Yamaha YHT-397 Review

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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.

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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.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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