When I used to review more TVs than I used to now, readers would ask me “Which TV should I get to fit inside my media cabinet?” I was reminded of this question by the tiny Yamaha SR-C20A ($180 at Amazon). If your main criteria for choosing a is its ability to shoehorn inside a particular space, then this compact speaker could be for you.
- Easy to set up and use
- Sound great with movies and music
- Plenty of connection options
- No ability to add a subwoofer or rears
- No DTS playback limits DVD watching options
- Vizio V21 beats it for home theater use
The C20 is the smallest soundbar I’ve seen from Yamaha at just 23 inches wide. Its sonic chops are still decent, however, and it sounds better than the even-smaller Roku Streambar ($130 at Amazon) ($130) with more prominent bass and a smoother high end. While it lacks the Roku’s streaming capability, the Yamaha does offer more connection options.
The problem is that the Yamaha C20 is just too expensive for what you get. If you’re not constrained by size then there are plenty of great-sounding options available