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I currently don't own any components but am in the process of purchasing a plasma/LCD, a HTPC a STB, and as many on this forum a soundbar.


I'd get the HT-CT100 or even the Mitsubishi LT-46149/LT-52149 if I could get my hands on it (as suggested by many including davyo). Those and quite a few other models (specific Devon, Noah, Boston Acoustics, Polk) are just not available in my country/Europe. I can get my hands on the following with relative ease:

ModelHDMISubwoofer includedApprox. price in Euro
Marantz ES70012/1no440
Philips HTS61000/1yes570
Philips HTS81000/1yes720
Philips HTS81400/1yes820
Samsung HT-X810R0/1yes720
Yamaha YSP-500nono480
Yamaha YSP-6002/1no500
Yamaha YSP-1000nono800
Yamaha YSP-1100nono700
Yamaha YSP-30002/1no1300
Yamaha YSP-40002/1no1300

I'm leaning towards the YSP-600 mainly since it has HDMI and isn't all that expensive. My plan is to have both my HTPC and STB connected to the HDMI-in's of the soundbar and then connect through the HDMI-out to my plasma/LCD.

How do others esp. the Marantz compare to it? Since I read that a sub-woofer is very much recommended when buying a soundbar I'd also appreciate any and all suggestions for a small (esp. in height) woofer and a graphics card/motherboard for my HTPC that would easily "carry" video/audio and take away some of the processing of HD content from the CPU.
 

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Originally Posted by CypherBit /forum/post/15438950


I currently don't own any components but am in the process of purchasing a plasma/LCD, a HTPC a STB, and as many on this forum a soundbar.


I'd get the HT-CT100 or even the Mitsubishi LT-46149/LT-52149 if I could get my hands on it (as suggested by many including davyo). Those and quite a few other models (specific Devon, Noah, Boston Acoustics, Polk) are just not available in my country/Europe. I can get my hands on the following with relative ease:

ModelHDMISubwoofer includedApprox. price in Euro
Marantz ES70012/1no440
Philips HTS61000/1yes570
Philips HTS81000/1yes720
Philips HTS81400/1yes820
Samsung HT-X810R0/1yes720
Yamaha YSP-500nono480
Yamaha YSP-6002/1no500
Yamaha YSP-1000nono800
Yamaha YSP-1100nono700
Yamaha YSP-30002/1no1300
Yamaha YSP-40002/1no1300

I'm leaning towards the YSP-600 mainly since it has HDMI and isn't all that expensive. My plan is to have both my HTPC and STB connected to the HDMI-in's of the soundbar and then connect through the HDMI-out to my plasma/LCD.

How do others esp. the Marantz compare to it? Since I read that a sub-woofer is very much recommended when buying a soundbar I'd also appreciate any and all suggestions for a small (esp. in height) woofer and a graphics card/motherboard for my HTPC that would easily "carry" video/audio and take away some of the processing of HD content from the CPU.

Hey CypherBit,,,, welcome to the forum.


Since your getting ready to purchase a flat panel and you want a soundbar set-up, the Mitsubishi LT-46149/LT-52149 would be the perfect set-up.


A suggestion,,,, perhaps put a post over in the LCD section of this forum to see if anyone knows were to get the Mitsubishi 149 series in Europe.

This forum has many members from all over the world,,, you might luck out and get some info on were to purchase the Mitsubishi.


Cheers,,, and again,, welcome to the forum.

Davyo
 

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davyo thank you for the kind words.

As suggested I opened a new thread as far as the availability of the Mitsubishi LT-46149/LT-52149 models although it appears they're (currently) only for the US market.


Can you perhaps offer some information as to how good the Yamaha YSP-600 and Marantz ES7001 are. How do they compare to each other, the HT-CT100, YSP-4000 models.


Also I am correct that I could easily hook up my HTPC graphics card and STB via HDMI to the HDMI-in's of the soundbar and the connect it through the HDMI-out to the LCD/plasma and it would just work. As I understand they do include a receiver so there shouldn't be any issues with that?
 

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davyo thank you for the kind words.

As suggested I opened a new thread as far as the availability of the Mitsubishi LT-46149/LT-52149 models although it appears they're (currently) only for the US market.


Can you perhaps offer some information as to how good the Yamaha YSP-600 and Marantz ES7001 are. How do they compare to each other, the HT-CT100, YSP-4000 models.


Also I am correct that I could easily hook up my HTPC graphics card and STB via HDMI to the HDMI-in's of the soundbar and the connect it through the HDMI-out to the LCD/plasma and it would just work. As I understand they do include a receiver so there shouldn't be any issues with that?

Im not sure which US YSP is the same version as the European YSP-600 ??


As to the Marantz I cant help on that one either as I have never even seen that one yet.


And yes, the CT-100 and YSP's with HDMI inputs have their own built-in receiver so I would not think there would be any problem doing the HTPC via HDMI.


Cheers

Davyo
 

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I don't think YSP-600 even has a US version, the entire YSP range is quite confusing to me. So far I've found these:

Yamaha YSP-1
Yamaha HTY-750
Yamaha HTY-760
Yamaha YSP-800
Yamaha YSP-900
Yamaha YSP-500
Yamaha YSP-600
Yamaha YSP-1000
Yamaha YSP-1100
Yamaha YSP-3000 (YSP-30D)
Yamaha YSP-3050
Yamaha YSP-4000 (YSP-40D)

It appears the YSP-500/600 and HTY-750/760 (the 6 models have HDMI) are quite new, I see announcements from May 2008. A couple sites that list them:

http://www.yamaha-uk.com/sound_projectors/
http://www.digitalsoundprojectors.co.uk/


The YPS-500/600 are intended for 32" TVs, while the HTY-750/760 for 42" although that's probably aesthetics I assume one can easily put the smaller one under a 46" TV without issues.


Marantz ES7001 is available in the US http://us.marantz.com/Products/2241.asp . There a couple reviews but I haven't found any direct comparisons with the Yamaha line, although Yamaha probably comes on top.


As for the Samsung HT-X810R it has a couple quite positive reviews (apart from the overpowering bass) as well and it includes a wireless sub. A sub is also included with the Philips HTS series which have also been reviewed, I'd just like to have some sort of information how all these compare to Yamaha range (in my case probably the YSP-600 and a YSTFSW150 unless there are better/cheaper subs that are recommended). If the information is first hand that's even better.
 

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Im not sure which US YSP is the same version as the European YSP-600 ??


As to the Marantz I cant help on that one either as I have never even seen that one yet.


And yes, the CT-100 and YSP's with HDMI inputs have their own built-in receiver so I would not think there would be any problem doing the HTPC via HDMI.


Cheers

Davyo

I have been following the European models and the YSP 600 is the equivalent of our (US) Yamaha 3050 but in box form. The yamaha 760 is the equivalent of our (US) Yamaha 4000 but in box form.
http://www.hifibitz.co.uk/product.as...21&lastid=6562
http://www.hifibitz.co.uk/product.asp?id=7701
 

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da1writer could you explain what "box form" means (I'm not sure if my language or lack of speaker know how is at fault here). The prices when comparing the 3050 with the 600 or the 4000 with the 760 are very much in favor of the European models, is that only because of the "box form".
 

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da1writer could you explain what "box form" means (I'm not sure if my language or lack of speaker know how is at fault here). The prices when comparing the 3050 with the 600 or the 4000 with the 760 are very much in favor of the European models, is that only because of the "box form".

Explanation:

When you look at the Yamaha YSP 4000 and 1100, they are both flat and thin. You can't really say this when it comes to the 800, 900, 3000, 3050 models, they are in what I call "box Form". They are kinda big and not thin whatsoever. That's what I meant, sorry to confuse you. The Yamaha YSP 600 and 760 are both in the same type of bulky "box Form" but still produce good sound.


The way I compared the 3050 with the 600 and the 4000 with the 760 is simple. If you look at the very specs between each compared devices, they are very similar indeed. The 600 has Almost the same specs as the 3050, same goes for the 4000 with the 760.


Size is also a good comparison and you are correct on the part that the 760 is bigger than the 600, probably due to it trying to interface well with certain size TV's.
 

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Is Yamaha coming out with anything new? I am waiting for long time for YSP series to decode HD sound formats.


Thanks.
 
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