Yamaha YHT-397 Review
Yamaha has been making top quality audio products for a long time, and its new YHT-397 home theater in a box seems as though it has the potential to be another winner. According to Yamaha YHT-397 reviews posted at Amazon, this home theater system with surround sound is well liked by users. One reports that the speakers are strong enough to fill a large room, another is impressed by the power from the small satellite speakers, and a third says the subwoofer sounds good but isn't particularly robust. The clean bass from the subwoofer gets a thumbs-up in Yamaha YHT-397 reviews at Newegg, although one expresses disappointment with the speaker's audio quality but ultimately concludes they're quite decent considering the bottom line cost. Another Yamaha YHT-397 review approvingly notes that the receiver includes several HDMI ports -- a feature not often found in home theater systems.
The YHT-397 (starting at $248, Amazon) package comes with a nice receiver that connects to a TV and other electronics, such as a cable box or Blu-ray player. It also includes four main speakers, a subwoofer, and a center channel. The receiver has a surfeit of connection points, including four HDMI inputs, an HDMI output, a USB port, two digital optical inputs, two digital coax inputs, two component inputs and one output, four composite inputs and one output, and a 3.5mm input. Additionally, the receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner and supports transmission of 4K digital TV signals for the next generation of extra-high definition TVs that will start appearing on store shelves in the near future. Supported audio processing formats include Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, and DTS-HD Master Audio.
If we had to choose between a home theater system with a receiver or a Blu-ray player, we'd choose the receiver package -- especially if the receiver is made by Yamaha. A good receiver is the hub of a home theater system, a box through which you can manage several other home theater components. The addition of a receiver to this package doesn't dramatically increase the cost, and the total system sounds pretty good.