Yamaha YSP-800 Digital Sound Projector Video
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Yamaha YSP-800 Digital Sound Projector (silver) Review
The good: Self-powered single-speaker virtual surround system; 2 4-inch woofers paired with 21 1.5-inch microdrivers; built-in Dolby/DTS surround processing and digital power amplifiers eliminate the need for an A/V receiver; autosetup capability.
The bad: Works best in barely furnished, symmetrically arranged rooms; needs to be paired with a subwoofer for optimal sound quality.
The bottom line: Yamaha's second-generation single-speaker YSP-800 Digital Sound Projector is more affordable and easier to set up, and it sounds better than last year's model.
Yamaha YSP-800 Digital Sound Projector (silver) Specs
Part number: YSP-800SL
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