Yamaha has unveiled the YSP-5600, which is the first soundbar to incorporate next-generation audio format Dolby Atmos, and later DTS:X via a firmware upgrade. It has a total of 44 speakers integrated. It also supports MusicCast.
Yamaha YSP-5600 with Dolby Atmos
Next-generation audio is what many refer to as “object-based audio”. It can place sound “objects” in the room by using advanced algorithms and speakers. Yamaha claims to be able to do it with just a soundbar – or “Digital Sound Projector”.
The YSP-5600 has 44-speakers built-in, including 12 “height channel” speakers and two 4.5-inch subwoofers. It can recreate 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos sound by bouncing sound off the walls in your living room. A microphone and a controller app are used to setup the sound stage. However, the end result depends on your room’s layout.
The soundbar will receive a firmware update that enables DTS’s objects-based system DTS:X later. To enjoy the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X experiences you also need movies encoded in the new formats.
At the same time, Yamaha is rolling out a new multi-room system named MusicCast. It is compatible with up to 10 speakers and can receive music from almost any source, including Airplay and Bluetooth. It supports 24bit sound and lossless audio files. The YSP-5600 soundbar also supports 4K60 video pass-through.
Yamaha YSP-5600 will be available in Europe and the UK for Ł1599.95 in September and the US for $1,699.95 in December.
Surround sound from a 44-speaker array in a total 46-speaker configuration —the most in YSP history
Six height channel speakers on each side provide 3D surround sound reproduction equivalent to 7.1.2 channels
The latest surround sound formats, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, are supported
*DTS:X becomes possible with a firmware update
A total of ten programmes in three categories for CINEMA DSP 3D are supported
Dialogue Lift ensures that dialogue comes from the center of the screen
An external subwoofer can be used with wired or wireless connection (the SWK-W16 Wireless Subwoofer Kit is included)
MusicCast lets you stream any music content to other MusicCast products
The MusicCast CONTROLLER allows you to control all MusicCast products and operate all music sources from your smart device
Support for internet radio and various music streaming services
Supports Bluetooth output for pairing the YSP-5600 with other Bluetooth equipped products
AirPlay allows music streaming from Mac, PC, iPod, iPhone and iPad
Supports various codecs: MP3, WMA, MPEG4-AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC and AIFF
HDMI input with 4K60p Pass through and HDCP2.2
OSD supports overlay over HDMI input and multiple languages