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The Yamaha YHT-491 is a 5.1 channel home theater system from Yamaha's HTiB (Home Theater in a Box) lineup.

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affordable price

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2 HDMI inputs for use with more than one source input

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Bluetooth and iPod compatible receiver

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powerful

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only 2 HDMI inputs limits your options if you have more than 2 source devices

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takes the fun out of building your own system

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requires you to purchase optical media player separately (no DVD / Blu-ray player included)

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small 2.25" satellite woofers and 8" subwoofer driver

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The Yamaha YHT-491 is a 5.1 channel home theater system from Yamaha's HTiB (Home Theater in a Box) lineup and is a step up from Yamaha's YHT-391.  The system comprises a total of 5 satellite speakers, each with dual 2.25" woofers and a 3/4" tweeter for an RMS power handling of 100 watts.  Of the satellite speakers there are two rear/surround speakers, one centre channel speaker, and two slim floorstanding bass reflex front channel speakers.  The system also includes an 8" 100W subwoofer which, along with the satellite speakers, provides a 600W surround sound experience. 

The YHT-491 is controlled by a 5-channel A/V receiver which features DTS digital surround and Dolby Pro Logic II technology for accurate decoding of surround sound sources.  It includes four SCENE buttons which are set to control the settings for each type of activity, making it easier to operate the receiver.  The receiver also has Bluetooth and iPod compatibility and includes 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output for connection to high-definition devices.  The YHT-491 comes with removable cloth grilles and has an MSRP of $549.95.

Features/Specs
  • 5-channel x 100W A/V receiver
  • 2 x two-way slim floorstanding bass reflex front channel speakers with dual 2.25" woofers and 3/4" tweeter
  • 1 x two-way centre channel speaker with dual 2.25" woofers and 3/4" tweeter
  • 2 x two-way surround speakers with dual 2.25" woofers and 3/4" tweeter
  • 8" 100W active subwoofer
  • Bluetooth and iPod compatibility
  • Dolby Pro Logic II
  • 4 SCENE buttons
  • DTS 5.1 channel digital surround
  • Removable cloth grilles
  • 2 HDMI Inputs, 1 HDMI Output with HDMI switching
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