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mack2 26th April 2007 03:11 PM

yamaha NS-200M
I am a newbie: Can I be told about Yamaha NS-200M speakers.
I am building a system for my garage where I spend a good deal of my life and want a old warm sound. I have been offered a set for $50. Sound good but are they good fo the long haul or should I look a different direction. Thanks For your help.

sdclc126 26th April 2007 03:45 PM

Please bear in mind that in this forum we usually discuss building our own loudspeakers rather than purchasing commercial ones.

Having said that, I'm not familiar with those particular speakers, but if you like their sound you might as well buy them, if $50 is comfortable for you. It would be difficult to build your own for that, especially good sounding ones. You also have to WANT to build. Consider also their use - if it's in a garage will it be background music or will you be "rocking out?"

As for the "long haul" I'm not sure what you mean - are you talking about how long they will last? That may depend on how much use they've had already (how old are they?) and how they've been treated over the years, i.e., played very loudly, played often, been outdoors etc.

What are the surrounds on the woofers made of? If they are foam that's usually the first thing to give out, so make sure they are still soft and flexible and don't have any wrinkles or cracks. If they are made out of rubber they tend to last much longer. Many older Yamahas used a cloth surround for the woofers - I have a pair of NS-670s I purchased in 1978 with such surrounds and they are still in excellent condition.

If you decide to build your own speakers come back here - there will be tons of advice and guidance. You also have the option of rebuilding/modifying the Yamahas if you want to try to improve them. Many people build speakers by simply re-using old cabinets so they don't have to build any, and get new drivers and crossover components.

sreten 26th April 2007 06:36 PM


a web search indicates in good working order they are a steal for $50.


sdclc126 26th April 2007 10:35 PM

If they are of the same vintage as my NS-670s, or at least of the same "era" of Yamaha's glory days, then yes I absolutely second that.

I've been listening to mine for 30 years, and am just now building replacements for them (RS180S-8 + 27TBFC/G) - it will be very interesting to do a side-by-side.

XEAGLEKEEPER 26th April 2007 11:21 PM

They should be the same vintage as NS-1000M or NS-1000 which I have a set of each and they sound great .IMHO a very good deal for 50 clams.


sdclc126 26th April 2007 11:46 PM

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He actually is talking about the 200M - here's a pic from that site.

Oh yeah for 50 clams go for it - you've found a rare deal - you could sell them on eBay for ten times that.

sdclc126 26th April 2007 11:48 PM

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Oh yeah and here's my 670s - though mine are finished in walnut. Just couldn't resist.

mack2 27th April 2007 01:55 AM

yamaha NS-200M
I want to thank you all for your input.

Foxx510 27th April 2007 05:37 AM

You may need to clean the attenuators with some contact cleaner spray, they tend to oxidise and can make the mids and tweeters cut out. Just remove the four screws that hold them in and spray some cleaner in the little slots in the back of the body of the attenuator and work the knob back and forth. Spray and repeat.


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