The Yamaha YSP-5600 was introduced to the world on Tuesday, and the company said it is the first soundbar to feature Dolby Atmos technology. Dolby Atmos is described as being an audio tech that delivers “captivating, moving audio that places sound anywhere in the room, even overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.” The YSP-5600 will be the world’s first soundbar to support the tech without the need of an additional AV receiver, Yamaha said.
The soundbar will also get DTS:X support through an upcoming firmware update, meaning it will be able to expand its support for multidimensional listening experiences, Yamaha explained.
It’s Yamaha’s Digital Sound Projector technology that the company said allows it to deliver the product with support for these advanced audio technologies. The YSP-5600 employs Yamaha DSP together with the use of 44 small speaker drivers that include 12 for the height channels, which create “sound beams” that achieve the equivalent of a 7.1.2-channel speaker system.
“As multiple speaker systems are not always feasible or desirable in some rooms, the YSP-5600 represents the simplest, most elegant solution for introducing Dolby Atmos and DTS:X into the home,” Bob Goedken, general manager, AV Division, Yamaha Corporation of America, said in a statement. “And since it is equipped with MusicCast, this impressive sound bar doubles as an entertainment hub that can stream audio content to other MusicCast products throughout the home.”
Like the full Yamaha MusicCast line, the YSP-5600 supports Bluetooth as an input or output. This enables it to play content streamed from a mobile device and re-stream that audio to other MusicCast devices over WiFi.
Other features of the YSP-5600 touted by Yamaha include HDMI connectivity, full 4K Ultra HD with 4K 60p and HDCP 2.2 support, and streaming media services support.
The Yamaha YSP-5600 soundbar will be available exclusively through authorized Yamaha dealers in December and will retail for $1,699.95.