Yamaha recently announced the arrival of the YHT-494, the latest in the company's growing family of Home Theater in a Box systems. The YHT-494 brings consumers a 3D, High Definition audio capable receiver
Compact, the YHT-494 system consists of a slim sound bar-like front speaker, two small rear surround speakers and a 100-watt YST subwoofer.
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The sound bar, which works to recreate the center, left and right channels in an attempt to eliminate the need for additional front speakers, is 2-inches high and fits in front of most 32 to 50-inch TVs without blocking the screen. The feet of the sound bar can be adjusted or removed for great flexibility in placement, regardless of the shape and width of the TV stand.
The YHT-494 can accept HD audio signals from Blu-ray Disc players, and features the company's exclusive Quad-Field CINEMA DSP with 17 surround sound programs.
Yamaha equipped the YHT-494 with capabilities found on its premium systems, such as SCENE buttons for one-touch operation. The four buttons are set to default settings for Blu-ray/DVD, TV Viewing, CD listening and radio listening. Pressing a SCENE button automatically launches a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button.
On the video front, The YHT-494 comes equipped with four 1080p-compatible HDMI 1.4 inputs to connect to four high definition AV sources, as well as one 1080p HDMI output.
For added flexibility, users can also enjoy their portable music on the YHT-494 with the company's optional YDS-12 Dock or YBA-10 Bluetooth wireless audio receiver.
The new YHT-494 (5.1 Channel, 600W Total Power), which joins a family of nine HTiB products, carries an MSRP of $549.95.