Classic Pair of Yamaha NS10 monitors in excellent condition.
Originally designed and marketed as a home audio “bookshelf” speaker, the Yamaha NS-10M has gained notoriety and popularity as a nearfield studio monitor starting from it’s appearance at the legendary Power Station studio in NYC.
The NS10 won Yamaha a Technical Grammy in 2007, citing that the speakers were used in “almost every studio.”
The NS10M “Pro” was introduced in 1987 and is technically an identical speaker. It came with grill covers and was designed for vertical orientation (most studios used NS-10M horizontally).
Notable users: Bob Clearmountain, Alan Moulder
The Yamaha NS10 is an 8-ohm two-way loudspeaker with a 10.4-litre Sealed cabinet measuring 382 × 215 × 199 millimetres (15.0 × 8.5 × 7.8 in) and weighing 6 kilograms (13.2 lb). Its 2.5 cm (0.98 in) particle-board cabinet has a wood veneer skin with seven black finishing layers. The domestic version of the speaker was vertically orientated, and came factory fitted with a grille.
Its two drivers are a 180 mm paper woofer and a 35 mm soft-domed The woofer’s diaphragm, weighing 3.7 g, is manufactured from a flat sheet of pressed pulp paper. Unconventionally, it is formed into conical shape not through moulding or pressure, but by curling and then gluing the two ends together. Against the black finish of the cabinet, the white bass/mid driver cone is a distinctive and iconic feature of the product.
The network is second order passive, crossing over at 2 kHz. The frequency range is quoted from 60 Hz to 20 kHz, and rated power handling is 25–50 W. The early version of the speaker has press-down type output terminals; later models had screw terminals.