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Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector Review

by Patrick Hart March 04, 2005
Yamaha YSP-1

Yamaha YSP-1

  • Product Name: Yamaha YSP-1
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: March 04, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 1499

Amp Section
Maximum Output Power (EIAJ)
2 watts (1KHz, 10% THD, 10Ω) x 40
20 watts (100Hz, 10% THD, 4Ω) x 2

Speaker Section
1.5" (4cm) cone magnetic shielding type x 40
4.5" (11 cm) cone magnetic shielding type x 2

Input Jacks
Two pairs Analog Audio (1V, 32 kΩ)
Optical S/PDIF Audio
Coaxial S/PDIF Audio

Output Jacks
Subwoofer Pre-out (1V, less than 120Hz)
Video Out OSD (1Vp-p, 75Ω)

System Connector Jacks
1 System Control, RS-232C

Finishes Available
Silver enamel perforated metal grille, High-gloss black Plexiglas base

Power Consumption: 50 watts
Standby Power Consumption: 0.5 watts or less
Dimensions: 40.56" x 7.69" x 4.62" (103cm x 19.4cm x 11.8cm)
Product weight: 13 kg (28 lbs 10 oz)


  • Single-box, high performance, 42 digital amplifier, surround sound system
  • Very easy, 30-minute hook-up; interconnects only.
  • Decor-friendly, highest spouse-acceptance factor system
  • Plays impressively loud and clean
  • Quality construction, exemplary fit and finish
  • Excellent value vs performance


  • Requires subwoofer for full-bandwidth movie sound
  • Some non-re-EQ'ed DVDs can sound bright at high SPL
  • Software set-up requires a learning curve


Years from now home theater enthusiasts may be reading whole articles on the available models within the Digital Sound Projector category. For the present though, there exists only the category-defining Yamaha YSP-1, a brilliant marriage of compact form with simply amazing multi-channel synthesis capability.

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