"Quality system"on by JLett42
Pros Sound very good.
Very solid and well constructed.
Surround sound auto-calibration feature is nice and easy as well.
Ease of setup.
Cons Really nice system for movies, but maybe not quite as nice for music.
Summary There's seemingly infinite choices of brands and setups for stereos or really any electronics product out there. I chose Yamaha because they were a brand that I know to be leaders in the sound industry. I have a Yamaha acoustic guitar that is really nice, I've heard nice things about their electronic products like this stereo, and hell even Lexus recruited Yamaha to tune the exhaust note on their supercar, the LFA.Edit:
About what you're getting - the stereo receiver and the subwoofer are heavy and solid, the speakers, not so much. At least not on the heavy end. The construction appears top notch. It's an attractive system. All the speakers have a little gloss to them. As I said, the satellite speakers (2 front, 2 rear, 1 center) are very light, and very small for that matter. They sound very good nonetheless.
It's a really nice system for watching movies, but maybe not quite as nice for music. The speakers are just too small. If you like to really pump up your music, chances are you'll find this system's limits. The subwoofer never complains, but the smaller fronts become overdriven and/or muddy a few decibels before I'd really like them to. Not a deal breaker though, and perhaps, though unlikely, with more fine tuning of the levels and equalizers etc. I'll be able to fix that.
Like I said it's really nice for movies. Go ahead and turn up the center speaker right away if you're going to watch a movie, as that's where most of the dialog comes from and music/action drowning out dialog is a common problem with any system, including this one. The subwoofer seems to defy physics; despite having only a 6" speaker it rumbles like a 12" and has terrific dynamic range, again great for movies. Much more so than the Sony 12" I had on my old system that may be a little louder, but muddled and unclear compared to this one. I guess it's really all about the box it's in which is very, very solid and well constructed.
I didn't get to try the microphone thing that auto-levels your speakers so I can't comment on that yet.
So in conclusion, this is a very nice system that's geared more towards tv/movies/gaming than it is music, though it won't kill you there either. It's attractive and space-saving design will fit in nicely and tightly with your decor. You can buy with confidence from a brand that's been a leader in everything-sound. Lastly, you can check for best deal of the "Yamaha YHT-497" at: Hometheatersystems2k13.blogspot.com/p/yamaha-yht-497.html
I hope this review is helpful.
Updated on Jan 27, 2014
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