Do you have the need for a soundbar in the bedroom or on your desktop? We can only recommend medication for the first location, but there is an argument to be made that a smaller soundbar and wireless subwoofer can work on the desktop if you don’t have to worry about co-workers being disturbed by the sound. One affordable option might be the new Yamaha SR-C30A Soundbar for only $279 USD.
While most soundbars seem to be getting larger and offering support for formats like Dolby Atmos, there is also growing demand for smaller units that can work in guest bedrooms, the home office, or a den and still offer an immersive experience while watching television or movies. We are currently reviewing a new soundbar from Polk Audio that delivers an excellent experience in a much smaller footprint.
The Yamaha SR-C30A is a compact soundbar (only 23.6 inches wide and 2-1/2 inches high) that also comes with a wireless subwoofer.
With its compact size, the soundbar is well-suited for use with smaller screen-size TVs and PC monitors. The bar fits well smaller furniture such as desks.
The wireless subwoofer is also conveniently slim and can be placed either vertically or horizontally, providing more placement options.
Even with its smaller size, the SR-C30A has several advanced features, such as Clear Voice for dialogue clarity, 3D Surround Sound for cinema-like sonic immersion, and Adaptive Low Volume for watching shows without disturbing others. Wireless Bluetooth connectivity is also included.
Tip: The Yamaha SR-C30A does not have built-in Wi-Fi for direct internet streaming, but you can listen to streaming music services via Bluetooth connectivity with compatible smart phones.
Speaker Complement: (2) 1.8-inch full-range drivers + (1) 5.1-inch subwoofer
System Power Output: 90 Watts (20W x 2 + 50W sub).
System Frequency Response: 40Hz to 22kHz
Audio Decoding: Dolby Digital
Sound Modes: Standard, Stereo, Game, and 3D Movie. Game mode enhances sound for near-field listening. 3D Movie mode is a proprietary 3D virtual surround sound mode created just for the SR-C30A to provide the most realistic and enveloping sound for movies.
Bluetooth: Version 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP
Bluetooth Codecs: SBC, AAC
Compressed Music Enhancer: This feature employs digital signal processing algorithms to enhance digitally compressed audio formats, such as MP3 so that they sound as good as possible when listening on the soundbar.
Clear Voice: This feature increases the audibility of voices and dialog so that they stand out in relation to music and sound effects which sometimes makes it difficult to hear what performers are saying.
Adaptive Low Volume: The feature automatically equalizes high, mid, and low frequencies for optimal sound at low volumes. This is more effective than the “night listening” modes in other sound bar brands that compress frequencies across the board.
Control: Top panel controls (soundbar), wireless remote control, Sound Bar Remote app for iOS and Android.
Tabletop or Wall-Mount Bar Placement: Built-in keyholes in the soundbar are provided for easy wall-mounting.
Vertical or Horizontal Sub Placement: Adhesive feet for the sub included in the box allow you to pick your desired subwoofer orientation.
- 1 HDMI output with ARC (Audio Return Channel) compatibility.
- 2 Digital optical audio inputs. (2-channel PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS 5.1 compatible)
- 1 Analog (3.5mm) audio input.
- 1 USB port for Firmware Update/Service Only
- Remote Control with Batteries
- Digital Optical Cable
- AC Adapter for Soundbar
- Power Cords for AC Adapter and Subwoofer
- Wall Mount Kit
- Quick Start Guide
Tip: HDMI and Analog AV Cables are not included.
- Soundbar (WHD): 23-5/8 x 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches
- Subwoofer: 13-3/4 x 6-1/4 x 14 3/8 inches
- Soundbar: 2.9lbs
- Subwoofer: 12.6lbs
Availability & Pricing
The SR-C30A will be available in the U.S. this October 2022 with an MSRP of $279.95.