New Yamaha Digital Sound Projectors add HDMI
Yamaha's third-generation Digital Sound Projectors add a panoply of new features, including support for HDMI video connectivity.
When it released the original
- Yamaha YSP-900 ($900, August 2007): The entry-level Sound Projector utilizes the same basic 21-driver design (plus two woofers) of the YSP-800.
- Yamaha YSP-3000 ($1,200, August 2007): While it utilizes the same 21-plus-2 housing as the 900, the YSP-3000 adds HDMI connectivity (two inputs and one output), a built-in FM tuner, an iPod interface (via
Yamaha's YDS-10 iPod dock), and XM satellite radio compatibility (with the addition of an XM Mini-Tunerand subscription),
- Yamaha YSP-4000 ($1,800, October 2007): The flagship 2007 Digital Sound Projector (the follow-up to last year's YSP-1100) uses a similar 40-plus-2 driver arrangement. It includes all the features of the YSP-3000, plus the ability to upscale analog video inputs to 720p/1080i resolution via its HDMI output.
To complement the trio of new Digital Sound Projectors, Yamaha is offering two matching subwoofers, the 130-watt YST-FS150 ($280) and the 100-watt YST-FSW050 ($200). Both sport down-firing active woofers and slim designs that are less than 7 inches high.
If the prices of the new Sound Projectors are beyond your budget, consider the new
Look for competing single speaker virtual surround speakers fromand Zvox (among others) in the upcoming months, as this flat-panel-friendly audio solution continues to gain in popularity.