Yamaha SRT-1000 gives good single-speaker surround
If you've just bought yourself a TV you're probably looking at something that can boost the poor sound it produces.
If you're not planning on wall mounting, and almost no one does, then a Sound Base is a great option.
Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebrury and the Yamaha SRT-1000 is an excellent sound base with a bunch of handy features.
And "real" surround sound.
The SRT 1000 uses Yamaha's digital sound projected technology to beam sound to the left and right and rear of your room using these eight drivers on the front of the unit.
The effect is much wider and more effective than the surround effects on most sound bars, but the rear effect wasn't very strong.
unit features a sturdy MDF cabinet with some nifty additions including this rear port access hatch and dedicated source indicators on the front.
No more complicated red equals blue ray color coding system.
You can instantly tell what source you're listening to.
The Yamaha uses four different sounds modes and unlike some others you can slip it into stereo only when listening to music.
In addition, it decodes DTS and Dolby so Blu-rays are no longer a problem.
The Yamaha also accepts a bunch of different sources including two optical inputs, but sadly no HDMI.
For sound quality there aren't many competitors at the price.
Even though it lacks a real sub woofer it packs a real punch during movies and dialogue is clear.
Music is also surprisingly good for a product of this kind.
The only real drawback is the price.
At 500 bucks it's starting to get on the expensive side.
But if you have a t.v.
worth up to $1,000 or more this is a very recommendable sonic upgrade.
This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET.com