March April 2016 Page 30 March / April 2016

T heres a brief, relatively quiet moment in the otherwise brash action movie John Wick. In the back of a busy nightclub, the hero an ex-hitman wronged by his former employer prepares for a face-o with a throng of thugs. Muffled music thumps from the dance Soor. With a Dolby Atmos soundtrack through the Yamaha YSP-5600 Digital Sound Projector, the tension of the scene was palpable. Each beat of bass seemed to make my entire living room inhale, as if it was taking a deep, anxious breath. When the hero burst through the door, the hectic scene overtook my room. Loud, throbbing music, shattering glass, screams, and explosions attacked me from all angles, including above. It was as if there were speakers surrounding me. But I was only using a single, very impressive sound bar with Dolby Atmos. World's first Dolby Atmos sound bar What's Dolby Atmos? Dolby Atmos is a powerful, three- dimensional audio format originally developed for movie theaters. Sound completely envelops you with effects not only behind you, but above you as well - think of a jet flyover. The typical home setup includes a compatible receiver, a full surround speaker array, plus in-ceiling or "height" speakers. It's breathtaking, but not feasible for all rooms. Yamaha aimed to re-create the Atmos experience with one easy-to-set-up, self-contained speaker system. I spent a weekend with the YSP-5600 and found this sound bar's performance mind-blowing considering that all the sound emanates from a single box. BY JEFF MILLER HANDS-ON WITH THE While a typical Dolby Atmos setup like the one shown here uses a receiver and multiple speakers, the YSP-5600 sound bar achieves a similar eect by itself. 30 Get advice from one of our experts 1-800-555-8211

Previous Page
Next Page