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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:28 am 
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Hi all, I recently acquired a pair of Yamaha NS690 for my secondary system. While the mid range is excellent, the weight of bass seem very hard to get it right. I tried it with my NAD 3020 with moderate success. I temporary hooked it up to my main system with Adcom 555 and the bass becomes very light on some music. Just want to get some help to find a good match of amplifier to these speakers with a neutral sound but a good weight in the bass region. I am not a big bass head and mostly listen to pop and jazz vocalists. Any help would be great! Thank you all in advance.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:45 am 
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I had a pair of ns690ii hooked up to a pioneer sx580 and it was very balanced to my liking. Bass wasnt to heave but was easily adjusted to be so if wanted.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:51 am 
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Ran mine with ca line...
Ca600, 610, 800, 810 etc...
Variable loudness...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:54 am 
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I second the Yamaha CA line my favourite being the CA 1010 if vintage is an option . As with all vintage a serviced one would be top of the list .


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:21 am 
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Just pick up a pair also.
First going to try them with a Sx1250 .
Secondly a Yaqin tube amp.
Let you know how I make out
Currently running Ess Amt 1B's


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:31 am 
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Weight is not an acoustic suspension loudspeaker's best attribute.Quick and tight maybe.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:34 am 
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I thought I had the ultimate vintage system with my NS690’s connected to a nice CR2020. Turned out that the speakers sounded better with my Pioneer SX880, particularly on bass. Keep looking for the right amp because when the bass and mids blend well they are great speakers for jazz.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:34 am 
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sasquatch wrote:
Weight is not an acoustic suspension loudspeaker's best attribute.Quick and tight maybe.

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I guess I found out the hard way! lol. I do like the detail the NS690 in the bass line though, it's definitely not a one tone bass like a lot of the bass reflex I tried before.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:43 am 
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Remember too that's a sealed cabinet

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The 690's sound really nice with tubes.

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kanwingshing wrote:
sasquatch wrote:
Weight is not an acoustic suspension loudspeaker's best attribute.Quick and tight maybe.

Gary


I guess I found out the hard way! lol. I do like the detail the NS690 in the bass line though, it's definitely not a one tone bass like a lot of the bass reflex I tried before.

Maybe try and get some bass boost from room gain (closer to the wall).
Adcom 555 is as good as it's gonna get.

Gary


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Valve pre- (I use a ASL) to a Rotel rb980bx power
Awesome
Control over that big woof with amp's 1000(!) damping factor
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I have a set of NS 670 that sound great with various vintage amps, Technics V-95 New Class A, Yamaha RX-V850, Pioneer VSX 9700S and an old 1985 Fisher Studio Series CR865. If they are mid 1970's vintage. solid state was out at the time. My first stereo back in 1974 was a Pioneer SX-535 with a set of Dynaco A-25's that were also acoustic suspension type speakers.
All the best, play Money for Nothing by Dire Straits as a demo, as this is what I play when selling speakers- Camber 1.5's, Paradigm Titans & Alpha Mites, EPI 100-V, Advents, JBL 800's, Yamaha NS-645.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:30 am 
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Thanks everyone for all the good advice! Seems like there is a long line of amplifier I have to try out for the Yamaha NS690, but it's all part of the fun :P


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:31 am 
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Seems these speakers excel at Pop and jazz.With the 1250 I had to move them away from the wall.
Bass was too boomie for me.
They seem alittle to bright in the highs and the mids Muddle with rock.
Going to fiddle with them some more.
Cassandra Wilson album they really shine.
I polly going to sell them on CAM soon with stands as they are pretty much Mint .


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