Wireless Multiroom Audio
Remote & Convenience Features
Active Soundbar: Employing eight speaker drivers (four 0.75" tweeters,
two 2.125" midrange drivers, & two 3" bass woofers), plus two bass reflex
ports, the active soundbar delivers immersive and well-balanced sound. The
soundbar features separate built-in amps (210W total) for the high, mid, and low
frequency drivers. These
dedicated amps reduce interference, allowing the sound bar to produce
exceptionally clear sound.
Wireless Powered Sub: The included wireless powered sub works with the
soundbar's built-in woofers to produce remarkably rich, deep bass. The wireless
powered sub's front-firing 5.5" cone woofer and built-in 75W amplifier delivers powerful,
high-quality bass sound. You can adjust the volume level of the powered sub
independently from the soundbar speaker system's overall volume level. The wireless powered sub eliminates the need to connect
cables, so setup and placement are faster and easier (AC power cord connection
is still required).
Note: The soundbar also features a mono-RCA sub output if you choose to
connect the included powered subwoofer with an optional subwoofer cable (sold
separately), instead of wirelessly.
Air Surround Xtreme: Yamaha's exclusive Air Surround Xtreme technology
reproduces virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with excellent imaging and rich
presence far superior to many other virtual surround technologies. You'll
experience an extremely realistic and impressive soundfield with clear dialog in
the front and dynamic sound action effects from behind.
HD Audio Decoding: The YAS-706 decodes HD Audio signals to
ensure that you hear the best possible sound from Blu-ray Disc players, as well
as from all other digital audio sources. It offers HDMI (2 in/1 out), digital (1
optical in/1 coaxial in), and analog (stereo RCA) connectivity. The YAS-706
supports the following digital audio formats.
| Digital Audio Connector ||Audio
Signal Type || Audio Signal Format |
| HDMI ||2Ch Linear PCM ||2ch, 32-192kHz,
|Multichannel Linear PCM ||8ch, 32-192kHz,
|High Definition Audio Bitstream ||
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Express |
| Optical/Coaxial ||2Ch Linear PCM ||2ch, 32-96kHz,
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX,
- Because with many TVs, the ARC-enabled HDMI input will only pass 2ch
PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, we recommend
that you connect your Blu-ray player, Satellite/Cable box, or Game
system to the Yamaha soundbar directly; and then connect
the YAS-706's ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV's ARC-enabled HDMI
input. This setup will give you with the best overall sound performance.
- The digital optical output terminals of many flat-panel TVs only
send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround
sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB
device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV
via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).
5 Sound Programs: The YAS-706 offers a choice of five sound programs
that enhance different types of content to give you a greater sense of
enjoyment. Choose from Music, Movie, TV Program, Sports, or Game.
Clear Voice: Human voices, such as dialog in TV shows and
movies, news, and sports commentary are played back with extra clarity. This
technology enhances the acoustic characteristics of speech and increases the
perceived volume level, while still maintaining the quality of the soundtrack's
background sound & effects.
Compressed Music Enhancer: The Compressed Music Enhancer restores
frequency response lost during digital compression, so your music sounds the way
it should. It is optimized for Bluetooth audio transmission for vivid, lively
sound quality during wireless playback. The function engages automatically when
a compressed source is played.
Dynamic Range: This feature adjusts the system's dynamic range
(difference between maximum and minimum volumes). Choose from Min/Auto,
Standard, or Max (default).
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be
sent from your compatible TV to the soundbar speaker system through the same
HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV. This
eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
HDMI 2.0a: The Yamaha YAS-706's soundbar is fitted with two
HDMI inputs and one ARC-enabled HDMI output. The HDMI jacks support the latest
HDMI 2.0a standards.
4K/60Hz Pass-Through: The YAS-706 supports up to 4K
(3840x2160 pixels) video @ 60 frames per
second on all of its HDMI inputs and output. It will also pass a 480i, 480p,
720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signal.
HDCP 2.2 Compatible: All of the soundbar speaker system's
HDMI inputs and output support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest
copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.
4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The YAS-706's HDMI jacks also
support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (@ 60Hz
or 50Hz). With 4:4:4 color subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma
(color) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in an RGB color palette as big
as the video sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus greater
color accuracy and detail. When playing 4K video select Mode 1 or Mode 2
according the the video signal format.
- Mode: 1: 4K (60Hz/50Hz) video signals are input and output in
4:4:4:, 4:2:2, or 4:2:0 format. Depending upon the source device connected
or the HDMI cable used, video may not be displayed correctly (should this
occur, select Mode 2).
- Mode 2 (default): 4K (60Hz/50Hz) video signals are input and
output in 4:2:0 format only.
Note: When Mode 1 is select, use a high-speed HDMI cable that
supports bandwidth of 18 Gbps or better.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video): HDR (High Dynamic Range)
video provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater
detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater
dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast.
This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed
blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. The
4K Video Mode should be set to Mode 1.
x.v.Color: The Yamaha YAS-706 soundbar speaker system
supports x.v.Color, offering a wider color range than the current broadcast
standard. For the x.v.Color feature to be useful, the entire video production
chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).
Deep Color: The YAS-706 also supports Deep Color which
allows the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised. The
number of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216
colors) with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be
expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the
gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits,
continuous color changes can be more smoothly expressed.
3D Ready: The Yamaha soundbar speaker system's HDMI
connectivity supports 3D video pass-through (720p/1080p only) from connected
3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all
3D components must be connected via HDMI). Special eyewear will be required for
viewing 3D content.
Auto Lip-Sync: The soundbar speaker system automatically
adjusts the delay in output timing between video signals and audio signals so
they match when you are watching a movie. You can also manually adjust the audio
delay between 0 to 500 ms.
Wireless Multiroom Audio
MusicCast: The Yamaha YAS-706 is part of
Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system. MusicCast from Yamaha, brings
music to every room in your home wirelessly with control provided by a free app
on your Apple iOS or Android device. Designed to easily work with your existing
home WiFi network, MusicCast offers access to a huge range of audio content.
This content includes select online music services, Internet radio, digital
music libraries, and Bluetooth audio; as well as connected external sources such
as TVs, cable/satellite boxes, Blu-ray/DVD Disc players, and CD/SACD players.
MusicCast can even select terrestrial AM/FM radio stations for playback
throughout the home when linked to a tuner-enabled MusicCast device (like an AV
receiver). MusicCast is enabled on many 2015-up Yamaha components like this
soundbar speaker system, plus their AV receivers, wireless speakers, and other
Note: Yamaha's new MusicCast system is not compatible with
Yamaha's old MusicCAST system.
Multiroom Audio: Start with the Yamaha YAS-706 system in
your living room or bedroom and add other MusicCast products from Yamaha (like
wireless speakers, AV receiver, and HiFi systems ) over time to create a
multiroom audio, whole-house experience. Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha MusicCast
YAS-706 supports both WiFi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz) and wired Ethernet (RJ-45)
connections, so you can choose to build a wireless or wired network, or a
combination of both if desired. Network setup is completed through the free
MusicCast app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
Note: If you want to install a MusicCast device to a
location that is out of range of your wireless router, connect another
MusicCast device to the router with a network cable to extend the range
MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded for
Apple (iOS 7.1+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and
Android (OS4.1+) smartphones/tablets. The MusicCast app puts control of your
whole home listening experience in the palm of your hand from your Apple iOS or
Android device. You'll be able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to
listen to music in, select the source or sources you want to listen to, browse
music content from your music library and online music services or Internet
Radio, plus control music playback functions.
- Rooms: Choose which room or rooms you want to listen to
music in. You can select a different source for each room, group certain
rooms together for playback of the same source, or link all rooms together
so the same source is played back throughout the house.
- Source Selection: From the app you can select which
source or sources you want to listen to; choose from network-connected
devices, select online music services, Internet Radio or Bluetooth for the
YAS-706. You can also select from the soundbar speaker system's HDMI,
digital and analog inputs, plus TV audio.
- Music Browsing: You can browse music libraries from
your network-connected devices; like your smartphone, tablet, computer, or
laptop. You can also browse music content from select online music services
and search Internet Radio stations from the MusicCast app.
- Playback & Song/Artist Info: From the MusicCast app on
your compatible Apple iOS or Android device you get Volume Up/Down,
Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track; as well as song/artist information and
- Favorites: Internet radio stations, content from select
online music services, plus playlists and songs from your network-connected
device's music library can be saved as "Favorites" for quick recall within
the MusicCast app.
- Sound Settings: From the MusicCast app you can select
between CINEMA DSP modes, activate Clear Voice, and turn on the Compressed
- Personalization & Customization: With the app's unique
personalization features, you can choose from preloaded room images or
change the color of buttons to represent each room in the home, or even take
pictures of their own home and assign the images to each button. The content
source buttons can also be customized to rename, remove or reorder
selections for easier operation.
High Resolution Audio: The Yamaha YAS-706 supports true
high-resolution audio formats to deliver more accurate reproduction of sonic
details. The soundbar speaker system is compatible with Apple Lossless
(ALAC) up to 96kHz/24-bit, as well as FLAC and WAV music files up to
192kHz/24-bit. It also supports lower resolution music files like MP3, WMA, and
AAC up to 48kHz.
or Bit-depth ||Gapless
|MP3 ||8-48 kHz ||up to 320 kbps ||N |
|WMA ||8-48 kHz ||up to 320 kbps ||N |
|AAC ||8-48 kHz ||up to 320 kbps ||N |
(PCM) ||32-192 kHz ||16/24-bit ||Y |
|FLAC ||32-192 kHz ||16/24-bit ||Y |
|AIFF ||32-192 kHz ||16/24-bit ||Y |
|ALAC ||32-96 kHz ||16/24-bit ||Y |
Note: When multiple MusicCast devices are "linked" for
multiroom audio playback, the Master room device's playback is at the native
sampling rate (up to 192kHz/24-bit), while the other rooms and MusicCast
devices down-converted to 48kHz.
Streaming Music Partners: MusicCast includes Pandora,
Spotify Connect, Napster, and SiriusXM Internet Radio streaming services, as
well as thousands of free local and international Internet radio stations from
vTuner. TIDAL and Deezer will be available through a firmware update available
in late spring of 2017.
Service || Description |
| Pandora ||Pandora is personalized radio that
plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one
of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora
will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also
rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will
adapt stations to your feedback. You can create up to 100 stations
and easily switch between your favorites. |
| Spotify Connect ||With the Spotify app (premium
account required) on your
Apple iOS or
Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of
songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone
to the Yamaha AV receiver by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play
on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been
listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the
song immediately begins to stream to the system for uninterrupted
music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive
phone calls while listening to music. |
| SiriusXM ||SiriusXM Internet Radio
lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free
music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. |
| TIDAL |
(requires firmware update)
is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS &
Android. TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30
million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two
pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels
allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier
has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality. |
(requires firmware update)
| Deezer is an online music
service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month.
Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse
curated collections by genre. |
| Napster ||Napster is a streaming music
subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to
play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of
over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or
download the music. |
vTuner ||You can also listen to Internet radio
stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service
particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of
numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for
Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or
AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs
directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+)
library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the Yamaha MusicCast YAS-706
system, over your home's WiFi network connection. From your Apple iOS device you
are able to stream stored music and music apps on your device to the Yamaha
MusicCast speaker. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes
music library on your computer to the MusicCast speaker.
Note: AirPlay is not available for multiroom audio
DLNA: The MusicCast YAS-706 system supports
DLNA (Digital Living Network
Alliance) 1.5, allowing access to DLNA-compatible Windows 7/8 computers (with
Windows Media Player 11 or later) and network attached storage (NAS) devices.
You'll be able to wirelessly stream the music libraries on your computer,
laptop, or NAS to the Yamaha MusicCast speaker system.
Note: Digital Rights Management (DRM) content cannot be
Bluetooth Audio: The Yamaha MusicCast YAS-706 offers
built-in Bluetooth (v.2.1+EDR) for wireless music streaming & control. This
allows you to stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled Apple
iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac
computer/laptop, and more to the soundbar speaker system. In addition to support
for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the YAS-706 offers support of
AAC. By supporting AAC, the soundbar speaker system offers better audio
performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
- Linked Playback Mode: With Linked Playback Mode, music
streamed via Bluetooth to one MusicCast device can then be wirelessly
streamed to multiple MusicCast devices for multiroom audio. Bluetooth is
limited to the SBC codec during Linked Playback mode.
- Bluetooth Output: The Bluetooth Output feature allows
you to wirelessly stream audio from a non-Bluetooth source of a MusicCast
device to another Bluetooth speaker or headphones (regardless of
manufacture), making it even more convenient to add the MusicCast eco-system
to your existing audio gear. Bluetooth is limited to the SBC codec during
"Bluetooth Output" Playback mode.
Remote & Convenience
IR Remote: The YAS-706 comes with an IR remote control for
wireless operation of the soundbar speaker system. The remote is not
programmable and your TV's remote cannot be programmed to control the YAS-706.
However, the system does offer HDMI control (see below).
HDMI Control: You can also use your TV's remote control to
operate this system, if your television supports the HDMI control function and
is connected to the soundbar speaker system's HDMI output. The soundbar speaker
system will automatically select the input according to the input source setting
on your TV. You will also be able to turn on/off the soundbar speaker system
with your television.
OSD (On-Screen Display): A convenient on-screen display
provides menu setup and audio adjustments. On-screen menu text can set to
English, French, or Spanish.
Alexa Compatible (Firmware Update Required): Alexa-enabled
devices (including the
Echo Dot, Tap and
Echo Show) will soon be able to control key functions of a MusicCast system
using voice commands. A firmware update (available sometime in October), will be
available for download that allows key functions of MusicCast products to be
controlled using your voice through Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately).
- Alexa Skill: The MusicCast skill for Alexa will allow
you to power MusicCast products on and off, control basic playback
functions, make selections from a playlist of favorite music, adjust the
volume, and use the Link function for playback of multiple MusicCast
- Echo Source Input: In addition or alternatively, an
Echo device can be used as a music/audio source for a MusicCast system. All
MusicCast devices offer a Bluetooth input. Just pair your Echo, Echo Dot or
Echo Show with any MusicCast wireless speaker, sound bar or AV receiver and
the sound will play from the MusicCast device. Using the MusicCast app, you
can then select the Bluetooth input and link multiple MusicCast devices for
playback, allowing you to hear it throughout your home. Many MusicCast
products also offer inputs which can be connected to Echo Dot via its line
output, if a wired connection is preferred over Bluetooth. This requires
using an optional analog audio cable (sold separately). Using the MusicCast
app, you can select the wired input and link multiple MusicCast devices for
playback, allowing you to hear sound from Echo Dot throughout your home.
Note: You will need an Alexa-enabled device (Amazon Echo,
Echo Dot, Tap, or Echo Show - all sold separately) to operate certain
functions of your MusicCast products via voice-command. The MusicCast
components and the Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same network.
Auto Power Standby: Enabling the Auto Power Standby function
prevents the system from remaining on when not in use. The system will
automatically turn off if there is no operation for 8 hours, or there is no
audio input signal and no operation for 20 minutes.
Firmware Updates: New firmware updates that provide
additional features or product improvements will be released by Yamaha in the
future. If the soundbar speaker system is connected to the Internet, you can
download the firmware via the network and update it. If the soundbar speaker
system is not connected to the Internet, you can download the latest firmware
update from the
Yamaha Website to a USB thumbdrive, which can then be used to update the
Tabletop or Wall-Mount The Soundbar: At only 2.8125" tall, the
soundbar fits neatly in front of most TVs or can be placed on the shelf of a TV
stand. Its flexible orientation and built-in keyholes make it easy to wall-mount
with a sleek look that perfectly complements almost any flat-panel TV. Sound
equalization is automatically adjusted for tabletop or wall mount orientation.
Flexible Placement for Wireless Sub: The wireless powered
subwoofer eliminates the need to connect cables, so setup and placement are
faster and easier. You will still need to connect the powered sub's power cord
to an AC outlet. The wireless sub can be positioned almost anywhere in the room
(up to 50'). For best performance, it should be placed on the same wall as the