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Yamaha YSP2200 Digital Sound Projector
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- 7.1 channel surround sound
- One remore control HDMI CEC
- 11 Cinema DSP programmes
- 1080p-compatible HDMI (3D and Auto Return Channel, 3 IN/1 OUT)
- Low profile soundbar
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The YSP-2200 Digital Sound Projector (Soundbar) is designed to create 7.1 channel surround sound without the need for lots of speakers, cables and clutter. Simply locate the soundbar in front of your TV, connect the subwoofer and away you go. The YSP-2200 boats an array of sound modes including full 7.1 channel surround sound, stereo and eleven Yamaha CINEMA DSP programmes. Set-up is easy by using the YPAO automatic callibration system. Simply place the microphone (included) in the listening position and click set-up. The YSP will do the rest. A manual set-up is also available should it be desired. Select UniVolume and the soundbar will ensure that commercials and TV programmes are all kept at the same volume. In order to avoid the need for numerous remote controls, the YSP-2200 has HDMI CEC functionality.
digital audio pin cable
cardbaord mic stand
subwoofer feet x 4
non skid pads
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A quick test listen and £ later and I have a YSP-2200 sitting in front of my TV. It's low enough not to obstruct the image, and the feet raise it high enough it can fit around the TV's stand allowing it to look very tidy. My Blu-Ray player and games consoles are hooked up with HDMI, whilst my Sky and Apple TV are connected with TOS Link cables. The result is full spec surround sound decoding from every source. The subwoofer is small enough to fit on an empty shelf in my AV cabinet.
But how does it sound? On first listen after a calibration we found it underwhelming, it sounded like reedy audio from a small box in front of the TV. I recalibrated it, and stopped any loud noises nearby while it did its thing, and turned the volume up a little. Suddenly the room is filled with noise and music while watching a movie. As for quieter moments, the speech comes through loud and clear with clear separation from the background noise.
In summary, easy to set up, but needed a recalibration. Fits well in front of the TV and looks tidy. Produces a lot of noise, in a good way!
Any way, back to the YSP-2200. After months of research, I found out there is no such thing as good sound from a reasonable priced soundbar, even if you're only looking for stereo sound. So up and up the price scale I go until I get to the YSP-2200 but wow that costs about 10 times what I wanted to spend! In the end after a couple of demos (hardly anybody seems to be able to demo it well!) I bit the bullet.
With my room which has 3 walls in front of the unit (i.e. a non-open plan room) and the tv much closer to one side than the other, I have been able to easily get 5.1 sound but the surround right is much more forward than ideally it would be (this is due to a second sofa blocking the beams) but this is much better than stereo and 3.1. I hope to raise the height of the bar shortly and hopefully it will beam over the top of the sofa.
- good quality sound
- looks good and is low enough not to block the tv picture
- 5.1 sound is possible (but dependant on room layout/size)
- even when 5.1 sound isn't possible, the 3.1 sound is much better than stereo.
- integrates nicely with my Sony TV (the tv vol +/- and mute control the soundbar, when I switch off the tv it switches off the bar too!)
- subwoofer can be laid on it's side; so my sits on the shelf under the tv (I had no clue where it would have gone otherwise)
- displays input source details (such as if it's surround sound) - very useful when initially wiring up and ensuring everything is working fine
- remote control signals can be relayed should bar block tv IR sensor.
- cost (compared to a bog standard sound bar)
- [minor] doesn't switch automatically to stereo (or just use the two front speakers of 5.1) when only stereo is being fed in, instead it insists on converting it to fake surround (via Dolby Pro Logic, etc). I wished it would have a 'no fakerly' option. [I've found of all the options Dolby Pro Logic seems to leave it alone the most]
- [minor] The option to change between '5beam', 'stereo+3beam' and '3beam' is hidden in the setup menu - this should really have it's own button. Esp when it's suggested to use 3beam when a group is watching.
- [minor] wires look fairly messy as all the connecting wires are visable in the gap between it and the tv. Guessing all soundbars will suffer this unless connections are not on the bar (i.e. on the sub woofer instead)
- [minor] doesn't use HDMI for it's OSD
- Doesn't work for all room sizes/layouts
- read the manual; it's online.
- consider where the bar would sit, and imagine the beams going from it and bouncing of walls/etc. Take height into account too.
- demo if possible (although I found nobody could demo 5.1 on it, in fact many sales people said it wouldn't work!)
- get a home demo if possible
- once you have it, experiment if it doesn't give 5.1 on the first auto setup; change height/position/etc
- If you don't have enough walls, consider temporary placing objects to bounce sound off (do auto setup/etc) when you want to watch a movie. [I've tried this and have had some success]
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