Yamaha has been beefing up its home audio line
here in the fourth quarter of 2009, and with CES in just a few weeks, it seems as if the company is looking to get a jump on everyone else. Today, it has revealed its newest two-piece home theater package, which should fit perfectly in cramped studio apartments and in living rooms where space is at a premium. The YHT-S400 combines a super-slim sound bar with a subwoofer-integrated receiver, the latter of which looks nothing like anything we've ever seen.
The kit provides HD Audio compatibility three 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs (and one output), the company’s exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME, UniVolume and Extended Stereo technologies for immersive audio for movies, sports and music experiences. The sound bar stands just 2" high and can easily fit in front of most modern HDTVs, and it even supports the YDS-11 universal iPod dock and YBA-10 Bluetooth wireless audio receiver to stream A2DP audio from Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, PCs and Macs. It's available now for $599.95.
YAMAHA’S INNOVATIVE TWO-PIECE HOME THEATER PACKAGE COMBINES HD AUDIO AND SUBWOOFER-INTEGRATED RECEIVER
YHT-S400 Offers Several Installation Options with Ultra-Slim ‘Sound
Bar,’ Exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME, UniVolume and Extended Stereo for
BUENA PARK, Calif.––Yamaha Electronics Corporation, the innovator in
home theater and digital audio and video reproduction, today introduces
its innovative YHT-S400 two-piece home theater audio package. The
system, which consists of an ultra-slim “sound bar” front speaker and a
first-of-its-kind subwoofer-integrated receiver, provides HD Audio
compatibility, three 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs (and one output), the
company’s exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME, UniVolume and Extended Stereo
technologies for immersive audio for movies, sports and music
The YHT-S400’s sound bar stands at 2-inches high and fits in front of
most 32 to 50-inch TVs without blocking the screen. In addition, the
feet of the sound bar can be adjusted horizontally or vertically, or
taken off entirely, for additional installation flexibility. By
integrating the system’s subwoofer into the receiver, Yamaha is able to
offer users an easy connection to a full-featured receiver without
adding a separate component and the ability to place the unit in a rack
or on the floor in tight spaces.
For optimal sound quality, the YHT-S400 accepts HD Audio signals
(linear PCM transmission) from Blu-ray disc players. Three
1080—compatible HDMI inputs enable three different HDMI sources to be
connected to the receiver.
Yamaha’s UniVolume feature maintains a consistent volume level between
different channel, programs, commercials and input sources. For
instance, when watching TV, the volume of commercials will not be
louder than the program being viewed. The same is true when switching
sources to watch a DVD or Blu-ray movie or to listen to music on CD.
This is particularly helpful for late night watching and listening when
spikes in volume can disturb others in the house or apartment building.
Yamaha’s proprietary AIR SURROUND XTREME technology better delivers
sound around the listener than other “virtual surround” systems.
Dialogue is clearly heard from the center while ambient audio from
on-screen action is clearly heard from the right, left and behind the
viewer with smooth sound movement from position to position. AIR
SURROUND XTREME can also deliver surround sound from 7-channel sources.
Yamaha’s exclusive Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) maintains the
dynamic virtual surround sound regardless of the viewers’ positioning
or direction they are facing.
Yamaha’s proprietary Extended Stereo technology moves the stereo image
further to the sides. With it, audio from the 31 ½-inch sound bar
sounds as if it is emanating from speakers that are five feet or more
apart, resulting in a wider optimum sound field.
The YHT-S400 also has HDMI CEC functionality that allows the unit to
automatically power on with CEC-compatible TVs. In this scenario, the
TV remote can also control the YHT-S400’s volume. CEC-compatibility
also provides advanced functions with other components.
The YHT-S400 also supports Yamaha’s YDS-11 universal iPod dock and
YBA-10 Bluetooth wireless audio receiver to stream A2DP audio from
Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, PCs and Macs.
The YHT-S400 is currently available for MSRP $599.95.
For more information, write Yamaha Electronics Corporation, P.O. Box
6660, Buena Park, CA 90620; telephone (714) 522-9105; email email@example.com; or visit www.yamaha.com/hometheater.
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Yamaha Electronics Corporation (YEC), USA, based in Buena Park,
California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of
America. YEC offers industry-leading home theater components and
systems, featuring A/V receivers, neoHD Media Controllers, the
MusicCAST2 Wireless Music Distribution System, amplifiers,
Blu-ray/DVD/CD players, speakers, mini-systems, home-theater-in-a-box
(HTiB) pre-matched systems and the company's exclusive Digital Sound
Projectors (single component surround sound solutions), as well as A/V
& IT convergence products.