The Yamaha YHT-791BL is a great home theater system. Finding home theater systems of this quality is very rare nowadays. Most families are leaning towards space-saving sound systems, but if you are looking for a deal and still enjoy quality sound, then the Yamaha YHT-791BL is definitely for you.
Priced at just $800, the Yamaha YHT-791BL package includes front speakers, surround speakers, a component-size AV receiver, iPod dock, onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. The system also upconverts analog video signals to 1080p and has an automatic speaker calibration system.
When I first tried out this sound system, I thought it was amazing, especially when I watched movies. It seemed like sound was coming from all around me, and made me really feel like I was inside the movie. It is perfect when matched with blu ray DVDs, as combining high-quality sounds with high-quality sights creates the ultimate experience. It also works very well with my Xbox 360, and takes gaming to the next level. There are multiple sound options, so you have the freedom to adjust the sound to suit whatever you are watching or playing. One thing I really like is the thin speaker wires, making it easy to hook up the speakers without a lot of bulky, tangled-up wires running around.
The Yamaha YHT-791BL has a lot of pros, but it does have a few cons. First of all, it is not that great at high volumes, especially when playing music. When I played music at higher volumes, the music kind of lost its clarity and crispness. Also, the theater system is a bit big, so you can really only buy this if you have a lot of room to spare. If not, the huge speakers in this system will take up all the space.
The Yamaha YHT-791BL’s main competitor is the Onkyo HT-S9100THX, but the main thing the Yamaha has over the Onkyo is its price. The Yamaha costs a whole $250 less than the Onkyo, so it saves you a ton of money, and also includes an iPod dock, unlike the Onkyo. The 7.1 home theater system has excellent sound quality equal to the Onkyo, although the Onkyo does have a better-sounding subwoofer. One major setback of the Yamaha YHT-791BL compared to the Onkyo is its onscreen display, which looks very outdated, while the Onkyo has a much more modern and new onscreen display. This really frustrated me, but the sound quality kind of balanced it out. But if you are on a budget and want a still really good home theater system and can’t decide between these two, the Yamaha YHT-791BL is your best option.