Yamaha Home Theater System with Bluetooth

Last updated date: December 6, 2019

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8.9

Yamaha Home Theater System with Bluetooth

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We looked at the top In-Home Sound Systems and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best In-Home Sound System you should buy.

Editor's Note November 5, 2020:
Checkout The Best In-Home Sound System for a detailed review of all the top in-home sound systems.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the Yamaha Yamaha Home Theater System with Bluetooth placed 11th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Yamaha YHT-4930UBL home theater in a box supports Bluetooth for wireless music playback, 4K Ultra HD video with HDCP 2.2 compatibility and Features a discrete 5.1-Channel amplifier design. For ease of use, the exclusive Yamaha YPAO system automatically calibrates your listening environment for Optimal sound performance. Included is a compact Black gloss 5.1-Channel speaker system with a powerful 6 1/2" 100 watt powered subwoofer.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.7
16 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
587 user reviews

What experts liked

It’s got 4K passthrough, so it’ll fit in with your 4K TV without a problem. It’s big, loud, and glossy, so it can immerse you in giant audio, and it’ll look good doing it.
- BestReviews
A unique feature of this product is the YPAO Sound Optimization. This feature analyzes the acoustics in your space and will adjust the different audio options to provide the most ideal sound.
- Official Top 5 Review
May 26, 2019 | Full review
The subwoofer and speakers have an extra bass setting that converts a few speakers into secondary subwoofers for truly deep bass when you need it.
- Lifewire
November 8, 2019 | Full review
Thankfully the sub has a dedicated volume knob, as that helps when you want to push the overall volume a little more without obscuring the audio.
- Heavy
The speakers deliver richer bass while maintaining sound balance and good localization. It does not end there because it is made with YPAO sound optimization that will enable automatic speaker set up.
- Buy The 10
It’s easy to fit the entire system in even a small room or office and, as it is wireless, you’re not going to be tripping over any unsightly cables.
- Top Ten Select
This system is great at supporting Bluetooth for wireless music playback.
- Top Great Pro
November 15, 2019 | Full review
Moreover, it is a compressed music enhancer as well. As a result, it will become easier for you to enhance the sound which comes through the speakers.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
The whole system looks really stylish and shiny. Almost everything is made of plastic with that glossy finish (which is not great and speakers don’t really seem durable).
- Audio Reputation
November 1, 2019 | Full review
One of the most impressive features is Yamaha’s YPAO system calibration ensuring your home theater system is set up correctly.
- Outer Audio
January 14, 2019 | Full review
This home theater system is also equipped with the Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO), which automatically optimizes the system based on the acoustics of the room.
- The Tech Lounge
September 10, 2019 | Full review
I think one of my favorite things about this system has to be all of the different customizable DSP modes. They’re just so fun to use while dramatically changing the sound signature with each preset.
- Easy Home Theater
If you want to stream audio from your handheld device into the sound system, then this unit has Bluetooth support. And, you aren't limited to just streaming into the receiver.
- The Home Cinema Guide
November 5, 2019 | Full review
It is compatible with Bluetooth, and you can also enjoy music from your smartphone and other devices.
- BestPicko
November 20, 2019 | Full review
You can effortlessly stream music with any Bluetooth compatible device, with amazing clarity.
- ATechReview
November 11, 2019 | Full review
The speakers are compact, but deliver crisp sound, and the bass coming out of the subwoofer is just magic.
- The Master Switch
October 23, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

While it’s definitely a bargain, that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. No support for high-end audio formats. The included remote is a little flimsy and hard to use.
- BestReviews
This is only a 5.1-channel system, so you won't receive as many speakers as you'd get with a 7.1-channel system.
- Official Top 5 Review
May 26, 2019 | Full review
May not work with older game consoles
- Lifewire
November 8, 2019 | Full review
The eight-inch subwoofer rounds out the sound well, but it gets a little distorted and muddy at higher volumes.
- Heavy
If there has to be something we would like to improve/change, that would be the subwoofer. It’s not like the bass is not punchy enough but it gets a bit distorted even at 65% volume and almost unlistenable if you increase the volume level above 90%.
- Audio Reputation
November 1, 2019 | Full review
Wireless setting can be unreliable
- The Tech Lounge
September 10, 2019 | Full review
Maybe my only qualm would be that the receiver doesn’t have 2 subwoofer outputs since I’ve talked about the benefit of that before, but even then you can still get another receiver or an RCA splitter and use that.
- Easy Home Theater
The receiver doesn’t have as many input connections as most of Yamaha's standalone models.
- The Home Cinema Guide
November 5, 2019 | Full review
The remote control is not universal and doesn’t include TV functions
- BestPicko
November 20, 2019 | Full review
We did find that, at high volumes, the YHT-4930UBL tended to distort a little.
- The Master Switch
October 23, 2019 | Full review

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Molly Thornberg   
Technology and parenting blogger

Molly Thornberg is a professional writer, creative and mom to four kids, living her best life outside of Dallas, Texas. With a love for all things tech, she is passionate about helping parents raise kids in the digital age. She writes about technology, parenting and humor on her blog Digital Mom Blog.

An Overview On In-Home Sound Systems

Whether you’re sitting down for movie night or spending an afternoon gaming, a good surround sound system makes all the difference. But unless you’re an audiophile, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with all the talk about wattage and subwoofers and bass response.

“The sound systems of today are not the sound systems your parents had,” says technology and parenting blogger Molly Thornberg. “From watching a movie with theatre-quality surround sound to creating a unique atmosphere in your home by playing music in every room, choosing an in-home sound system requires considering many things.”

As you start shopping, you’ll probably notice right away that some speaker systems are larger than others. It can be all too easy to assume that this larger size provides more powerful audio than smaller speakers can offer, but that isn’t always the case. Today’s speaker manufacturers can pack a lot of punch into a small form factor, giving you great sound without taking up too much space. The smaller size can also come in handy if you need to pack up your home to move, or you just like to rearrange your furniture on a fairly regular basis.

Measuring a surround sound system’s sound can be complicated. Look for a surround system that mentions Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital Plus, both of which can be counted on for top-quality performance. You’re looking for a system that not only provides impressive, true-to-life sound, but also can hold its quality even at the highest volumes.

The sound output can also be quantified by a speaker’s wattage. Look not only at a speaker’s advertised maximum wattage, but also continuous wattage. It’s also important to make sure you don’t hook a lower-wattage up to one that pushes a much higher level of power, as it can be easy to damage the lower-powered speaker without realizing you’re doing it.

The In-Home Sound System Buying Guide

  • Before you start shopping, determine where you’ll be placing the speakers. If you’re dealing with a small, closed-off living room or family room, you may find a larger system will overwhelm the area. However, a system designed for smaller rooms won’t be sufficient for a large home theater or a room with high ceilings in an open-concept home.
  • True surround sound requires multiple speakers, placed around the room so that it surrounds its occupants. Consider what comes in the set you purchase. You should at least get a subwoofer, a center channel and smaller satellite speakers that you can place strategically around where you’ll be sitting.

“Something else to consider when buying an in-home sound system is the system’s capabilities for expanding its speakers or zones in the future,” Thornberg advises.

  • If you plan to move in the future, the size of your speakers will also come into play. Some large speakers are heavier and therefore difficult to move around.
  • Good sound is about more than the size and number of speakers. Some speakers are simply better than others at delivering rich bass lows and sharp, realistic highs. You can usually count on known technology like Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • It’s also important to consider the power of your speakers. Some speakers will begin to distort audio as you reach higher volumes, so if this is an issue, it may help to test out the sound before you purchase.
  • You’ll want a speaker that can hold up not only after years of use, but also one that includes a physical casing that’s durable. If you’re moving and someone drops a speaker, will the build hold up? Always use care while moving your speakers around, preferably packing them in a box with padding if you need to move them from one home to another.
  • Speakers come in a variety of sizes and designs. Many are solid black to easily blend with any décor, but bulky speakers can become a problem. If you’re sliding some of your speakers into a cabinet or behind a piece of furniture, measure to make sure there will be enough space before you buy.
  • Some consumers prefer to mount their speakers. If that’s the case, make sure a mount is included with the system you buy. You’ll also need to check to ensure you have the tools and hardware necessary to install your wall-mount speakers once you have them.
  • Although getting your speakers going is merely a matter of setting them up and plugging them in, there will be a little setup involved if you want everything to work together. Some systems come with an installation manual, while others use labels to tell you where to put each item, and in what order. You probably won’t need to pay extra for professional installation, although it is sometimes offered as an add-on option.
  • A remote can come in handy for controlling volume and setting up your system. Check to see that your surround system offers a remote that will work the way you want it.