Summary: The sound bar includes HDMI ports with full 3D pass-through and audio return channel support, HD digital decoders for Blu-ray audio, a satellite-ready FM tuner, the ability to upconvert analog video signals to 1080p for HDMI output, IR pass-through and wireless iOS device compatibility with an optional adapter. Value Premium priced, but powerful. The sound bar is insanely expensive, but it's also insanely capable. It's up to you to decide if that's a worthwhile exchange.
Pros: Great sound, Better virtual surround effects than most sound bars, Included wireless link for use with any subwoofer
Cons: Very large, No subwoofer included, High price tag compared to other sound bars
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: If a set of standard surround sound speakers isn’t an option, this delivers about as a good a surround sound experience as you can get from a single speaker bar. Tons of features and a user-friendly design round off a great product.
Summary: The Yamaha YSP-4100 offers better surround effects, superior sound quality and more features than competing sound bars, but it's expensive and most buyers won't need all its functionality.
Pros: Sound-bar home theatre system (no AV receiver required), Best-in-class virtual surround processing and overall excellent sound quality, Four HDMI inputs, Three digital audio inputs, Analog video upconversion, Wireless music streaming from an iPod with included adapter, Wireless subwoofer kit included, Sirius-ready, FM tuner, Automatic speaker calibration
Cons: Very expensive, Doesn't support 3D video pass-through, No subwoofer included, Much larger than many competing models, A true 5.1 home theatre system sounds better
Excerpt: A rapidly-growing product category consists of horizontal speakers which sit under or near a flat-panel display yet manage to produce some sense of surround sound. For the concept’s earliest days those from Yamaha Music have been among the best and certainly the most high tech. This bar packs in 40 small drivers, each measuring 40mm, and each with its own little power amplifier.