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Yamaha NS-3000 speakers bring flagship design to lower price

Yamaha NS-3000 speakers bring flagship design to lower price
(Image credit: Yamaha)

Following its recent announcement of two VU-meter-featuring stereo amplifiers, Yamaha has now revealed a new pair of two-way bookshelf speakers to sit below its flagship, three-way NS-5000 (£16,000).

The NS-3000s are smaller and more affordable than their top-tier siblings but share some of their DNA, including the same 3cm Zylon dome tweeter. 

That's paired with a new 16cm mid/bass driver – also a Zylon cone to enhance integration.

A chamber behind the tweeter, which Yamaha calls an R.S. (Resonance Suppression) Chamber, works to cancel unwanted tube resonance, while a new acoustic absorber has been fitted inside the cabinet to limit the impact of internal vibrations while simultaneously reducing the need for sound absorbing material.

(Image credit: Yamaha)

Yamaha says its crossover circuit comprises the "highest-quality" components, including Mundorf's MCapSUPREME EVO audio capacitor.

The NS-3000s get their own pair of dedicated stands, too. The SPS-3000 have naturally been engineered to exclusively match the NS-3000, and include a 6mm-thick top metal plate, a wood support column, and a 35mm-thick wood base, complete with a metal plate and floor spikes.

We are awaiting price confirmation of the Yamaha NS-3000 bookshelf speakers, but we can expect them to wear a more wallet-friendly price tag than the NS-5000s, somewhere around the £8000 mark.


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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.