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from Westchester, NY
Comments about Yamaha Black Digital Sound Bar:
This sound bar is worth every penny. I paired it with a Yamaha YST-FSW050 sub-woofer. The setup with the IntelliBeam microphone was quick and easy and generated a very natural sound field. There is not enough that can be said about the sound quality. I'm very excited to have one piece of equipment that takes the place of a receiver and seven speakers and fills the room with immersive, natural sound.I have the sound bar connected to a 65" Sony Bravia TV, Apple TV and Verizon FIOS STB in addition to the sub-woofer.A few nuisances that I expect to work through given more time:Communication between the TV and sound bar is very fussy. I should really just give up on pushing audio from the TV to the sound bar given that the Apple TV does everything that the TV's apps do. There is a very specific sequence of operations that has to be followed when switching from TV content back to any of the HDMI sources plugged directly into the sound bar. I've also experienced spotty communication between the TV and sound bar. On one occasion the sound bar didn't turn on when the TV was powered on. On another occasion, the TV volume control didn't adjust the sound bar audio. HDMI control is configured on both ends.I so far haven't been able to get the Yamaha sub-woofer to turn on and off with the sound bar via the "System Connect" cable.The remote control is well designed and very elegant. But it has no ability to control my other devices. My low/mid price point Onkyo receiver in my Family Room came with a remote that with minimal programming allows me to control my Verizon STB and Apple TV.And the lack of a printed manual is pretty annoying. I ended up downloading the manual from the website and putting in on my ipad.
Service and delivery comments:
Super fast standard shipping.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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More and less than I expected
As noted by reviewers elsewhere, from the factory the treble is set a bit high. This is adjustable, but you have to go online to get the procedure. I had to give up my Klipsch floor-standing Choruses and other Klipsch speakers to satisfy my wife's demand to reduce clutter and open up the living room. As good as it is, the Yamaha YSP 5600 cannot fill the room and surround you with the presence of sound as well as large speakers can.On the other hand, it does have the ability to make listening to TV better. A dialogue lift button right on the remote gives you three levels of dialogue enhancement. This is great for us older folk who often have difficulty making out words over background music and sound effects.Using a headset returns some of the pleasure of listening to music, since how the sound is bounced around the room doesn't matter.Setting up for your space is easy. A wired microphone is included and following the display instructions will give you adequate sound immediately. Having a separate subwoofer is more effective than the built-in bass. Remember to set the SW controls before you start the auto set up. The sub should be at 50 percent volume and lowest crossover.Once you are listening, you have a button for controlling the subwoofer effect on the remote. Marvelous.Although there is a digital audio RCA input, it does not interpret AC-3 Dolby Digital from old Laser Disks. Bummer, I had some great soundtracks in that format. If there is a solution to this, I'd love to hear it.The unit is very tall. A TV should be set with some clearance between the bottom of the TV and the top of the Yamaha. I've found that a little isolation from vibration can be accomplished by putting self-adhesive felt pads on the bottom of the unit. Unless you are a real music buff, this is an ideal speaker for getting the best out of the newer TVs. I'm getting used to it and may find ways to adjust it to even more.
Delivery was fast and well packed.
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