Mr ITC loves surround sound. The only thing left of Mr ITC’s bachelor life is two huge speakers (that can be seen from space) and they take up way too much space. He does not want to part with them as they were expensive in 1992. I think we have found a solution. Len Wallis Audio has the YSP 5600 – the single soundbar
It may appear incongruous to produce a Soundbar with Atmos technology, after all one is a simplistic and relatively inexpensive solution, and the other is cutting edge technology aimed at homes with high-end Home Theatre installations, yet Yamaha appears to have married the two beautifully.
There is no way that any Soundbar, irrespective of how good it is, will ever give you the performance of a component system based around individual speakers. In all fairness, this is not the intention, a Soundbar is a valid option for anyone who:
- Cannot fit numerous speakers into their living environment;
- Traditional speakers do not suit the aesthetics, or
- The interest in the technology is not great enough to justify the cost and effort.
Never-the-less, the Yamaha YST5600 is a remarkable Soundbar, and their take on Atmos technology in a speaker that sits at screen level is surprisingly effective.
Yamaha were pioneers of Soundbar technology, and they obviously intend to continue pushing the envelope. The technology developed to produce the sound performance they achieve is extraordinary for a product at this price point. The YSP5600 houses 44 speakers, which can be configured in 46 ways.
Each speaker has its own amplifier. Twelve of these speakers are angled upwards and reflect from the ceiling to provide the height channels, and when combined with the speakers handling rear channel information it results in the equivalent of 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos or DTS-X reproduction
Let’s step away from the performance aspect for a moment, and consider other attributes that this product provides.
- Once the YSP5600 is connected to the home network you can stream music stored on your hard drive, access on-line offerings including streaming services like Spotify or digital radio, and by adding wireless speakers in other rooms these services can be accessed in those areas as well.
- Bluetooth and Airplay. Stream to the YSP5600 via either of these technologies. Also the Yamaha outputs Bluetooth, meaning you can stream from the YSP5600 to any Bluetooth enabled product, irrespective of brand (including headphones).
- 4K compatible
- Clear Voice. If you are having issues discerning voice (and this is a common complaint) this feature allows you to accent dialogue.
- Includes the powerful YSTRSW300B Subwoofer
If you want to experience the YSP5600 Soundbar in action, pop on down to the Len Wallis showroom for a demonstration. The YSP5600 and Subwoofer retails for $2299.
If you’ve never been inside Len Wallis Audio, you really need to pop in. Even if you’re not in the market for new audio gear, their showroom is so worth a visit. It features 8 sound-lounge/theatres, where you can have a private listen to the equipment, with no obligation to buy.
And they are such a friendly bunch too! Tell them ITC sent you!
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