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Yamaha YSP-40D

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Expert Review

Channel5
14 October 2008
  • Conclusion: The Yamaha YSP-40D compares to most soundbars the way a slab of 70% cocoa organic dark chocolate with tiny bits of cherry compares to a finger of Fudge. Classy, rich and satisfying, and a partner-pleaser to boot.
  • Pros: Inform your other half you’re buying 42 speakers for the living room and you risk a one-way trip to Match.com. Reveal that those 42 speakers are housed in a single sleek unit that fits neatly under a (42-inch) telly and, well, you’ll probably still get a slap for being a smart-arse. The YSP-40D blows other soundbars away, looping and curving soundwaves around the room to create a totally convincing surround sound environment. It’s well house-trained for today’s digita...
  • Cons: Serious audio geeks will tut, shake their heads and possibly even suck air through their teeth at the Yamaha’s inability to handle multichannel PCM and other HD audio formats. But they’re welcome to their nine-speaker, multi-thousand pound chaos – we’re just here for the fun.
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Yamaha YSP-40D review

PriceRunner
21 January 2009
  • Conclusion: If you can stomach the high price, this soundbar delivers a truly superb one-speaker audio experience. With a solid, heavyweight case and multiple drivers projecting the various channels around your room, sound is both powerful and precise, leading to a brilliantly involving audio experience. The added bonus of great connectivity means you can also use the bar as a hub for all your audiovisual gear, including games consoles, set-top boxes and DVD/Blu-ray players. Nice.
  • Pros: Yamaha’s years of experience have seemingly been put to good use with the YSP-40D. It produces the most convincing surround sound effect of any of the models we’ve tested, with clear dialogue from the centre and crisp, well-placed multichannel effects. It also has a fantastic array of connections, including two HDMI inputs that allow you to hook up a Blu-ray player or next-gen games console.
  • Cons: It’s expensive, firstly. So unless you’re prepared to sell a lung, you’re probably best looking elsewhere. Also, the bar’s size and weight could prove an issue for some users. At the same time there’s no requirement for a separate subwoofer – it’s an option if you wish to add extra bass (and spend even more money…).
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Yamaha YSP-40D

What Hi-Fi?
17 October 2008
  • Excerpt: There's more surround sound on offer than ever these days: all the more reason to invest in a 5.1 sound system. That said, many's the household where the mere suggestion of installing a home cinema system would be about as welcome as snot in your sandwich. Enter the soundbar – a single speaker, instant-fit audio upgrade for a TV. They're increasingly popular, and small wonder: for neatness and convenience, they're hard to top.
  • Pros: Excellent all-around performance, comprehensive spec, simplicity
  • Cons: Not cheap
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Yamaha YSP-40D

TechRadar UK
1 July 2008
  • Excerpt: That surround sound adds another dimension to your enjoyment of movies is indisputable. Problem is, it also injects a helluva lot of speaker boxes into your living space.
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