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Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 5-channel powerful surround sound (100W per Channel)
  • HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • 4K pass-through for next generation super high resolution images
  • Front panel USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone
  • YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup
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Product Specifications

Brand NameYamaha
Output Wattage100 watts
Color NameBlack

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 16.6 x 21.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 53 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007PU2X76
  • Item model number: YHT-397BL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,296 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 30, 2012

Product Description

Product Description

The YHT-397 Home Theater System provides simple operation, yet includes essential capabilities for high definition home audio video enjoyment, offering popular features like USB input for iPhone and color on-screen display, as well as a 5.1 channel speaker system with a powerful 8" 100W subwoofer. This system is also ready for the next generation with sophisticated technologies like 4k video pass-through and ECO mode for lower power consumption.

From the Manufacturer

Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater Ststem

Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

    Key Features

  • 5.1-Channel Powerful Surround Sound with 100W per Channel
  • HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • 4K pass-through for next generation super high resolution displays, and HDMI (4 in/1 out) with 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • Front panel USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone
  • YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup in minutes
  • Multi language color OSD for improved visibility
  • ECO mode operation for about 20%* less power consumption
  • Background Video feature (for Radio only)

Yamaha's Entry Piece to their home theater lineup comes with the features of tomorrow.

The YHT-397 Home Theater System provides simple operation, yet includes essential capabilities for high definition home audio video enjoyment, offering popular features like USB input for iPhone and color on-screen display, as well as a 5.1 channel speaker system with a powerful 8" 100W subwoofer. This system is also ready for the next generation with sophisticated technologies like 4k video passthrough and ECO mode for lower power consumption. The Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System includes the all-new Yamaha HTR-3065BL Receiver, Yamaha's time tested NS-AP2600BL 5-Channel speaker system, and a powerful Yamaha YST-SW012BL2 100-Watt subwoofer.




Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

4K Pass-Through for Next Generation Super High Resolution Images

This AV receiver provides advanced HDMI features including 4K pass-through. 4K refers to four times the resolution of a 1080p display. While not yet available, 4K displays and sources are sure to become popular in the future. This receiver is capable of passing the 4K data from the source to the display, for image clarity far beyond present standards.



Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel

3D means the receiver can handle 3D signal data. The Audio Return Channel function enables data to be sent and received via the same HDMI cable, so you can hear the sound from the TV via a single HDMI cable, with no need for an extra optical cable.







Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

HDMI CEC for Easy Operation

Another benefit of HDMI is the availability of CEC functionality. When the unit is connected to a CEC compatible TV, it will turn on and off together with the TV, and you can use the TV remote to control the volume. CEC also provides advanced functionality with other components. For example, you can use the receiver’s remote unit to control player functions like Skip and Stop.

*All connected devices must be HDMI CEC compatible. Some CEC compatible TVs/players may not work.




Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

YPAO Sound Optimization for Automatic Speaker Setup

YPAO analyzes the room acoustics and adjusts various audio parameters for optimum sound in just a few minutes. It’s like having a professional installer calibrate your system.








Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone

A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod/iPhone, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone is transmitted directly to the AV receiver, there is no signal loss or interference, so you enjoy the best possible sound quality. In addition, you can use the receiver’s remote control unit to operate the iPod/iPhone music playback functions.





Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

SCENE for One-Touch Start

Pressing a SCENE button powers on the AV Receiver and selects the input source and DSP mode. You can re-set the buttons for different sources by selecting a source and DSP mode, then pressing a SCENE button for more than three seconds.




Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

HD Audio with CINEMA DSP

Yamaha’s exclusive CINEMA DSP technology supports playback of HD Audio (Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, etc.), providing natural and expansive sound imaging.













Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

Subwoofer Trim for Improved Sound Imaging

The Subwoofer Trim control enhances the low frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This will result in a cleaner, more focused sound stage while providing a seamless frequency response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional systems, the overall sound is “pushed” toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim takes care of this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced enhanced bass sound.




Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

Compressed Music Enhancer

When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response suffers. Yamaha’s Compressed Music Enhancer employs sophisticated digital signal processing using exclusive algorithms to restore what was lost, so the music always sounds the way it should.





Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)

Adaptive DRC automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialogue and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.




Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

ECO mode lowers power consumption by 20%*

Yamaha’s new ECO mode reduces power consumption by about 20%. It can be set from the top of the GUI menu.
* Compared to power consumption when ECO mode is off (Yamaha measurement).







Yamaha YHT-397 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

Selectable Auto Power Down

Auto Power Down lets you save energy by selecting to turn off the power after 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.
* Compared to power consumption when ECO mode is off (Yamaha measurement).












Other Notable Advanced Features

  • iPod/iPhone song titles displayed in English and Western European languages on the front panel
  • Multi language color OSD for improved visibility
  • Front panel mini jack input for connecting portable audio player
  • Audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video input
  • 9 selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies
  • Subwoofer phase select / Subwoofer out
  • Initial Volume Setting and Maximum Volume Setting
  • Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-250 ms)
  • 40-station preset tuning / Auto preset tuning
  • Background Video feature (for Radio only)

Customer Reviews

Very easy and simple set up.
just me
Movies sound like they are supposed to and music is very clear and loud.
Juan
This is a great budget Home Theater system and I highly recommend it.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By N. Feathers on February 14, 2013
I purchased this system as a gift for somebody, but have operated it extensively for the past couple of weeks. Bear in mind, that my setup is somewhat unique based on the 651SV 65" Vizio it was being connected to and the Time Warner digital cable box being used. Everybody will have different setups, so my case might be a little unique.

First off, the box that it comes in is fairly heavy...as can be expected with this amount of audio equipment. Yamaha sells all of these components separately, so they are boxed separately. To simplify, you are shipped 1 box, but then there are 3 boxes inside of that box for your 5 channel speakers, subwoofer, and audio receiver(which is actually the RX-V373 series receiver I believe, even though it is labeled HTR-3065 in this setup). Everything was shipped in tip top shape and had no problems there...it was packaged quite well by Yamaha.

Installation:
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I took my time hooking it up, but it was no real biggie as I just drilled some holes into the floor and ran the speaker wire through the basement. The room I placed this system in was 24'x13' and instead of using the thin wire Yamaha supplies you with, I just purchased the 100' roll of 16 guage RCA wire that is available here on Amazon. It is thicker, carries a signal a farther distance, and improves the clarity of sound when you are carrying a signal a farther distance...in other words, pretty much mandatory in my opinion. This is no slight to Yamaha, as all manufacturers sends you cheap and thin wire.
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful By arainman on December 2, 2012
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You really can't beat this unit for the price. It came as advertised and only took a couple hours to set up. The instruction manual was lacking, but the disc that accompanied it is very thorough. I am pretty savvy with home theater equipment and this unit seemed too good to be true. Well, it is and it's not.........

It was easy to put together and does the job as advertised. The sound is really good for a unit of this price. Yamaha has always had a good name and hasn't let it go with this unit. The surround sound "auto" set up is very easy and works really well. It's easy to tweak the settings if need be as well. There are a lot of inputs for various devices. Although, the inputs area is exactly where I have an issue and I'll address that below.....The unit is very easy to navigate through the menu and adjust things and customize things for you. The USB input on the front of the unit is great for your ipod/iphone. Don't knock the sound or the speakers until you have set it up completely and have customized everything. Once it's set up, the entire package sounds pretty good.

The idea of a home theater system, to me, is to have ALL the devices going to the unit and then ONE cable (HDMI) going to the TV. This is NOT that unit. The only things that travels through the HDMI output cable are the HDMI inputs, as well as sound from the other inputs. Video from the AV or Component inputs does NOT get transferred through the HDMI output to the TV. On this unit they require a separate cable going from the AV output or Component output to another input on the TV, which to me defeats some of the purpose of having a "system".
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Charles Nefzger on September 22, 2012
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Installation took about 3 hours and I had my young apprentice electrician son-in-law do it. I could have but he knew what he was doing.

Once installed, it performed exactly like I hoped. We had both gotten the point where we were using subtitles to understand movie dialogue. That is no longer necessary. When at a moderate sound level, the sound is clear and crisp and easily understandable. When turned up for music or action films, the system gives the feeling of being in a theater.

Great buy for the price.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Stephenson on December 13, 2012
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This is definitely a better system than most low end home theater in a box systems by the mass market brands with their proprietary cables and chintzy speakers. On the other hand, this is not a super audiophile product, but rather a nice middle ground product that probably fits the needs of most normal consumers. The set-up is quite simple and the components are products that are sold by Yamaha separately (the sub is almost $100 on Amazon alone and is well rated). I am one of those people who will research things obsessively, and I feel like I can say with confidence that to get something that sounds significantly better than this system, you are likely looking at $600 and up. Some caveats to my appraisal are that I have it set up in a small living room and that I replaced the two front speakers with some higher quality units I had sitting around. Immediately after purchasing the unit (but before receiving it) I had some buyer's remorse thinking I should have stepped up to the Yht-597 that has a bit more powerful and fuller featured. The hdmi pass -through and networkability were what made me reconsider. However, I have it all set up and am quite satisfied with the features, but the extra $150 may be worth it for many. In case you are an energy geek like I am, I can tell you that according to my watt meter the sub sucks down 7 watts in stand by and seems to peak up around 50. The receiver runs about 40-70 at normal listening levels in Eco mode and about 35 with no source passing through. The one upgrade you will want to make off the bat is real speaker wire and a beefier RCA sub cable. A nice universal remote like a Harmony would also probably make you life easier if you do not have on already.
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