Note that with this wireless option, video output isn’t available, and you can operate the device only with its own controls. Only the white display and a few miscellaneous buttons occupy the top. Yamaha no longer provides a printed owner’s manual with its YSP speakers, but you get a CD-ROM with setup instructions. To get the best sound we strongly recommend reading the manual, even if you’re an experienced home theater user.
Imaging focus was exceptional, and remained so even when we changed positions on the couch—again, no other surround bar we’ve heard can match the YSP-4100 in that regard. Then there are five more screens, selectable from the bottom of the touchscreen, that handle zone, input, scene, and two additional screens of listening modes. A similar Android-compatible app will be available by the time you read this. The YST-SW315 subwoofer proved its worth here, providing the visceral impact the speaker’s twin 4.5 woofers couldn’t muster on their own. One thing we liked about the system is that it could charge both the iPod/iPhone AND the transmitter by docking both into the receiver module.
The soundstage, with Dolby Pro Logic processing, spread the full width of the CNET listening room. This product is included with the YSP-5100 and YSP-4100 Yamaha Digital Sound Projectors. Audio Performance Video Performance Features Ergonomics Value Price: $900 At A Glance: Clean, smooth amplification • Direct USB input and app for iDevices • Bluetooth, DLNA media access Some manufacturers of audio/video receivers offer two different lines. One advantage to the direct-USB approach is that it feeds a digital signal to the receiver, bypassing the iDevice’s DAC in favor of the RX-V871’s and eliminating an unnecessary signal conversion.