Yamaha NS-1000

Yamaha NS-1000M

1 9 7 4 september 1974
1 9 9 5 december 1995

The end of the weak link

- or so Yamaha stated in 1974.

A real statement loudspeaker at any rate, part of the NS Series, Yamaha's top-end audio production, still on today even if with less ambitious... goals. NS stands for Natural Sound and the M in NS-1000M stands for Monitor, maturally.

The stars of the 1000M show are the Beryllium domes, here made with a process not so distant from the one used for the V-FET transistors from Yamaha... and Sony : vapor deposition in vacuum on a pre-shaped copper mold.
For audio uses, Beryllium is better than aluminum, titanium, magnesium or whatever-um (not to mention soft domes).

Yamaha's ultimate (literally) GF-1 monster and Sony's more discrete but excellent SS-A5 Bio-Cellulose were yet to come, but that is another story.

The NS-1000 is the "home" version, adorned with a lavish polyurethane coated ebony finish ; not a veneer add-on, mind you, but real solid thick wood !
Apart from this 8kg surplus of good looks (1000) and the protection on the woofer (1000M), both versions are identical.

The pre-production samples were named NS-1000X (capital "X", until august 1974), the NS-1000M saw an upgraded NS-2000 version, a later NS-1000x (1984 - more of an upgraded NS-1000M) and an ultimate version in the NSX-10000, produced in small quantities for Yamaha's 1987 Centennial anniversary.
More recently, JM Lab, french manufacturer of grand designs as the Grand Utopia, brought Beryllium center stage again for a line of professional monitoring loudspeakers.?

Unlike most audio masterpieces, there are thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of NS-1000 pairs around the world so catching a pair isn't difficult at all.
Spare beryllium domes, however, while still available until about 2006, are now (2009) all gone.

The NS-1000M and NS-1000 are acoustic suspension designs and were delivered as matched pairs but it is true they need very careful matching with amplifiers and sources : avoid all that makes fizz and slash and zing for they do have a slight tendency to bring a bit forward mid and high-mid frequencies. Try a Luxman L-540 for instance.

Two zeros below, the 1977 NS-10M distant cousin (sans Be drivers) graced many a recording studio throughout the 1980s and 1990s - with lots of us tweaking 'em to death to bring this little thing to the limit.

Yamaha made a gazillion lookalikes of the NS-10M and a hundred versions and variants of the NS-1000, with or without Be domes, to cash in on the NS-1000 craze, sales and following. It worked : even today, a white pulp bass driver is likely to be immediately recognized as Yamaha's and Beryllium is Yamaha.

A full-tilt set of worthwhile restoration/modifications here.

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Yamaha NS-1000 specifications
Title Value
Maximum input : 100W
Rated input (JIS) : 50W
SPL : 90dB /W /m
Frequency response : 40Hz...20Khz
Resonance frequency : 40Hz
Impedance : 8 Ohm
Repartee : 500Hz
Network : 3-way, 12dB/oct.
Mid-range level control : ± 3dB continuous
Treble level control : ± 3dB continuous
Tweeter : 3cm (JA-0513)
Mid-range : 8,8cm (JA-0801)
Woofer : 30cm (JA-3058A, NS1000M)
30cm (JA-3058, NS1000)
Dimensions : 37,5 x 67,5 x 32,6cm (NS-1000M)
39,5 x 71 x 36,9cm (NS-1000)
Weight : 31kg (NS-1000M)
39kg (NS-1000)
Finish : black semi-gloss (NS-1000M)
polyurethane coated ebony veneer (NS-1000)
List price : 675$ (NS-1000, february 1976)
495$ (NS-1000M, february 1976)
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