Yamaha one-box surround gets cheaper

Yamaha has launched a new affordable version of its revolutionary 'digital sound projector'. The YSP-800 still offers 5.1-channel surround from one box, but now with automatic microphone setup, and all for just £600.

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.

More after the break...

You have to login or register to comment.