KEF HTF7003 vs Yamaha YAS-107 review

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Rating 5 5
KEF HTF7003
vs
Yamaha YAS-107

I had a chance to test and compare two models: KEF HTF7003 vs Yamaha YAS-107 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The KEF HTF7003 was rated 5, while the Yamaha YAS-107 has a rating 6.2.

Audio features

Soundbars have different amplification type - passive versus active respectively to devices. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HTF7003 has 3.0 and YAS-107 has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 100 versus 60 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-107. Rate 6 out of 10 received the KEF HTF7003 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha YAS-107 received 7 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the YAS-107. The YAS-107 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the YAS-107. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the YAS-107. Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HTF7003 at 4 out of 10, while the YAS-107 was rated 6/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the YAS-107 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the HTF7003 or YAS-107. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-107 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-107 over KEF HTF7003

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
KEF HTF7003
5
Yamaha YAS-107
6.2
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9
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5
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4
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Common

Product

KEF HTF7003
Yamaha YAS-107

Model

HTF7003
YAS-107

Brand

KEF
Yamaha

Reviews

15
805

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.0

Amplification type

passive
active

Output power, W

100
60

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wired

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

0/0
1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

3/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4
88.9 x 5.1 x 12.7/35 x 2.1 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.1/4.6
3.1/7.5
KEF HTF7003
Yamaha YAS-107
KEF HTF7003
Yamaha YAS-107

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 6.2
  • 5KEF HTF7003
  • 6.2Yamaha YAS-107

The Yamaha YAS-107 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-107 price