I was there sitting in a closed dimly lit room and suddenly I could hear a Boeing 747 taking off over my head. The sound was coming out of Yamaha’s latest YSP 5600 sound projector with Dolby Atmos. While generally sound tends to be in a single plane around you, I felt the Boeing 747 on top of my head and I didn’t look up. That’s the magic of projecting sound rather than playing back, something your normal music player does.
Televisions these days are so thin they are unable to accommodate good sounding speakers, make extra audio add-ons a must-have. Most brands tend to bundle a sound bar just to sweeten the listening experience.
Yamaha though has a different take, which it proudly calls sound bars projectors.
Yamaha’s latest sound projectors look exactly like most soundbars in the market, but they deliver sound in a way that is just unconventional. While soundbars placed below a TV would playback sound, Yamaha’s YSP-5600 projects those very sound to make you feel as if they are being reproduced by the TV directly.
Yes, when those characters speak it feels as if they are delivering those words themselves.
Under the hood, the Yamaha YSP-5600 boasts of 46 speakers with their individual amplifier for an unmatched audio experience. These speakers deliver all the sound but the experience is governed by a technology called beam steering.
So what is so unique about it? Instead of playing back sound, the YSP series projects the sound with the help of beam steering. It is very much like steering light in a particular direction. Once the beam is steered, it gets reflected from any hard surface which makes it a viable option for households.
In the middle of the demo, Yamaha guys played video of a Chevrolet Corvette zipping past at over 100mph sending sound vibrations across my body. Since its being beam steered, the sound was easily moved from one end of the room using the remote.
You can easily make that sound come out from your left or from right. How about some sound being played from the top? Say from a vertical plane. It does just that with the help of 12 vertical planes Dolby Atmos beam drivers.
With Yamaha’s YSP series, Dolby has been able to add its Atmos vertical sound to a regular speaker as well. With these set of sound projectors, sound comes from all around you without a physical speaker using beam steering. Just imagine a spacecraft taking off in a vertical plane, the sound will, of course, be played in a horizontal plane but there is another sound from a vertical plane. Just apt for such kind of sound. It is so crazy that you must hear it to believe it.
Plus, the shape of the room doesn’t matter anymore and this unit supports most connectivity options including Apple’s Airplay. With home automation gaining popularity, Yamaha has also added RS232 port to this sound projector along with auxiliary inputs.
There is nothing wrong with Yamaha’s YSP 5600 sound projector. Sound reverberates around without the need for a physical speaker and the vertical plane makes for a more enhanced sound experience. In the US, Yamaha offers this version with Spotify Connect and in India, the company has introduced a nifty app called MusicCast.
MusicCast uses existing wireless network to stream music wirelessly. It allows users to play different music in different room or combine rooms to play the same thing everywhere.
This would be ideal for those with large houses and having dedicated AV devices in each room. Good things never come cheap and in that sense, Yamaha YSP-5600 is one really good thing. The sound projector costs north of Rs 1,50,000, but it delivers a sound that is unique and projected in a way that is unlike any other thing in the market.