Yamaha YSP-1400 Conclusion
Yamaha has tried to bring the consumer their vaunted beaming technology at a low price point. This is a great idea but the simple fact is that it has to work. I've heard many Yamaha surround soundbars in my life - both in my home and at tradeshows - and I've consistently been impressed. But with a $450 price tag, you really need to bring something to the table. There are plenty of soundbar options out there with wireless subs for less. With the sound quality and the finickiness of the beaming, it's hard to give the Yamaha a high value rating.
I love Yamaha surround soundbars and I will continue to recommend them to my friends. That's not what is in question here. 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. With mediocre surround sound, distorted and sibilant lows and highs, and a price tag of $450, the YSP-1400 is a hard sell to any other than those casual listeners that want the Yamaha name and reputation for reliability at the lowest possible price.
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