Yamaha YSP-2700 Digital Sound Projector Powered sound bar with MusicCast and 4K/HDR video passthrough at Crutchfield

Audio Section

Digital Sound Projector: While typical sound bars offer only
“virtual surround”, the YSP-2700 is equipped with a 16-speaker array
powered by sixteen 2 watt digital amplifiers and
Yamaha’s exclusive Digital Sound Projector technology to deliver a truer
7.1-channel surround sound experience. The result is an expansive and immersive
listening experience that brings your favorite music soundtracks, TV shows, and
movies to life.

  • 16 Speaker Array: The YSP-2700 employs a high-performance
    processor to precisely control the timing of 16 digital amplifiers and 16
    speakers, creating controlled “beams” of sound. The sound beams are then
    aimed, either directly or by reflection off your walls,  to arrive at
    your ears from discrete, channel-appropriate directions.
  • Rigid Aluminum Enclosure: The digital sound projector’s body is made from aluminum with outstanding rigidity for best
    sound performance, while the aluminum top-panel features a hairline finish to
    give it an elegant appearance.

Wireless Powered Sub: The YSP-2700 system includes a
wireless powered subwoofer to handle your movie’s LFE channel and your music’s
deep, low bass notes. The wireless powered sub features a front-firing 5.25″
woofer in a bass-reflex cabinet with a front-firing power and is powered by a
built-in 75W RMS (130W peak) amplifier. The wireless subwoofer can be placed up
to 50′ away from the digital sound projector (still requires AC power outlet). The digital sound projector also
features a mono-RCA sub output if you choose to connect the included powered
subwoofer with an optional subwoofer cable (sold separately), instead of

IntelliBeam Auto Calibration: The exclusive Yamaha IntelliBeam
auto calibration system makes setting up your sound bar easy. Using the
supplied microphone to measure room acoustics, IntelliBeam automatically
sets the best beam angles while optimizing the level and frequency response
of each beam. This makes initial setup both extremely simple and
acoustically perfect. You can save 3 auto calibration presets for easy
recall. Once the Auto Setup is complete, you can fine-tune
the Beam Settings.

  • Horizontal Angle: Set the horizontal angle of the
    listening position relative to the center of the speaker, this adjusts
    the angle of each beam to best match your listening position.
  • Beam Travel Length: Total travel distance from
    speaker to reflecting surface to ear for each beam.
  • Focal Length: Distance from the speaker to the
    focal point of each beam (where the speaker would be if you had five
    separate speakers).
  • Image Location: This feature adjusts the direction
    from which the front left and right speakers are heard if they sound
  • Channel Out: Specifies the type of output (Beam, Stereo, Mix)
    from each of digital sound projector’s channels.

Beam Modes: The YSP-2700 digital sound projector lets you
choose from 5 different Beam modes – 5ch, 7ch, My Surround, Target Playback, or

  • 7Ch Surround: Front Left/Right, Center, Surround
    Left/Right, & Surround Back Left/Right beams output audio for 7.1ch surround
    sound that is truly immersive and enveloping.
  • 5ch Surround: Front Left/Right, Center, and Surround
    Left/Right beams output audio for 5.1ch surround sound that feels like you
    have speakers all around you.
  • My Surround: Designed for small listening areas or when
    surround sound effects are unsubstantial due to the listening room
  • Target Playback: Target playback mode outputs sound
    beams from a single channel for optimal listening from a specific seated
  • Stereo: 2-channel stereo playback without surround processing.

HD Audio Decoding: The YSP-2700 decodes HD Audio signals to
ensure that you hear the best possible sound from Blu-ray Disc players, as well
as from all other digital audio sources. It offers HDMI (3 in/1 out), digital (1
optical in/1 coaxial in), and analog (stereo RCA)
connectivity. The YSP-2700 supports the following digital audio formats.

Digital Audio Connector Audio
Signal Type
Audio Signal Format
HDMI 2Ch Linear PCM 2ch, 32-192kHz,
Multichannel Linear PCM 8ch, 32-192kHz,
Dolby Digital
, Dolby Digital EX,


DTS 96/24
High Definition Audio Bitstream
Dolby Digital Plus
, Dolby TrueHD,

DTS-HD Master Audio

DTS-HD High Resolution

DTS Express
Optical/Coaxial 2Ch Linear PCM 2ch, 32-96kHz,
Dolby Digital
, Dolby Digital EX,


DTS 96/24


  • Because with many TVs, the ARC-enabled HDMI input
    will only pass 2ch PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, we
    recommend that you connect your Blu-ray player, Satellite/Cable box, or Game
    system to the Yamaha digital sound projector directly; and then connect
    the YSP-2700’s ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV’s ARC-enabled HDMI input. This
    setup will give you with the best overall sound performance.
  • The digital optical output terminals of many flat-panel TVs only
    send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround
    sound from the TV’s built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB
    device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV
    via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

Matrix Decoders: The Yamaha digital sound projector features

Dolby Pro Logic II

Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  (Movie/Music/Game), and

DTS Neo: 6
(Music/Cinema) to enhance two-channel audio formats. The
YSP-2700 offers additional Dolby Pro Logic II/IIx parameter adjustments.

  • Panorama: Sends
    stereo signals to the surround speakers as well as the front speakers for a
    wraparound effect.
  • Dimension: Adjusts the soundfield either towards
    the front or towards the rear of the room.
  • Center Width: Moves
    the center channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards
    the front left and right speakers.

CINEMA DSP: Yamaha’s CINEMA DSP Digital programs are based
on actual soundfield data, measured in famous concert halls, jazz clubs, live
performance venues and theaters. The result is an amazingly spacious and
realistic soundfield experience for enjoying music and viewing movies in your
living room. The YSP-2700 features 10 different surround programs for movies,
music, and other entertainment.

  • Movie Modes: Adventure, Spectacle, & Sci-Fi
  • Music Modes: Music Video, Concert, Jazz Club
  • Entertainment Modes: Sports, Talk Show, Drama, Game

Audio Enhancements: The YSP-2700 digital sound projector
offers a variety of audio settings to enhance your listening experience, no
matter your audio source.

  • Clear Voice: Human voices, such as dialog in TV shows and movies,
    news, and sports commentary are played back with extra clarity. This
    technology enhances the acoustic characteristics of speech and increases the
    perceived volume level, while still maintaining the quality of the
    soundtrack’s background sound & effects.
  • Compressed Music Enhancer: The Compressed Music
    Enhancer restores frequency response lost during digital compression, so
    your music  sounds the way it should. It is optimized for any compressed
    content, for vivid, lively sound quality during wireless playback. The
    function can be switched on and off via the remote control, according to the
    input source.
  • Tone Control: You can adjust the YSP-2700’s Bass &
    Treble to increase or decrease the system’s high/low frequency sound.

Volume Control Settings: The Yamaha YSP-2700 Digital Sound
Projector System offers unique volume control settings.

  • Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control): Adaptive DRC
    (Dynamic Range Control) adjusts the dynamic range in relation to the volume;
    useful at low volume. The amount of dynamic range compression applied to
    bitstream signals is adjustable; Min/Auto is suitable for low volume
    listening, Standard is typical for home use, and Max doesn’t compress the
    dynamic range at all.
  • Channel Level: Adjusts the volume (+/-20) of playback
    for each channel so that sounds are evenly distributed in their respective
  • Volume Trim: The level (+/-12) of each input can be
    adjusted so the volume remains the same when switching from one input to
  • Turn On Volume: The system’s volume can be set to come
    on at a preset level (1-99) when power is turned on.

ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio
to be sent from your compatible TV to the digital sound projector through the same
HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV. This
eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

Video Section

HDMI 2.0: The Yamaha YSP-2700 is fitted with three HDMI inputs and one
ARC-enabled HDMI output. The HDMI jacks support the latest HDMI 2.0

4K/60Hz Pass-Through: The YSP-2700 supports up to 4K
(3840×2160 pixels) video @ 60 frames per
second on all of its HDMI inputs and output. It will also pass a 480i, 480p,
720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signal.

HDCP 2.2 Compatible: All of the digital sound projector’s
HDMI inputs and output support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest
copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.

4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The YSP-2700’s HDMI jacks also
support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (@ 60Hz
or 50Hz). With 4:4:4 color subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma
(color) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in an RGB color palette as big
as the video sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus greater
color accuracy and detail.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video): HDR (High Dynamic Range)
video provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater
detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater
dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast.
This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed
blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth.

x.v.Color: The Yamaha YSP-2700 digital sound projector
supports x.v.Color, offering a wider color range than the current broadcast
standard. For the x.v.Color feature to be useful, the entire video production
chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

Deep Color: The YSP-2700 also supports Deep Color which
allows the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised. The
number of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216
colors) with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be
expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the
gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits,
continuous color changes can be more smoothly expressed.

3D Ready: The Yamaha digital sound projector’s HDMI
connectivity supports 3D video pass-through (720p/1080p only) from connected
3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all
3D components must be connected via HDMI). Special eyewear will be required for
viewing 3D content.

Auto Lip-Sync: The digital sound projector automatically adjusts the
delay in output timing between video signals and audio signals so they match
when you are watching a movie. You can also manually adjust the audio delay
between 0 to 500 ms.

Wireless Multiroom Audio

MusicCast: The Yamaha YSP-2700 is part of

Yamaha’s MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system
. MusicCast from Yamaha, brings music to
every room in your home wirelessly with control provided by a free app on your
Apple iOS or Android device. Designed to easily work with your existing home
WiFi network, MusicCast offers access to a huge range of audio content. This
content includes select online music services, Internet radio, digital music
libraries, and Bluetooth audio; as well as connected external sources such as
TVs, cable/satellite boxes, Blu-ray/DVD Disc players, and CD/SACD players. MusicCast can even select terrestrial AM/FM radio stations for
playback throughout the home when linked to a tuner-enabled MusicCast device
(like an AV receiver). MusicCast is enabled on many 2015-up Yamaha components
like this digital sound projector, plus their AV receivers, wireless speakers, and
other HiFi components.

Note: Yamaha’s new MusicCast system is not compatible with
Yamaha’s old MusicCAST system.

Multiroom Audio: Start with the Yamaha YSP-2700 system in your living
room or bedroom and add other MusicCast products from Yamaha (like wireless
speakers, AV receiver, and HiFi systems ) over time to create a multiroom audio,
experience. Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha MusicCast
YSP-2700 supports both WiFi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz) and wired Ethernet
(RJ-45) connections, so you can choose to build a wireless or wired network, or
a combination of both if desired. Network setup is completed through the free MusicCast app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

Note: If you want to install a MusicCast device to a
location that is out of range of your wireless router, connect another
MusicCast device to the router with a network cable to extend the range
(“Extend Mode”).

MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded for

Apple (iOS 7.1+) iPod/iPhone/iPad

Android (OS4.1+) smartphones/tablets
. The MusicCast app puts control of your
whole home listening experience in the palm of your hand from your Apple iOS or
Android device. You’ll be able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to
listen to music in, select the source or sources you want to listen to, browse
music content from your music library and online music services or Internet
Radio, plus control music playback functions.

  • Rooms: Choose which room or rooms you want to listen to
    music in. You can select a different source for each room, group certain
    rooms together for playback of the same source, or link all rooms together
    so the same source is played back throughout the house.
  • Source Selection: From the app you can select which
    source or sources you want to listen to; choose from network-connected
    devices, select online music services, Internet Radio or Bluetooth for the
    YSP-2700. You can also select from the digital sound projector’s HDMI, digital and analog
    inputs, plus TV audio.
  • Music Browsing: You can browse music libraries from
    your network-connected devices; like your smartphone, tablet, computer, or
    laptop. You can also browse music content from select online music services
    and search Internet Radio stations from the MusicCast app.
  • Playback & Song/Artist Info: From the MusicCast app on
    your compatible Apple iOS or Android device you get Volume Up/Down,
    Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track; as well as song/artist information and
    album art.
  • Favorites: Internet radio stations, content from select
    online music services, plus playlists and songs from your network-connected
    device’s music library can be saved as “Favorites” for quick recall within
    the MusicCast app.
  • Sound Settings: From the MusicCast app you can select
    between CINEMA DSP modes, activate Clear Voice, and turn on the Compressed
    Music Enhancer.
  • Personalization & Customization: With the app’s unique
    personalization features, you can choose from preloaded room images or
    change the color of buttons to represent each room in the home, or even take
    pictures of their own home and assign the images to each button. The content
    source buttons can also be customized to rename, remove or reorder
    selections for easier operation.

High Resolution Audio: The Yamaha YSP-2700 supports true
high-resolution audio formats to deliver more accurate reproduction of sonic
details. The digital sound projector system is compatible with Apple Lossless (ALAC) up
to 96kHz/24-bit, as well as FLAC and WAV music files up to 192kHz/24-bit. It
also supports lower resolution music files like MP3, WMA, and AAC up to 48kHz.

File Sampling
or Bit-depth
MP3 8-48 kHz up to 320 kbps N
WMA 8-48 kHz up to 320 kbps N
AAC 8-48 kHz up to 320 kbps N
32-192 kHz 16/24-bit Y
FLAC 32-192 kHz 16/24-bit Y
AIFF 32-192 kHz 16/24-bit Y
ALAC 32-192 kHz 16/24-bit Y

Note: When multiple MusicCast devices are “linked” for
multiroom audio playback, the Master room device’s playback is at the native
sampling rate (up to 192kHz/24-bit), while the other rooms and MusicCast
devices down-converted to 48kHz.

Streaming Music Partners: MusicCast includes Pandora,
Spotify Connect, Napster, and SiriusXM Internet Radio streaming services, as
well as thousands of free local and international Internet radio stations from
vTuner. TIDAL and Deezer will be available through a firmware update available
in late spring of 2017.

Pandora Pandora is personalized radio that
plays music and comedy you’ll love. Just start with the name of one
of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora
will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also
rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will
adapt stations to your feedback. You can create up to 100 stations
and easily switch between your favorites.
Spotify Connect With the Spotify app (premium
required) on your

Apple iOS

smartphone, you’ve got instant access to millions of
songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone
to the Yamaha AV receiver by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play
on the app to start streaming music. What’s more, when you’ve been
listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the
song immediately begins to stream to the system for uninterrupted
music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive
phone calls while listening to music.
SiriusXM SiriusXM Internet Radio
lets you listen to over 120 channels
of commercial-free
music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.
(requires firmware update)
is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS &
Android. TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30
million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two
pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels
allow you to access TIDAL’s entire music library. The $19.99 tier
has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.


(requires firmware update)
Deezer is an online music
service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month.
Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse
curated collections by genre.
Napster Napster is a streaming music
subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to
play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of
over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or
download the music.

You can also listen to Internet radio
stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service
particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of
numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for
Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or

AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs
directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+)
library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the Yamaha MusicCast YSP-2700
system, over your home’s WiFi network connection. From your Apple iOS device
you are able to stream stored music and music apps on your device to the Yamaha MusicCast speaker. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes
music library on your computer to the MusicCast speaker.

 Note: AirPlay is not available for multiroom audio

DLNA: The MusicCast YSP-2700 system supports
DLNA (Digital Living Network
Alliance) 1.5, allowing access to DLNA-compatible Windows 7/8 computers (with
Windows Media Player 11 or 12) and network attached storage (NAS) devices.
You’ll be able to wirelessly stream the music libraries on your computer,
laptop, or NAS to the Yamaha MusicCast speaker system.

Note: Digital Rights Management (DRM) content cannot be
played back.

Bluetooth Audio: The Yamaha MusicCast YSP-2700 offers
built-in Bluetooth (v.2.1+EDR) for wireless music streaming & control. This
allows you to stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled Apple
iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac
computer/laptop, and more to the digital sound projector. In addition to support for the
standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the YSP-2700 offers support of AAC. By
supporting AAC, the digital sound projector offers better audio performance of the music
streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

  • Linked Playback Mode: With Linked Playback Mode, music
    streamed via Bluetooth to one MusicCast device can then be wirelessly
    streamed to multiple MusicCast devices for multiroom audio. Bluetooth is
    limited to the SBC codec during Linked Playback mode.
  • Bluetooth Output: The Bluetooth Output feature allows
    you to wirelessly stream audio from a non-Bluetooth source of a MusicCast
    device to another Bluetooth speaker or headphones (regardless of
    manufacture), making it even more convenient to add the MusicCast eco-system
    to your existing audio gear.  Bluetooth is limited to the SBC codec during
    “Bluetooth Output” Playback mode.

Note: The speaker can be paired
with up to 20 devices, but only one can be actively connected.

Remote & Convenience Features

Home Theater Controller App (for iOS & Android): The
YSP-2700 is compatible with Yamaha’s Home Theater Control App (HT Controller),
available for free download from the

Apple’s App Store

Google Play Store
for Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 8.0+) or Android
smartphone/tablet (OS 2.3.3+).  This remote app makes it easy to control the
digital sound projector from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device via a WiFi
network connection. Its intuitive and easy-to-see operating screen uses icons
that let you easily perform a variety of operations. Basic functions include
Input Selection and Volume Up/Down. Advanced functions include selecting
Listening Modes, Cinema DSP modes, or adjusting Sound Beams for the best
listening experience.

IR Remote: The YSP-2700 comes with an IR remote control for
wireless operation of the system. The remote is not programmable and your TV’s
remote cannot be programmed to control the YSP-2700. However, the system does
offer HDMI control (see below).

HDMI Control: You can also use your TV’s remote control to operate
this system, if your television supports the HDMI control function and is
connected to the digital sound projector’s HDMI output. The digital sound projector will automatically
select the input according to the input source setting on your TV. You will also
be able to turn on/off the digital sound projector with your television.

OSD (On-Screen Display): A convenient on-screen display provides menu
setup and audio adjustments. On-screen menu text can set to English, German,
French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, or  Japanese.

Alexa Compatible (Firmware Update Required): Alexa-enabled
devices (including the

Amazon Echo

Echo Dot
, Tap and

Echo Show
) will soon be able to control key functions of a MusicCast system
using voice commands. A firmware update (available sometime in October), will be
available for download that allows key functions of MusicCast products to be
controlled using your voice through Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately).

  • Alexa Skill: The MusicCast skill for Alexa will allow
    you to power MusicCast products on and off, control basic playback
    functions, make selections from a playlist of favorite music, adjust the
    volume, and use the Link function for playback of multiple MusicCast
    products simultaneously.
  • Echo Source Input: In addition or alternatively, an
    Echo device can be used as a music/audio source for a MusicCast system. All
    MusicCast devices offer a Bluetooth input. Just pair your Echo, Echo Dot or
    Echo Show with any MusicCast wireless speaker, sound bar or AV receiver and
    the sound will play from the MusicCast device. Using the MusicCast app, you
    can then select the Bluetooth input and link multiple MusicCast devices for
    playback, allowing you to hear it throughout your home. Many MusicCast
    products also offer inputs which can be connected to Echo Dot via its line
    output, if a wired connection is preferred over Bluetooth. This requires
    using an optional analog audio cable (sold separately). Using the MusicCast
    app, you can select the wired input and link multiple MusicCast devices for
    playback, allowing you to hear sound from Echo Dot throughout your home.

Note: You will need an Alexa-enabled device (Amazon Echo,
Echo Dot, Tap, or Echo Show – all sold separately) to operate certain
functions of your MusicCast products via voice-command. The MusicCast
components and the Alex-enabled devices must be on the same network.

Auto Standby & Sleep Timer: The digital sound projector will
automatically enter standby mode after approximately 20 minutes of no audio
playback and no operation. You can set the unit’s Sleep Timer to 30, 60, 90 or
120 minutes from the app on your compatible mobile device.

Firmware Updates: New firmware updates that provide additional
features or product improvements will be released by Yamaha in the future. If
the digital sound projector is connected to the Internet, you can download the firmware
via the network and update it. If the digital sound projector is not connected to the Internet,
you can download the latest firmware update from the
Yamaha Website to a USB thumbdrive, which can then be used to update the
speaker’s firmware.

Mounting Options

Tabletop or Wall-Mount Digital Sound Projector: At only 2″ tall, the digital sound projector fits
perfectly in front of a TV without blocking the picture. Feet are supplied to
increase the height of the speaker in order to straddle some TV stands. It can also
wall-mounted using an optional
accessory bracket (022SPMK20,
sold separately). The digital sound projector can be positioned parallel to a wall or in
a corner. The only major requirement is the room must have side and rear walls
for beam reflection to create the surround effect.

Flexible Placement for Wireless Sub: The wireless powered subwoofer
eliminates the need to connect cables, so setup and placement are faster and
easier. You will still need to connect the powered sub’s power cord to an AC
outlet. The wireless sub can be positioned almost anywhere in the room (up to
50′). For best performance, it should be placed on the same wall as the digital
sound projector.