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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising, 28 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: Yamaha YSP600BL Black Home Cinema Digital Sound Projector (Electronics)
The Yamaha does create surround sound effects with movies when used on the 5-beam, 3-beam or my surround mode. Even if your room configuration is not ideal the "my surround" mode will work. For normal TV viewing I found little difference between the TV speaker(Sony LCD) and the Yamaha which is to be expected. The Yamaha can also be used with music sources. I have a Squeezebox Duet connected to the unit via optical.
Music sounds better on Stereo than on the beam modes but "my surround" also works and creates a wider sound-field. I didn't find the music performance to be particularly thrilling however.
The YSP has very good connectivity, 2HDMI in , 1 out( so you can pass your Blu-ray or sky-hd signal to the YSP first and then output the video part via HDMI again to your TV. This will free 1 hdmi input on your TV and may simplify things a little bit. For instance, if you also own a projector you only need to switch the HDMI output to the projector instead. It also has optical, coaxial and stereo inputs. Thus it serves as an A/V receiver/amplifier.
The main problem I face with the YSP is that the sound distorts and strange noises appear at medium/high volume, especially with the surround modes. Most likely my unit is defective so perhaps this shouldn't deter you from getting that sound projector. I also found that it's not loud enough and that the sound clarity is not superb. I did not think that the YSP lacks bass as other reviewers have reported but perhaps the overall quality would improve with the addition of a sub-woofer. In retrospect I had rather gone for the more expensive YSP-30D that is possibly louder and has better quality speakers.
I also find the black box style of the Yamaha to be particularly attractive.
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