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Yamaha Monitors - Model Confusion

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Can someone comment on the lineage of Yamaha NS10 Series and how they compare with their brethren?

My understanding is that NS10's is no longer sold new
NS10M are still available new but are being replaced by the MSP10. Are these new models any good?

Also I have a pair of NS670's, which look similar to the NS1000's. Any comments?

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Pro Audio Guest Mon, 05/19/2003 - 19:59
Hey!

The NS-10M's were discontinued around April 2001. Yamaha claims that they can no longer acquire the wood to make the pulp for the white cones. So, no new NS-10's, period.

You can pick up a pair on ebay for between $350 and $700 depending on their condition, original box/manuals, etc.

The earlier NS-10's were the "upright" kind with the sort of rounded tweeter, as evidenced by the logo orientation. The early models had the (incredibly) grating tweeters that everyone tissues papered. The M Studio (and probably plain M) version was supposed to have had this engineered out of the tweeters. I have never heard the older ones, but having had 2 pairs of the newer M Studio version, I would have hated to hear them.

I gotta go, but I'll post again when I get a sec.

best-
.nick

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Pro Audio Guest Thu, 04/22/2004 - 10:10
[quote=Axeman32]Can someone comment on the lineage of Yamaha NS10 Series and how they compare with their brethren?

My understanding is that NS10's is no longer sold new
NS10M are still available new but are being replaced by the MSP10. Are these new models any good?

Also I have a pair of NS670's, which look similar to the NS1000's. Any comments?

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Kurt Foster Thu, 04/22/2004 - 13:58
I evaluated the new MPS10 studio monitors and found them to be quite woolly sounding, not at all similar to my NS10M's.. I prefer the MSP5's much more and they are half the price ... ! It was a sad day when Yamaha discontinued the NS10m's. I think they were experiencing a sag in sales in that portion of the market with everyone who had a need for them already having purchased a set or two. So what to do? Discontinue them and tell everyone there will be no new parts for replacement.

I find this to be disingenuous as there are still plenty of replacements available, even from Yamaha .. Now we are seeing the price of a "vintage" pair going up and up, almost twice that of a pair when sold as new ... (end of rant).
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