You wouldn't think it, but Yamaha's YSP-series of sound bars throw a decent faux surround sound in space-challenged apartments and flats. Now they've returned with a new YSP-3000 model featuring 2x HDMI inputs, optional iPod compatibility, XM Neural Surround, and 3rd Generation IntelliBeam with optimizer mic. Inside this 31.5 x 6 x 4.5-inch block you'll find a pair of 3 15/16-inch woofers and 21, 1 5/8-inch beam drivers pushing 82W of total power. Sure, it doesn't pack the 120W thump, HDMI upscaling and analog upconverting, or the component inputs of its bigger YSP-4000
bro. Then again, it doesn't cost $1,800 either. Available now for $1,200.