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

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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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Product Specifications

Brand NameYamaha
Speaker TypeBookshelf
Color Name-

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Yamaha
  • Model: NS-6490
  • Color Name: -
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.5 x 16.2 inches ; 29.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 30 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,509 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 22, 2003

Product Description

Upgrade your current 5.1 home theater to a 7.1-channel surround sound system by adding a pair of Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speakers. The NS-6490 speaker was designed for both professional and home entertainment enthusiasts with the capability to deliver a full, clear and tight sound response. This elegant 3-way shelf speaker delivers rich, room-filling, high-fidelity sound by utilizing an ultra-wide frequency response, an impressive 8" high-output woofer, 4" midrange driver, 7/8" balanced dome tweeter and 140W of power.The Yamaha NS-6490 features sturdy craftsmanship, magnetic shielding, gold-plated terminals and a removable mesh grille.

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Customer Reviews

This bookshelf speakers gives a clear sound and great fidelity without distorsion, also at high volume, I suggest to add a little subwoofer. Read more ›
Beautiful speaker with good sound clarity for the price. Sound quality: 3 of 5 Read more ›
i have an old yamaha intergrated amp and i use this as my home…these speakers are a perfect match and the 3 way system puts out an awesome sound for just 2 speakers !!! i… Read more ›
The super quality Yamaha product. By using these speakers can appreciate a clear sound, requires little space. With loud music and bright. Read more ›
I have been happy with my selection. They produce a great sound for their size and price. Now when I am building log furniture or cabinets I can keep the tempo up and rock… Read more ›
These speakers are by far the worst sounding speakers I ever owned. I bought these at BB 10 years ago and they were on special for $49.99. Read more ›
upgraded from a set of 2 way sony…these speakers are great, couldnt ask for better sound, high, mid, and lows are are clear and not at all over done in any area. the… Read more ›
But when it…The tweeter gets harsh at about 5/8 volume at 100 watts ( each) and the bass isnt too great for rap/hip hop. very tight bass is what these are very good at. G… Read more ›
Beautiful sound. Not bad bass. Much better than I expected. Read more ›
These speakers are very nice and sound great. One of the things that I could feedback Yamaha is that they should consider putting a bass reflex system for a deeper bass. The… Read more ›
Using a loudness button or a little eq and the…All the negative comments about bad bass areYamaha YST-SW216BL Subwoofer just not fair in my opinion. T… Read more ›
They were the first things I bought on credit…Got them home at the tender age of 20 and instantly fell in love with the Brightness and Crisp Bass of these little giants. Read more ›
All in all, and especially due to the reasonable price (US$129 for the pair), I am happy with the purchase. Read more ›
you don't need a sub...which is amazing given the super low price. Now for the mids and highs... Read more ›
I was lead to believe the speakers built for U.S. use were of the screw type. Other than that, the sound is of good quality...for the price I paid for them. Read more ›
Although these speakrs are cheaply priced, they are not cheaply built imho and will last a long time if properly cared for and by far offer the best bang for the buck Read more ›
I wanted a second pair…When they were offered at such a reasonable price, I jumped at the offer on a 2nd pair............probably should have bought 2 pair this time too! Read more ›
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… Read more ›
If it weren't for…The highs are clear until you crank a little power in them - they start getting shrill at higher power - and the mids and lows still can't get through. Read more ›
Purchased as a gift, these speakers fit the bill. Low lows and high highs. And they look nice to boot. Read more ›
My Carver Sunfire center channel speaker over…The response is quit slow and lacks the crisp highs and bottom end bass that I was seeking when I purchased these speakers. Read more ›
Otherwise, I think the speakers sound smooth, almost to a…It's a good thing my center picks up the mid-high tones really well, so for my setup not that much of a problem. Read more ›
They are easy to set up and well worth the money. They look great, especially with the cover and are easy to clean. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Midrange: Rather hollow sounding in the upper midrange and weak in the lower midrange and also lacks detail, but it's still probably the strong point of the speaker. Read more ›
I am using these as my front…I then went into the RX-V373 equalizer menu and boosted the two lowest frequency settings to the max for "front left" and "front right." I… Read more ›
Even used these as the L and R channels in my home theater set up along with some Cerwin Vega surrounds and center, and a BIC H-100 sub...system is crisp, clear, loud and… Read more ›
Great smaller sized speakers that sound great. I would recommend for anyone interested in a modest sized home stereo / entertainment system. Read more ›
If you want something that looks fancy the Jamo P404's (amazon has them for $150 at the moment, I bought those, at that price you're basically stealing them, they sound… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 32 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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58 of 71 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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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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12 of 14 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By headinclouds on March 8, 2013
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When i ordered these speakers at the unbelivably
low price they are listed for, I assumed they
would be just average but boy was I surprised.

I am an audiophile...owning Adcom amplifiers
and JBL speakers, and having owned 2 nightclubs
in Vegas...but these little devils rock the
house and honestly for most parties you would
have, do not even need a subwoofer.

A subwoofer is absolutely a must have item if you
are a audiophile that loves rock & roll but if you
are just into music without needing deep bass,
these speakers will be perfect. Honestly...you
get so much bass out of these Yamaha speakers that
you don't need a sub...which is amazing given the
super low price. Now for the mids and highs...
they are outstandingly crisp and bright and true
to the vocal aspects as well as instruments like
when i tested it on classical music. It fill up
a very large room with beautiful rich fidelity.

In my home i have a dance studio upstairs and
the big JBL and club sub sound set-up with about
5,000 in high end gear. But really i think its
only better in the ''live feel'' when i push
the horns to blistering volumes and crank up the
watts to intense thumps etc. But these little
bookshelf speakers kick it out so good you will
be totally thrilled by them.

If you want to move up to ''studio bookshelf''
sized speakers you can try the 1000 dollar
kRK Rokit G2 or Klipsch but why spend the extra
money when these are just fine...great for the
surround sound setup as well....

Yamaha really makes a superb speaker for the money.
I give the a 10 for value and a 8 for sonic quality.

Yes you could spend more...but why? Unless you own
a nightclub these will be just fine....

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/ref=?ie=UTF8&action=preview#
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