February 26th 2014 1:58 pm

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conclusion:We like it

75 February 27th 2014 10:57 am

Soundbars may never deliver the level of quality a proper home theater will, but Yamaha's YSP-1400 still does a respectable job of delivering the dialog, music and explosions you want to hear in your favorite films. The YSP-1400 doesn't have a separate subwoofer, with Yamaha building the woofers into the feet of the soundbar instead. If you're worried that they'll block your TV's IR ports, don't -- there's a built in IR repeater to take care of business. Audioholics says the YSP-1400 delivers "mediocre surround sound" with "distorted" lows and highs. In spite of these flaws, Digital Trends notes "the system did showcase excellent dimension in the soundstage." While the YSP-1400 may not win best in show, Home Theater Review says it "delivers an extraordinary value" if you're looking for something minimal. However, if you want something a bit cheaper and more surround-sound like, Vizio's S4251W-B4 is a solid option.

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9.0
Home Theater Review Feb 14, 2014

All that said, the Yamaha YSP-1400 delivers an extraordinary value to a lot of people who are just looking for something that is easy to connect, minimally obtrusive in a multi-purpose environment, doesn't break the bank, and is a clear upgrade over the built-in TV speakers.

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8.0
CNET AU Nov 27, 2013

The Yamaha YSP-1400 Digital Sound Projector provides respectable surround sound and plenty of volume, although with a prominent treble.

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Audioholics Nov 27, 2013

The Yamaha YSP-1400 is attempting to bring Yamaha's vaunted "beaming" technology to the masses at a price they can actually afford. While they have done all that, they had to cut so many corners that is seems that the magic has been lost.

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Digital Trends Feb 26, 2014

That said, we think Yamaha has really got something going with its sound projector design, and those looking for an engaging audio experience from a stand-alone solution will want to give the YSP-1400 a serious look.

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