Yamaha YSP-900 Video
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Yamaha YSP-900 Review
The good: Yamaha's single-speaker surround system features 21 1.5-inch "beam" drivers; two 4-inch woofers; built-in digital amplifiers, proprietary surround processing; auto setup with the supplied microphone.
The bad: Minimalist connectivity; nowhere near the dynamic oomph of an equivalently priced 5.1 channel HTIB system; lacks finesse on two channel music; you'll probably have to add a subwoofer.
The bottom line: If you don't need the HDMI connections found on the step-up model, the Yamaha YSP-900 single-speaker surround system delivers exactly the same overall sound quality for less money.
Yamaha YSP-900 Specs
Part number: YSP900BL
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