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Yamaha Readies Bars, Speaker Base, Integrated Amps

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DENVER — Yamaha comes to the CEDIA Expo with its previously announced Dolby Atmos A/V receivers, but showgoers will also get a chance to see the company’s first under-TV speaker, two new active soundbars, and four new stereo integrated amplifiers.

The products ship in September.

The soundbars include the $999-suggested YSP- 2500, which incorporates proprietary Digital Sound Projector technology to deliver what the company calls “true 7.1-channel surround sound.” It packs 16 drivers into a 2-inch-tall aluminum chassis, and it’s packaged with a wireless subwoofer.

Another $999 soundbar, the YSP-2200, will eventually be phased out.

The new model adds a different look and new capabilities, including Bluetooth technology to play back music from mobile devices and deliver remote control via Yamaha’s free Home Theater Controller app.

The bar also features aptX streaming over Bluetooth, joining other Yamaha soundbars with Bluetooth and aptX.

The bar is Yamaha’s first with HDMI 2.0 inputs and output, which support the 4K Ultra HD 50/60p passthrough feature of HDMI 2.0. The three HDMI inputs and single HDMI output lack HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Also new is a wireless subwoofer instead of a wired model, wall-mount capability, and a back-panel IR repeater strip instead of an IR output jack with included IR flasher cable.

Overall sound quality has been enhanced via more powerful 130-watt subwoofer, new tuning, and a single-piece aluminum top panel that prevents unnecessary vibrations.

Other key features include Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master decoding.

The under-TV speaker is the $499-suggested SRT-1000, made of wood and capable of supporting TVs up to 55 inches. It incorporates proprietary Digital Sound Projector technology,10 drivers, and dual built-in subwoofers to deliver surround sound. It also features stereo Bluetooth and Bluetooth control from the Home Theater Controller app.

It also features Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 decoding and optical, coaxial and analog audio input. It lacks HDMI.

Another new soundbar is the $399 YAS-203, which uses proprietary Air Surround Xtreme to deliver “convincing virtual surround sound,” the company said. Compared to the YAS-201 that it replaces, the YAS-203 adds stereo Bluetooth and Bluetooth control from the Home Theater Controller app.

The three new stereo integrated amps are the $999 A-S801, $899 A-S701, $599 A-S501 and $399 A-S301.

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