I'm using this primarily for my new LG 1080 OLED TV. I experienced Dolby ATMOS in a local movie theater and I love the ceiling speakers and overall immersive sound. So, for home, I upgraded from a typical $300 sony 2.1 channel soundbar, which by the way, has been a great sound system for many years. This yamaha with subwoofer is $2,000. Here is what I experienced for $1,700 more:
- The bass is more evenly distributed, less echo and less chaotic rumble through my living room, more crisp.
- The voice is sharper, louder and more centered.
- Overall, a richer surround sound experience.
- However, you will not hear precise sounds above or behind you, as you would assume with the marketing of ATMOS.
I blindfolded my wife and tested both the sony soundbar and this Yamaha on the same scenes in Transformers 4. All I had to do was switch the HDMI cable on the soundbars back and forth. The Yamaha was no doubt, sound immersive and crisper. You feel the sound into your bones.
But is it worth the extra $1,700 over a typical soundbar?
I watch primarily DirecTV, since it has a superior HD compression method than over cable, and some BluRays. The richer sound is very noticeable on BluRays that have the words DOLBY ATMOS on the disc. For regular TV, like ESPN, I don't think you will hear a huge difference, since the new Genie boxes uses the Dolby TrueHD format, not ATMOS. But, overall, a $300 soundbar is a good choice for surround sound. You pay extra just to be an early adopter and for an uptick in sound. I docked 1 star because the price should be under $1,200, not $1,599, considering the subwoofer is not included.
- I noticed half of BluRays will have the competing DTS sound format, not Dolby. Fast and Furious 7 is DTS, and Transformers is Dolby ATMOS. They both sound great. The new Samsung ATMOS soundbar does not support DTS - just FYI.
- I bought a $180 Sony 115w subwoofer and it works great with plenty of bass. Since the subwoofer is suppose to sit 3 feet to the side of your TV, I just plugged in an RCA cable. You don't need to go wireless!
However, I found a problem. Only Yamaha subwoofers have the integration feature thats allows the sub to turn on / off along with the TV remote by ARC connection. Using other than Yamaha subs, your sub will be left on and wasting electricity and shortening it's life span. I just ordered the $399 Yamaha NS-SW200PN. The cheaper Yamaha that sells for $120, have reviews knocking it's music playback capabilities, which requires more power. The $249 Yamaha that looks like a mini sub, lacks a crossover frequency control knob. So, I am stuck with another overpriced Yamaha product for $399, just so I can turn it off along with my TV.
- The 5600 setup process takes over an hour. You have to read the instructions to the T and re-read it several times, if you are not a techie type.