Summary: I had a problem with the rear facing speakers in my flat screen TV. Problem solved with YSP 800. Only con: Speaker is tall and protrudes into TV picture area. This will not be a problem if your TV is mounted on the wall or you have space to locate your YST 800 above or below your TV. Love the versatility of this unit. Now I can undertand TV conversation.
Summary: Excellent sound quality with little distortion. I have this set up in a small den and it is great for watching movies. The jack field in rear is not the best (no hdmi) and not set up great but you can work with it. The manual is ninety pages long and not so easy to follow. The quick set-up is the saving grace of the unit (I used it). I have not bought the subwoofer to add as of yet, will it improve the experience? We'll see.
Summary: We have always been pleased with the Yamaha YSP product line - sound quality is excellent, though they are on the more expensive end of the scale for this product category. Integrates well with 3rd party control systems. Looks good. One comment, this product arrived slightly damaged - grill dented - though it was easier to pay the $50 locally to have it repaired than to go through the process of RMA.
Summary: Replaced 5.1 system with YSP-800 to eliminate existing large front speakers and number of speakers (spouse request). Sound is good, but separation and smoothness of bass is not as good as the 5.1. Am using the same 100W Yamaha subwoofer in both systems, but there is a difference in the low end due to the lack of the large floor speakers. Calibrated room/system using the reference microphone but have tweaked multiple times.
Summary: The YSP-800 is much more sophisticated than the Sony and Phillips sound bars for the low $200s. Connections are easy and programming with the supplied microphone is a snap. It offers numerous features including surround sound, stereo, and targeted where it aims all the sound at a single point to allow night use without keeping everyone up. The unit is substantial (about 25 lbs) so mounting on a shelf under the tv is your best bet.
Summary: so far so good. best thing next to full surround sound. its not the real thing but with the way my room is set up its hard to get sound behind me being against the wall. cant wait to mount it to my wall and also get a subwoofer. i bought it because i was looking for an affordable addition to the stock sound out of my tv.
Summary: *Disclaimer-I am not an audiophile, nor do I play one on TV* I wanted simplicity and quality. I considered a Bose system, but ended up choosing the YSP-800. Wall mounted and paired with the Yamaha YST-FSW100 Advanced YST II Subwoofer ( Silver ) for more low end punch, the system delivers a very nice surround sound "like" environment.
Summary: WAF= wife acceptance factor. Nice clean installation has aesthetic benefits. I have this mated to the YST-II subwoofer and it sounds much better than the TV speakers. The soundstage is much wider than the TV speakers. I have my TV/speakers in a corner installation. The frontstereo separation is less than a two speaker (4.5' spread) stereo setup--but the sound from surround channels is distinct and appears to come from a wider space than a stereo system provides.
Summary: I purchased the Yamaha YSP800 as a last year model on sale for 200.00 at a local electronic store. Holy @#** it rocks. My kids thought an earthquake had derailed a train and it was crashing into the house. I have it matched up with a Sony 200 watt subwoofer and it gives a sweet bone rattling experience. Haven't tried without the subwoofer don't see the need to. Incredible sounds that will rip your face right off. I love it would definately recommend.