Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector

Video: None
Audio: Coaxial digital (1), optical digital (2), stereo analog (2)
Video: OSD composite (1)
Audio: Subwoofer line-out (1)
Additional: RS-232C (1)
Processing Modes: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, DTS Neo:6
THX Certification: No
Audio D/A Converter: N/A
Number of Amp Channels: None
Power Rating (watts per channel): 2 (40), 20 (2)
Frequency Response: N/A
Type: Two-way, surround-sound emulator
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1.6 (40)
Woofer (size in inches, type): 4.4 (2)
Nominal Impedance (ohms): N/A
Recommended Amp Power (watts): N/A
Available Finishes: Silver
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 7.7 x 40.6 x 4.6
Weight (pounds): 28.6
Price: $1,500

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.

Ratings: Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector

Build Quality: 88
• Mounting brackets need to be purchased separately for wall placement
• Speaker grille is not removable

Value: 84
• Comparable to HTIB systems but doesn't include a sub
• Not only replaces five speakers, but a receiver, as well

Features: 90
• Stereo-plus-three mode is great for live concerts on DVD
• Incredibly in-depth onscreen setup

Performance: 84
• Need absolutely bare walls for maximum effect
• Large front soundstage is possible
• Sound modes do not all work in all speaker locations

Ergonomics: 90
• The look and wall-mounting bracket allow seamless integration with a flat-panel display
• Less wiring means less household clutter

Overall Rating: 86
The concept of the YSP-1 is intriguing for audio enthusiasts, but, since a conventional HTIB can give a more complete soundfield, the price seems a little high.

General Information
YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector, $1,500
Yamaha Electronics
(800) 4-YAMAHA
Dealer Locator Code YAM

(800) 4-YAMAHA