Ok, so picked up the YSP-2200 on Friday and proceeded to dismantle my 10 year old archaic surround system on Saturday to hook up the 2200. Have just spent a day with it so far, but so far, for me, it's an absolute keeper.
Here is my experience and my first impressions...........
From the moment you open the box, you can tell the care and quality of what you have purchased is high. I know this is not really relevant, but important to me as it is part of the experience. The contents are packaged extremely well and in a way that makes sense. For everyone that will have it shipped to you (most of us) the unit should be well protected. The only thing I can gripe about here is something I am seeing more and more of, but it bugs me a little......No manual included. I was shocked. The quick setup guide will get you going, and is fairly informative, but ALL of the information you will need after setup is in the manual. It is contained on the DVD disc included, along with sound samples etc.....but come on, this is an expensive unit, please give me a manual. This really did not affect me as I had downloaded the manual on to my ipad a few days ago anyway, but stuff like that bugs me.
Hookup was as you would expect, fairly easy and straight forward, a couple of speaker wires from main unit to sub, four rubber feet to plug on to the sub, depending upon your preferred orientation for standing the sub. The rest is obviously dependent upon your intended hookups. Mine were a couple of HDMI and one Toslink cable. Next, and I wish the quick setup guide OR the manual stated this clearly, is the sound setup. One thing I wish were different is the on screen (TV) display, as it is via an additional (supplied with unit) standard RCA video (yellow) plug. I really wish this OSD could have been through the HDMI already hooked up. This may not be a big deal to everyone, but considering one of the big upsides of a soundbar for me is the elimination of wires, adding one more doesn't thrill me, not to mention having to switch inputs on the TV....... but ESPECIALLY since I have the Samsung 55unc8000 panel. This LED panel is extremely thin, and all inputs except HDMI are handled with special dongle adapters, so I had to pull one of these puppies out to hook up the OSD. To get back to my point.......for those who wonder as I did, and the manual does not clearly state this very well.......you do NOT need the on screen display (on your TV), unless you prefer it...........ALL functions and menus can be manipulated and changed using the display on the bar itself. Once I found this out, off came the dongle and extra video cord and I was back on track.....
The Auto setup is easy, and the instructions and prompts were smooth. I would recommend using the auto setup as your jumping point, see if you are pleased, then proceed to adjust as needed. The very brave can do the initial setup manually, but there is A LOT of information needed to direct the beams properly, so it is worth giving the auto setup feature a shot to do it first, as it is pretty painless. Once the screen prompts, you will be asked to plug the mic into the jack on the FRONT of the bar (thankfully) and hit enter. The MIC is to be placed in the middle of the room about ear listening level. A quick cardboard stand is provided and does what it is supposed to do, hold the mic while the test is performed. Once you hit enter, a 10 second countdown starts and you are asked to leave the room. The room should be as you would have it most of the time and free of debris and/or items that are not permanently fixed in the room. (for me I had to move the just done laundry baskets etc) Once the countdown reaches Zero, the unit begins to bounce test sounds around the room. This (and the additional Volume check) test will last about 2-3 minutes, and viola, you're done.
It is very early and I really want to throw lots of material at this unit, and tweak the settings for a bit......but I can tell you this......for what I was looking for, this is a keeper and I could not be more pleased. The soundstage is quite full. I think someone else in this forum had referred to their experience with this unit as not unlike sitting in a movie theater (Davyo?) and I agree....this is exactly the kind of sound you will experience. You feel like the sound is all around you. Perhaps the finer nuances of a direct behind the head sound is diminished as opposed to a 5.1/ system, but it is indeed an immersive field. I myself seem to be pretty pleased with the settings the auto-setup has given me (I will tweak somewhat and experiment though) as the illusion of the left and right fronts are easily and quickly experienced. The rear left and rights, not so much.....right away. Remember to try various sources before you judge here, as it was not until I put in Iron man 2 into my OPPO BDP-83, that, during more than a few scenes, I could hear the sound coming not so much from behind me, but parallel to me, as if the speakers were directly in line with where I was sitting. (This is one area I might tweak to see if I can "push" them back a little farther.) I was happy to hear this as my room is not a square box of walls as would be optimum. 3 of my walls are pretty good, but my wall on my right concerned me as it is open on the left and right. In other words, there is a "middle" wall that is adorned by open space to my dining room and kitchen, on the left and right. When viewing the settings numbers that Auto setup blessed me with, I can see the values higher on the right speakers, proving the setup test picked this fact up.
I realize with a soundbar this point may be moot, but it does decode the HD formats effortlessly and the quality was as least "perceived" by me as superior. (a red light glows for DD. DTS, but a pleasing blue LED lights up for the HD formats, and it does indeed read "DTS-HD MAST AUDIO" on the screen.
The Sub on the unit might certainly seem puny if you are coming from a powerful high end sub, but it is exactly the complimenting sound I was hoping for and provides enough punch when needed, with room to spare . (love the fact that there is a separate volume +/- control on the remote for the sub).
While I am on the remote, this is one area that, although I am not disappointed, I have to admit, the remote seems a tad flimsy. Considering the money this unit cost (I did get it for just under 60% of MSRP) I can tell you it was not wasted on the build quality of the remote, as it feels light and inexpensive. Having said that, it is clearly marked and easy to navigate, although I would kill for a backlight on it.
The overall volume on this is as good as I hoped and easily provides "theater loudness" easily without distortion. Thr quality of the audio is quite pleasing and the speakers do a decent job at all levels (high, mid, and low) to provide a cinema type experience. I have not tried any music with this system and do not plan on using 2200 in this capacity very much, but I will try and report on it.
Having read through this and other forums on the 2200, here are my thoughts. If you are looking for a complete distinct surround sound experience like 5.1/7.1 etc, then a soundbar is not for you. This is my first soundbar and it is replacing a 5.1 system, so I can tell you, YES, it is not quite the same experience.....BUT.....it is close..... and close enough that I am thrilled. The slight differences I can easily notice are (for me) countered by the fact that I was able to get rid of hundreds of feet of cable, 2 large front speakers, 2 smaller rear channel, one center that was the same size as the 2200, and a massive BLOCK that was my sub. I most of all watch movies, and this put me "in the theater" with its sound and gives me the experience I am looking for. I will take some more time with it before I tear up the receipt, but I have to say it would have to hit me with a major "can't live with that" moment to make me return it.
Let's face it, if a soundbar could do everything a full surround system could (in terms of sound), then EVERYONE would simply own a soundbar (except for those who love massive clutter anyway)....but if you are in need of space, just tired of the mass that an entire system carries, or are just jumping in the home theater arena for the first time, then this bar is a good investment.
I will definitely be tweaking and living with this for awhile and will give an update after a couple of weeks, but I wanted to throw this out there to field any questions that I might be able to help with, an get a foundation for a later report. Will do so in a couple of weeks.