Yamaha one-box surround gets cheaper
Space-age surround sound just got cheaper and, for that matter, smaller. Yamaha's new YSP-800 is the new little brother of the original YSP-1 digital sound projector. The new unit uses 22 tiny speaker drivers (as opposed to the larger YSP-1's 40) to throw 'beams' of sound at different parts of the room to create a surround effect. No speakers cluttering up the room, and no wires for the dog to chew.
While Yamaha claims that fewer drivers won't affect the YSP-800s ability - look out for star-rated review in the December issue - it does make for a system that can neatly fit beneath a TV smaller than the 42inch recommendation of it's big brother. And, at £600, it's cheaper than buying an AV amp, a speaker package and al the cables needed to make it happen.
More details on the possible future of surround sound here.