(photos: Yamaha) Yamaha YHT-S401 Sound Bar | US$699.95 | www.yamaha.com
if you are facing space constraint in your living room or are less-than capable in messing with slew of cables for a multi-speaker home entertainment setup, then a surround sound capable sound bar like the Yamaha YHT-S401 Sound Bar would be the sound system of choice. it is completely unobtrusive and sits neatly beneath your LCD display, while boasting a receiver unit with integrated subwoofer. the YHT-S401 offers a total of 250W of output through its three channels, plus the subwoofer contributing yet another 100W of earth shaking low frequency power. it sports a host of I/Os such as CEC-compatible HDMI, optical-in, coaxial, analog audio and a surround headphone jack. other features include an removable adjustable five steps legs, integrated FM tuner, HD audio signals decoding (Dolby True HD and DTS-HD included), full HD 1080p with support for 3D and Audio Return Channel (ARC), Yamaha’s UniVolume technology that maintains volume consistency between different channels and input sources, Air Surround Extreme, a choice of 6 surround modes, and USB port that supports connection to your iPod/iPhone and USB flash drives. decor-conscious individual will be glad that the YHT-S401’s legs can be removed and the unit can be mounted on the wall. additionally, its receiver/subwoofer unit has the flexibility of placing either vertically or horizontally. the Yamaha YHT-S401 Sound Bar is available for $699.95. more look at the YHT-S401 after the break.