Never thought buying the YSP would bring me closer to the neighbors. My neighbors stopped by last night. It seems my "Lord of the Rings" movie night disturbed their dinner :P
My room layout
I did set up the YSP on auto calibrate for surround effect, but since my room is rectangular in shape with the TV/YSP in one corner. The auto calibrate results weren't all that great. The soundbar does sound fantastic, you get a feeling of depth to the sound. I've tried some 3D surround sound demos from youtube, once with TV speakers and then again with the YSP. The YSP sounds phenomenal. The TV speakers just give you a feeling of left/right channels and then the volume of the channels overall. There's no depth to the sound, the YSP on the other hand gives you a feeling of immersive depth to the sound. You can clearly make out that the sound is coming from different places in a room (in a movie) when a movie is being played. I tried playing Pandora on my TV from the smart hub but in stereo mode I didn't see much of a difference between the YSP and the TV speakers. It did sound good and the sub woofer gives it an extra kick.
Yesterday afternoon I did manually calibrate the different channels for the YSP and got all but one of the 5.1 channels setup. I cannot get the surround right channel right, maybe because its because of the shape of my room and where the couch is placed relative to the wall. I have a corner setup for my living room which is attached to a dining area. The couch is in front of the TV (10 feet away) with a 45 degree angle to the adjacent wall. It doesn't leave much room behind me to reflect sound off. I do that the FR, FL, C, SL channels manually calibrated with the appropriate 'beam angles'. I just my own ears to see if I liked what I was hearing. I don'e have any definitive way to say if its the right thing to do. All I did was keep adjusting the beam angles until I could hear the sound coming from the right place. If someone knows a better way to do this then please let me know. I tried my best with the right surround channel but I couldn't get something I liked. I just had to give up and leave it at the same angle as the front right channel.
I don't know how to adjust the 'beam distance' and 'focal length' parameters because I would need to draw out the dimensions of the room and use geometry to see exactly what it is I'm doing. I'm just too lazy to do that right now. I may do it sometime later in the week when I'm bored and have nothing better to do.
Last night I was playing "LOTR" and maybe a tad bit too loud (as I was reminded by my neighbors
), there was a scene where the nazgoul flies around Minas Tarith and you could hear the sound originate from the LF speakers and go all the way to the SL speakers. I could have sworn that it felt like the nazgul flew out of my TV and flew behind me on my left habd side. It was really cool to have that feeling.
I'm going to tinker some more to get some effect for the right surround. I need to still figure out haw to use the 'bem distance' and 'focal length' settings. I may have to use measuring tape and the room layout diagram to know what I'm doing. Again if someone knows an easier way, I'd be grateful.
Thanks guys for all the help on this forum. For those who have the YSP, congratulations and I hope we enjoy the home theater experience it brings. And for those on the wall, who need a little more convincing, I'd say give this a try. While I cannot say that this is worth $1.5k or $1.8k but for me it was a decision of aesthetics without having to deal with a room littered with speakers. I'll build my dedicated speaker based home theater when I move to my own place, not while I'm renting.
I paid ~$950 for this YSP 3300 and I'm happy with the purchace. I wish you guys all the best in the search for discounts on the YSP.