"I'm Loving it!"on by ckk21
Pros No need to run all those cables. Sound quality is excellent.
Cons The OSD needs a separate video cable (provided) going to the TV. It would have been nice if they could send the OSD over the single HDMI that goes to your TV.
Summary We have a small 250 sft living room space with hardwood floors. Running cables along the walls was just not an option my wife would agree to. After doing research online I decided to check out the YSP-4000 and headed to the local Fry's for a demo in their theater. My wife and I were completely surprised by the surround sound coming out of this one very long speaker and the clean lines and finish were something that she really liked. Also, I wanted something that would be able to take inputs from my Comcast HD-DVR, Wii and DVD player. The YSP gives you plenty of inputs for a simple home theater setup.
After reading several reviews here and elsewhere, I was preparing myself for a long evening trying to setup this box. But, I didn't find that to be the case. I simply followed the directions in the owner's manual and had no problems or confusion at all in making all the connections. I was glad that the box comes with some cables that prevented a re-run to Fry's. For example, an optical cable is provided which I used to connect my cable box. It also comes with an OSD video cable, an audio pin cable, a digital coaxial audio cable and an indoor FM antenna.
The auto-setup was a breeze. They give you this cardboard stand that you use to place the provided microphone for calibration. within two minutes the calibration was completed and I was ready for a brand new home theater experience.
I immediately tuned to the HD channels on cable tv to test the surround sound. Dreamgirls was playing on one of the channels and we were totally impressed by the quality of the sound. The vocals were well defined and the music was crisp. Next we watched Bad Boys II and the action sequences sounded great. The surround sound was excellent bringing different sounds from different sides...exploding cars, flying bullets etc.
Bottom Line: Excellent system! Must buy if you don't want to run wires all over the room but still want good quality surround sound.
Pros Single speaker means easy placement for Flat panel TV's
Cons Expensive, and having seating against a wall reduces effects of 5 Beam mode.
Summary I was truly impress with the sound output from this speaker. I've read reviews talking about it not going as loud as other systems but I've rarely had times when I've needed to take a system past 50 percent of the volume so what really is the need of all that volume. The auto calibration of the room is excellent and I've never been happier with any surround sound system.
Pros Good guide, Easy setup, A lot of well labeled input/outputs, nice design, good remote, built-in radio tuner
Cons It wasn't free.
Summary I had a midrange true 5.1 surrond sound w/sub with a 32" LCD. Was in the market to upgrade my TV and considered upgrading the audio system as well. I was leaning toward a high end surround system. Decided on a Pioneer Kuro 50" Plasma and decided to go with the YSP-4000 along with Yamaha's slim down firing subwoofer to maintain the sleek look and reduce the clutter in my TV/Living Room. The Yamaha sound bar looks amazing with the TV. Setup was a breeze and quite entertaining in itself. Have my cable box running to it along with my PS3 running through the HDMI. When I turn on the PS3 the sound bar automatically switches from my cable audio and runs the audio from the PS3. Great sound throughout everything I have played/watched so far. I am no sound expert but I prefer the experience it gives me versus my previous setup. Some people get on the YSP-4000's case, saying that its not true surround sound and it isn't. Doesn't exclude the fact that it sounds great.
"Awsome speaker"on by georgio75
Pros Sound quality
Cons None so far
Summary Before I purchased the YSP-4000, I had the YSP-800 and I was really happy with that.
This time I wanted to use the simple HDMI hook up, and boy I love it so much.
The set up was a breeze, not to mention the 3 HDMI cables all together for the whole system ( PS3 + Cable box )wich I love.
If you're looking for a simple clean set up, this is the way to go. You won't be disappointed.
"The real deal"on by jstlawrence
Pros Clear, strong sound with good virtual surround, easy HDMI connection, auto-calibration, good feature set, nice looking
Cons Bulky, expensive, questionable for music, weak FM reception
Summary I got this product at a ridiculous "open box" price, and would likely not have paid the $1,100-$1,800 retail price. That said, it sounds good enough to be a legitimate alternative to a multi-speaker home theater sound system. It's loud, clear, and suprisingly immersive, although the shape of my listening room is far from ideal in that odd angles and furniture prevent it from bouncing sound off the walls exactly as intended. Set-up with a TV, DVR, and Blu-ray player was a snap, and the auto-calibration mic seems to work well. I like the many sound modes, including two nighttime modes to even out loud commercials, and "my surround" to narrow the listening area when others are sleeping. The "my beam" mode does sound too thin to be of use in my opinion, however. I've played CDs through the unit, and they sound good, but I'd characterize the quality as "great boombox" rather than "stereo system," so except for perhaps a small room, I wouldn't suggest it as the main music system for anyone. The FM reception with the supplied antenna is, at least in my location, so poor as to be unusable -- an amped antenna would likely fix this. I have it paired with a nice powered sub and recommend this -- you will not get any "rumble" at normal volume without one. It's also a bit problematic to place. It was deep and too tall to fit either in front of my set or in my lowboy entertainment center, so I had to raise the TV on an additional shelf, which detracts from the elegance of the whole thing. On the other hand, it's a nice looking unit, with a sleek metal grill and a clear, unobtrusive led display.
I'd recommend this product in place of any low level "Home Theater in a Box," in all cases,and maybe over a mid-level multi-speaker setup if you hate wires or lack the room -- that's how I looked at it, and I'm very pleased. This is not a replacement for any kind of high-end home theater equipment, however, or for your main stereo unless, again, space is at a premium. This is also not the right system if you listen at "scare the neighbors" type sound levels. That said, the YSP-4000 does provide powerful, authentic movie surround sound with much less hassle. If that's what you're after, give this product a good look (and maybe find it on sale).