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Yamaha YHTS401BL Surround Soundbar

by Yamaha
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
Price: £295.00
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  • 7.1 channel surround sound
  • Air Surround Xtreme technology
  • Subwoofer / integrated receiver
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 80 x 7.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 13 Kg
  • Item model number: YHTS401BL
  • ASIN: B005WNOE0W
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Oct 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,442 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Exquisite Harmony; Offering high quality sound and convenient placement, this slim speaker and horizontal/vertical use subwoofer deliver powerfully expansive 7.1-channel surround sound.

High Sound Quality

Soundbar with Centre Speaker Provides Clear Dialogue and an Expansive Soundfield

The YHT-S401 consists of a soundbar and receiver/subwoofer, which you can position conveniently near the TV. The soundbar has three speakers including a centre speaker for clear dialogue from movies and TV programmes. Yamaha's rich, natural sound and expansive surround fields will greatly enhance the enjoyment of all your media sources.

5.5cm Full Range Speakers Delivers Crisp Richly Detailed Sound

The 5.5cm full range speakers use extra-large voice coils to provide fast sound attack, wide dynamic range and highly detailed sound. You'll enjoy impressive surround sound quality from all your audio and video sources.

Oval Centre Speaker Ensures Natural Sound Reproduction with Low Listening Fatigue

The oval centre speaker has a paper cone with excellent vibration mode characteristics, so unnecessary vibrations do not affect sound quality. Dialogue and vocals sound exceptionally clear and natural.

Saran Net Grille Enhances Sound Definition and Vocal Clarity

The grille protecting the speaker unit is a saran net that allows unimpeded sound flow. All sounds, including vocals and music, are clear and pleasant to listen to.

Powerful Subwoofer Outputs Robust Bass with a Sharp Kick

Powered by a 100W built-in digital amp, the subwoofer has a voice coil optimally positioned for superior response. It delivers clear, powerful bass with a sharp kick for movie sound effects and music.

AIR SURROUND XTREME gives you a virtual surround experience from just one bar
AIR SURROUND XTREME gives you a virtual surround experience from just one bar

Surround Realism

AIR SURROUND XTREME Provides Powerful Surround Sound

Yamaha's exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME reproduces 7.1-channel surround sound with high quality, excellent imaging and rich presence, far superior to that of any other soundbar system. You'll experience an extremely realistic and impressive sound field, with clear dialogue in the front and dynamic sound action at the back and sides.

Full HD Audio Compatibility

The YHT-S401 decodes HD Audio signals to ensure that you hear the best possible sound from Blu-ray Disc players, as well as from all other digital sources.

Useful Sound Features

Digital USB Connection for iPod/iPhone

A USB terminal makes it quick and easy to plug in an iPod or iPhone. The digital signal from the iPod/iPhone is transmitted directly, noise interference is minimised and sound quality is much better.

Extended Stereo

Yamaha uses advanced sound processing to extend the stereo soundfield (wider sound imaging) so you have more choice of optimum listening positions.

Headphone Jack for Multi-channel sound

The headphone jack lets you plus in your own headphones and enjoy virtual 7.1-channel sound in private.

Clear Voice Makes Dialogue and Narrations Easy to Hear

Clear Voice raises the level of dialogue and narrations while maintaining overall sound quality. Movies and TV shows, sports commentary and news broadcasts are more clearly audible.

Univolume solves the problem of different sources being at different volumes
Univolume solves the problem of different sources being at different volumes
UniVolume Maintains the Same Volume Level

This welcome feature, made possible by Yamaha-developed technology, maintains a consistent volume level between different channels, programmes, commercials and input sources. It can be switched on and off.

The compressed music enhancer brings life back into your compressed music formats
The compressed music enhancer brings life back into your compressed music formats
Music Enhancer makes compressed audio sound fresh

When music is encoded in a digital compressed format such as MP3, frequency response suffers in the high and low ranges. Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms, enabling faithful reproduction of the original music, for excellent sound quality.

Other Notable Features
  • Six surround modes: Movie, Music, Sports, Game, TV Programme, and Standard (Standard is available only when surround speakers are connected)
  • 5.1-channel system expandability
  • Built-in FM tuner with Radio Data System
Wherever you want to place your soundbar, it's not a problem
Wherever you want to place your soundbar, it's not a problem

Convenient Placement

Slim, Low-Profile Soundbar Fits Neatly in Front of the TV

The soundbar is low profile and height adjustable, for convenient positioning in front of most TVs so it straddles the TV stand.

Height is Adjustable in Five Steps to Match the TV

The legs allow height adjustment in five steps for optimum positioning in front of the TV.

Removable Legs, Wall Mounting Possible

For even greater positioning versatility, the legs can be removed. The unit can be wall mounted via the keyholes.

Subwoofer-Integrated Receiver with Flexible Placement

Yamaha was able to build a subwoofer into the surprisingly slim receiver, eliminating an extra unit (and cables) and allowing convenient placement in a rack or on the floor. What's more, it can be placed either vertically or horizontally.

Easy to Use

HDMI (3 in/1 out) Supports 1080p Resolution, 3D Video and ARC

Three HDMI terminals offer convenient one-cable connection of various HD digital sources. HDMI also includes 3D protocols for enjoying 3D video sources. ARC (Audio Return Channel) means that you do not need an extra optical cable to hear the sound from the TV.

HDMI CEC Functionality

When connected to a CEC-compatible TV, such as a Panasonic VIERA Link TV, the YHT-S401 will turn on and off together with the TV, and you can use the TV remote unit to control the volume. CEC also provides advanced functionality with other components.

Simple to Operate Remote Control Supplied

The remote is simple and easy to use. It lets you turn the power on and off, adjust the volume and do other basic operations, and even lets you switch the surround modes.

High Quality Design

Stylish Design Achieves Both Visual Beauty and Ease of Use

Low enough to be placed neatly in front of a TV, the soundbar also has a beautiful finish. It will add a stylish accent to your entertainment area.

Glossy Black Finish Matches Flat-Screen TVs

The front and top of the front speaker and subwoofer front panel have a rich, glossy black finish that harmonises beautifully with the newest thin TVs, for a stylishly compact home theatre system.

Product Description

Offering high quality sound and convenient placement, this slim speaker and horizontal/vertical use subwoofer deliver powerfully expansive 7.1-channel surround sound. The YHT-S401 consists of a soundbar and receiver/subwoofer, which you can position conveniently near the TV. The soundbar has three speakers including a center speaker for clear dialogue from movies and TV programs. Yamahas rich, natural sound and expansive surround fields will greatly enhance the enjoyment of all your media sources. The 5.5cm (2-1/8) full range speakers use extra-large voice coils to provide fast sound attack, wide dynamic range and highly detailed sound. Youll enjoy impressive surround sound quality from all your audio and video sources.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Mr X
First off, I didn't actually buy via Amazon as I wanted to see such an expensive piece of kit before I bought it, so a trip to Richer Sounds in Cambridge and a few pounds more (I don't believe it's right to take up the shop assistants time and then buy online to save a few quid) , but I'm a happy customer.

I'll leave someone who actually knows about Hi Fi to write a better technical review, but I can sum up as:

Very easy to set up and connect.
Easy to understand menus and controls.
Unobtrusive and smart design.

But mostly, it sounds awesome! Bass is fantastic through a wood floor, speech is very clear and my rather un-trained ears detect no distortion or unpleasant artifacts.

The speaker bar is discrete and fits nicely under our 37" Plasma, but I did have to buy a wall mount ( Duronic PLB103M-K Black Universal 32"-55" LCD/Plasma/LED/3D TV Wall Mount Bracket Tilt with [[ SECURITY LOCKING BAR ) to move the TV up and above the speaker bar which otherwise obscured the remote control receiver. Our TV has no digital output so we are working off the audio out RCA ports which means that we cannot use the TV remote to control the sound unit, however I anticipate that we will change the TV in a year or so, and given that panels are getting flatter and the laws of physics (with repect to creating sound from tiny speakers in flat panels) don't seem to be changing, I think we will get many years of use out of this bar.

The difference in sound from the TV speakers to the sound bar is equivalent to the change in picture quality from an old analog CRT telly to a modern Hi Def digital set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Quality at Great Price 18 Dec 2012
By Wayman
I dont often write reviews, but this time I felt I needed to.

This soundbar system really is rather good, producing sound that is far superior to the original speakers of my Panasonic Viera Tv and the old Onkyo HDMI Reciever it replaces.

For me the plus points are:

The ability to control the bass level from the remote control on an adhoc basis
The ability to connect two rear speakers physically to the system (yet to do yet but on the shopping list)

I also researched without success to find out if any of the soundbars could pass through a HDMI signal with the device turned off, I took the plunge with this model and to my suprise/relief have been able to pass through the sky signal over HDMi for both audio and video with the device on standby. This is a massive plus point for me as it allows the wife to use the system without the soundbar on, which is probably her preference during the daytime!

A great system, totally recomended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yamaha Soundbar 31 Jan 2013
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I have a small living room and i dislike all the cables that come as standard on most home cinema surround systems. I chose this product after researching on various websites. I love it. It is very easy to set up and the sound quality in more than enough for what i require. I have it connected to my Samsung 40 inch LED Smart TV.
I have set it up as follows -
HDMI1 connected to SKY Plus HD Box
HDMI2 connected to Samsung Blu Ray Player
HDMI3 connected to HDMI splitter which connects my Xbox 360 and HDMI Multimedia HDD.
HDMI Output connected to TV
Digital Optical Lead connected to TV.

It was really easy to set up. Take a couple of minutes to read the instructions. I found the illustrations clear and simple to follow.
It is never going to be as good as a 7.1 surround sound system but it produces crisp clear sound and is a vast improvement on the TV Speakers.
The volume goes all the way up to 100 but i haven't used it higher than 25 and my fiance thinks that is loud.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The does everything totally awesome Yamaha 3 Mar 2013
I spent some time looking for a sound bar whilst this is a bit more expensive than most.It ticks all the boxes,it can decode pretty much any thing from Dolby True HD to DTS Neo. It has HDMI CEC control and ARC so if you have a newish Samsung or LG it will turn on and off and the volume can be controlled by the TV remote, once you enable HDMI CEC link in Yamaha and the TV - on LG its called Simplink and Samsung Anynet. It can take 3 HDMI INPUTS and an optical. Now you may question what an optical is needed for.However most Sky HD boxes only output Dolby Digital via the optical cable. So here the Yamaha shines, you can allocate the optical to any of the HDMI inputs - clever or what. It sounds great with just the sound bar,theres no comparison with TV, but this is sound bar that thinks its an AV receiver - you can add rear surounds then it really comes alive ! (got some Jamo A102 from amazon which sound brill and are very small and discrete, you need to get 6 - 8 ohm speakers though - 4 ohm wont work)
The bar itself has adjustable legs so it can be adjusted to sit above a tv stand and the tv frame,although it is bit of a dust magnet.It does have 3 speakers so you get a proper centre channel for speech.
I have an LG Blu ray on one input connected via the Yamaha to LG tv, the simplink works through and with the Yamaha, just turning on the Blu ray the Yamaha auto switches to the Blu ray and displays it on the TV. (You'll need to set the output on the blu ray to bit stream to get the Yamaha to decode, also if your blu ray disk has one of the advanced HD audio outputs youll need to set this in the audio options from the discs menu, otherwis it will default to Dolby Digital )
ARC means that only one HDMI cable is needed but it needs to be ARC compatable 1.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I had to lose my 5.1 system and was sceptical on the transition. I was pleasantly surprised by the results and can recommend on the basis you lose a little bit of the surround... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark D Pennington
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're short on space.......
......this is for you. I live in a barn conversion where space is at a premium and loads of kit would look out of place. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Davyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sound
Went from tv speakers to this surround soundbar.
the result is not comparable, the sound was so good that I decide to invest on two speakers to create a better surround. Read more
Published 6 months ago by chidorisai
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
Upgraded from a cheap Phillips sound bar, Wow what a difference, easy set up routed blue ray & freesat receiver through it with hdmi inputs & used the optical input
Published 7 months ago by Jonboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, high price
The amp/sub is brilliant, I can have my blu ray player, ps3 and Xbox all connect directly through it. Deep base sounds even though you need to really put the volume up. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tesh
5.0 out of 5 stars A good choice
Down -sizing forced me to look for a smaller sound system. After a lot of research the Yamaha YTH S401 was the best choice available. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Top Gun
5.0 out of 5 stars Yamaha Soundbar
Vast improvement over the TV speakers. Speech which was unclear is now perfectly enhanced although perhaps not as good as full surround pound for pound gives me excellent results. Read more
Published 14 months ago by windcutter
3.0 out of 5 stars Good soundbar but that's it
This is a high quality soundbar with the advantage that it's a bit shorter at 80cm wide, if you have a smaller TV. The sound quality is excellent. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars good sound and good looks
A few more instructions about the settings required on the TV to make all my PVRs and other bits talk to each other and the sound bar would have been helpfull but to be fair the TV... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tony M
4.0 out of 5 stars USB port only seems to work with Apple products
The much vaunted USB port wouldn't work with my Sony Walkman MP3 player, which was annoying as it was the main reason I chose this soundbar rather than a cheaper one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pixel42
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