Wednesday, August 03, 2005
It is rumored that Yamaha is working on a cheaper mass market version of its YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector. YSP-1 is an array of 42 speakers that are driven by a DSP. The DSP controls levels and timings of drivers thus making audio waves bounce of the walls and making you believe you are surrounded. According to multiple reviews it does work and works pretty well.
The current YSP-1 model sells for about $1200. My guess is the newer model will be priced half the originial model's price which is relatively good compared to other surround sound loudspeakers. One advantage of Digital Sound Projector is it being a single piece. Very convenient compared to 5.1 systems that require wiring to be in place before you can enjoy.
I have covered a similar product, ZVOX 315 here, which is another single piece solution to get a surround sound. Though, ZVOX is a dummy box without any processor, whereas Yamaha brained with DSP and accepts multitude of audio inputs and can decode almost all major encoding systems such as Dolby Digital and DTS.
Filed with tags: Yamaha YSP-1, Digital Sound Projector, Surround Sound.