Loudspeaker(s): 4 broadband, two of which are egg-shaped + two woofers

• Subwoofer: two broadband, egg-shaped ( 4.6 x 6.6 cm), two wideband for Height channels (5.2 cm) Dolby Atmos and two boomers (7.5 cm)

• Bluetooth compatibility

• AirPlay 2 compatibility

• CEC compatibility

• eARC compatibility

• Bluetooth compatibility

• Input(s): 1 HDMI 2.0 input (CEC function for managing the sound bar from the TV remote control ), an optical input and an Ethernet port

• Output(s): 1 HDMI 2.0 output (eARC function)

• Application: Sound Bar Controller

• Dolby Atmos decoder

• Bass-Reflex: yes for the subwoofer

• Voice assistant(s) Alexa Built-in

• HDCP 2.3 certification

• Dimensions (W x H x D, mm) : 1,130 x 130 x 190 mm

• Weight: 3.9 kg for the bar