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: Yamaha was one of the first manufacturers to introduce a sound projector designed to recreate surround sound from a single high-density array of drivers. Since the introduction of the YSP-1, the design has undergone two major revisions, leading up to the YSP-4000. In that time, the general idea behind the device has caught on, and several companies have followed in-step with their own versions of the sound projector.
Pros: Excellent sound quality; powerful surround effect; easy to setup; auto calibration
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: Yamaha presents the latest version of its 42-driver Digital Sound Projector concept, performing its surround beam magic from one front unit plus a subwoofer. Yamaha seems to be on a winner with its Digital Sound Projector. Or rather, we should say, Digital Sound Projectors. For within a year or two of releasing its first, very radical design, it now has five of them — ranging from $999 to the $2999 of the YSP-4000, the subject of this review.
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.