Yamaha YHT 1840 – An awesome review

Home theatre is a dream for many. Having a good home theatre means you get to immerse yourself in the movie much more. A study shows that having a good video with bad audio is less tolerable than having a bad video with good audio. Hence, home theatre is a must for the movie-watching experience.

Having a good home theatre is a must. The Yamaha YHT 1840 is the budget model of an awesome proper home theatre setup. It has an AVR of HTR 2072 and a speaker package NS P-40. Apart from budget Home theatres, separate set up home theatres are available in varied budgets. Click to read more about home theatres in various budgets.

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Lets see the detailed review of Yamaha YHT 1840 below. Before that we run in to some basics first. Trust me, it is not at all boring.

What is a home theatre?

A picture of an AV receiver
AV receiver: A component in Home Theatre.

As you may know, Home Theatre is a collection of audio and video equipment that brings the features of a Theatre into your home. Normally it consists of an array of speakers and a projector or a TV. Somehow as time passed by, manufacturers started to mention speaker setup as home theatre system. As of today, you can safely call a system with at least three discrete speakers and a subwoofer system as a home theatre system or a 3.1 home theatre system.

5.1 Home theatre System

Although 3.1 system with a left, right, and a center channel is enough for movies, 5.1 is often considered as the basic system. It consists of five speakers. They are 

  • Left speaker
  • Right speaker
  • Centre speaker 
  • Right surround speaker
  • Left surround speaker and
  • subwoofer

They produce sounds all around you and therefore give you an immersive experience for movies or music. There are bigger 7.1, 9.2 are available. Now, you have Dolby Atmos and DTS X compatible Home theatre systems in the market. The range starts from 5.2.4 where 5 denotes the basic 5.1 channels. 0.2 denotes the presence of dual subwoofers. 0.4 denotes the satellite speakers that are placed above in the ceiling. In the article, we are going to discuss the basic 5.1 channel system.

Yamaha YHT-1840

Before going in to it straight, let’s beat about the bush.

What is an AV receiver?

Front side of an AV receiver
Front of the AV receiver

AV receiver or AVR is a short form for Audio Video Receiver. The main job of this AV receiver is to receive either or both audio and video signals, process it, and sends the output. Yamaha YHT 1840 has a 4k pass through AVR. It means, it can send up to 4k resolution of signal from a source like Amazon Firestick, Nvidia shield, or Apple TV to a TV or projector that can show 4k contents. It also has an inbuilt upscaling feature. This means it converts 1080P or lower to 4k resolution.

Also, it can receive audio formats like DTS, process them, and sends output to the inbuilt amplifier. This amplifier then drives the speakers. It also has the following features.

  • Equalizer and loudness correction
  • Bass management
  • Tone controls
  • Number of input sources
  • Enhancer
  • Bass boost and many more.

Equalizer

The AVR has a 7 band digital equalizer. Eq is available for every channel except for the subwoofer. 63 Hz, 160 Hz, 400 Hz, 1 kHz, 2.5 kHz,6.3 kHz, 16 kHz Each band can be varied up to 10 decibels on either side. The loudness correction comes with a distance tool. We need to input the distance between the speakers and the listening position and the system will adjust the loudness and delays. This is a very convenient way to adjust to the system performance.

Bass management

Yamaha YHT 1840 has awesome bass management. Bass management is a feature of the AVR that takes the bass frequencies from other channels and redirects it to the subwoofer. You see, Bass is omnidirectional. You can tell where is the high-frequency and mid frequencies are coming from. But, you cannot or your ears cannot interpret where the bass is coming from. Therefore, all the bass from all the channels is filtered and sent to a big driver in the subwoofer and it plays out the bass efficiently.

Tone controls

Tone controls are to adjust the bass and treble of the whole system. You can either bypass it or increase/decrease up to 6 dB of volume. This is a way for quick tweaking

Number of input sources

Yamaha YHT 1840 has 4 HDMI ports and all are HDCP 2.2 compatible. It also has analog ins, spdif inputs, and optical Toslink inputs. This enables you to connect all sorts of audio-video equipment to it.

Enhancer

It is a feature particularly available in Yamaha receivers. The algorithm detects the lossy formats like MP3 and it tries to expand it dynamically so that what you hear is better than original.

Bass boost

There is a special button on the remote which enables bass boost functions. It just boosts the bass notes and mid-bass so that you will get a punchy sound. Even though the supplied speakers are 3 inches in diameter, they are full-range speakers. So, they enhance the mid-bass slightly.

What is a full-range driver?

Image of a speaker
Image of a speaker

Yamaha YHT 1840 comes with Yamaha’s NS-P40 speaker package. It consists of 4 identical satellite speakers, one center channel speaker, and a subwoofer. Except for the subwoofer, all the other speakers including the center ones consist of a full range drive for both bass and treble duties.

Full range drivers are a kind of loudspeakers that can produce a complete spectrum of sound. These speakers cover anything between 60Hz and 20kHz. That way, the speakers have no problem reproducing bass, mids, and trebles. Also, it gives good imaging because of the single-driver setup.

subwoofer

Subwoofer of Yamaha YHT 1840
Subwoofer

The subwoofer supplied one is a passive subwoofer. It is powered by the AVR itself. The subwoofer has a 6.5-inch long-throw woofer that can reproduce bass best in class. The subwoofer is a ported type. Therefore the smaller woofer produces pretty big sound. Being a bass-reflex design, it will give you a deep and tight bass. I liked the bass for the price. It is not muddled but well damped and tight. Can listen to layers of music. Bottom line is, it is a good subwoofer.

Appearance

The main AVR is not slim. For that matter, not even close to slim. Yet, it looks very elegant. There is a dot matrix display to let you navigate through the menu or to see details about what format is being played. It has a large volume jog wheel. It is an infinite rotating digital wheel. You can see the unit is glossy on the top and very attractive. There are a number of buttons on the front face including source select, tone controls, FM tuner, etc. On the rear side, you get the connectors.

The speakers are cute as well. It has all glossy finish with a matte speaker grill cloth. They look tiny but large for satellite speakers. All speakers except the center are bass-reflex speakers. The center is a sealed enclosure. Speaking of the enclosures, the form factor is long and easily compliments the elegance of any TVs where the speakers go underneath.

Specifications

Specvalues
Power135 W per Channel 6 ohm
number of speakers5 speakers and a subwoofer
number of HDMIsfour input and one output
4k HDR pass throughYes
Number of Analog Audio InputsFour
Number of Digital Coaxial InputsTwo
Number of Digital Optical InputsOne
Sound SystemDTS and Dolby Digital Plus
Chart of specifications

Menus

The system comes with plenty of features. It has a well-detailed menu that setup is piece of cake. The menu is easily accessible with a dedicated ‘menu’ button and ‘option’ button on the remote. Let’s see some menus now.

Setting page of Yamaha YHT 1840
Main menu of the system.

The main menu has access to all other parts of the menu system.

Yamaha yht 1840 setup screen
Setup section of the screen

Yamaha YHT 1840 configuration part of the screen
configuration part of the screen

Configuration screen has the adjustments to turn the subwoofer output off, size of speakers, crossover and other stuff related to bass management.

Equalizer screen of Yamaha YHT 1840
Equaliser screen

It comes with a 7 band Graphic equaliser for all the channels except for the subwoofer.

HDMI menu of YHT 1840
HDMI menu

This is where you turn on HDMI-CEC, ARC input etc. The receiver even has a 4k upscaling option.

Yamaha YHT 1840 sound menu.
Sound menu

Here, you have the option of setting up DSP, lipsync. The system even consist of a dialogue enhancer which is very very good.

Eco mode of Yamaha YHT 1840
Eco mode

Yamaha YHT 1840 language menu
These are the languages available
Options Menu of Yamaha YHT 1840
Options Menu

Press the option button on the remote and you will get this menu

Yamaha YHT 1840 number of Inputs
number of Inputs
Yamaha YHT 1840 Tone controls
Tone controls

The system comes with a tone control for both bass and treble. You can boost or cut up to 6 db on each.

DSP window of Yamaha 1840
DSP window

There are many preset DSP processing available. You can manually edit them here.

Performance

The performance of YHT 1840 is where it beats out the competition like Sonys. The AVR has a built-in burr brown DAC (digital to analog converter) which is way ahead of Sonys. It produces 70 W RMS and 130 W peak and this is more than enough to drive speaker packages like NS p40, which has a poor sensitivity of 84db (Higher the sensitivity, easier to drive). The sound is crystal clear. Being a full-range driver the sound it produces is awesome for the price. 

The subwoofer is very good. They do not sound muddy or boomy like Sonys. You will get a well-articulated, dynamic layered sound. Bass reflex comes to play and the unit packs punch above its weight. 

Music performance

I played Aerosmith’s, I don’t want to miss a thing and it sounded gorgeous in stereo mode. The presence of the guitar is well-pleasing and the coherency of the song is intact. 

I played ABBA’s dancing queen and the unit excelled once again. The voice came out smoothly and the overall tone was very very musical although there is an edge on the high-frequency side.

Movie performance

It was excellent. I played MAD MAX Fury roads and the engine revving sound from the start is layered and well detailed. The drums, electric guitar, truck engine, and everything sounds wonderful for the price.

The unit also has Dolby prologue mode. It, if the played song is a stereo or Dolby stereo, the processor converts the song into 5.1. I’m not a big fan of it. But, the system did a nice job. Everything that came out in the center image during the stereo playback was found in the center speaker when prologue was activated. For multi personal listening, it is a sure thing. There are three mods of Prologic given in this AVR. The music mode, movie mode, and also a game mode.

Yamaha YHT 1840 setup

It is quite easy to set up if you know the basics. Speakers are labeled on the back. Put two speakers, the left and right fronts onto either side of the TV. Place the center speaker under or above the TV. Try to make the two front speakers as wide as possible but it shouldn’t exceed 45* degrees from your viewing position with respect to the center.

Place the left and right surrounds at 90 to 120 degrees from the center speaker. This means you should place it behind you. It should be noted that the front speakers must be at an ear-level height and the surround speakers are 2 feet higher than your ear level. Now, turn On the AVR and set up the distance between all the speakers and subwoofer.

Place the subwoofer on the chair in the listening position. Play some bass songs on the Unit. Now you have to crawl the floor to see where the sub sounds nice. Mark it. Now put the subwoofer in the marked position. This way you get awesome bass.

When you want to upgrade, you can change the speakers first and finally the AVR. This is the beauty of having an AVR setup. For more bass, you can go with a better active subwoofer like Yamaha SW 300.

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Yamaha YHT 1840 vs Logitech Z906

Logitech Z906 is a THX-certified computer speaker. It sounds awesome. The subwoofer is huge and you will get earth-shattering bass.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have HDMI inputs. hence, you cannot connect your fire stick or a Blu-ray player to it. On the other hand, it has an optical input. If your TV has an optical out, you can connect to it. Logitech Z906 has inbuilt DTS and Dolby decoder which is a plus.

Yamaha yht-1840 is similar to sounding minus bass. But Yamaha has whole a lot of features like HDMI, bass management and therefore it is a better value for the money.

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Yamaha YHT 1840 vs Sony HT IV300

Sony HT-IV300 is said to be one of the best in the budget range. Is it really better than Yamaha HTR 1840? Let’s see.

Sony IV300 is a 1000W home theatre setup. But, in real life YHT 1840 performs better. TO speak about the bass, the bass in Sony IV 300 is too much. And, the bass is boomy too. The bass in Yamaha YHT 1840 is smooth, precise, and layered. Also, the sound quality of the Yamaha setup is leaps better.

You don’t get proper bass management, equalizer, or any pro cinema DSP of Yamaha YHT 1840 in Sony IV 300. They might sound loud but not in a good way. The only advantage of Sony’s is that it can decode Dolby True HD and DTS HD MA. But, that is not a deal-breaker. You cannot upgrades speaker in IV300 because those are 3ohm speakers and is not really as good as Home theatre speakers. To me, the Yamaha YHT 1840 is the better choice between the two.

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Yamaha YHT 1840 vs Yamaha YHT 3072

It is easy to pick up the winner here. Its Yht 3072. If you have the budget to go for YHT 3072, please go. In addition to what available in YHT 1840, you get the following.

  • DTS HD MA and Dolby True HD sound
  • An automatic room correction system with a mic
  • More Watts
  • Dolby vision passthrough
  • A powerful active subwoofer

In my opinion, the additional stuff you would get from a YHT 3072 is totally worth it. The Automatic room correction is a game-changer and fixes a lot of room issues. At the same time, the active subwoofer takes the bass to a whole new level. The rest is identical to Yamaha YHT 1840.

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Frequently asked Questions

Does it have FM?

Yes, it does

Does it have Bluetooth?

It doesn’t 

What inch is the subwoofer?

6.5 inches

How many watts the system has?

100 Watts

Is it a wireless speaker?

It is not a wireless speaker.

Does this have an earphone jack port?

yes, it does in the front.

What is the wattage of the subwoofer?

50 Watts passive subwoofer

Can I add extra subwoofer?

 Yes, you can add. A sub pre-out is provided

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Conclusion

Yamaha YHT 1840 is an awesome piece of home theatre for the money. It can be upgraded simply by changing the speakers and subwoofers slowly rather than changing the whole system at once. This way, it brings a tremendous value for the money. If you ask me, Yamaha 1840 is worth every money spent. It is far far better than any similarly priced home theatres or Sound bars.

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