"Simple cinema made simply brilliant." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine.
What Hi-Fi liked the Yamaha YSP2200 soundbar so much that one of their team went out and bought one; better praise is hard to find amongst the oft jaded reviewers! It's fair to say then, that the Yamaha YSP2200 is a pretty special system but, considering that Yamaha was first to bring the technology to a mass market, this comes as little surprise.
Like other YSP soundbar systems, the Yamaha YSP-2200 offers the illusion of speakers all around without the associated boxes and wires. In essence, the Yamaha bounces sound off the walls, from just two sources (including the subwoofer) to give a room filling sound that could easily convince you in to thinking there're many more speakers in the room. At the heart of this Yamaha soundbar are no fewer than 18 separate digital power amplifiers, driving 16 'sound beam' drivers and two bass units, located in a separate subwoofer. IntelliBeam ensures optimum multi-channel set-up by constant and precise monitoring and analysis of sound output via the supplied plug in microphone. A wide choice of beam settings let you tailor the sound to your exact requirements including whether you're listening to stereo music or film in surround sound. Thanks to the separate subwoofer, this soundbar also has real clout! Twin drive units power the bass along with real conviction - just like at the cinema. As What Hi-Fi magazine went on to observe, the resulting sound quality is pretty special: "With Inception's majestically powerful score, the Yamaha shines, retaining full control over dynamics, avoiding high frequency brittleness and, when necessary, powering out the bass with genuine enthusiasm."
Yet the real beauty of the YSP-2200 is just how simple it all is to set up. Simply connect your sources by HDMI, wire up the sub, use the automatic set-up and you're ready to go. Because the bass drivers are located in a separate unit, the main soundbar can be very thin. At just 9cm in height, its profile is low enough for the soundbar to be placed in front of TVs without obstructing the picture. A further neat touch is the infra-red repeater that forwards remote control commands, should the soundbar block the sensor. If all this wasn't enough, the YSP-2200 is compatible with the Panasonic VIERA system, allowing you to control the basics of the soundbar with your TV's remote. The subwoofer is versatile, too. Place it vertically or horizontally, the unit is slim enough to fit the tightest of spaces.
If it's a non-intrusive soundbar solution you're looking for then, clearly, there's little better than the Yamaha YSP-2200. As What Hi-Fi concluded, "The YSP-2200 is the best Digital Sound Projector yet. A great home solution."
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|Subwoofer||Does the soundbar come with a separate subwoofer or built-in subwoofer for added bass?||Yes - Separate|
|Power Output||The power output of the soundbar in watts RMS||132w total|
|HDMI||HDMI offers the highest quality, digital connection. The numbers given relate to the number of HDMI inputs/outputs.||3 in/1 out|
|Dimensions||Dimensions of speaker cabinet (H x W x D) in mm||79-89 x 944 x 145|
|Sub Dimensions||Size of cabinet (H x W x D) mm.||137 x 435 x 350|
|Weight||Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg||4.3|
|Subwoofer Weight||Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg||6.0|
|Eco Friendly||Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.|
|Power Consumption - Standby||This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.||0.5/4|
|Power Consumption - Normal Use||This is the power used in watts when the TV is on, using standard picture settings and modest volume levels. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted.||55|
|USB||Number of USB sockets.|
|Coaxial Inputs||Number of coaxial digital inputs to input digital sources such as DVD player.||1|
|Optical Inputs||Number of optical digital inputs to input digital sources such as DVD players.||2|
|Dedicated Port||Does it have a dedicated port for extras such as iPod dock, Bluetooth or DAB radio?||Yes - Optional Dock/Bluetooth|
|Audio Inputs||Number of audio inputs on both front and rear of unit.||1|
|Apple AirPlay||Does the unit support Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay lets you listen to your entire iTunes music library from a suitable iOS device such as iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Best of all, the system is wireless and so is ideal for building up a wireless multi-room system.|
|Bluetooth||Does the unit support Bluetooth? A built-in Bluetooth receiver lets you stream music from a suitably equipped device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.||Optional|
|Included Cables||Speaker/interconnect cables included with the package. Please note that in most cases, these are basic cables only and would often benefit by being upgraded.||Optical and Coaxial Cables, Video Composite Cable, Speaker Cable - 3m|
|Soundbar||Soundbars are bar-shaped speakers designed to fit in front of or below your TV.|
|Soundbase||Soundbases are box-shaped speakers, designed to fit beneath your TV.|