Yamaha SR-X50A, upgradeable True X soundbar and Dolby Atmos

As announced in our news, the Japanese manufacturer announced a few days ago its new family of True X wireless products consisting 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. After our presentation of the Yamaha SR-X40A soundbar, let's move on to its big sister, the Yamaha SR-X50A, before returning later to the Yamaha WS-X1A True X network speakers.

While 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, the True X range targets another category of consumers who want simplicity above all else but are concerned about modularity and performance.

Yamaha SR-X50A = Yamaha SR-X40A + Yamaha SW-X100A

The Yamaha SR-X50A of course incorporates all the equipment and functions of the Yamaha SR-X40A, with one major difference, the presence of an external wireless bass player, the Yamaha SW- X100A equipped with a 16 cm speaker and delivering a total power of 100 W to reinforce low frequencies. Of course, the latter can be added via an additional purchase to the Yamaha SR-X40A. For the rest, nothing changes.

Yamaha SR-X50A, acoustic package

We find on the Yamaha SR-X50A the acoustic package of the Yamaha SR-X40A, i.e. a total power of 120 W (2 x 30 W + 2 x 30 W + 60 W, front loudspeakers + Up-Firing + subwoofer) through two ovoid-shaped full-range loudspeakers (4.6 x 6.6 cm), two other full-range specimens for the Height channels (5.2 cm) Dolby Atmos and two boomers (7.5 cm).

Yamaha SR-X50A, the connection

The Yamaha SR-X50A 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-X50A, the features

Namely, the Yamaha SR-X50A embeds the voice assistant Amazon Alexa for its control. The Android/iOS SoundBar Controller application is also included. Just like access to Amazon Music, Tidal Connect and Spotify Connect. 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-X50A, modularity

As already mentioned, the Yamaha SR-X50A can easily be upgraded to a 4.1.2 Home Cinema system by wirelessly adding a pair of Yamaha WS-X1A True X surround speakers. And these can also be used alone. To do this, simply press the Solo button to disconnect it/them from the system and place them, for example, in another room.

Immediate availability. Indicative price: 899 euros.

Reminder of the key features of the Yamaha SR-X50A True X:

• Type: soundbar

• System: 2.1

• Total power: 120 W (soundbar) + 100 W for the subwoofer)

• Loudspeaker(s): 4 broadband, two of which are ovoid + two boomers

• Wi-Fi wireless subwoofer: 100 W RMS (Class D ), 16 cm woofer

• Subwoofer dimensions (W x H x D): 187 x 407 x 409 mm

• Subwoofer weight: 9.4 kg

• Bluetooth compatibility

• AirPlay 2 compatibility

• CEC compatibility

• eARC compatibility

• Bluetooth compatibility

• Input(s): 1 HDMI 2.0 input (CEC function for managing 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