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Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair)

B&H # YANS6490 Mfr # NS-6490
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Product Highlights
  • 3-Way Acoustic Suspension Design
  • 70-140W
  • 8" High-Output Woofer
  • Balanced Dome Tweeter
  • Magnetically Shielded

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.

Driver
8" high-compliance, silver metal-like, long-throw cone woofer with cloth surround and inverted cover.
Midrange
4" ferro-fluid cooled, silver metal-like cone midrange driver with inverted dust cover.
Tweeter
7/8" ferro-fluid cooled balanced dome tweeter.
Outstanding Audio Output
This speaker offers a wide frequency response of 45Hz-23KHz, sensitivity of 90 dB, and 70-140W of power.
Magnetically Shielded
May safely be placed near a video monitor.
Gold Plated Terminals
To insure the best possible connection from your amplifier, this speaker features gold banana-plug terminals.
System
Speaker Design 3-Way
Speaker Type Acoustic Suspension
Power Rating 70-140W
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Response 45Hz - 23KHz
Sensitivity 90dB @ 2.83V/1 meter
Crossover 2.5KHz
Enclosure Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shielded Yes
Drivers
Tweeter 7/8" (2.2 cm) Dome
Midrange 4.0" (10 cm)
Woofer 8.0" (20 cm)
General
Connector Type Banana Plug
Dimensions (WxHxD) 10.5 x 16.2 x 13.2" (267 x 411 x 336mm)
Weight 13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)
Color Black
Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair)
  • 2 x Speakers
  • Manual
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    YamahaNS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair)
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (10)
    • Easy to set up (7)
    • Attractive (6)
    • Good power output (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home (7)
      • Basic systems (5)
      • Smaller rooms / apartments (5)
      • Home theater (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Practical (7), Audiophile (6), Tech savvy (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Reviewed by 13 customers

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      5.0

      Awesome speakers

      By Juniorkv

      from Deland, FL

      About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Home Theater

        Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

        I recently moved and didn't take my ceiling speakers with me (5.1). I bought this pair to start my home theater system going. They sound amazing! I am using them with a B&W self powered sub and they work great. I plan to pickup two more for my rear set and a Yamaha center channel in the near term to complete the 5.1 setup.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Speakers!

        By Oldgriz

        from Ennis, Montana

        About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Home

          Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

          I use these as bookcase speakers connected to my stereo gear. They have excellent frequency response for the price, though they are quite bright. They fit my needs quite well.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome for the price

          By Denver Architect

          from Denver, Colorado

          About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Home
            • Home Theater
            • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

            These speakers are quite amazing for their price. I just played a classical pipe organ number which has super low and super high frequencies and the speakers handled it like a champ. I took the fabric faces off to protect them from my cats and they look nice "naked". I like their size - just right. Easy wire connections. Plain black finish is nothing special. I have mine sitting on the floor (the are about end table high ) but should sit nicely on a decent sized shelf. All in all I am very pleased with them.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Speakers

            By AL

            from Pennsylvania

            Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

            Speakers sound is clear and detailled. I use them as L R for my 5.1 surround setup with a Denon AV, mostly for music playing. The speakers bring out sounds that were unnoticeable before.
            The free and superfast shipping was a bonus.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great buy

            By Manoj

            from Nebtaska

            Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

            Works very nice, very happy with this purchase,
            Never expected for these to sound so good at this price. Great bargain at steal price
            Twitter and woofers are excellent quality and very well balanced for for my kind of music listening.

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            5.0

            Great speakers

            By Max

            from Nebraska

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Home Theater
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

              New setup, using as main with Denon E300, great sound, sound quality amazed me specially for this price range. Listening for over week and these babies are getting better.

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              • No

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a good pair of speakers!!!

              By PL

              from Quebec Canada

              About Me Good Sound Searcher

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Excellent Base
              • Good Power Output
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

                  Hi dB (90 dB).Excellent sound (almost as much base sound as bigger Yamaha speakers: only a difference of 5 Hz).Small and really effective.Inexpensive :):):

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent speakers

                  By River Tethys

                  from DC Metro Area

                  About Me Audiophile, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems
                  • Home
                  • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

                  Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

                  These speakers fill our whole apartment with sounds when we need them to. Clear and crisp. They're also quite attractive when you remove the mesh from the front.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great product

                  By nikki

                  from glens falls,ny

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy to Mount
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Power Output
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

                    We are satisfied with our speakers..Had a pair but it one got dropped during our move...We deffinatly knew we wanted the same kind but,all our local stores didn't carry any yamaha speakers.I wasn't settling for something I didn't want..I figured you can buy anything on the internet,hopefully I can find our speakers!! I was so excited when I found our yamaha speakers on your site.... I give ya'll 100%

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Not bad but could be improved on...

                    By Golfer

                    from Central Washington State

                    About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                    • Bright highs
                    • Cabinent too light
                    • Weak Bass

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Systems
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

                    These are a great sounding speaker for the money. I find the tweeter to be unnaturally bright but that could be taken care of through equalization. The trouble is the highs get ragged at high volumes. Since I don't listen at high volume it isn't a problem for me. I like a more laid-back speaker sound.

                    What was appealing to me is the 3 way design. Most speakers in this price range are 2 way and usually need a sub - if they don't the bass is usually muddy. The bass on these are muddy - the mids are pretty good - the highs are quite bright.

                    Yamaha could really have a winner if they'd just stick a few more $s into the cabinet and stuff it with polyfill. It'd kill the resonating cabinet problem at mid level listening. I'd pay more for those features. The drivers sound like they do a pretty good job - they just need some help.

                    Corner loading these will help get some bass from the sealed (acoustic suspension) design. I've got mine about 6" from the back wall and the same distance from the side walls. I use them for TV radio and computer sounds - music during the day etc so I don't have to crank up the home theater equipment.

                    Comparing these speakers to my Infinity Cascade Model 3v I get the impression of a hollowness from the Yamaha speakers after listening to the Cascades after some time and switching back. I have both connected to a Harman Kardon 3390 stereo receiver with 80wpc.

                    For TV radio and background music from the computer (FLAC files) these will do the job. I just have to crank some treble out of them. They remind me of Klipsch horn loaded tweeters - they are that bright.

                    Overall sound quality is excellent for such an inexpensive speaker. Give them a try if you are looking to spend as little as possible and get some bang for the buck.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent value

                    By T052292

                    from Cranbrook BC

                    About Me Audiophile

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

                        Good "full" sound for the price. A better sounding speaker than Bose 201V - for less than half the price. I power these speakers with a 350W old school amp and they sound awesome and they are not yet "Broken in"

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        good to go

                        By brother bob

                        from dothan, al

                        About Me Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

                          sounds good

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent Speakers

                          By Moxified

                          from Rochester, NH

                          About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • Home
                            • Home Theater
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about Yamaha NS-6490 Bookshelf Speaker (Pair):

                            I've been holding onto my older front speakers for years due to their excellent sound quality but their size just plain bothered me (15" woofer). Over the years I had tried other bookshelf speakers to see if they would fit the bill but they just couldn't hold their own with low frequencies. I didn't want to leave that much to the subwoofer for music as it just doesn't sound right.

                            These speakers sound absolutely amazing for their price range. The bass response is excellent. They are slightly larger then I would have preferred but well worth it. I only wish I had purchased these earlier.

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                            • No

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