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    Default Do you know what these Yamaha's are?

    Does anybody know what these are and if they're worth listening to? They're Yamaha, that is all that is known. I'm familiar with their electronics but did Yamaha ever make a good pair of speakers, these aside even?

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    They did make a few good speakers (the NS-690 and NS-1000 most notably, although they're not really my cup of tea). The present examples look like they accompanied a rack stereo (late-1980s style) and are likely best avoided.
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    I wouldn't expect them to sound too good.

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    Mark is correct. Rack system refugees, probably very thin cabinets, minimal crossovers, cabinet resonances all over the place. Might serve a garage system.

    The speakers, Mark mentions are, indeed, the great Yammies. Although I, have "never" heard any of them! I have heard the infamous NS-10 studio monitors which are lauded for how bad they can sound with badly mixed recordings and a boon to studio engineers because of this!

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    FWIW (and for completeness) - Yamaha also made a couple of very (very) unassuming little sealed two-way speakers in the mid to late 1970s that had a very pleasant sound more akin to the Polks and "New England school" (AR, KLH, Advent, AVID, EPI, Cizek, etc.) of loudspeakers than the then-prevailing Japanese bent towards the "West Coast" (JBL) sound. I do not remember the model numbers. The ones I remember best were about $95 a piece (1977-ish era and dollars) and had all wood grain (vinyl, of course) finished boxes - including the baffle - and dome tweeter. I think the model might have been NS-4, but memory's very hazy on these.

    NS-4:
    http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=297367

    NS-1000:
    http://www.audio-heritage.jp/YAMAHA/...r/ns-1000.html



    NS-1000M:

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    I woudnt mind listening to a pair of NS1000's ive read they match up nicely with vintage receiver's & amp's
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    FWIW (and for completeness) - Yamaha also made a couple of very (very) unassuming little sealed two-way speakers in the mid to late 1970s that had a very pleasant sound more akin to the Polks and "New England school" (AR, KLH, Advent, AVID, EPI, Cizek, etc.) of loudspeakers than the then-prevailing Japanese bent towards the "West Coast" (JBL) sound. I do not remember the model numbers. The ones I remember best were about $95 a piece (1977-ish era and dollars) and had all wood grain (vinyl, of course) finished boxes - including the baffle - and dome tweeter. I think the model might have been NS-4, but memory's very hazy on these.

    NS-4:
    http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=297367

    NS-1000:
    http://www.audio-heritage.jp/YAMAHA/...r/ns-1000.html



    NS-1000M:

    That's interesting, because I've always thought those classics would sound more like JBLs because they seemed to be imitating their appearance externally. As I mentioned, I have not had the opportunity to confirm that. Although I am not opposed to what I would call the mid-80s JBL sound (kind-a-like that for some music).

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    And models you will never see in your life....

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    If i had those id flip them ^^^^^^
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    FWIW - Despite my rabid addiction to the Altec sound, I am not a JBL fan.

    Yes, the Japanese have almost always saved their best/most interesting loudspeaker efforts for the Home Market. Too bad - but probably due to the small markets and high shipping costs.

    http://www.audio-heritage.jp/PIONEER...l2401twin.html

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    What are they??..for a child...maybe...for the serious listener?....JUNK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boston1450 View Post
    If i had those id flip them ^^^^^^
    If I had those I'd flip for joy! I do have a pair of rare (at least in the US) NS-5. There was a speaker marketed in the US with the same model number, but these were only marketed in Japan, Europe and the Middle East. They are beautifully made, heavy as hell and sound wonderful. Original price in the early 90s was 50,000 yen or around $500/pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by audiomagnate View Post
    If I had those I'd flip for joy! I do have a pair of rare (at least in the US) NS-5. There was a speaker marketed in the US with the same model number, but these were only marketed in Japan, Europe and the Middle East. They are beautifully made, heavy as hell and sound wonderful. Original price in the early 90s was 50,000 yen or around $500/pair.
    cool e-nuff.

    http://www.audio-heritage.jp/YAMAHA/speaker/ns-5.html



    Interestingly the Japanese are capable of making good sounding drivers and loudspeakers - they just have always seemed to have a sort of warped sense of what constituted American tastes in speaker sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Msabot1 View Post
    What are they??..for a child...maybe...for the serious listener?....JUNK!
    huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by audiomagnate View Post
    If I had those I'd flip for joy! I do have a pair of rare (at least in the US) NS-5. There was a speaker marketed in the US with the same model number, but these were only marketed in Japan, Europe and the Middle East. They are beautifully made, heavy as hell and sound wonderful. Original price in the early 90s was 50,000 yen or around $500/pair.
    id have to up my homeowners insurance LOL those you have are nice too
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    NS-5s? Interesting, but such a "sickly" looking color scheme! Looks like the speakers have hepatitis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    cool e-nuff.

    http://www.audio-heritage.jp/YAMAHA/speaker/ns-5.html



    Interestingly the Japanese are capable of making good sounding drivers and loudspeakers - they just have always seemed to have a sort of warped sense of what constituted American tastes in speaker sound.
    It's not warped, it's spot on. I worked for Mitsubishi in the late 80s and early 90's. Sales of the fantastic Diatone line were awful, but the junky rack systems sold like hotcakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    huh?
    I reckon the reference was to the rack-system (looking) speakers in the original post...
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    Let's not forget the younger brother to the 690's, the ns 645 which I thought sounded great connected to my dad's pioneer sa 9100.Name:  120893608.jpg
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