Yamaha 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers

Last updated date: April 24, 2020

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Yamaha 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 17 expert reviews, the Yamaha Yamaha 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 8, 2020:
Checkout The Best Home Speakers for a detailed review of all the top home speakers.

Expert Summarized Score
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
462 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
3-way design provides full-range frequency response. Great price. 2-year warranty.
- Old Time Music
What experts didn't like
Not powered, so you need a separate amp. Kind of bulky, if space is a consideration. Not the best choice for studio monitoring.
- Old Time Music

From The Manufacturer

Upgrade your current 5.1 home theater to a 7.1-Channel surround sound system by adding a pair of Yamaha NS-6490 bookshelf speakers. The NS-6490 speaker was designed for both professional and home entertainment enthusiasts with the capability to deliver a full, clear, and tight sound response. This elegant 3-way shelf speaker delivers rich, room-filling, high-fidelity sound by utilizing an ultra-wide frequency response, an impressive 8" high-output woofer, 4" midrange driver, 7/8" balanced dome tweeter, and 140W of power.

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Sound Appeal Bookshelf Speaker Pair, 6.5-Inch
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Fluance Bipolar Surround Sound Speakers, 1-Pair
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An Overview On Home Speakers

Setting up a quality set of speakers in your home can really add to your entertainment experience. In fact, some speakers make you feel like you’re attending a live concert or sitting in on a movie at the theater. With so many different home speaker models on the market, however, it can be hard to narrow down your choices.

Determining where you plan on using the home speakers is the first step in reducing the number of speakers you need to review. For example, if you want to set the speakers up outside, you can immediately eliminate all the speakers that are made for indoor use only. You may come across a model, like the Dual Electronics 3-Way Indoor And Outdoor Speakers, 1-Pair, that actually works well in all climates. The important thing to remember is that outdoor home speakers need to be weatherproof and coated with a UV protectant.

Next, take a good hard look at the space you have for the home speakers. If you don’t have a lot of room, go with something like the Sound Appeal Bookshelf Speaker Pair, 6.5-Inch. This set is on the smaller side and fits in the cabinets of your entertainment center. They also come with the option of being mounted on the wall. You can use the included eye hooks to install the speaker or a set of Aeon speaker mounts instead.

If space isn’t an issue, you can opt for a set of home speakers that stand on the floor. For example, the Polk Audio 150 Watt Floor Standing Home Speakers can be placed on either side of your television to give you a surround sound experience. They are designed to send sound to every corner in the room, so grab your favorite movie, a bag of popcorn and a few friends and let the fun begin.

Bathrooms, bedrooms and dorm rooms would do better with a compact home speaker. The Bose Smart Home Speaker, With Amazon Alexa is an excellent model, as it emits 360-degree sound. It’s small enough to fit on a shelf, end table, work desk or countertop and is compatible with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple’s AirPlay 2. This model also gives you the added bonus of a built-in virtual assistant in the form of Alexa. Alexa is well versed in both English and Spanish.

DWYM Fun Fact

Before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, the only way to listen to music in your home was to have a family member sing or play a musical instrument. The phonograph allowed a person to record music and then play it back at another time. Later, Edison created and sold recordings for people to enjoy in their living rooms.

The ability to listen to music at home grew with the invention of the radio, which was outfitted with electronically powered speakers. During the 1920s and 30s, people used the radio like we use our televisions today. They listened to news, music programs and entertainment broadcasts over the AM and FM radio waves.

After 8-tracks in 1966, stereo systems became popular. These systems incorporated speakers, an amplifier, a radio, a record player and either a cassette tape play or a CD player all in one. The 80s produced the boombox, which thanks to its two battery-powered speakers was completely portable. Music could be enjoyed in the kitchen while preparing a meal and then in the bedroom while winding down from a long day.

Technology has greatly advanced since the 80s. Today, we have speakers that can be connected to home sound systems, wireless Internet and even smartphone apps.

The Home Speaker Buying Guide

  • Always handle the home speakers with care, as dropping them can easily break the inside drivers, even if they are made using a heavy-duty ABS construction material.
  • Not all home speakers come with the hardware and mounting equipment required to set them up. Check this before you buy, so you know if those accessories are included in the price.
  • While you can mix and match speaker brands, it isn’t a good idea. The sound will be different, and you won’t get the premium sound experience you’re for.
  • It’s important to consider the items in the room will reflect the sound coming out of your home speakers. This way, you can add or remove items to get the best sound. For example, a set of curtains in front of your windows will absorb sound. Windows without curtains reverberate sound.
  • To extend the life of your home speakers, you’re going to want to make sure they are cleaned from time to time. If the speakers are made of wood, you can use a product like Murphy’s Oil Soap to clean them. Other surfaces can be wiped down with a rag that has been moistened with dish soap and water. Always dry your speakers immediately after cleaning them, as excess water can soak into porous surfaces and cause damage. Of course, you’ll also want to dust the speakers on a weekly basis if you have time. You can use a dry dust cloth or a duster wand to accomplish this.
  • Never use harsh soaps or chemicals to clean your speakers. These substances will not only damage the construction material but may also discolor it as well.
  • Protect your home speaker investment by opting for a company that provides a product warranty. You may end up with a hassle-free year manufacturer’s warranty that covers parts and labor, or a 3-year limited product warranty that guarantees your speakers arrive free from damage or defect.
  • Both construction and special features affect the overall price of home speakers. The Dual Electronics 3-Way Indoor And Outdoor Speakers, 1-Pair is one of the most affordable sets of home speakers on the market. The Sound Appeal Bookshelf Speaker Pair, 6.5-Inch is more moderately priced, while the Polk Audio 150 Watt Floor Standing Home Speakers and the Bose Smart Home Speaker, With Amazon Alexa are on the higher end of the price scale.