Yamaha YSP-5100 review

By far the best virtual surround solution we've come across Tested at £1300

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Our Verdict

This is the best virtual surround solution by far that we've come across

For

  • Convincing virtual surround sound
  • Great punch and detail
  • Huge spec
  • it's a real doddle to set up under your TV

Against

  • Some may crave deeper bass

As giddy as we get over full-on 5.1 (or more) cinema systems, we understand they're not an option for everyone.

Perhaps the neatest solution is a soundbar like the YSP-5100, which combines amplification and an array of speakers in one neat, though hefty, unit.

Simplicity is key in this sector, and in this regard the Yamaha comes up trumps. Simply connect your source to one of the four HDMI inputs, use a second HDMI to connect the '5100 to your telly, and activate the mic-driven setup. A minute later you'll be up and running.

This is essentially a wider version of the YSP-4100 for 50in+ TVs. That means it's got HD audio decoding and has 44 drivers behind the grille, which bounce sound around the room to simulate surround sound.

Supports 3D and audio return
What's more, the 7.03 firmware adds 3D pass-through and audio return channel support.

And the '5100 sounds superb. Play the 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack from U2's 360° At the Rose Bowl Blu-ray, and the sound spreads around the room impressively.

A proper 5.1 system offers more, but the virtual surround field extends much further back and around than you might expect.

This spaciousness combines with punch, detail and directness to create a delivery that's thrillingly convincing.

Add a subwoofer for more bass
True, the bass isn't astonishingly deep, but you can add a subwoofer if that's what you're after, and the bass that is offered is taut and well-integrated.

In fact, the Yamaha's delivery is so impressive, it may even persuade some owners of full 5.1 systems to do a trade-in.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.yamaha.com/
Brand NameYamaha
Product TypeSpeaker System
ManufacturerYamaha Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberYSP5100
Package TypeRetail
Product NameYamaha YSP-5100
Product ModelYSP-5100

Audio

RMS Output Power120 W
Sound SystemDTS, DTS Neo:6, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Wireless SpeakersYes

Physical Characteristics

Width120 cm
Depth8.9 cm
Weight Approximate10.98 kg
Height21.3 cm
Dimensions21.3 cm (H): 120 cm (W): 8.9 cm (D)