The Good Full-sized, feature-packed components; spunky subwoofer.
The Bad Satellite speakers sound weak.
The Bottom Line Yamaha did well with the receiver, the DVD player, and the subwoofer, but sound quality still comes up short.
The full-sized, component-grade A/V receiver; separate single-disc DVD player; and hefty, 50-watt, powered subwoofer of Yamaha's YHT-24 home theater in a box (HTIB) have the look and feel of a $900 to $1,000 kit. But this model sells for just $699. The only downside is the less than stellar sound quality of the YHT-24's satellites. The full-sized, component-grade A/V receiver; separate single-disc DVD player; and hefty, 50-watt, powered subwoofer of Yamaha's YHT-24 home theater in a box (HTIB) have the look and feel of a $900 to $1,000 kit. But this model sells for just $699. The only downside is the less than stellar sound quality of the YHT-24's satellites.
We could easily fill the remainder of the review with a rundown of the YHT-24's features. Yes, you'll find all the usual suspects here: Dolby Digital and DTS, plus Yamaha's cool Cinema DSP with 26 surround modes. The receiver delivers 65 watts to each of five channels and employsdiscrete power transistors, rather than the more typical integrated-circuit chips, so it can accommodate 4-ohm speakers, which are more difficult to drive. We liked the easy-to-adjust bass and treble controls and the AM/FM tuner, which offers 40 presets. And the mellow orange displays on both the DVD player and the receiver won't sear your eyeballs during night-time home-theater sessions.
The YHT-24's connectivity quotient is generous: it has 5.1 DVD-Audio/Super Audio CD (SACD) inputs and plentiful audio, A/V, and digital audio inputs, but no digital audio outputs. There's also a set of front-panel-mounted A/V inputs, which make it easy to plug in a video camera or video game console. The receiver doesn't include a phono input or S-Video connections, but the DVD player's rear panel is decked out with composite, S-Video, and component outputs that can go straight to your TV.
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