Details reach us of Yamaha's new surround sound projector, the YSP-600, scheduled for release in mid-May for £500. The new machine is 1080p/24fps compatible with 2 in/1 out HDMI switching, new IntelliBeam surround modes and Dolby Digital and DTS decoding.

The YSP-600 follows in the footsteps of the larger '900 and '1100, measuring 61cms wide by 12cms high and 22cms deep, so it should fit smartly with a 32in TV.

It is of course compatible with any size screen, though the size of your room tends to be a little more important, the soundbar using your walls to reflect 'surround sound' around the room... until now, maybe.

The YSP600 features a My Surround mode that aims to provide surround sound without using your walls, should you have an odd-shaped room. We look forward to testing that out.

The digital amplifier at the heart of the unit pumps out 2 watts of power via each of the 16 separate tweeters, and 15 watts via the two woofers. If it's all too much for you, there's a Night Listening Enhancer mode that will reign the sound in again to keep the neighbours happy.

Also on the spec sheet is Panasonic Viera Link and Toshiba Regza Link compatability, allowing you to control all your devices from the TV remote.

The inclusion of HDMI-switching completes an impressive spec – we'll bring you more details and a review just as soon as we can get our hands on one.

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