Surprisingly rich sound
Got this to augment the sound coming from our 52" LCD TV, which has meager speakers. HD set top box and Blu-ray player connected to the Yamaha with optical toslink cables. For action movies the sound has good punch with the bass remaining tight and manages to fill all corners of a spacious open floor plan living room-kiitchen area. Shows with dialogue emphasis get the "voice" option and this works very well.
There are so many choices when it comes to surround sound systems. I went with Yamaha because they have a great record of producing really quality speakers and amps. That is exactly what I got with this product. The amp is great, much better than cheaper systems, the speakers sound very nice, they produce excellent mid and high range sound. The subwoofer is perfectly adequate and rounds out the system very well. There are plenty of HDMI connections to plug in your peripherals.
Installation took about 3 hours and I had my young apprentice electrician son-in-law do it. I could have but he knew what he was doing.
Once installed, it performed exactly like I hoped. We had both gotten the point where we were using subtitles to understand movie dialogue. That is no longer necessary. When at a moderate sound level, the sound is clear and crisp and easily understandable. When turned up for music or action films, the system gives the feeling of being in a theater.
An excellent decision...
After reading through the net and asking a lot of people to make the best selection possible for a home theater system (my first one) with a US$700-1000 budget, finally decided to get this Yamaha YHT-797 home theater. I had piping already in the walls (I put them when I built my house, thinking in this), so I just had to run the speakers'cables (I got 100 ft of monster cable, even this equipment comes with cable), install the speakers on the wall (lot of drilling but it was worth it), and...
I started reviewing home theater in a box set, since I did not want to go through the pain of finding receivers, and separate speakers. After trying one from a different company which did not work for video as well, and had multiple issues, I had to return and get the yamaha. The sound quality is breathtaking. The device also looks great, all black with Yamaha logos.
Very nice system for my budget
I have now had this unit running for going on a month so I thought it was time to share my thoughts and opinions. The system is well packaged and started off with good marks from the start. After you remove all the components, everything is nicely made and dosent't look like a "walmart special". Before I go any further, I did replace the large front speakers with a pair that match the rears. This setup suited my needs and look better than the large even though I sacraficed sound for looks.
Clear Voice Feature is a Life-Saver
I had previously tried the Yamaha S400BL sound bar to go with my new Bravia HX929 television. (Because it is for a bedroom, I don't have the room or funds to deal with a true surround sound setup.) Although it was significantly cheaper, I found that I had a near-impossible time understanding television dialogue with the 400BL no matter how many settings I tweaked.
Budget soundbar but great performance
First of all, I wouldn't buy this if I was looking to make a dedicated home cinema surround system for bluray. However it is a very good addition to a casual living room TV setup, and the lowest priced soundbar I've found with optical inputs.
I bought this to go with my parents' Sony KDL40EX723BU, which it must be said, has pretty good sound anyway (for a flat-screen TV).
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