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YAMAHA YHT-397BL Home Theater System

  • 5.1 channel
  • 4 HDMI 3D passthrough
  • Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
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Provides simple operation, yet includes essential capabilities for high definition home audio video enjoyment, offering popular features like USB input for iPhone and color on-screen display, as well as a 5.1 channel speaker system with a powerful 8" 100W subwoofer. This system is also ready for the next generation with sophisticated technologies like 4k video passthrough and ECO mode for lower power consumption.

  • newegg Powerful 5.1 Home Theater System Featuring 5-channel powerful surround sound (100W per Channel) with 192 kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs for all channels, the YHT-397BL delivers high dynamic power, low-impedance drive capability to bring you cinema-like audio experience just in the comfort of your home. The HD Audio format decoding for Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio refreshes your listening experience with tantalizing high-definition audio that is as stunning as the high-definition pictures. (DTS-HD featured products have the ability to decode all streams required for DTS-HD Master Audio but may have limitations in channel output and/or sampling frequency; or may utilize unique post processing.) Complete with a discreetly constructed 5.1-channel speaker system with 2-way speaker drivers for high power input capacity and an 8" 100W active subwoofer for rumbling bass, everything you hear would come to life with unmatched clarity, depth and accuracy.
  • newegg Future Ready The YHT-397BL provides advanced HDMI features including 4K Pass-Through for higher picture quality, 3D for enjoying 3D video sources, and ARC (Audio Return Channel), which makes it easier to hear TV sound. It also supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24 Hz Refresh Rate and Auto Lip-Sync compensation to sync the dialogue and pictures.
  • newegg CINEMA DSP Digital Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent sound fields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects from ideally located in these separate sound fields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and startlingly realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater! The decoding circuitry performs Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES (DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 and DTS-ES Discrete 6.1), DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24 decoding with extreme accuracy, as well as all digital sound field processing.
  • newegg SCENE – A NEW LEVEL OF OPERATING EASE Four SCENE buttons make operating the receiver easier than ever. They are initially set to default settings for DVD Viewing, Disc Listening, TV Viewing and Radio Listening. Pressing a SCENE button automatically launches a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button. Other SCENE settings are also available, such as iPod Listening, XM Listening, TV Sports Viewing and Action Game Playing. Browsing and selecting the settings is quickly accomplished by changing Input via the front panel and watching the on-screen display. The settings can be selected for one-time use, or they can replace the original default settings. The SCENE names can be changed also.
  • newegg YPAO Automatic System Calibration Yamaha’s YPAO system uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters, such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers and even the sound pressure level, etc. Until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room and you don't have to do anything!
  • newegg Advanced YST Advanced Yamaha Active Servo Technology (Advanced YST) is a unique system in which the speaker and amplifier work together to cancel out impedance so the speaker unit has a perfectly linear motion. Advanced YST helps to ensure the highest levels of sound pressure and overall performance.

Learn more about the Yamaha YHT-397BL




High dynamic power, low-impedance drive capability

4K pass-through for next generation super high resolution images

HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel

HDMI CEC with versatile control

Supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24 Hz Refresh Rate and Auto Lip-Sync compensation

SCENE buttons with direct power on (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio)
- quick and simple to use

Front panel USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone

Multi language color OSD for improved visibility

YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup

Front panel mini jack input for connecting portable audio player

YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup

Audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video input

9 selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies

Subwoofer phase select / Subwoofer out

Initial Volume Setting and Maximum Volume Setting

Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-250 ms)

40-station preset tuning / Auto preset tuning

Background Video feature (for Radio only)


Speakers Configuration
Front Speaker x 2
Center Speaker x 1
Surround Speaker x 2
Subwoofer x 1
Speakers Driver Unit
Front Speaker: 2-1/2" woofer and 1/2" tweeter

Center Speaker: Dual 2-1/2" woofer and 1/2" tweeter

Surround Speaker: 2-1/2" woofer and 1/2" tweeter

Subwoofer: 8" Cone
Speakers Power Rating
Front/Center/Surround Speaker Input Power (Max/Nominal): 100 W / 30 W

Subwoofer Dynamic Power: 100W
Speakers Frequency Response
System Frequency Response: 28 Hz - 50 kHz
Receivers Spec
Minimum RMS Output Power (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9% THD):
Front Channels: 100 W +100 W
Center Channel: 100 W
Surround Channels: 100 W +100 W

Dynamic Power/Ch (Front Ch, 8/6/4/2 ohms): 110/130/160/180 W
HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
D/A Converter
192 kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs for all channels
HDMI (Audio Input Assignable) Input x 4
USB x 1
Radio Antenna (FM/AM) Input: 1 / 1
Optical Digital In x 2
Coaxial Digital In x 2
Analog Audio In x 4
Component Video (Audio Input Assignable) Input x 2
Composite Video Input x 4
Audio Mini Jack x 1
HDMI Output x 1
Analog Audio Out x 2
Component Video Monitor Output x 1
Composite Monitor Output x 1
Composite AV Output x 1
Speaker Out (without subwoofer): 5ch
Subwoofer Out x 1
Headphone Jack x 1
A/V Receiver (W x H x D): 17.1" x 6" x 12.4"

Front Speaker (W x H x D): 4" x 6.4" x 4"

Center Speaker (W x H x D): 11.9" x 4" x 4"

Surround Speaker (W x H x D): 4" x 6.4" x 4"

Subwoofer (W x H x D): 11.4" x 11.4" x 12.9"
A/V Receiver: 16.5 lbs.

Front Speaker: 1.6 lbs. /ea

Center Speaker: 2.6 lbs.

Surround Speaker: 1.6 lbs. /ea

Subwoofer: 18.7 lbs.

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/11/2013 2:36:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome beginner system

Pros: This system rocks. Set it up easy and got to rocking my blu rays, xbox, HD Television and computer. Lots of HDMI ports. I also got this on when it was on sale for 299.95.

Cons: The only cons are that this is a cost friendly system. Yes the sound quality is not as good as bose or higher priced surround, but the sound is still awesome and blows away everyday use.

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  • 1/24/2013 10:50:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Entry Level System

Pros: Pricing and Sound
Bass hits clean compared to Z5500 it replaced
Adjustable crossover freq for Subwoofer helps the above

Cons: Does get warm during warmer months. Need to turn off if away for a while.

Other Thoughts: I'm not really an audiophile, but I'd say for the price, this system is a pretty good entry level setup for anyone looking to get a home theater system. Figured if you were an audiophile, you would be skipping past this anyways for a setup that costs several grand.

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  • Vitali A.
  • 1/16/2013 10:27:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood system for the money

Pros: Plenty of HDMI ports, 8 ohm speakers, clean bass, very nice matte black finish. Huge improvement over TV speakers.

Cons: User experience could be improved. The receiver remote has tiny buttons and menu's are old school.

Other Thoughts: I live in an apartment and didn't want to buy anything super high end until I moved into a house. In the $399 price point this home theater in a box system doesn't have much competition.

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  • Marcelo D.
  • 9/10/2012 1:12:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Receiver but only ok speakers

Pros: Nice Yamaha Receiver with good features and plenty of power for a base receiver. I have an almost identical model I have had a little over a year and I still like it as well.

Cons: The speakers are only ok. There is no auto on/off on the sub. It has to be turned on and off manually.

Other Thoughts: When I first set it up I was a little disappointed in the sound and was not sure if it was the receiver or the speakers. I have almost the same receiver in another room with Polk speakers so I borrowed a couple of those speakers to try it out and the system sounded great! It’s not that the Yamaha speakers are bad, just do not expect them to sound like higher end speakers. They were cheap and represent a good value for what they cost.

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  • Ryan M.
  • 6/3/2012 2:21:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent system!

Pros: *Comes with a real receiver and very sturdy set of speakers.
*Supports advanced HDMI features such as audio return and 4K pass-through
*Sounds absolutely amazing
*Comes with everything you need to set it up, including antennas and speaker wire

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: *Consider upgrading the speaker wire for clearer sound

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