Yamaha NX-E100 - NS Greatness on a Budget

Discussion in 'Yamaha' started by SoCal Sam, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

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    If you are looking for a bookshelf speaker, allow me to recommend the Yamaha NX-E100 bookshelf speaker which was bundled with the E100 mini-system. These speakers are not cheap throwaway consumer crap, Yamaha put some effort into them. They have the same family sound as classic NS from the Seventies and Eighties which is crystal clear clarity and transparency. Like the great NS speakers of yore, the NX-E100 thrives with fast, objectively accurate amps but unlike some NS, does not punish receivers. The best news is they are common, relatively cheap on ebay, and sometimes dirt cheap at the thrifts.

    The NX-E100 has a cloth dome tweeter so I would place the sound close to the NS-670 and NS-200M. I am not a fan of three way speakers which to me sound a little incoherent, something the two way NX-E100 avoids. Balance is excellent. The Beryllium dome NS-500M and 1000M are different animals and with the right amp and recording, are in a different league. However, they do not suffer fools which is where the NX-E100 scores. Cloth dome tweeters are much more forgiving which means a wider variety of gear and recordings can be played. Cloth domes are almost as transparent as Be domes perhaps giving up a little with metal strings and horns. My older ears use to crave the edginess of Be but no more, cloth domes hit the sweet spot.
     
  2. SuperLead100

    SuperLead100 "These go to 11"

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    Thanks! That's all I need is more speakers...now I have to investigate these...o_O
     
  3. amr2

    amr2 Active Member

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    thanks!
     
  4. Roboturner91

    Roboturner91 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I've seen these, they look nice. In fact I very nearly bought a pair a few days ago to go with my little NAD setup in my bedroom. I may give them a second look now.
     
  5. Raynald

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    Interesting info. There is a complete 150 system for sale cheap locally. The speakers seem identical to the 100 and the CD/Receiver has discrete outputs. Tempting, but I really don't need it!
     
  6. SoCal Sam

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    The mini system is pretty good but the speakers by themselves are worthy enough to stand alone with full size separates. I think there are a whole series of NX-E speakers including the 150, and others. They look to be the same speaker but with different model number to match the mini system.

    Still interested? If you dig a little deeper in google images, you will find photos of the crossover network. It is well made in the NS speaker tradition.
     

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