Originally Posted by Twenty6Pt2
Scooz16 - any thoughts on your new YAS?
I'm also looking at the YAS-71BL vs. Sony CT-500. We just moved into a house and the living room config is square but the 2 sides of the room opposite the corner placement of the TV are open and are not conducive to setting up stands.
Does anyone have thoughts on which one might do better in a room 15x15 that is open? I'm concerned about sound dissipating quickly or paying more for a soundbar system that due to our room config has its more pricier features washed out.
I own the YAS-71 and got a great deal on Ebay.. 159.00 with 23.00 shipping.. Anyways, Keep in mind I am not a audiophile and don't have much time with the soundbar... Also just running the PS3 via optical
Cosmetics- I think this bar looks great. Piano black finish with a nice LED readout up front.. One great feature to me in when adjusting the volume, There is a large number readout and a small one.. This is great. When I see what mode the bar is on you see the volume level as well..
FM Radio Sound- Bar sounds very good... Bass with the music isn't overdone imo.. Bought a FM Antenna and it was well worth it...
Sound Playing MP3 downloads off the PS3- While listening to these, the room definately fills up with sound... I was very impressed..
Sound Playing Movies- This is a hard one for me...I am absolutely happy with this soundbar watching movies... Dialog is clear and Sound effects are nice.. You can hear bullets dropping on the floor or glass shattering.. Subwoofer is suprisingly good... No it won't knock things off your wall but it really enhances you movie viewing experience. As far as surround sound, There is none... Every once in a while you hear Virtual SS but if you want fully enveloped sound, Look elsewhere...You find it with this bar.. The Volume goes very high to me.. I normally watch movies from 40-70 and it goes up to 100... I will definately fill a small to medium size room..
Remote and Remote/bar features- Sound crazy but I love this remote.. You can adjust the Center field and surround and the +/- to adjust is right on the remote.. This bar has a night mode which works so so... Sometimes you have to adjust the volume but mostly works good... You can adjust the sound field via the remote.. Example, I sit to the right of the screen a little bit so I can adjust the soundfield to shoot to the right a little more... Made a good difference.. Still tinkering with sounds..
Soundfield Modes- Movie, Music, Sports, And Game
*note* You can't adjust the speakers mids and highs... What you hear is what you get...For me the sound was equal to LCR3 Fronts from thespeakercompany.com which I am thrilled... I wanted to get rid of the wires so I sold my Denon Rcvr and TSC speakers.. Setup was a snap. With the Sony Soundbar, There is 1 wire connecting the two I believe.. This Yas-71 has the speaker connection and the main wire connection.. So I went the the hardware store and bought that black plastic wire covering and twisted the 2 wires and optical cable together "Not a tight twist" and then covered it with the black wire cover.. Looks great...
I think this was a great value and the bar is loud... This bar definately enhances the Tv Speakers and has a great front soundfield... Again if you want 5.1 surround, Look elswhere... Hope this helps a little bit..