Yamaha's YHT-3920UBL, YHT-4920UBL, and YHT-5920UBL HTIBs

Yamaha YHT-5920UBL - Receiver and Speakers
Yamaha YHT-5920UBL - Receiver and Speakers. Images provided by Yamaha

When it comes to home theater audio systems, you can go search for a home theater receiver and then try to find the best speakers to match your needs (and pay the price), or you can opt for the sound bar or under-TV audio system solution, which is simple and inexpensive, but may not provide that connectivity and surround sound experience you are looking for.

However, there is one category in-between offers an easy-to-buy solution that can cut down your shopping/setup time, provide some connection flexibility, some OK speakers that provide a surround sound listening experience, and won't dig too deep into your wallet - A Home-Theater-in-a-Box.

With that in mind, Yamaha offers up a trio of Home Theater-in-Box Systems (YHT-3920UBL, YHT-4920UBL, YHT-3920UBL) that may be just the ticket. All of the systems incorporate a standalone home theater receiver in combination with satellite speakers and subwoofer. Also, to makes things easy in the setup department, all the needed connection cables are provided.

All the systems feature a 5.1 channel speaker configuration and are packaged with bookshelf speakers.


On the receiver side, all three systems feature Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding, additional Dolby and DTS audio processing, as well as 17 Yamaha DSP (Digital Sound Processing) modes and four preset SCENE modes for both easy-to-use and flexible surround sound listening options.

Another audio processing feature that all the systems share is the incorporation of Yamaha's Virtual Cinema Front. This feature allows you to place all five satellite speakers and subwoofer in the front of the room, and still get an approximate surround sound listening experience via a variation of Yamaha's Air Surround Xtreme technology.

Other audio features included on all three system include built-in Bluetooth for direct streaming from compatible portable devices, Audio Return Channel for easy audio access from compatible TVs, and YPAO automatic speaker setup system.

YPAO Uses a provided microphone that is placed in the primarily listening position. This enables the home theater receiver to determine speaker size and distance, and then sets all the speaker levels in relation to each other and your room size/acoustical properties.


For video, all three systems provide 3D, and up to 1080p and 4K resolution pass-through - No video upscaling is provided.


For connectivity, all three systems provide 4 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. Also, one of the HDMI inputs (in combination with the HDMI output) on each system's receiver is HDCP 2.2-enabled, which is compatible with copy-protected 4K sources. Additional connections on all three systems include 1 digital optical, input, 2 digital coaxial, audio inputs, and two rear mounted analog stereo inputs (RCA style), and one front-mounted stereo mini-jack for audio, as well as at least 3 Composite video inputs (no component or S-video inputs are provided).

The Speakers

On the speaker side of the equation is where we start to see some differences between the three systems. Ironically, the lowest-price system (YHT-3920UBL) has the "beefiest" speaker system, boasting center and satellites with a two-way design each incorporating a 2-1/2-inch mid-range woofer and 1/2-inch tweeter. For that needed bass, the YHT-3920 also comes with an 8-inch, 100-watt subwoofer.

On the other hand, both the step-up YHT-4920UBL and top-end YHT-5920UBL provide center and satellite speakers with one 2 3/4-inch full range driver each, additionally supported by a more compact 6-1/2 inch 100-watt subwoofers.

Added Features on the YHT-5920UBL

Moving up the YHT-5920UBL, you get a lot of added bonuses, the most significant of which being the addition of Network connectivity via Ethernet or built-in WiFi.

YHT-5920's network connectivity provides access to music streaming services, such as Pandora Internet Radio and Spotify, as well as content stored on DLNA compatible devices connected to your home network. Also, Apple AirPlay compatibility is included, which provides access to iTunes via Apple compatible devices and PCs.

Als, the 5920 is also be integrated into Yamaha's MusicCast wireless multiroom audio system, which allows you to stream music from any connected source to compatible Yamaha wireless satellite speakers. Note: Depending the specific production run, MusicCast may either be built-in or require a firmware update.

Also, a front panel USB connection is provided on the YHT-5920 for direct connection of iPod/iPhone, Flash Drive, and compatible digital audio players. Also, via the USB port or your local home network, you can access and play back Hi-Res Audio files, including DSD, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC.

An additional bonus on the YHT-5920UBL is that although it is packaged with its own remote, you also have the open of controlling the system with your iOS or Android phone or tablet via Yamaha's free AV controller app (iOS version - Android version).

The Yamaha YHT-3920, 4920, and 5920 UBL were originally released in mid 2015, but as, of 2017 are still in Yamaha's product line-up and have not been replaced.