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
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: You might think setting up a device like the Yamaha YSP-4100 would be tricky, but thankfully that’s not the case: IntelliBeam automatic calibration takes care of everything on its own, working out the best angles and volumes for sound beams in your room in a matter of seconds. And what’s more, it works brilliantly. While we’ve never come across a soundbar that can rival a proper set of 5.1 speakers for creating convincing surround sound, this comes closest: there’s a ...
Cons: There’s not much to pick at here, but we will say that the YSP-4100’s delivery might lack a little in the bass department for those of you with larger rooms. If this is the case, you can add an external subwoofer to boost the low-end performance, but obviously this will cost extra – and unless you opt for Yamaha’s £150 wireless transmission kit, it’ll mean more wires messing up your nice neat living room.
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.