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How does Yamaha get all that sound from one speaker? Well, the size helps. At over 43" wide, this sound bar is big. That's "took up an entire shelf on my TV stand" big. At 9" high, it's best suited for a wall-mounted TV. Still, it's pretty space-friendly compared to a full home theater system. Yamaha's beam drivers project sound everywhere I've long been impressed by how well Yamaha's digital sound projectors create realistic surround sound. The trick is their special beam drivers (shown above and right). There are 44 of these directional speakers in the YSP-5600 sound bar. The precisely angled drivers use advanced processing to bounce sound off the surrounding walls and ceiling into your listening position. There are also two built-in low-frequency drivers, which delivered plenty of bass for my room. Want more bass? There's an output for a separate powered subwoofer. Yamaha even offers an optional wireless adapter ($149.99) to connect your sub wirelessly. So how well does it work? Yamaha's internal processing uses the height channels to add depth to everything you watch, mixed for Atmos or not. My 3-year-old daughter's face lit up at The Lion King' s classic, joyous opening. It felt larger and taller than the screen, as if the entire front wall was pouring music toward us. I also found it great for watching sports. During a basketball game, I heard the crowd and players jawing all around as if I were courtside in the arena. Simple, customized setup The YSP-5600 has four HDMI inputs (including one 4K-ready input) for connecting a cable box, Blu-ray player, media streaming device, or other components. There's also a setup mic to help tailor the sound to your room. Just plug it into the sound bar and its processors will do the rest. I had everything connected and optimized in ten minutes. Yamaha YSP-5600 Digital Sound Projector #022YSP5600 $1599.99 Check out the Yamaha YSP-5600 at crutchReld.com/AtmosBar Get the inside scoop We try out lots of the gear we sell and get expert training from the folks who make it. See product reviews and videos at crutchReld.com/learn This cutaway illustration of the Yamaha YSP-5600 shows the array of drivers (there are 44 in all) that work together to create Atmos eects from a single bar (grille not removable). 12 dedicated height drivers reSect sound o the ceiling to create a huge soundstage. Music lovers? Covered Another cool feature of this sound bar? It has Yamaha's MusicCast onboard. When connected to your home network, you can play music wirelessly. Tunes sound big and full through this impressive sound bar too. MusicCast also lets you build a whole-home music system by adding compatible speakers (see page 14). You can even throw TV audio from this sound bar to another speaker in the kitchen, so you can keep up with the movie while grabbing a snack. The MusicCast app is really intuitive and user-friendly. Navigating the main menu was a breeze. I could quickly take control of other speakers or whole groups of speakers. From there, I flipped from downloaded podcasts to Spotify playlists with just a few taps of the screen.

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