Yamaha does not launch a dozen new audio products every year, but when something does come from the Japanese manufacturer, it is usually very well designed and well thought out. The new True X series consists of the two soundbars True X Bar X50A and X40A, the wireless rear speakers X1A and not least the wireless subwoofer SW-X100A.
Yamaha True X Bar 50A and 40A
Both new soundbars support Dolby Atmos: the top model True X Bar 50A is 101 cm wide and has six drivers, including two oval “racetrack” drivers for the left and right channels, two height channels and dual woofers. Curiously, Yamaha has chosen not to include a dedicated centre speaker, ostensibly to provide more space for the woofers.
Yamaha’s soundbars have HDMI eARC audio return and an HDMI input in addition to optical. They also have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with support for AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect. They can be controlled via remote control or Yamaha’s Sound Bar Controller app.
The larger soundbar is sold with an external subwoofer, while the smaller model relies on a built-in subwoofer. However, the subwoofer is also sold separately, so it will be possible to put together a complete Yamaha home theatre system to suit your needs.
If you add the separate rear speakers, you can almost achieve a 4.1.2 configuration. The surround speakers are battery-powered and stand on their own charging base. This means they can also be used as wireless speakers around the house whenever you need them.