Yamaha YSP-2500

Yamaha YSP-2500 digital sound projector soundbar

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This soundbar has now been replaced by the YSP-2700. Improvements include the ability to understand 4K through the HDMI and the sound is even better. 

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The latest evolution of Yamaha's digital sound proector range adds additional support for 4K on the HDMI inputs and outputs, allowing 4K passthrough on 4K 50/60p as well as HDMI 2.0. There's no HDCP 2.2 though, although we are not convinced this is a necessity on AV equipment.

It replaces last years YSP-2200 with improvements on sound as well as features. The subwoofer certainly has more weight and presence and we think works better with the soundbar to produce an integrated sound. There's also some extra flexibility on HDMI inputs with 3 available, allowing you to use this as the central hub of your cinema experience.

Positioning the soundbar is pretty straightforward. Stick it under your TV and that's about it - the subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room as long as it is on the floor. The best results are if you put the soundbar in the middle of a flat wall in a rectangular room but the system copes very well with unusual room shapes. Even if you are putting this in a corner you'll still get great effects.

Use the included microphone to fine tune the soundbar and suddently you'll hear sound projected to the side and behind of you - just as you would expect in the cinema. This is a clever emulation indeed. We've used clips with planes flying overhead and it's very effective - the plane clearly sounds like it is travelling behind you even though there are no speakers there!

Sound quality is good; this isn't a budget bit of kit. It's worth considering what you'd get if you went stereo instead, or if you went fully wired - both options will give you a better overall sound but not by much and each has other disadvantages. It therefore makes sense that this is the perfect product for wire free surround sound.

You can also wall mount the soundbar if you want using the SPM-K20 wall bracket. It's not included but it's an optional extra if you do want to wall mount.

What Hifi 5 starsWhat Hifi 5 stars

What Hifi magazine reviewed this soundbar and awarded it 5 stars. It was also a winner in the What Hifi 2014 awards, scooping the 'Best Soundbar £600+' prize.

"The YSP-2500's expansive soundfield, punch and scale are impressive, and it's the most appealing solution for those that want cinema-style sound without going the full hog with a 5.1 system."

Also known as: YSP2500, YSP 2500

Tech Spec

General

Model YSP-2500

Sound

Audio formats LPCM
Maximum surround 7.1
Total power rating 162W
Surround sound processing Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby True HD, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Dolby Atmos No

Inputs and Outputs

HDMI connections 3 in, 1 out
Supports ARC (audio return channel) Yes
Optical connections 2 in
Digital Co-axial connections 1 in
Analog connections 1 in
Bluetooth Yes

Networking

Multiroom No

Speakers

Curved screen or soundbar No
Screen size No

Subwoofer

Subwoofer power 130W

Measurements

Dimensions (W x H x D) 944 x 73 x 144 mm
Net weight 4.0 kg
Subwoofer dimensions (W x H x D) 147 x 444 x 353 mm
Subwoofer net weight 7.9 kg

Accessories

Remote Control Remote control included, Apple app available, Android app available