Yamaha SRT-1000 TV Speaker Base with Digital Sound Projection

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Yamaha SRT-1000 TV Speaker Base with Digital Sound Projection. Yamaha Corporation of America

It looks like Yamaha is adding to the growing number of manufacturers to include an under TV audio system to its product line-up. Yamaha refers to its entry as the SRT-1000 TV Speaker Base.

As a quick review, an under-TV sound system (such the TV Speaker Base mentioned above), is a variation on the sound bar concept. However, unlike a typical sound bar, these units also serve as a base or platform that you can set your TV on top of. This not only requires less space than a sound bar, but further retreats into the decor of your room as it looks like it is actually a part of the TV's stand.

However, in a further twist, Yamaha has also incorporated its Digital Sound Projection technology into the SRT-1000, which can deliver a more convincing surround sound listening experience than other under TV audio systems, or sound bars, for that matter.

The way a digital sound projector works, is that a speaker array composed of tiny, individually amplified, speaker drivers (referred to as beam drivers). Depending on how the user "programs" the unit, the speakers can be assigned to direct sound beams to different points in a room and, reflecting off the side and rear walls, creating a convincing 2, 3, 5, or 7 channel sound field (depending on the capabilities of the specific model). However, the key thing is that room is the right size for the sound beams to reflect sound back to the listening position.

The SRT-1000 is designed to project up to a 5.1 channel sound field (Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 decoding is provided). It houses eight beam drivers (tiny 1-1/8 inch speakers) each powered by their own 2-watt digital amplifiers, 2 30-watt powered 1 1/2 x 4-inch oval woofers, and 2 (also 30 watt powered) compact 3-1/4 inch down firing subwoofers (136 watts total for entire system). The entire cabinet is approximately 30 3/4-inches wide and only weighs 19 1/2 pounds (making it a good visual match for LCD and Plasma TV from 32 to 55 inches in screen size - weighing up to 88 lbs).

For connectivity, the SRT-1000 also provides 2 digital optical, 1 digital coaxial and 1 analog stereo input, as well as incorporating wireless Bluetooth for access to music from compatible portable devices. There is also a subwoofer line output for connection to an optional external subwoofer, if desired.

It is important to point out that there are no video-pass through connections on the SRT-1000. To access audio from video sources (such as DVD/Blu-ray Disc player, cable/satellite box/media streamer) you can either send the video to the TV and audio to the SRT-1000 separately, or connect both the video and audio sources to the TV and then connect either the digital optical or analog stereo audio outputs of the TV to the SRT-1000 (if your TV provides either, or both, these options). In addition to audio from video sources, you also have the ability to connect audio-only sources, such as CD player, to the SRT-1000 as well.

For control flexibility, SRT-1000 can be operated either by the included remote controlĀ or using compatible smart phones and tablets after you have downloaded the free Yamaha Remote Controller App for iOS or Android.

For more details, check out the official SRT-1000 product page.

For more sound bar suggestions, check out my current list of Sound Bars and Digital Sound Projectors.