Buena Park, Calif. - Yamaha launched a receiver-based home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) system that uses a three-channel soundbar to reproduce the front stage.
is a 5.1-channel system with A/V receiver, HDMI 1.4a inputs, two small rear surround speakers, a 100-watt powered subwoofer, and a three-channel soundbar that is only 2 inches high and fits in front of most 32- to 50-inch TVs without blocking the screen, the company said. The soundbar's feet can be adjusted or removed entirely.
The system was designed "to provide consumers with the greatest degree of simplicity" at an affordable price point, said Tom Sumner, president of Yamaha Electronics Corp.
Another Yamaha receiver-based HTiB with soundbar is the $599-suggested YHT-S500, but that model uses proprietary virtual surround processing to deliver a seven-channel virtual surround field through the included soundbar. The S500 also builds the powered subwoofer into the A/V receiver for simpler setup.
For its part, the new YHT-494 decodes Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24 surround codecs. Other features include the company's Quad-Field CINEMA DSP with 17 surround-sound settings. Four SCENE buttons set the system's settings and inputs for Blu-ray/DVD playback, TV viewing, and CD and radio listening.
The AVR is rated at 5x100 watts into 8cohms at 1kHz with 0.9 percent THD. It comes with four 1080p-compatible HDMI 1.4a inputs and one HDMI 1.4a output, which does not support 1.4's audio return channel. The HDMI connections support Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v Color Standard along with high refresh rates.
The system is compatible with optional YDS-12 iPod dock and YBA-10 Bluetooth wireless receiver.