Upgrade from your TV's muddy speakers to this $190 Yamaha Bluetooth sound bar

The Yamaha YAS-203 Bluetooth sound bar with subwoofer (opens in new tab) is down to $189.99 on Amazon. This sound bar was selling for as high as $400 in August. Since then it has been on a steady decline, and this drop to $190 is its lowest price yet. The last time we shared a deal on this sound bar it had dropped to $240 in September.

Sound bars like this are so good and so inexpensive, it doesn't make sense for you to keep using your TV's default speakers. I know this thing isn't exactly a Sonos home audio system (opens in new tab), but at least your sound won't sound like it's traveling through mud to get to you.

Features include:

  • Provide high-quality sound and reliable performance with 100W of RMS power:
  • The wireless subwoofer delivers powerful bass for a full, rich listening experience.
  • Virtual surround sound Immerses you in theater-like audio for your favorite TV shows and movies.
  • Bluetooth music streaming lets you play music from your compatible device.
  • The included remote allows you to control the settings from across the room.
  • Inputs include optical digital audio, coaxial digital audio and analog L/R audio.

The Yamaha has 4.2 stars based on 370 user reviews (opens in new tab).


  • What makes this deal worth considering? - For a sound bar that was selling as high as $400 just a few months ago, this is a really low price and a great deal.
  • Things to know before you buy! - This is an older sound bar, but newer models like the Yamaha YAS-207 (opens in new tab) cost a lot more.

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J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now for Thrifter. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.
  • We're android users here so if the soundbar doesn't have built in Chromecast support then stop trying to flog it
  • How do you live with yourselves saying a soundbar with BLUETOOTH is an upgrade? BLUETOOTH. "Provide high-quality sound and reliable performance with 100W of RMS power" Bluetooth LE can *theoretically* do 1Mbps. 5.1 is 450ish Kbps. It may be doable in theory, but you're going to go up against the max rate unless you do 2.1/2.0. So it may be best to wait with your garbage TV speakers and get a Sonos Sound Bar if you can't have wires. Or 2 play ones.