Yamaha Adds Advanced Sound Bar, Wireless Speaker
New TV purchasers looking to complete that big, new 4K Ultra HD picture with an appropriately large sound, might find the new Yamaha YSP-2700 sound bar with support for the company’s high-quality MusicCast multiroom audio system, a compelling solution.
Then, to take the party around the house, the company also added its smallest wireless MusicCast speaker to date in the WX-010. It was designed to output big sound from a Wi-Fi connection to the sound bar or a similarly compatible MusicCast device. The WX-010 is said to produce room-filling sound from an attractive, diminutive form factor that can be unobtrusively placed in virtually any room.
The Yamaha YSP-2700 (shipping in September at a $1,200 suggested retail price) MusicCast Sound Bar includes a wireless subwoofer and delivers true 7.1-channel surround sound, the company said.
It is based on the Yamaha Digital Sound Projector technology. This uses 16 individual drivers, each powered by a 2-watt amplifier, to produce discrete sound beams that reflect off the walls, windows and ceiling of a room to envelop the listener from multiple directions, the company said.
The wireless subwoofer can be placed on the floor nearby to fill in the bottom with punchy bass and rumble.
Read more on Yamaha’s YSP-2700 sound bar and WX-010 wireless MusicCast speaker after the jump:
Yamaha once again, adds the easy to use MusicCast wireless music system to a high-performing sound bar. This allows one-touch audio streaming from mobile devices and computers, as well as from subscription services including Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody and SiriusXM directly to the sound bar. It can be linked to other MusicCast speakers, A/V receivers and components in other rooms, to redistribute TV audio, music and other content from multiple input sources throughout the home.
The YSP-2700 is equipped with three HDMI inputs and one output. HDMI connectivity ensures the sound bar can receive a true 5.1-channel or 7.1-channel audio source that won’t be down-converted by a TV to two-channel stereo from the TV’s optical output.
To support 4K Ultra HD pass-through, the YSP-2700 includes HDCP 2.2 copy protection. Supported surround sound formats include: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby True HD, and DTS surround sound technologies, including the DTS-Master Audio format.
The YSP-2700 can connect with a variety of devices via Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Spotify Connect. All MusicCast products also support Bluetooth streaming either into or out of the sound bar, in order to listen to the system in private on Bluetooth headphones or via a Bluetooth-connected speaker.
The Digital Sound Projector technology in the sound bar is further supported by the Yamaha IntelliBeam auto calibration system for easy and accurate setup. A supplied microphone helps to measure room acoustics so the IntelliBeam circuitry is automatically set to the best beam angles while optimizing the level and frequency response of each beam.
Meanwhile, the new Yamaha WX-010 (shipping in August in a choice of black or white at a $200 suggested retail price) MusicCast wireless speaker is positioned as a entry level speaker for anyone aspiring to build out a whole-home MusicCast wireless music distribution network. Starting with WX-010, anyone can easily the system to additional rooms when they are ready, one speaker or component at a time. The Yamaha MusicCast product family now numbers more than 30 products, including, wireless speakers, sound bars, hi-fi components and streaming amplifiers.
The speaker measures 5x7x6 inches and includes a 3.5-inch woofer, and a 1-inch tweeter on the front, and dual opposing passive radiators on each side.
Two WX-010 MusicCast wireless speakers can be paired in stereo mode using the MusicCast app for more authentic music reproduction with a wider listening area.
By Greg Tarr
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