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I recently was able to acquire a pair of vintage Yamaha NS.4 Speakers,& was wondering if anyone here has ever owned or heard a pair of these?
Were these from the 70's?
I have NS-5s bought for 15.00 at the yard sales. At first listen they're easy to ignore but after a few hours I realized they have a nice smooth even tone that's easy to enjoy. Good vocal presentation for a 10" two way. No need to mod,, and would be afraid to ruin the seal. They are true acoustic suspension.
A sleeper worth getting if stumbled upon.
Well I tried them out last night with another Yamaha RX 500 U Receiver I had!
I set all the Tone Controls to what Yamaha claimed was flat including the Loudness. I hooked up a Magnavox CDB 502 CD Player. I like the sound of the older Magnavox CD Players from 1987-1992 era! For speaker wire I used coated red & white 18 gauge solid copper wire!(Which I twisted together a little better by hand.)Our Hardware store calls it solid Doorbell wire. Now I mostly listen to what I've heard called easy listening\pop vocalist!So I started out by listening to Tony Bennett last non live or duet album called the Silver Lining!I got to see him live in Concert May 27th of this year!That is why I chose Tony Bennett & that album as he sang most of what was on it!Best 2 hr.Concert I ever went too!What amazed me right away was the fact how everything sounded so forward,in your face like!Especially the vocals!I have the same model Receiver in my bedroom,but using a pair of Yamaha NS-A637 with rubber surrounds on the Woofers,and they do not sound that forward to me at all!Much more balanced.The NS 4's also seemed to have a very wide open spacious sound to them considering how close together the speakers were!1 on each side of the Receiver!I also found I could not listen to them with the grills off,where as my NS-A637's I prefer the grills off! Need to spend some more time with them! I think next I'll try my Yamaha CR 620 as it is closer to the same vintage! Pictures are from the Internet as the lighting was not good enough to take decent photo's of the set up!
...owned their big brother (NS-5) for two years. Different tweeters and a 10" woofer, so pretty different.
For what its worth, I really liked them.
I traded my Genesis Physics Model Ones for them.
The Genesis speakers were quite good.
But the Yamaha's played loud and had real bass.
Pretty important when in college.
I've been no help at all and apologize.
reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.
I enjoyed the story anyway as I kind of have a soft spot for any & all Yamaha including there speakers! Not saying everything is ok,but willing to try there vintage products if the price is reasonable enough to me compared to other brands!
I remember hearing them and a number of other speakers in that "class". Since that was my price range at the time.
It was 40 years ago. But one thing I DO remember is they were better than the other speakers in the "economy" level.
My friend had a smaller Marantz receiver and we were looking for speakers. He was going to buy those, I think??? but ended up spending a few more dollars and getting a set of AR. I think he still has those speakers 40 years later.
although the cheap Teledyne-era AR speakers of the same era (to wit, the AR-18 and AR-17) were fine sounding, unprepossessing cheap two-way sealed box speakers, too.
My opinion in those days (and still today) is that dollar for dollar the AR-18 was the best thing going. They were $65 a pop at that point (ca. 1977).
all the best,
Thanks for the info! Will let everyone soon know how they sound!
Soundscape in Baltimore sold them as their "entry level" ca. 1977. They were, if memory serves, about $95 a piece.
I thought they sounded very good -- a quality I would not ascribe to most of the loudspeakers Yamaha sold (at least in the US market in the 1970s).
Probably more important what YOU think of them, though :-)
all the best,
Going to be testing them out before I decide if I plan to keep them with several Yamaha Receivers I have! I am not obligated to them but were given on loan by a friend who was thinking about selling them as he has way too many speakers!Hopefully I will be able to do that Tonight!
Picked up a pair of NS-670's locally and cleaned them up and upgraded the binding posts. No need to mess with the crossovers, they almost never fail. Very engaging for what they are, hooked up to my Marantz 2270. Excellent build quality from Yamaha. Yamaha Engineering basically had a blank corporate check when they developed the NS series in the mid 70's.
I'm sure the entry level NS-4's are decent too.
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