Self-proclaimed first "real" 5.1 one-box solution.
Just in case you decided that now is the time to invest in a new HDTV from, say, Sony or Sharp Yamaha are proposing to offer you a decent sound system to accompany your screen. Clearly if you intend to invest in a quality television you wouldn’t want to use the sets, generally disappointing, integrated speakers.
With a range of models to suit most budgets, or at least most budgets of those wealthy enough to be looking at a system warranting dedicated speakers anyway, the Yamaha Digital Sound Projector (YSP) range is claimed as the only true one-box 5.1 surround-sound system on the market. The system uses the proprietary automatic calibration system to set up the sound-reflecting technology embedded in each set.
All the boxes also include a Night Listening Enhancer mode which proposes to reduce the loss of dialogue and other quiet audio channels when using low volume levels. I can attest to how frustrating it is trying to watch a film at 1am and having to decide between waking up the neighbours or hear what’s going on on-screen. The former probably wishing I’d not choose the latter.
The new line-up starts with the YSP-500 at £599, then progresses to the £799 YSP-30D and finishes with the most expensive and best looking YSP-40D at £1,199. The latter two both also feature built in DAB tuners and iPod connectors if that floats your boat. No specific release dates have been set for any of the models.