• Many of the great features found on the step-up Yamaha YSP-4000 can also be found on the YSP-3050 for less money in a smaller package, making it a very good value, especially for smaller and auxiliary rooms around the house.
• The Yamaha YSP-3050 has fairly convincing surround sound, continuing Yamaha's strong tradition of offering some of the best surround modes, even when compared with the high-end, big boy AV preamps costing $10,000 or more.
• An attractive design compliments flat panel displays very nicely, even in small rooms.
• The YSP-3050 does not have a built-in iPod dock, unlike other sound bars at its price point; you have to purchase the dock separately.
• There is no decoding for Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio, which leaves Blu-ray fans lacking.
• The low-end bass is somewhat anemic; a separate subwoofer is suggested to support this speaker system for the lower registers.
While this unit won't compare sonically to a full-on 5.1 or 7.1 surround system and separate receiver, it is a great solution for the space- and design-conscious buyer. If you want more power or need more inputs, consider spending the extra $400 to step up to the YSP-4000, which has slightly more features, more inputs, more drivers and more power.