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Tuesday, 27 July 2010 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Yamaha YSP-4100 Digital Sound Projector Review
I’ve had the opportunity to review several soundbar systems over the last year, and Yamaha’s YSP-4100 is the best-sounding unit yet. Then again, this is no ordinary soundbar but what Yamaha calls a Digital Sound Projector. The YSP-4100 is long: it measures 40.25 inches wide, stands nearly 8.5 inches high, and is 3.5 inches deep. If you choose to install the YSP-4100 on a rack, two “stands” can be quickly attached to the back. The stands are shaped like the letter “L,” with the long sides tucking under the cabinet to prevent scratching. The height can be problematic as it can block the lower screen of many TVs; as well, if you want to place it on a second shelf of an A/V rack or shelf, it may be too high again to fit. Although I don’t drill holes in ...
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Yamaha YMC-500 neoHD Media Controller Review
I think there will come a time at Halloween when I could hand out the remote controls scattered about my house along with candy corn and gum, and satisfy the string of trick-or-treaters that canvass my neighborhood. Honestly, in each room where I listen to music, watch TV or movies I have a minimum of six remotes. It gets tricky, particularly for a reviewer, when one remote will turn on an unwanted component during use of another. I'm not lazy, but it's maddening to leave the chair to turn off a piece of equipment you didn't want to engage in the first place. The universal remote is not a new idea, but most are far more complicated than the originals they intend to replace. If I have a choice between spending an evening listening to music, watching a DVD or ...
Thursday, 12 November 2009 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player Review
Right at the core of the $500-600 price point, Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray player enters against some stiff high-end competition.   It’s a sect currently dominated by Oppo’s BDP-83, a jackknife player that does just about anything needed.  Yamaha’s unit, however, is up to task in offering some healthy competition; as a Blu-ray Profile 2.0 player with a mind audio quality, it certainly impresses with its capabilities.  Whether its highly-chiseled sonic class alone justifies the price depends on individual preference and the necessity for media adaptation, but everything the BD-S1065 offers certainly packs a hefty punch underneath the hood.  Out of the Box:At first glance, the size and weight of Yamaha’s S1065 will be a surprise – at least a marginal surprise, as those familiar with the company’s components are accustomed to their girth.  Close to double the height, roughly 4 inches ...
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 ,  Written by Ivan Shin
Yamaha RX-V663 AV Receiver
My home theater hobby started when buying my first independent receiver, the Sony STR-DG 810. This was a simple starter receiver for me because it would pass audio and video through HDMI. As I played around with the settings more and more, I realized I was not happy with the way everything sounded; bass was somewhat lacking and the frequency response was flat.  I really required a receiver which could bit-stream all the new High Definition Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, and give me greater control over the sound field.  I eventually settled on the Yamaha RX-V663 receiver. I have always been impressed with the products Yamaha has created, specifically their musical instruments, pianos in particular.  Without intimate knowledge about their Home Theater products, I researched a few models and did from price comparisons.  I ...
Sunday, 01 February 2009 ,  Written by Donald Tibbs
Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player
With an MSRP upwards of $1,199.99, the Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray player entered the already crowded Blu-ray player market that seems currently divided between high-priced elite models and surprisingly inexpensive entry level models. However, with so many of the more inexpensive models (even below $300) delivering a close-to-complete assortment of features, is the Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray player worth its hefty price tag?The Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray player features top-of-the-line video processing with Chroma Upsampling. As a result, you will experience precise pixel detection and 16-step motion video detection, accommodating the 1080p output from Blu-ray discs as well as 1080p output for DVDs, photos, and even personal video data. The Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray player incorporates HD formats, including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio; but has no internal Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio decoders. These ...
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