Yamaha YAS-108 vs Bose Solo 5

The ultimate comparison of Yamaha YAS-108 vs Bose Solo 5

Yamaha YAS-108 vs Bose Solo 5

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Features

Taking a look at Bose Solo 5 vs Yamaha YAS-108 features we can notice that both units have the same Built-in channels of 2.0. At the same time, Yamaha beats Bose with its 5.1 Supported channel quantity versus Bose's 2.0.

Unfortunately, these speakers don't have Built-in subwoofers as well as Separate subwoofers (in the package) and no Streaming services.

Still, Yamaha YAS-108 boasts its Alexa Voice control. Both soundbars no have Multichannel surround (Dolby Atmos and DTS:X) and WI-FI Connectivity. But there is one with Bluetooth.

Design

With its low, flattened design, the Yamaha YAS-108 looks like a giant's tongue depressor. The 2-inch high soundbar is engineered to either sit flat on a TV stand or attach to the wall using the integrated keyhole ports. The speaker has an onboard gyroscope that optimizes the sound depending on whether it's positioned.

As an entry-level soundbar, there is no on-screen display, just a series of LEDs corresponding to the input selection and volume. It's less confusing than the Vizio's displays, but it still only makes sense at arms-length where you can read the legends.

The Bose Solo has a decidedly different style. There's a higher-quality feel as soon as you pull it out of the box, even though its cabinet is made of plastic. The Solo feels solid, and its curved edges and matte-gray finish give it an aesthetic edge. Say what you will about Bose, but the company knows how to design attractive products.

Like other pedestal-style soundbars, the Bose Solo is designed to sit under your TV, rather than in front of it, like more-traditional soundbars. The uncluttered look of pedestal soundbars also avoids the pesky issue of blocking your TV's remote sensor.

Yamaha YAS-108

Pros:

  • The speaker includes HDMI connectivity with support for 4K HDR video and DTS Virtual:X.
  • You can add your own sub for more bass.

Cons:

  • The lack of a separate sub means it doesn't perform as well with action movies or rock or dance music.

Bose Solo 5

Pros:

  • The included remote is excellent and dead simple to use.
  • Its sound quality is unambiguously better than a TV's built-in speakers.
  • It's still reasonably priced, especially for Bose.

Cons:

  • The Solo falls short of the sound quality of both other soundbars that include a wireless subwoofer.
  • It lacks a front-panel display.

Yamaha YAS-108

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May 06, 2019

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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-108
Bose Solo 5

Model

YAS-108
Solo 5

Brand

Yamaha
Bose

Rating

4.1 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

380
1383

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

input, mute, volume down, volume up, power
has not

Audio features

Amplification type

active
active

Built-in channels

2.0
2.0

Supported channel quantity

5.1
2.0

Separate speaker (in package)

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

HDMI input/output

1/1

HDMI ARC

1

Optical digital input/output

1
1

USB

1

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0

Headphone output

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

DTS:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (H x W x D), cm/in

5.3 x 88.9 x 12.9/2.1 x 35 x 5.1
7 x 54.9 x 8.6/2.8 x 21.6 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.1
1.7/3.7

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  • 9.4Yamaha YAS-108
  • 6.3Bose Solo 5

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