Yamaha has made it with the release of their sound projectors, but the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 has proved to be their absolute top soundbar. That monster of a soundbar for TV manages to deliver the surround sound effect thanks to the 16 beam drivers it is equipped with and backed up by a wireless subwoofer. Yamaha has also taken care to pack it with any sound bar feature ever invented. All this comes with an elegant, slim design and the relatively high price tag of around $1000.
Sound Bar Size: 37”
Output power: 162 W total power: 2 W x 16 beam drivers + Dynamic 130 W subwoofer
Audio Decoding Technology: Dolby Digital®, Dolby Pro Logic, DTS, LPCM
Sound Enhancement Technology: Digital Sound Projector, Cinema DSP Movie, Music, Entertainment; UniVolume
Total Power: 162 W
When you are buying a top soundbar for just about $1000, you would want it to be robust and elegant and luxurious at the same time, and the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 is actually just that. It comes with the “jet-fire” feet that Yamaha has adopted in their design and made it as sort of signature look, that can be actually tweaked about with, so that you can make your soundbar for TV stand higher (up to 3- ⅜”) or the feet can be taken off completely, so that the soundbar for TV height would get to just 2 inches.
The front is slightly different than any other soundbar for TV, as it also has 3.5mm mini jacks located on the right hand side, aimed for headphones and an IntelliBeam microphone to be plugged in. The center front is where the 16 beam drivers are laced and covered with metal grille and on the left hand side of the front panel you will be able to find a small dot-matrix display that shows the current input, volume levels and if a connection with the subwoofer is established. Just on top of the right hand side you will also find quick buttons for power, input and volume control.
At the back of the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 a whole army of connectivity sockets is located. It includes three HDMI 2.0 inputs with a 4K 60p and 3D signals pass through and an HDMI output supporting an Audio Return Channel as well. There are also two optical digital inputs, analogue RCA and a 3.5mm inputs a system output and an output for separate subwoofer to be hooked up.
As we have mentioned the subwoofer, the one included connects wirelessly to the Yamaha soundbar and offers possibility to be placed horizontally or vertically. Under the high quality housing there are two dual 4 inch cone woofers and a 75 W analogue amplifier. All together the soundbar and subwoofer have a luxurious design and fit perfectly any type of home decor.
The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 features 16 1-⅛ inch drivers that blast sound with 32 W of power and make it bounce off the walls of your room and in that way create a 7.1 channel surround sound effect. Another great thing is that you can adjust manually or automatically the beams so that you can get the surround sound effect you are looking for. The preset beams modes offer a 7.1 and 5.1 channels surround sound effect, a 3 beam stereo that widens the soundstage and 3 beam stereo+2 for music listening.
The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 blows the competition out of the water with the ability to decode every Blu-ray audio format under the sun, like Dolby True HD, DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital Plus, as well as Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo:6 processing. As a top soundbar, the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 also offers a Bluetooth connection to any mobile device,so that you can stream directly your favourite tracks. By downloading the Yamahas Free Control App you can also control your soundbar for TV from your smartphone.
The list of features is never ending as it also includes an IR signal repeater, UniVolume to maintain the volume level when flicking through channels, Audio delay for lip-syncing, energy saving mode and memory function to record up to three favourite settings.
If this is not enough, Yamaha has also packed this top soundbar with DSP modes like Sci-Fi, Adventure and Spectacle); Music Video, Concert and Jazz Club; and Sports, Talk Show, Drama and Game.
Unlike any other top soundbar the YSP-2500 offers slightly different setup. After you have plugged it into your TV, what you need to do in order to get the best surround sound performance is to plug in the IntelliBeam microphone in the socket located at the front of the soundbar and place it to a listening height. The microphone will analyze the shape and size of your room and will find the best settings for your environment. That will actually make the sound bounce off the walls and create the claimed 7.1 channel surround sound effect.
All this technology the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 is packed with is not there in vain. This is a top soundbar and it offers top performance. The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 actually manages to place audio effects behind or on top of you and at the same time keep the dialogues clear and coming from the center of the soundstage, while keeping you in the middle of the action.
We have tested few of the settings starting with the 5 beam+2 mode and we were wowed by the fact that the 7.1 channel surround sound environment created was pretty close to the one a multi piece home theatre system would create.
For our mid-size test room, the audio that the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 delivered was bang on, but may be for more spacious rooms or ones cluttered with big furniture, the effect won’t be as powerful. So you really need to consider how and where to place the soundbar with subwoofer in order to get the best of it.
The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 is totally capable of delivering crisp and clear audio and the bass is powerful enough to shake the floor. The gunshots and explosions are like real and you will also hear planes flying behind you. The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 is also one of the best performers we have tested when it comes to playing music too. It delivers clear and dynamic audio with wide soundstage.
Overall, the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 will pay off every single penny that you spend on it. It is a top soundbar that is not only equipped with all types of connectivity options and cutting edge technology features, but also is capable of creating true surround sound environment, which is remarkable coming from a one piece of soundbar backed up with wireless subwoofer only.If you have the cash, then the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 should be on top of your buying list.