Yamaha has introduced the YHT-S401, a system that provides virtual 7.1 surround sound from two compact, easy-to-place components.
The YHT-S401 virtual 7.1 surround sound system.
The YHT-S401 consists of an ultra-slim soundbar featuring powerful dual 50W full range speakers at each end, with an integrated 50W center channel speaker. This sound bar is matched with a 100W subwoofer-integrated receiver that can be oriented either horizontally or vertically for convenient placement.
“Many of our customers desire the full multi speaker, multichannel sound experience but simply don’t have the room to accommodate the extra speakers and subwoofer, and the YHT-S401 more than answers this call,” said Tom Sumner, president, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. “Our system offers simple, unique style in a high performance package that affords many placement options. It’s ideal for a small, multi-use family room where everyone wants to get the most out of movies, music, games and other activities.”
The YHT-S401 system’s surround sound bar has adjustable stands that rotate to ensure the exact height is achieved for placement in front of virtually any TV. The stands can also be removed for wall mounting. Room filling virtual 7.1 surround sound is achieved through the company’s proprietary AIR SURROUND XTREME.
Six surround modes — Movie, Music, Sports, Game, TV Program and Standard — allow the user to find a listening experience best suited for any type of entertainment content. Yamaha’s Clear Voice feature makes dialog and narration easier to hear, enhanced further by the oval center channel speaker which ensures natural sound reproduction with low listening fatigue.
The YHT-S401 offers compatibility with many sources: HDMI (3 in/1 out) supporting 1080p resolution, 3D Video, ARC (Audio Return Channel) and HD Audio formats. A headphone jack enables consumers to enjoy virtual 7.1-channel surround sound from headphones.
The YHT-S401 also includes a built-in FM tuner and a Digital USB connection for iPod/iPhone, which enables these devices to be transmitted directly, minimizing interference and maximizing sound, as well as Yamaha proprietary Music Enhancer technology for compressed music files.