What were they thinking?
After grappling with a bluetooth only soundbar and subwoofer combo, I returned it and purchased the Yamaha. Everything went well until I went to set up the subwoofer. After almost an hour of double checking, I resorted to calling the 1800 number for help. At least it came fast. I was soon to discover that I must source my own audio cable to set up the sub in the wired mode. After some scratching about, I found one. Still nothing! 1800 again! This time I had to source an ethernet cable to link the soundbar with the t.v. After a lot of following ...instructions, I finally had a working unit. It works fine and has excellent clear voice. Why did I have the issues? The tech cheerfully informed me that the units were programmed to be wireless connected in the factory but, but, but..... they don't come with the bluetooth or wireless kit and as I learnt, no audio cable either. All this means is that any buyer must either buy a sufficiently long audio cable or they must buy a wireless kit before the system will operate with a subwoofer. As the soundbar and subwoofer are usually sold together, might it just dawn on Yamaha one day that buyers should be advised to make a purchase of either the wireless component or the audio cable at the same time? Better still, include both. Any system with a recommended retail above $2000 should include hardware for all installation options. Oh, the retail is well under $2000 in the current electronics market. Apart from this, I would have rated 4.5 stars.
Ultimate Sound Bar!
The perfect sound bar! This unit is simply amazing. We previously owned Yamaha 6.1 surround sound system, however there were speakers and cables every where.
We simplified with this unit, including the wireless sub. The sound is immersive, clear, and truly surround sound, without rear speakers. Setup of the sound bar is straight forward following the user manual. If you have any questions Yamaha tech guys are only too happy to help. This sound bar is excellent for playing both movies and music. With 44speakers tuned to perfection, you will be impressed!!! It’s not a cheap item, however certainly a quality item worth every cent. Well done YAMAHA! Purchased from David Jones, excellent price and service!
Purchased in August 2019 for $1,747.00.
Questions & Answers
I have the Yamaha YSP-5600BMK2 Musiccast Soundbar purchased from Todds Hifi. The bar has worked well for a few months then was Dropping out constantly. I returned the bar and received an Exchange one under warranty. I have now connected the Sound Bar to my Lap top computer as well as my Apple Tv. The computer has a Very dysfunctional screen that will not register any key strokes and the Apple is constantly looking for more signal down load. If the Yamaha is isolated from both lap top and Apple TV and run HDMI direct to the Tv, everything works OK.
Stephen, I am not very techy but my new installation, has my subby and sound bar wired in. This time I used a professional installer because I had a 82" t.v. installed and he did not charge to do it. His comments were interesting but he said compatibility issues plagued most sound bars and that blue tooth and wifi functions were prone to glitches. Old fashioned I know but I have the volume controls and auto on and off via the Samsung remote and use the Yamaha remote for changing sound settings. It works great, maybe not as convenient as using a phone but who wants hassles? cheers flapgum.
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