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Yamaha NS-6490 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers, Black Finish ( Pair )

by Yamaha
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List Price: $150.00
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  • These 3-Way speakers can be added anywhere in your your home component sound systemfront or rear speakers, even as auxiliary speakers for another room
  • Each speaker enclosure has 3 drivers - An 8 Woofer / a 4 Midrange / a 0.75 Dome Tweeter that work together to provide an extremely satisfying sound output that spans a 45Hz to 23kHz frequency response range
  • Magnetically shielded to suit home-theater applications
  • Black satin grille cloth is as aesthetically pleasing to the eyes as it is acoustically transparent to your ears
  • Handles 70 Watts continuous amplifier power or 140 Watts peak amplifier power for each channel
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Yamaha NS-6490 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers, Black Finish ( Pair ) + Yamaha Natural Sound  Stereo Receiver (R-S201BL) + RCA AH16100SR 100 Ft. 16-Gauge Speaker Wire
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Product Specifications

Brand NameYamaha
Color Name-

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Yamaha
  • Model: NS-6490
  • Color Name: -

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.5 x 16.2 inches ; 26.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 31 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00018Q4GA
  • Item model number: NS-6490
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,089 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 22, 2003

Product Description

The luxurious finish of the cabinet similar to that used on Yamaha grand pianos indicates the outstanding quality of this speaker system. The 3-way acoustic suspension design features a 20cm (8") high compliance pearl white long throw cone woofer with a cloth surround and an inverted dust cover. The midrange is a 10cm (4") ferro-fluid cooled pearl white cone type with an inverted dust cover. The 2.2cm (7/8") balanced-dome tweeter is also ferro-fluid cooled. The speaker is magnetically shielded so it can be used near a TV and has gold-plated banana plug compatible terminals.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

These speakers are very nice and sound great.
Diego Potes
I refuse to buy a sub and with these speakers you really dont need one.
Doc
All sound - base, high frequency and mid range are absolutely clear.
TrueReviewer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Novak on October 29, 2011
Before we get to the acual review part we have to get a few things out of the way:

1. Crossovers do not have to be some bulky contaption in order to be effective. A simple crossover is just a cap and an indictor (wire wound in a coil) so just becuase Yamaha uses a simple setup does not mean it's ineffective. speaker coils are inductors by design
2. If you are expecting big price speaker features in budget speakers (like fill for example) you will be dissapointed and you can do 1 of 2 things:
a. buy fill and correct the issue
or
b. spend more money on your speakers
3. If you are expecting big bass out of these speakers. it's NOT going to happen as they are acustically sealed (google acustic speaker suspension to find out the pro's and cons) but suffice it to say that it takes MORE power to get bass out of these as you have to overcome the static air resistance inside the box. Ported speakers have better bass response because the air can more freely in and out of the port.
4. Particle board cabinet construction....you will be suprised how many speakers that cost several times as much use this stuff and there is a reason for it...it does NOT RESONATE like wood boards do. MDF, HDF, PFB it's all the same stuff.

Now down to the nitty gritty

I use my speakers with the following system
Ymaha HTR-5635, NS-C125 center and 2x YST-SW215 subs

Personally I enjoy my speakers immensely and they do exactly what they are supposed to do..
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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Dadaist on October 25, 2009
Made purchase of these NS-6490's on clearance from the 'shack in fall 2009 and I'm glad I did. Probably not worth current retail prices but grab them on markdown if you can. The exterior is beautiful even with the glaring white woofers. The speaker has the required heft to dampen the 8" woofer, and the range should be smooth with the choice of provided driver sizes. Unfortunately we consumers just won't know what it is capable of until it gets a decent crossover. Inside you will find no acoustic fill, which by itself isn't unexpected in a design at this pricepoint. However, there is no effective crossover. there are instead 2 capacitors acting as bass blockers for the 4" mid and the tweeter glued to the back of the terminal cup and the 8" woofer runs full range. In a larger woofer this may not be a problem as the voice coil simply wouldn't drive higher frequencies; here it is. Budget for acoustic fill and a proper crossover, or run a new terminal cup and bi-amp with eq's. I didn't take the other reviews seriously about the lack of bass, chocking it up to the sealed design. Stock levels are woeful for the woofer and box size. I'm hoping some acoustic fill will round out the bottom end a little until I can get a decent set of crossovers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By soundadviser on April 14, 2011
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While many loudspeakers are shrinking in size to be decor friendly, the Yamaha NS-6490's are more conventional with an 8" woofer, three-way design. Their relatively bulky size and seemingly entry level build quality are not what sold me on these. What did it for me were its old school "acoustic suspension" enclosure and Yamaha's solid reputation for consistent specs, reliability and performance at any price point.

At first listen I knew I'd be more than satisfied with their performance. A month later, I'm still impressed by their natural clarity, lack of listening fatique and slam that just doesn't exist with most entry level speakers. The imaging from these is dead-on point, as long as they're on axis with the ears.

Yamaha electronics have been my favorite for over 25 years for a good reason. They deliver the goods, consistently. Without going into any more detail, Yamaha got it right again in engineering a pleasing product with a price that would make professionals envious. The NS-6490's are a hidden gem among the rocks. Nice job Yamaha. I bought two more from Amazon with no regrets.Yamaha NS-6490 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers, Black Finish ( Pair )
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Capolino on March 27, 2007
WOW! What an outstanding product. They handle tons of power, it can output a lot of bass without distortion and the overall sound is exceptional for the price and size. Using as FRONT speakers in my setup. Sound clarity is also very good.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Doug Kampe on November 11, 2008
I bought these speakers about 6 months ago, and am happy with them thus far. Currently, they're hooked up to a Yamaha 5.1 receiver, but I'm only running them stereo. So many people said the speakers lacked bass, so I dragged out a powered sub I had and hooked it up. Eventually, I found that the speakers produced adequate bass for me, so I've removed the sub all together.

I was a little disappointed when I first hooked up these speakers because the bass was too over-powering and the mids were really lacking. I tried adjusting my receiver to lower the bass and increase the mids, but nothing seemed to work to my liking, so I did what anyone would do; I just played it at higher volumes. I'm writing this review because the other day I realized that the mids have developed over the past months of use, and now the speakers sound smooth and produce a very clean sound. So children, I guess the moral of the story is that patience is, in fact, a virtue! I gave it 4 stars because of the extraordinarily long break-in.
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