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Yamaha YHT-S400BL Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Subwoofer-Integrated receiver allows one-cable connection
  • World's slimmest soundbard (2 inches) can be placed in from of most TVs
  • Digital built in amplifier
  • Yamaha's exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME
  • UniVolume keeps volume during TV programs and commercials at the same level
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Product Specifications

Brand NameYamaha
Speaker TypeSoundbar
Color Nameblack
Item Display Height2 inches
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers250 watts

Product Description

Product Description

It is an unique home theater package that supports 3D pass-through with a subwoofer-integrated and an extremely slim front speaker that fits in front of almost any TV. It supports 3D pass-through over HDMI (requires latest firmware). The UniVolume keeps volume during TV programs and commercials at the same level. HDMI CEC functionality with built-in FM tuner, iPod compatibility via optional Yamaha Universal Dock YDS-11. Bluetooth compatibility with Yamaha Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver (YBA-10) and compressed Music Enhancer and four surround modes.Input 2 : HDMI Ver. 1.4 x 1, Digital In Jack x 1, Analog Input Jack x 1, iPod Dock x 1, Antenna x 1. Output 2: HDMI Ver. 1.4 x 1 and Subwoofer x 1.what's in the box: Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater Package , Speaker Cable (9.9 feet or 3 m), Remote Control, 2 x Batteries, Indoor FM Antenna, 2 x Speaker Stands, Mounting Template, 2 x Screws for Stands, 4 x Non-Skid Pads, Quick Reference Guide, Owner's Manual (CD-ROM) and 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty.

From the Manufacturer

Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System

Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System

    Key Features

  • Yamaha's exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME delivers 7.1-channel surround sound
  • HDMI Audio Compatibility for Blu-ray players
  • Powerful subwoofer-integrated receiver delivers robust bass with a powerful kick
  • 2-Inch Slim soundbar can fit easily under most TVs
  • UniVolume keeps volume during TV programs and commercials at the same level
  • Extended Stereo moves the stereo image further to the sides for wider sound field

A Unique Home Theater Soundbar Package that Fits Anywhere

Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System

The Yamaha YHT-S400 is a unique soundbar home theater system that's more compact and versatile than conventional soundbars. That's because Yamaha was able to build a subwoofer into the surprisingly slim receiver, eliminating an extra unit (and cables) and allowing convenient placement in a rack or on the floor. Plus, the YHT-S400 is one of the slimmest soundbars on the market. So no matter the space, you can fit a complete home theater system into even the most unforgiving of rooms.

Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System

Extended HD Stereo Compatibility

The YHT-S400 can accept HD Audio signals (linear PCM transmission) from Blu-ray Disc players for enjoying maximum sound quality. Another new technology featured in the YHT-S400, Extended Stereo moves the stereo image further to the sides. With a 31-1/2" wide unit, it is as if you are listening from speakers that are over 6 feet apart from each other. This means that the optimum sound field in front of the unit is much wider.

Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System


This welcome feature, made possible by Yamaha-developed technology, maintains a consistent volume level between different channels, programs, commercials and input sources. It can be switched on and off.

Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System
Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System

Width and Height Adjustable Feet

The speaker unit has height-adjustable and width adjustable feet, so it can be placed in front of most TVs from 32" to 50", no matter what shape and width the TV stand is. The feet can also be removed.

1080p-Compatible HDMI & CEC Functionality

Three HDMI inputs mean that you can connect three different HD sources to the receiver, each via a single cable. When the YHT-S400 is connected to a CEC-compatible TV, such as Panasonic VIERA Link TV, the YHT-S400 will turn on and off together with the TV, and you can use the TV remote unit to control the YHT-S400 volume. CEC also provides advanced functionality with other components.

Product Specifications
Woofer: 5" cone
Soundbar: Driver: (3) 1-1/2" x 3-3/4" cone
Max Front Input Power: 50W x 3
Max Sub Input Power: 100W
Frequency Response: 35Hz--20kHz
Soundbar Weight: 3.4 lbs
Sub/Receiver weight: 19 lbs
Soundbar Dimensions (W x H x D): 31-1/2" x 2" x 2-3/4"
Sub/Receiver Dimensions: 17-1/8" x 6" x 14-1/4"
Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 31.5 x 2 inches ; 3.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 30 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002ZG7WIA
  • Item model number: YHT-S400BL
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,904 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at December 22, 2009
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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Chuck S. on February 5, 2011
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I put up rant style reviews for Vizio VHT 210 and VSB210SW. To tell you the truth I was spoiled by the Vizio products when they worked and the VHT 210 was half the price of this Yamaha unit.

I will tell you I spent many hours on the net and searching in town for a soundbar that I could trust. One store here in town had this unit so the wife and I went to hear it. I had bought a Boston Acoustic system five years ago there that sounded good in the store but turned out to be junk when I got it home so was skeptical about going through that again as the Yamaha sounded good in the store and we liked the styling of the unit.

Bought it through Amazon with three year extended. Works great so far and I actually like the fact that the sub is hardwired to the bar so no wireless problems.

Works very good but have only had it a week. If Vizios customer support had its stuff together it could of been one of their units sitting where this is.

This wont be for everyone but you do have Yamahas reputation behind it and that is most important to us now for all the trouble we went through in the past two months with Vizio soundbars.

This is a simple good sounding unit. Try to hear it first before buying it might just make you reconsider having 7 speakers with wires in the room.

UPDATE...........We havent had it for quite a month yet and still sounds quite good. Great for normal television watching and really powers the sound from DVD\Blu Ray. The bass grows on you as there is plenty of it. Default setting is 0, I first set it on +3 but have been dialing it back as time goes on. I trust this unit. Please Yamaha.........dont let me down!

UPDATE....4/10/2011. So far very good. For the price you cannot beat this unit.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By MADHU S. DANDEY on February 24, 2010
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I was looking for a Home Theater in a box solution that is minimalist in appearance, without compromising on sound quality or available features. I tried the Bose 3-2-1 system and Cinemate speakers prior to this. I ended up returning both the products. For about $500 less, Yamaha delivers amazing sound quality in a very small footprint ! I highly recommend this product for apartment dwellers or someone who appreciates minimalism.

- 3 HDMI Inputs + 1 Analog
- Solid Build Quality + Yamaha reputation
- One-of-a-kind receiver that has a built-in subwoofer
- Great price & fast shipping on

-The speaker bar sometimes blocks the infrared port on the TV, thereby making it difficult to use the TV remote.
(This is really not a con, as you can dismount the legs to lower the height or position the speaker appropriately)
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2010
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Just received from Amazon today... My primary requirements were a low profile, black unobtrusive sound bar to go in the 3 inches of space I have under my wall mounted Panasonic TCP-65S1. Other options from Samsung and other manufacturers that fit my space requirement had fewer features, only 2.1 channels, and reviews indicating sound quality not quite up to snuff. It is replacing a Yamaha YSP-800 that works fine but simply takes up too much space.

I understand there is some doubt out there about the sub combined with the receiver but so far it sounds fine.

In fact the whole setup sounds better than good... very crisp clean surround 7.1ch emulation, louder and better quality/separation than the 5ch YSP-800 it is replacing.

Time (and a bunch of Blu Ray movies) will tell, and I will update this review with further observations as I further evaluate the unit.

Very easy to install and setup, the setup menus are easy to use. I am not a huge picky audiophile so the minimal setup options are plenty for me... and if I were an audiophile I probably wouldn't be getting a soundbar.

I was curious to see how the HDMI-CEC would work with my VieraLink panny, and this was the one area I was disappointed... First off it loses the VieraLink "HD Theater sound control" setting when the TV turns off and back on. Secondly while the input button works to change inputs on the receiver, it doesn't change it to the right HDMI input to match the panny onscreen display. Not sure how much these are the panny's fault and how much the receiver.

On the plus side for controls, since my DVR control can turn the TV power off and on, using the HDMI inputs on the receiver instead of the TV does the trick...
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mort on April 13, 2011
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After a lot of research I chose this sound bar and am very glad I did. The sound is superb for our "bedroom theater" and it makes a huge difference to our viewing experience. It's not in the same league as our living room's sound system of course (nearly $2k), but we didn't expect that.

One thing that is VERY important to us is the clarity of speaking voices (i.e. center channel). Our boomer-generation ears are not what they used to be. This unit has the clearest voice channel we've ever heard on ANY system. This is a huge plus to us, and it enables us to keep the volume at comfortable levels while still hearing the voices clearly.

The system has plenty of volume -- way more than we would ever need in our bedroom. The subwoofer is more than adequate, especially for a bedroom. Most other sound bar systems require you to put the receiver/subwoofer on the floor, which can make it difficult to see the display and operate with a remote. I like having it where I can see it (the display is dimmable, by the way).

As other reviewers have noted, it doesn't emulate true surround sound, but it is a nice compromise in my opinion.

The looks of the system are fantastic. The bar is very sleek, and the subwoofer/receiver looks very cool in our furniture. (We have a dresser that has two audio compartments along the top shelf, and a 50-inch plasma).

Before buying it, I had to convince my wife that it would make a real difference to our viewing experience, and she kind of rolled her eyes. Finally she agreed to let me buy it as an early birthday present for myself. Well, guess what! She likes it even more than I do. She feels that it totally changes our bedroom, not only for TV viewing but also music (cable digital music channels).
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