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Yamaha NS-1000

Three Way Loudspeaker System (1975-87)

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Yamaha NS-1000


Used as a monitor speaker in recording studios and as a reference speaker in test labs around the world, the NS-1000/1000M has made a name for itself as one of the finest speakers available in this crowded segment of the audio market.

Utilizing Yamaha's unique pure vapor-deposition beryllium domes for the midrange and treble drivers, and drawing on Yamaha skill in woodworking, metal casting, and acoustic design, this speaker is special in every way.

Still another reason for its well-deserved reputation is the extensive testing which each speaker undergoes, including listening tests by our golden-eared experts.

This handsome speaker is available in a deluxe ebony cabinet (NS-1000) or professional monitor design (NS-1000M)


  • Type: 3 way, 3 driver loudspeaker system

    Frequency Response: 40Hz to 20kHz

    Power Handling: 100W

    Crossover Frequency: 500, 6000Hz

    Impedance: 8Ω

    Sensitivity: 90dB

    Bass: 1 x 300mm cone

    Midrange: 1 x 88mm dome

    Tweeter: 1 x 30mm dome

    Enclosure: infinite baffle

    Dimensions: 710 x 395 x 369mm

    Weight: 39kg

  • Type: 3 way, 3 driver loudspeaker system

    Frequency Response: 40Hz to 20kHz

    Power Handling: 100W

    Crossover Frequency: 500, 6000Hz

    Impedance: 8Ω

    Sensitivity: 90dB

    Bass: 1 x 300mm cone

    Midrange: 1 x 88mm dome

    Tweeter: 1 x 30mm dome

    Enclosure: infinite baffle

    Dimensions: 675 x 375 x 326mm

    Weight: 31kg


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Reviewed Aug 10th, 2016 by bobbyc22

I use a pair of NS1000Ms for easy listening. Midrange detail (9/10), high's detailed but can be harsh with digital (8/10), bass OK but needs volume cranked up to get that bass thwack (6/10). Overall, a very listenable choice for most types of music. Still good value on second hand market. Partnering equipment: Linn LP12, Ekos, Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Marantz SA -14S1 SE, Meridian 601/602, Krell KSP-7B, Mark Levinson 23.5. Cables: Van den Hul D102 Mk 111 Hybrid balanced, Van den Hul The Integration RCA, Van den Hul CS122.

Reviewed Jul 07th, 2016 by adlpc

The quality and clarity of sound of the NS1000M is still at the very top of today's sound technology. All of these NS1000/M/X etc. need their Capacitors and Inductors and internal wiring (including the connectors) updated to the latest top audio versions, but everything else should be kept the same.

As some have noted, no, they don't have the frequency extremes, but neither does the majority of the music available! With a well recorded and engineered LP (on a properly adjusted High quality turntable), or a really well recorded and engineered DSD piece of music (played back on a high quality unit), these show the accuracy that they are capable of (of course with a high quality amplifier and the speakers correctly positioned for the room they are in). There is so much distortion and blurring of sound in a full record and play back system, and when that distortion is correctly minimized, these speakers then really shine and show what they are head and shoulders above even today's best! I have never heard violins, voice, saxophone, or even a piano sound so real and breathtaking! Yes, it is the midrange Beryllium driver that is the star. There are better woofers, and the tweeter does not reach as high as it should, but they do blend well with the main player, the midrange, if and when the crossover is working properly.

Updated crossover components and the internal wiring (using the best available) and proper feeding are a must to make these speakers the most accurate and realistic speakers available today at any price!

Reviewed Mar 25th, 2016 by Roald Tønnesen

I have Yamaha NS 1000M .
They play very good .

Reviewed Mar 06th, 2015 by desertdog

The best they made. Posted 2015

Reviewed Dec 13th, 2014 by profmbo

I just bought them (NS-1000M) on 11/21/14 near Lyon. SN 17744 L + R. Interested in the famous medium to beryllium dome which I heard on a forum (best midrange ever http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/archive/index.php/t-158354.html). They are very nice -the talkers What-
This is the Monitor model (such as photos and 31 kg lighter because less thick panels, a little smaller: with grid on bass) The initial goal was to recover the medium to put them in place of the medium my B & W 802S1 provided of course that there is a plus. This requires disconnecting the crossover.

They are connected to my Yamaha M-70 ... a marriage of reason;) they are represented by sketches in the YAM user manual!

Reference is made to the NS-1000 in the book of Martin Colloms High Performance Loudspeakers good omen! They are in the list of the monthly November 2002 Stereophile Best top 25 speakers of past 40 years special edition entitled 40 years of Stereophile ditto for the B & W 801 close to my 802S1

23.11.2014 the active filter in 48dB steps DCX2496 LR 500-5000Hz no no PEQ GEQ on DEQ 2496
sound card TASCAM US-366 (famous too!) micro Behringer 8000 (uncalibrated! this can explain the points to 10 kHz that I do not have with the microphone standard. I can not use the standard because I am on the Tascam ASIO and is a micro USB) microphone is placed about 1.5 m NS-1000M roughly in line (2-3 °) finally I turn a little (2-3 °) on the side. Harmonic distortion (objective) is incredibly low close to 0.3% as shown in the manufacturer data sheet (0.5%) I have met.
Figure 7 with B & W 802 Audax direct attack of M-70 (active filters)
8 JA801 (NS-1000M) alone (with built-in crossover pictures)
there is the effect of other HP far higher distortion (close to 1% which is not bad)
Finally, whenever one NS-1000M (with its crossover) distortion is more important everywhere, the medium is a bit polluted by the grave (bass has more distortion) connection to 500 Hz is not too bad, there is a hole to 5000 Hz. High & medium settings are 0 dB They do not respond so high than Audax SEAS
1- if the Tascam potentiometer is somewhat increased and the red LED will light saturation, THD pass on the 1%
2- the measurement is relative to the volume, add about 30 dB, this is a real play deaf or not a studio room with curios cabinets that vibrate ... I had to cut the air conditioning because of the fan heater, there is the transformer hum of 3 amps yeah microphone captures everything!
3- if based on measurements of bandwidth and distortion is very good but ... see sounds (subjective)


First review ... (subjective)
High are good but a little behind compared to my Audax-SEAS association. No-I mean a little-too garish.
The medium is expected to be exceptional clarity. The piano and vocals have an exceptional record in great detail!
The lack of low magnitude (it is true that I have not well positioned and not set the equalizer -graphique or better for this parametric measurements with REW and http://www.roomeqwizard.com/ Chapter checker DCX2496). There is already a significant improvement by superimposing (one speaker to the other so to 675 mm of ground). The stereo wait a bit ... it's currently under construction! I recall that my piece is particularly difficult to add sound. Now playing at the moment Girlfriend Album Dancefloor Winter 2009 (I listen to classical to techno, to dance) one of the best in the series also.

The medium / high correctors are very effective with a wide adjustment range and good resolution (fine adjustment), it does not spitting after so many years ...
I have been able to verify that it is possible to adjust the ear ± 1 dB bass level compared to medium or acute (-volume- the relative level of Figure 7 has been set to the ear ) listening to music, I go up gradually until you find that there are too many, I note the position decreases to too little, I put the setting in the middle after several attempts.

the 22/11 I started testing the medium and stereo active filtering. Settings 500 kHz and 6 (LR 48 dB / oct) and without really surprises is much better! The medium is clearer, more details -in the first Trial- but there is a small stain (current equalizer settings) I can not explain its origin.


As shown in my profile, it is not my first HP. Choice TBC compared to others like B & W that are MA reference, let me add that sometimes I have time to enjoy a new sound ... it's also as for CDs, sometimes I not love at first listen to worship then.

Possible improvements:
- There is a fairly comprehensive website that offers a http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/Yamaha-NS1000.htm replacement filter kit Looking at the filter parameters, we see that it is a low pass which is - 3 dB at 250 Hz, -6 dB at 300 Hz the medium starting at about 500 Hz, so there was a hole that gives the impression of lack of bass.
Note that after more than 30 years the condos had to lose their ability, not too bad for the 2 x 47 uF low (this increases the low pass up) but the 6 x 3.5 uF the high pass will increase the frequency of the high pass of the medium, same for the 2.7 uF tweeter.
- It is possible to put another 30 cm, I found the Thiele & Small parameters serious HP. It was not very difficult to find more efficient at the time. Firms was done competing to offer the best, I do not always understand the choices marketing! This would give a legendary HP.
- There are child the opportunity to one or more vents ...

The body is well built with many reinforcements. The wiring is neat, the volume filled with glass wool!
Medium of the magnets are enormous diameter 156 and 30 mm deep, it feels good A / m and other Tesla (1.6T). The cast aluminum mounting plate is 10 mm and has markings for polarity. The dome is doubly protected grid + 3 steel legs; Beryllium is I recall very toxic! It is closed at the rear and behaves like a closed chamber.
The filter is mounted on the support plate very accessible terminal, remove the 14 screws Philips, the son are long enough for convenient access (congratulations also on this) The air coils are mounted at 90 ° to minimize coupling.

What about the overall? A lack of consistency or uniformity between the three channels; This has apparently been fixed in version NS-2000 very difficult to find and very expensive. It uses the JA-0526A for the tweeter and JA-0802A for medium ...
The volume of the woofer is indented! (this is also valid for the alignment, they are not aligned;) I'm talking about the distance to the listener, not centering on the front panel -seen on forum- ;) . Then filter problem or woofer? For the filter, I'll attack in active filter, I will put my measurements ...maybe the French version only
My conclusion: a pity for this little missed (bass) which must be corrected inexpensively, I'm going to tackle ...I have just bought (today Dec 12) two Yamaha YST-SW300 to complete the system; (they are put under the NS-1000M) it is perfect !
I do not trust on YAM only for my XT350

Reviewed Feb 02nd, 2014 by ehg

bought these second-hand b'cause of a past (very) positive experience.
And yes, I still like 'm a LOT!
Especially the mids & highs, sweet sparkling.
I'm feeding them with a Stax-dac; and vanMedevoort pre&power amps sofar still enjoying the music they are making.
Don't think they are going to leave.



re: NS-1000

Great speakers. I bought them first hand in 1987. Since then everything changed except them. Today i drive them with a greek tube amplifier named ''Tsakiridis Devices AEOLOS'' and i am very satisfied. The quality and clarity of treble and midrange is astonishing, even by modern standards. Vocals sound very realistic and transparent. There is plenty of air around the instruments, which is especially noticeable on live recordings and gives a great sense of having artists performing in your living room. Finally I have to tell you that they perform extremely good when they are almost attached to the walls of your living room

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