Yamaha launches new cheap soundbar that should worry Sonos

Yamaha has just announced its latest cheap and affordable soundbar, and it looks like a seriously tempting package – especially compared to the Sonos Ray, which aims to be the budget bar to beat on our list of the best soundbars.

The Yamaha SR-C30A will launch in October and will cost $279/£299/AU$399. This is basically identical to the official Sonos Ray pricing, except with the Yamaha SR-C30A you get three features the Sonos Ray doesn’t have : HDMI-ARC connectivity, Bluetooth wireless streaming and – most importantly – a wireless subwoofer to handle bass.

The Yamaha SR-C30A is very compact: the soundbar is 600 X 64 X 94 mm / 23-5/8 x 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches, while the subwoofer is only 160 X 335 X 364 mm / 6-1/4 x 13-1/4 x 14-3/8 inches. That means it will work with the best 32-inch TVs and larger, while the subwoofer is small enough to fit into even the smallest of spaces, as demonstrated by this handy image from Yamaha.

Lack space for your subwoofer? The Yamaha SR-C30A doesn’t mind… (Image credit: Yamaha)

In terms of speakers, you’re getting a very simple setup here: there are two 4.6cm drivers on the soundbar and a 13cm bass driver on the subwoofer. It’s fewer drivers than you get on the Sonos Ray (which has four), which could mean less dynamic and clear sound… which could go a long way toward balancing this downside on paper.

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