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: 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.
Summary: The YSP-4000 was placed in an environment that I would never suggest. To say that it has been pushed to its limits is probably an understatement. But did the YSP-4000 pass? In my book - yes… for movies. There are some seriously cool features of the YSP-4000 like one of the easiest setups I've ever had to do, the super convenient My Beam, and the single speaker(ish) solution. Are you going to need a DVD player or other source? Yes. Are you going to need a subwoofer?
Pros: Single speaker solution is great for the aesthetic and space conscious, Provides convincing audio envelopment, Tons of options for pseudo-surround sound, Essentially a receiver and 5.0 speaker system in one box, Extremely easy setup
Cons: Multi-channel music performance is sub-par, Pinpoint rear effects can sound muddy and unfocused, Pricy but you are paying for convenience, Won't pass 480i over HDMI
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...
Summary: Ein tolles System, das Yamaha hier auf die Beine gestellt hat – der präzise, dynamische Raumklang aus nur einer Box fasziniert, kommt allerdings nicht an echte 5.1-Systeme heran. Abschreckend wirkt neben der komplizierten Bedienung nur der fehlende Tiefbass, aber den kann man durch einen externen Subwoofer aufmöbeln. Im Internet kann man die Yamaha YSP-400 übrigens schon für unter 1.000 Euro bestellen.
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.