Yamaha’s Newest Soundbars Feature Wireless iPhone Support 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

It’s not uncommon for a soundbar to offer iPhone support, but nine times out of ten, that just means that there’s a place to plug in a headphone cord.  Every once in a while a product offers a full iPhone dock and a nice on screen display.  Yamaha’s new YSP-4100 and YSP-5100 soundbars go above and beyond even that.

All you need to do is attach a small transmitter (included with both soundbars) to your iPod or iPhone and you’re set to play audio wirelessly using Yamaha’s yAired technology.  yAired uses – rather than Bluetooth – uncompressed linear PCM audio transmission that keeps the audio quality while still transmitting wirelessly.

Of course, the YSP-4100 and 5100 do a lot more than just play back MP3s, they’ve got four HDMI inputs for your various high definition sources.  They sport UniVolume – Yamaha’s answer to Dolby Volume – and they decode the latest high def audio formats.

Yamaha’s soundbars aren’t exactly traditional.  Rather than a bank of a few speakers, they’ve got forty beam drivers, which aim directly at the listener or bounce of walls to create the surround sound effect.  They’re not without the usual assortment speakers though.  The 4100 and 5100 have a pair of individually driven woofers, and the 5100 adds a pair of tweeters.

The YSP-4100 will run $1,899 when it comes out later this month while the YSP-5100 will sell for $2,199.

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