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

4.6 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews
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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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Technical Details

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

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 13.2 x 10.5 x 16.2 inches
Item Weight 29.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 29.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer YAMAHA
ASIN B00018Q4GA
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Item model number NS-6490
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4.6 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers > Bookshelf Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com December 22, 2003

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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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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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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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03/28/16
I bought these 5.5 mos. ago About 3 mos. ago I started noticing a popping sound when there was a deep, very deep bass sound in some movies, action movies like in Everest & in the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring! I troubleshooted the problem; changed speaker wire, changed speakers left to right, I even checked my A/V receiver for possible loose capacitor or something; couldn't find any (hard to check for me) I even changed A/V receivers! The problem remained & followed the speaker; I then contacted Yamaha & they sent me a NFS form for a replacement speaker! More recently the other speaker is now doing the same! I did notice the serial numbers are consecutive, so that could mean that the batch was faulty in manufacturing! 03/25/16 Got the replacements, finally after a month & several times contacting Yamaha (the speakers are backordered but I rec'd refurbished speakers!) & they were not any better; same problem; someone commented @ PE, "Maybe, just maybe, you're hitting them too hard with very low frequency bass. They're rated to 45 Hz, but an 8" woofer trying desperately to reproduce 20 Hz bass rumble will often make the noise you describe. Make sure your bass settings are set to flat and, if you have one handy, try a sub. I think you'll like what you hear." Actually I knew all the published specs on these! (My AVR auto setup adjusts frequency signals to fit the speakers attached, so...) I replaced the woofers with GRS 8PR-8 8" Poly Cone Rubber Surround Woofer and Whoa!
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