Offering a myriad of features to tempt you is the YSP-4000 (pictured above) from Yamaha. An upgrade of the previous YSP-1100, the new edition gets better than the best. Forty individual “beam” drivers that have individual amps, and two midbass speakers, but the icing belongs to HDMI pass-throughs, and analog/720p/1080i upscaling to 1080p. The speakers are coordinated by a DSP, and by tweaking delay and volume, credibly extract sweeping surround audio that seems to come from all four corners. There are “seven Cinema DSP programs (three-movie, three music, and one sport)” and “Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS Neo:6,” all of which are selectable via the remote and on-screen display or LCD. The YSP-4000 is iPod and XM ready as well. The lineup also features YSP -3000 and YSP-900, which only have 21 beam drivers, two mid-bass speakers. The YSP-3000 has 2 HDMI inputs/outputs, but no analog upscaling and is iPod/XM ready. Similar to the YSP-4000, you’ll still need a subwoofer to go along with these.
The YSP-4000 is for $1800, the YSP-3000 is for $1,199.95 and YSP-900 is for $899.95; all will be available in August.