Niro 1000 vs. Yamaha YSP-4000 Virtual Surround Sound System Review
10 January 2013
Summary: : In the hassle-free – and mostly wire-free – world that is Virtual Surround Sound, the Niro 1000 clearly proves that bigger isn’t always better. Taking on the obscenely large Yamaha YSP-4000 in the single-speaker sweepstakes, the Niro 1000 consistently delivered superior audio quality in movies and CDs by way of clean and crisp sound that better replicated the 5.1 surround sound experience.
Summary: The addition of enhanced video connectivity options cements Yamaha's already excellent Digital Sound Projector technology as the go-to choice for single-speaker surround sound.
Pros: Single-speaker surround system with 40 1.5-inch "beam" drivers and two 4.25-inch woofers; built-in digital amplifiers, Dolby Digital, DTS, Neural, and proprietary surround processing; eliminates the need for an AV receiver; HDMI connectivity with analog video upscaling to 1080i; XM satellite radio-ready and FM tuner; autosetup with the supplied microphone.
Cons: Expensive, lacks the dynamic muscle of an equivalently priced 5.1 channel system; no Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding; no S-Video inputs or outputs; setting up multiple sources is likely to confuse and frustrate most users; most listeners will want to invest in a subwoofer for additional bass.
Summary: Yamaha’s flagship Sound Projector is shockingly good at what it does well: namely, producing surround sound from one speaker enclosure. It’s somewhat more accomplished with movies than music, but when you stop and consider the YSP-4000’s abundant features lineup and the synergistic support of that nifty YST-FSW150 subwoofer, the Yamaha duo is hard to beat.
Excerpt: The Yamaha YSP-4000 Digital Sound Projector ($1,799) is one of the simplest solutions this speaker-shy demographic could embrace. One could call the YSP-4000 the ultimate HTiB (Home Theater in a Box) because it contains speakers (or what Yamaha calls "sound beams"), amplification and complex signal processing that emulates surround sound, and video switching in a single enclosure.
Excerpt: While we’re on extras, I should mention that Yamaha also includes its compact YST-225B subwoofer in the package. This is a bass reflex unit with a 120W amplifier for its 200mm driver. The YSP-4000 retains the revolutionary operational capabilities of the YSP-1100. The centre of this is the use of 40 small drivers (plus two conventional bass/midrange ones), each with its own 2W amplifier, so that they can all be individually controlled by a space shuttle’s worth of...
Excerpt: Yamahas erster so genannter Soundprojektor YSP-1 debütierte im Frühjahr 2005; seither bringt der Hersteller immer raffiniertere Produkte, die im Wohnzimmer fünf Lautsprecher samt Surround-Receiver und Verkabelung ersetzen sollen.