Originally Posted by altembas
I just got my YAS-207 and I'm seeking help with an issue. They say that dialogues should be crystal-clear and yes, indeed, they're very good. What's wrong is that my soundbar can't seem to control the subwoofer very well when there are people talking and there's little or no background noise. It's pretty obvious and very frustrating to hear that when someone says a sentence which has several words, the woofer kicks in to enhance just some of them. For example, let's assume we have a sentence with 6 words "I like to live in New York" - all would come from the 'regular' speakers and, as an extra, words "live in" would have this deep bass applied.
I tried playing with all options, i.e. presents, bass volume, bass enhancer ON/OFF, dialogues enhancer ON/OFF - I can't find a decent setting. The only acceptable one is to boost subwoofer (+2 / 4) and turn ON bass enhancement which makes the subwoofer work all the time and all words have this deep bass background.
I'm using PS4 and a HTPC connected using HDMI w/ARC / optical toslink. Tried swapping cables, didn't help.
I do have DTS pass-through and I'm trying various sources, like Netflix, high bitrate MKV with DTS and others.
I'm fairly sure the setup is all good, my soundbar has all the right lights flashing and the cables I'm using are all good too.
Any ideas are welcome.
To the OP and to the other person who returned the Yamaha and got a JBL SB450:
I had the JBL first, loved it, but the sound processing board stopped working after 12 months of use, and I got my money back. Now I bought the Yamaha for almost half the price.
The 2 soundbars have the same "bass on voice only" problem. But with the JBL you could change the crossover frequency (frequency where the sub kicks in). I had it on 30-40% and the problem wouldn't be so noticeable.
With Yamaha, you cannot do that, but I found some ways to make it less noticeable. First of all, use the app. On it, while watching TV shows or movies, use the TV or Movie modes. Then, I had the subwoofer volume set to -1 or -2, switched the bass effect to ON (which I think lowers the crossover fq) and also the clear voice mode to ON (which I think enhances the mid frequencies).
With that, I think I was able to have the subwoofer ON during most of the "dialogue-only" parts.
Please feel free to comment if there are better ways or ideas.
I really don't think a FW update would change this and probably this problem will be common with these kinds of soundbars.