Summary: Make sure you check the exact dimensions of the speakers, if you're like me and just assume they're small bookshelf speakers, you might be surprised at how large they are. So far they're doing a good job, even after both having fallen 3 feet to the hardwood floor due to cheap speaker stands. I'm not an audiophile and ordered these to replace the tiny side speakers that shipped with my "system-in-a-box" from years ago. They certainly do a better job than those.
Excerpt: I get a thrill at feeling the Poof comeing out the side port. The louder the Poofyer.I believe that the Active Servo System and sound dispersion is what sets this subwoofer apart from others. I kicked out my last "front firer" (second sub. used with RX-V675)For lack of thump, behind the listening recliner. Yah, I know how to live. Paid twice as much for it in favor of my now new YST-Sw012. We will see and hear a big difference when it arrives. I am sure of it!
Summary: This bookshelf speakers gives a clear sound and great fidelity without distorsion, also at high volume. No need any subwoofer. If you have any sub, and wish to connect it, my advice is to set it for the lowest frequencies, up to 40 hz.
Summary: While no one would mistake these speakers as first-rate for an audiophile, they do a good job without breaking the bank. I use them in one room, to listen to the rather eclectic collection of CDs I have accumulated. These speakers will do a good job for all but the most critical of listeners, better than the quality we have come to accept these days. Delivery was quick, and the items arrived in great shape. For the money, a good choice.
Considering the price, there is good value here. Bit bulky and surprisingly not much bass.
14 January 2014
Summary: I run these speakers with a Yamaha VX673 receiver, a Yamaha C210 center and some old HTiB LG sattelites. No sub yet, as I wanted to see how these bookshelves handled the bass. I'm not big on bass and normally listen at subdued volume, but considering the size of the drivers, I was expecting a deeper bass (I know, it's enclosed, as has been mentioned). I've seen the reviews that bass was a bit lacking, but thought that with my taste, that woulden't be a problem.
Summary: These speakers sound pretty good in stock form but even better with some mods. For more bass (a lot more) you can add two bass reflex ports (available from speaker parts stores) placing one above and between the mid and tweeter and the other below and between mid and tweeter. I found the mid and tweeter too bright and padded them down with several 5 watt cement resistors in series, adding 18 ohms to the tweeter (3 x 6 ohms) and 12 ohms to the mids (3 x 4 ohms).
Summary: The Yamaha NS-6490 3-way design has been on the market for quite a few years and, IMHO, for very good reasons. A listener who values a smooth, full and well balanced presentation and soundstage will be hard pressed to find a better speaker for the money. Have owned and listened to a goodly number of speakers since my college days of yore! These are on my personal "short list" of all around best and most versatile speakers for both music and video, regardless of price.
Summary: I'VE USED YAMAHA SPEAKERS INT THE PAST. I HUNG A PAIR OUTSIDE AWAY FROM THE RAIN AND THEY LASTED 10 YEARS, DITTO FOR THE PAIR I HAD BEFORE THEM. THE POLYPROPYLENE SPEAKERS SHOULD LAST LONGER AS THEY ARE RESISTANT TO MOISTURE. THE PLASTIC FACE SHOULD ADD TO THE WEATHER ENDURANCE OF THESE SOLID SPEAKERS. I LIVE IN MIAMI AND THERE IS PLENTY OF HUMIDITY HERE. IF YOU USE THEM INSIDE THEY SHOULD LAST A LIFETIME.