Summary: If you're like me, you love big sound, but also love simplicity and HATE having to deal with multiple speakers and neverending tangles of wire. The YSP-900 is by far the best bang for the buck available for Soundbars, especially if you want 5.1. Don't even waste your time with those 2 channel Vizio Soundbars that you get from Walmart for $200. You might as well just use your TV speakers at that point, there's no difference.
Summary: I wanted this for my bedroom. Got tired of the tv speakers. Needed something that makes it sound better. This does an outstanding job! Not looking for lots of power or anything. When playing music, damn it sounds great. Debating if I want to get a sub woofer or not. It has fantastic bass. So, it want something a little extra without the hassle of wiring, this is it. I am thinking of getting a newer model for the living room.
Summary: This is a good sounding system but not cheap especially when you must spend about $150 extra for a subwoofer from Yamaha which DOES NOT turn on and off with the sound bar - very annoying. Two other negatives: the VCR input produces a weak sound unless you double the volume control; and all input connections are located on the bottom(yes, bottom) of the sound bar with a slot for the wires to bend 90 degrees to exit out the back - no room for larger connectors.
Summary: As stated by others, this is not a "true" surround sound system. However, it works very well at expanding the sound stage, producing convincing effects which make you believe the sound is not coming from a single source. This is my second attempt at sound bar technology. The first was a Soundmatters Slimstage. Although the packing of the Slimstage was more desirable, their Euphony technology for me produced strange artifacts.
Ok if you are pressed for space and don't like wires.
27 March 2009
Summary: Using this with a 46" Samsung LCD. Better sound than built-in speakers by far, but even with a subwoofer, not what you can call close to full-range, clear sound and very subtle surround effect. Useful if you don't want to take up space and run wires for true surround.
Summary: The Yamaha YSP-900 sound bar is a great speaker system with an excellent fit and finish. I have the Polk Audio sound bar in my living room and although that sound bar is a bit better at music reproduction, the Yamaha is the best at creating the illusion of 5.1 surround with the intellibeam technology. The Yamaha is the sound system for our bedroom HDTV. My wife wanted less clutter and no wires in the bedroom so this fit the bill nicely.
Summary: I replaced this with my Bose 321. I had a hard time hearing dialogue with the 321. The set up on this YSP seemed somewhat daunting at first when I was flipping through the instruction book. So I did what any good man would do, I pitched it! Then I hooked it up my way. I simply ran an optical cable from my blu-ray and one from my cable box to the YSP and I was finished. I had already run HDMI's to the TV.
Summary: I usually care about my audio equipment to be the best my money can buy, although I do not consider myself to be an "audiophile". I do spend more than $100 for my PC speakers, and I have spent more than $1,000 in high-end speakers in the past, but for my new LCD TV, I wanted something that was easy to set-up, yet gave me decent sound to enjoy. I heard about this new sound bar technology from Yamaha, so I gave it a try.
The bookish health nut "Bookworm health nut", Amazon
10 September 2008
Summary: I was a bit skeptical about these Yamaha 'virtual' surround systems as I'd spent some time in studios when I was younger. I did a test run at a Yamaha store and was amazed. The missus and I were watching a movie and could swear there were birds and such flying around in different parts of the house. If you want surround sound but don't want cables and speakers (i.e. clutter) then the YSP series is the way to go.
Summary: You don't have to run wires across the room, all in one convenience and very loud. Those are the 3 reasons for purchasing this item. I also recommend getting the optional Sub if you want the explosions to really BOOM.