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Yamaha SR-C30A Review: Compact Yet Full-Range Sound

7.9 Yamaha SR-C30A $280 at Amazon You’re receiving price alerts for Yamaha SR-C30A Like Subwoofer is great for gaming and movies
Subwoofer is great for gaming and movies Enjoyable sound quality
Enjoyable sound quality Plenty of connectivity
Plenty of connectivity Compact Don’t like 3D Movie and dialogue mode are disappointing
3D Movie and dialogue mode are disappointing Not as convincing with music
Not as convincing with music No streaming
Yamaha offers a range of compact soundbars that culminates in the SR-C30A, a likable, easy-to-use speaker that has some real home theater chops. Its main speaker is less than two feet wide, which — with the inclusion of the slim yet capable subwoofer — makes it suitable for smaller TVs or a gaming setup.
For a $100 premium, the C30A fills in the gaps of the cheaper C20A, namely by adding the sub, giving it extra power for everything from extended Fortnite sessions to a blockbuster movie binge. The C30A’s connectivity is also a highlight for a soundbar under $300 with an unusually generous two optical ports, HDMI and Bluetooth.
The C30A is an accomplished soundbar combo, with sound particularly suited to movies and TV. But it’s eclipsed by more talented contenders, including Yamaha’s own YAS-209, currently on sale for $230, which also boasts a voice assistant and music streaming. Then there’s the soundbar to beat at this price: the Klipsch Cinema 400. If you don’t mind its larger size, the stylish Klipsch is a better performer. If space is a concern, however, then the talented Yamaha SR-C30A offers a lot in an attractive, compact package.
What is it?
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The SR-C30A is a 2.1-channel soundbar, which includes Bluetooth connectivity and a wireless subwoofer. The main soundbar is compact at 23.6 inches wide and 3.8 inches deep, plus at only 2.5 inches high it shouldn’t get in the way of your TV’s IR control port. While the soundbar is quite petite, the wireless subwoofer is a little larger at 13.3 inches high and 14.4 inches deep. Yet as it’s only 6.3 inches wide, it will slot easily next to a couch or TV unit.
Though the C30 shares a lot of similarities with the C20, there is one main difference. Since the C30 has a wireless subwoofer there’s no need for the 3-inch




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