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Yamaha YHT-S401

Yamaha YHT-S401
alaScore 89

406 reviews

Mar, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 406 reviews of Yamaha YHT-S401. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability also get good feedback.

usability, price, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Yamaha YHT-S401 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Yamaha YHT-S401 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers on Reviewers really like the price.


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This summary is based on the products: Yamaha YHTS401-BLACK 7.1 Channel Soundbar & Subwoofer System with USB Digital ConnectionYamaha YHTS401-BLACK 7.1 Channel Soundbar & Subwoofer System with USB Digital Connection

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

Yamaha YHT-S401BL


Product not yet reviewed by PCMag editors.

The Yamaha YHT-S401BL ($699.99) soundbar speaker system offers amplified stereo sound for an HDTV in a small living room or den. The YHT-S401BL is a three-channel, stereo soundbar with a companion wireless subwoofer. The main speaker measures 3.2 by...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Hurrairah bin Sohail (

Yamaha YHT-S401 Sound Bar - A Cut Above the Rest


A step up from older models, the Yamaha YHT-S401 is one of the latest mid-level sound bar offerings in the market. Can it deliver on features, design, performance and value to convince us it is a worthy successor to the excellent YHT-S400?

Excellent performance - neutral/natural tone ; 4 HDMI ports provided ; Option to add extra surround speakers

No wireless capabilities ; Receiver unit is heavy and a bit bulky ; Lacks cinema feel when playing movies

With regards to audio technology, the sound bar’s horizontal speakers boasts of Air Surround Xtreme and Music Enhancer - both of which are proprietary sound enhancements by Yamaha. The former is intended to reproduce 7.1-channel surround sound with...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Anton van Beek (

Yamaha YHT-S401 review


The YHT-S401 seemingly has a lot going for it, including Yamaha's rich heritage in soundbars and a comprehensive specification that makes a mockery of the similarly-priced Bose Solo. The YHT-S401 boasts four HDMI sockets, a headphone jack, FM aerial...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Yamaha YHT-S401 review


Yamaha has a strong tradition in soundbars, but this isn't its finest by a long stretch

Weighty bass ; lots of control and precision ; good build

Thin vocals ; compressed treble ; not wholly intuitive to use

Quality build and controlled bass, but this is not Yamaha’s best by a long stretch

May, 2012

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Great purchase


Arrived packaged well inside shipping box.Item is as described - excellent depth of sound!! Hard to believe so much clear deep sound from such a lightweight sound bar.RF repeater doesn't work well and can't be positioned where needed, but having...

Feb, 2012

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Very easy to set up. Great sound especially the clear voice. Subwoofer does not have the deep bass sound of my old Boston Acoustics Subwoofer had, but it is not bad. System way way better than TV speakers and pretty close to my 5.1 surround system I...

Consumer review (

Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System


Arrived packaged well inside shipping box.Item is as described - excellent depth of sound!! Hard to believe so much clear deep sound from such a lightweight sound bar.RF repeater doesn't work well and can't be positioned where needed, but having...

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Great sound, looks great, questionable manufacturing quality...


I bought this unit to improve quality of poor sounding T.V. and as a sound system for music. It does both of these things very well. Calling it surround sound without adding extra speakers is a bit of a stretch but the quality of sound is sensational...

Oct, 2014

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Yamaha YHT-S401


Easy to set up great sound great looks loads of power

Jan, 2013

Consumer review (

Does the job very well


I reviewed this product a couple of months ago when I first bought it. I had lots of problems getting it to work properly at first and ended up being given a replacement receiver by Harvey Norman, Warrawong. Had problems again and decided that maybe I...

Vast improvement in frequency range (much more bass) and clarity.

Cost almost as much as the TV but that's probably because TV's are being made more cheaply nowadays.

Sep, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit / 192kHz
Audio decoders:Dolby Digital,DTS
Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, MP4, WAV, WMA
Audio output channels:3.1
Audio Return Channel (ARC): Yes
Audio system:7.1
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby Digital, DTS
Equalizer: Yes
Game mode: Yes
MP3 bit rates:5 - 320
RMS rated power:250
Sound enhancement technology:Y
Surround modes quantity:6
WMA bit rates:5 - 384


Cassette deck: No
Color of product:Black
Optical disc player:N

Disk Drive

Built-in hard drive: No



Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Power consumption (standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):40
Power Source:AC

Front speakers

Front speaker impedance:6
Front speaker type:1-Way
Front speaker woofer diameter (imperial):2.12
Front speaker woofer size:2.12
Front speakers RMS power:45

Hard Drive

Built-in hard drive:N

Management Features

Handheld remote control: Yes


Bass reflex: Yes
Karaoke: No
Number of loudspeakers:1
Number of Speakers:1
RMS rated power:250
Speaker type:3-Way
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):5.25
Subwoofer driver size:5.25
Subwoofer type:Active


Bluetooth: No
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: No
Wi-Fi ready:N
WLAN-ready: No

Optical Drive

Disc types supported: No
Optical disc player type:Not included

Other Features

Backlight: No
Center speaker dimensions (WxHxD):31.5 x 3.94 x 3.13
Centre speaker dimensions (WxHxD):31.5 x 3.94 x 3.13
HDMI ports quantity:4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
ID3 Tag display: Yes
LED Indicators:Power, Stand-by
Subwoofer depth:14.2
Subwoofer dimensions (WxHxD):17.1 x 5.31 x 14.2
Subwoofer height:5.31
Subwoofer width:17.1
Volume Control:Digital
Wall mountable: Yes


Card reader integrated: No
MP3 playback: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Apple docking compatibility: No
Audio (L,R) in:1
AUX in: No
Digital audio coaxial in:1
Digital audio optical in:1
FM antenna: Yes
HDMI in:3
HDMI out:1
HDMI ports quantity:4
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
MW antenna: No
Number of HDMI outputs:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB port:Y
Wireless technologies:Wired


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Power consumption (standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):40
Power Source:AC


FM band:87.5 - 108
FM band range:87.5 - 108
FM radio: Yes
Supported bands:FM
Supported radio bands:FM

Satellite speakers

Satellite speaker impedance:6
Satellite speaker type:1-Way
Satellite speaker woofer diameter (imperial):2.12
Satellite speaker woofer size:2.12
Satellite speakers RMS power:45

Soundbar speaker

Crossover frequency:1000
Soundbar speaker RMS power:50
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):10


Card reader integrated: No


Bass reflex: Yes
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):5.25
Subwoofer driver size:5.25
Subwoofer impedance:3 / 6
Subwoofer included: Yes
Subwoofer RMS power:100
Subwoofer type:Active
Wireless subwoofer: No

Technical Details

3D compatibility: Yes
Apple docking compatibility:iPhone, iPod
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
CD-RW playback: No
Color of product:Black
Deep colour support: Yes
DVD recorder: No
Equalizer customizable: Yes
Karaoke: No
MP3 playback: Yes
Power LED: Yes
Receiver Type:Standard
Recommended usage:Home theatre
Supported bands:FM
USB direct playback: Yes
x.v.Color support: Yes

TV Tuner

TV tuner integrated: No


2D-3D converter: Yes
3D compatibility: No
Full HD: No
Internet TV: No
Video compression format: No
Video formats supported:Not supported

Weight & Dimensions

Center speaker weight:3.31
Main unit dimensions (WxDxH):31.5 x 3.11 x 3.13
Main unit weight:3.31
Subwoofer dimensions (WxDxH):17.1 x 5.31 x 14.2
Subwoofer weight:17.4