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Yamaha YHT 1840 – An awesome review

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Yamaha YHT 1840 5.1 home theatre is a dream come true kind of gadget. 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, a home theatre is a must for the movie-watching experience.

Front side of an AV receiver
Yamaha 1840 home theatre

Having a good home theatre is a must. The Yamaha YHT 1840 is the budget model of an awesome proper home theatre setup. This post is all about Yamaha YHT 1840 review. 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 let’s run into some basics first. Trust me, it is not at all boring.

What is a home theatre?

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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.

Do you know many buy a 5.1 system and set them up incorrectly?

Yamaha YHT 1840 setup is very easy. Just follow the below article and you will be rewarded with a good sound quality.

Click here to know how to setup the 5.1 system correctly.

Yamaha YHT-1840

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

What is an AV receiver?

Image of YHT 1840 and cambridge audio AXR 100.
AV Receiver of Yamaha YHT-1840 along with Cambridge audio AXR 100 in the bottom

AV receiver or AVR is a short form for Audio Video Receiver. It is also called as Yamaha yht 1840 amplifier. 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

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Yamaha YHT 1840 Analog input

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?

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Yamaha’s Full range speaker

Yamaha YHT 1840 comes with Yamaha’s NS-P40 speaker package. This Yamaha yht-1840 speaker is great looking. Yamaha YHT 1840 consists of 4 identical satellite speakers, one centre channel speaker, and a subwoofer. Except for the subwoofer, all the other speakers including the centre 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 of Yamaha YHT 1840

The subwoofer supplied one is a passive subwoofer. This Yamaha yht-1840 subwoofer 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.

Want to know more about the subwoofer? please check here.

Lets see Yamaha YHT 1840 in detail

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.

Front side of an AV receiver
Front side of the AVR

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.

Yamaha YHT 1840 center speaker
Yamaha YHT 1840 center speaker

The centre 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

Yamaha yht-1840 – specs are as follows.

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 an ‘option’ button on the remote. Let’s see some menus now.

Main menu of Yamaha YHT 1840
Main menu

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

Picture of speaker setting page
Speaker setup page
configuration section of Yamaha YHT 1840
configuration setup

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

Equaliser of Yamaha YHT 1840
Equaliser

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

HDMI menu
HDMI menu of YHT 1840

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

Sound menu of YHT 1840
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
Language menu
Language menu of YHT 1840
Option menu of Yamaha yht 1840
Options menu

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

Input menu of Yamaha yht 1840
Number of Inputs
Yamaha YHT 1840 Tone controls
Yamaha YHT 1840 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/SUrround Controls of Yamaha YHT 1840
DSP menu

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.

Bass

The bass is good. With the subwoofer, the bass of Yamaha YHT 1840 has good depth and tightness. You won’t get a lot of bass which is muddy like other budget home theatre systems. But what you get is a good quality textured bass. The advantage of this Home theatre system is that you can always upgrade your subwoofer for a better one. But, you get the necessary bass from the subwoofer that comes with it.

In case you are upgrading your sub, you can read about the best subwoofer under $750.

Mids

The mids are crystal clear. The midrange comes from the full range speakers and they are of good quality. They produce a decent amount of body and bite which improves the perceived clarity. It has a good musical sense to it. Most of the sound comes from the centre speaker and the centre speaker that comes with the Yamaha YHT 1840 is sealed. That means a solid centre speaker performance.

Movie dialogues sound amazing and crystal clear. So are the songs. You will get a much better sound that a similarly priced sound bar for sure.

Highs

There is no separate tweeter that comes with the speakers in Yamaha YHT 1840. No. But, the provided speakers are of full range. As said earlier, full range speakers produce bass, mids and treble from a single driver. And it works. The treble is smooth and sweet. It has good air and necessary sparkle on the high end.

The only gripe is that it doesn’t extend to 20,000 Hz like a proper tweeter. But most people cannot hear over 15,000 Hz and there isn’t a lot of substance in that range. The speakers sound fantastic and you will have a good experience with both movies and music.

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.

Bass performance

The bass performance is great in this system. You can increase subwoofer levels, use the bass boost function, and use Tone controls to dial up the bass. Hence, the overall bass performance is very satisfactory.

Please don’t expect boomy strong bass out of the system. Although you get slightly less in volume as far as bass is concerned, the bass which you get is of good quality and accurate. You can enjoy music and movies a lot with Yamaha YHT 1840’s bass performance.

The bass amplifier lies in the AVR itself. Additionally, it has a subwoofer out and you can add a more powerful subwoofer down the lane for improved bass performance. There is an article here about the best subwoofer under $750.

Want to know more about the subwoofer? check here.

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.

Here you can check the current Yamaha YHT-1840 price on amazon and buy from there.

Bluetooth

This is the only option that Yamaha YHT 1840 misses. No Bluetooth. Maybe because the Bluetooth system is of inferior quality and is okay for causal listening until the lossless Bluetooth format is introduced. LDAC, AAC, aptX offer great quality compared to A2DP and SBC. However, when this Yamaha YHT 1840 was designed, the cost to function ratio should have taken a hit and thus they would have excluded bluetooth.

However, You can add one for an extremely low cost. If you want a high-quality Bluetooth experience, you need to use Logitech Bluetooth Audio Receiver. This will easily trump down any AVR with built in Bluetooth.

Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • provision for active subwoofer
  • passive subwoofer
  • Can drive most of the bookshelf speakers
  • No. of inputs
  • 4k support
  • HDMI ARC support
  • HDR support
  • HDMI 2.0 support
  • HDCP 2.2 support
  • 3D support
  • HD Burr Brown DAC
  • less power consumption
  • quick select buttons
  • Full function remote
  • Manual delay and crossover settings
  • cinemaDSP modes
  • Dolby ProLogic II
  • DTS and Dolby digital ES
Cons
  • No HD formats like DTS HD MA or Dolby True HD
  • No built-in Bluetooth
  • Less power to drive large floor standers
  • No room correction

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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.

Click to check the price of Logitech Z906 in amazon

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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.

If you’re interested in YHT 3072, you can check the price and buy from amazon through the below button

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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

What is yamaha yht-1840 total watts?

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.

Thanks for reading

Vignesh sathiaraj

Aju Vignesh Sathiaraj Padma is a mechanical and audio engineer. He is a person who loves technology and things. He is also an audiophile and loves to listen to audio gears. He is an avid writer and loves to blog.

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