Yamaha YHT-797 5.1 Home Theater System

So what we have here is the Yamaha YHT-797, a brand new Home Theater in a box solution for those with minimal space looking for solid, quality sound.  I have always had at least one Yamaha reciever my whole adult life.  I've always seen quality in yamaha and this product appears no different.  This reciever is solid enough to allow upgrading the speakers too(if at some time you want to upgrade the satellite speakers with some bigger speakers).  Take a look below and check the features and specifications.  

Specifications / Features

YHT-797 Home Theater in a Box

An amazingly versatile HTiB system that provides simple operation with network control via free Yamaha AV Controller App, plus enhanced audio capabilities with CINEMA DSP 3D for an enveloping home theater experience from a 5-channel speaker package and a powerful 10" 100W Subwoofer. With expanded Apple connectivity with AirPlay and versatile USB input for iPad compatibility, this system is also ready for the future with sophisticated technologies like 4k video pass-through and 20% less power consumption with ECO mode.

Audio Features

• 5-channel powerful surround sound 
115W per Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9 % THD, 1 ch driven) 
80W per Channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09 % THD, 2 ch driven) 
• HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 
• Discrete amp configuration 
• Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels 
• Direct Mode for high quality sound reproduction 
• Low jitter PLL circuitry helps optimize sound imaging 
• 2-way speaker drivers for high power input capacity 
• 10” 100W multi-range subwoofer

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.

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.

Network Functions

This AV receiver provides a variety of network functions that enable you to access more sources and also enhance operation. You can connect the receiver to a PC to enjoy Internet Radio. The AV Controller app (from iTunes App Store or Android Market) lets you control various functions from your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android phones.  Need I say more?

AV Controller App for Easy, Convenient Operation

This AV Receiver lets you use the Yamaha AV Controller app that is downloadable from the iTunes App Store or Android Market to control power on/off and volume, select input and DSP modes and operate other functions from an iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android phones. A tablet version is also available.  With the number of cellphones out there in all our hands, the value in this feature is obvious.

AirPlay Allows Streaming Music to AV receiver

This AV receiver supports AirPlay, which means they can accept wireless music streaming from iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, as well as from iTunes on Macs or PCs. This makes it easy to enjoy music from your mobile devices or computer on your home theater system. You can use view metadata such as song title, artist name as well as album art* via AV receiver's on-screen display.   Absolutely simple...and Awesome.

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.  I currently use a Yamaha with this system and it works like a charm.  Better than many other mic calibration systems.

USB Digital Connection for iPod, iPhone and iPad on the Front Panel

A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod/iPhone/iPad, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone/iPad 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/iPad music playback functions.  This really is an invaluable feature in this day and age with all the USB devices we all own.

HD Audio with CINEMA DSP 3D and Virtual Presence Speaker

CINEMA DSP 3D is a feature that provides a wide,dense and high sound field.  HD Audio format decoding lets you enjoy HD Audio sources.  Virtual Presence Speaker delivers 3 dimentional sound without acutal use of two extra speakers (presence speakers).  I have this feature on one of my recievers and it worked great before I added presence speakers. 

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.

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.

Other Notable Advanced Features

• Charging of iPod, iPhone and iPad via USB when AV Receiver is off 
• iPod/iPhone song titles displayed in English and Western European languages on the front panel 
• Multi language color OSD for improved visibility 
• Audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video input 
• Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-250 ms) 
• 40-station preset tuning / Auto preset tuning 
• Preset remote unit 
• Background Video feature (for Radio only)
• Supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24 Hz Refresh Rate and Auto Lip-Sync compensation
If this doesn't look like your cup of tea take a look through the menu.  There are several options in several price ranges.