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Yamaha Upgrades Digital Sound Projectors

1/15/2010 03:56:42 PM Eastern

Buena Park, Calif. - The latest virtual-surround sound bars in
Yamaha's Digital Sound Projector lineup
add decoding off all authorized Blu-ray surround codecs, wireless connections
to iPods and iPhones, and new volume-leveling technology.

A wireless subwoofer option is also available for the first
time.

The $2,199-suggested YSP-5100 and $1,899-suggested YSP-4100 are
due this month with optional tabletop pedestal at a suggested $349 and floor
stand at $549. They incorporate speakers, amplifiers, surround decoding,
virtual surround processing and an FM tuner in a single horizontal enclosure
that can be mounted to a wall underneath a flat-panel TV. Both are thinner than
their predecessors at 3.5 inches in depth.

Volume-leveling UniVolume technology maintains consistent
sound levels when connected video sources are switched, TV channels are changed,
and commercials interrupt a TV program. An included wireless transmitter, which
uses proprietary yAired technology, attaches to iPods and iPhones to stream
music in uncompressed PCM form to the surround bars from a distance. A supplied
accessory package consisting of a yAired transmitter and receiver lets users
add any powered subwoofer, which can be placed in an inconspicuous location in
a room. The Blu-ray audio-codec complement includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master
Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS HD High Resolution.

Digital Sound Projectors incorporate multiple tiny drivers,
each driven by its own dedicated digital amplifier, to create focused "beams"
of direct and reflected sound waves that produce virtual multichannel surround
effects. The YSP-4100 features 40 beam drivers plus two woofers, each with
dedicated amplifiers. The YSP-5100 is identical but adds two tweeters with
dedicated amplifiers.

Other features include Sirius Satellite Radio-ready
capability, four 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs, compressed-music enhancer,
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) compatibility, 11 Cinema DSP Modes, HDMI up-conversion,
RS-232C, IR passthrough out and extended IR for custom-installation functions
and preset remote controls.