Yamaha updates HTIB packages

In recent years, the HTIB (home-theater-in-a-box) category for living room AV audio showed significant decline, particularly in light of consumer preference for aesthetically pleasing sound bars. Yamaha has, however, just unveiled updates to its HTIB packages with the introduction of the YHT-4950U ($499.95 MSRP) and YHT-5950U ($599.95 MSRP) home theater systems, both available from early July. The new line includes 4K video and “dynamic audio” capabilities. Both models consist of receiver and five speakers (right, left, center and two rears), as well as a powered sub. Yamaha also provides speaker wire for receiver/speaker connections.

Yamaha claims the combination of speakers and technology means consumers will experience “rich, high-performance sound with exceptionally realistic and natural picture quality,” and support is provided for 4K Ultra HD with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The two HTIBs are Bluetooth-enabled, with music playback from smartphones, tablets and devices.



“These latest models marry cutting-edge audio and video technologies with seamless connectivity and control features — all combined in a ready-to-assemble system,” said Alex Sadeghian, director, Consumer Audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. “No matter the setup that you’re looking to create, these two systems offer an enveloping true sound listening experience that will transform the way you enjoy movies and music at home.”

Yamaha’s MusicCast app on the YHT-5950U allows access to Spotify, Apple Music via AirPlay 2, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and Qobuz. MusicCast also provides the ability to achieve whole-home listening by connecting further MusicCast wireless speakers and devices to a home wireless network. The system supports voice control from Siri, Google or Alexa, and Apple AirPlay 2 adds Apple Music and other streaming platforms from an iPhone, iPad, HomePod and Mac to Yamaha devices and other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers. Wireless surround speakers can be added to the system with MusicCast 20 speakers in a 5.1 configuration.

You can review specs and features for the YHT-4950U here, and the YHT-5950U here.

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Martin Dew



  1. I’ve always wondered why Yamaha doesn’t use their thin receiver with this package. You don’t need a lot of power to drive the satellite speakers, and someone looking for a HTiB would probably appreciate the lower profile. Basically market it as a step between a soundbar and separates.

  2. When I used to sell TV and audio, I would usually walk people over to one of these types of sets if they were looking at the more traditional HTiB’s from LG or Samsung. These are great for anyone looking to get their feet wet in home theater, as it allows them to easily upgrade their speakers and/or upgrade the receiver down the road without having to chuck everything in the garbage and start over from scratch – one of my biggest pet peeves with traditional HTiB’s.

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