Yamaha practically invented the high-performance multi-channel soundbar over a decade ago with the release of the 5.1-channel YSP-1. What makes Yamaha's soundbars special if they offer surround-sound capability from one box by using an array of "beam drivers" that are contained within the soundbar chassis and allow it to bounce sound off walls as well as the ceiling. Now, the company has announced its latest soundbar, the 7.1-channel YSP-2700 ($1200).
Yamaha uses an array of drivers and wall reflections to create surround-sound.
The YSP sound projector technology used in the YSP-2700 consists of a 16 "beam drivers," each powered by a discrete 2-watt amp, that allow it to bounce sound off walls for 7.1-channel surround-sound. An included cube-shaped wireless subwoofer (75 watts, 5.5-inch cone) provides the bass. The 37.1" (W) x 2.04" (H) x 5.62" (D) chassis has a low profile, so it won’t block the screen when placed in front of a TV.
The YSP-2700 is scheduled to ship this September. Based on my past experience with Yamaha's YSP soundbars, I expect it to be a solid performer. As long as you have the right type of room (you need four parallel walls to get the full effect) the surround sound it produces is enveloping.
The three HDMI inputs and one output support HDCP 2.2 and 4K/60p video. The YSP-2700 is also a MusicCast device, which gives it a wide array of capabilities when it comes to wireless music streaming. It supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple Airplay, and is capable of both transmitting and receiving Bluetooth. Furthermore, multiple MusicCast devices can be combined into a multi-room system and controlled with the MusicCast iOS or Android app.
Inputs and outputs of the YSP-2700.
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