Yamaha NS 5290 Bookshelf Speakers

NS 5290

- Two-way acoustic suspension speakers.
- The speaker is magnetically shielded, so it can be placed on a TV or video monitor without degrading the picture via stray magnetic fields.
- Yamaha's spring-type terminals make connections easy and secure.
- New grille design and satin grille cloth provide an attractive and acoustically transparent protective cover for the drivers.

User Reviews (8)

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Odie   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 15, 2015]

I play these Yamahas with my dragonfly dac connected to my laptop running thru a entry level Kenwood receiver. Any live musical performance of hd quality found on YouTube.com will put a smile on your face.


OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Andy Pascoe   AudioPhile [Apr 07, 2014]

I found a pair at a local thrift store for $9.99. Yamaha is among the brands that I will never hesitate to check the price, inspect for damage, and buy without even hearing them first assuming the price is reasonable, (or unreasonably low!)

This was a no-brainer. They garner $40-50 plus shipping on eBay. Yamaha has a well deserved reputation for producing quality-regardless.

These are described, by Yamaha, as entry level speakers. I have no idea what they retailed for other than it was nowhere near $9.99! But, for $9.99 they are excellent. For $40-50 plus shipping they would still constitute a bargain and would rate a 5-star value in my book. The overall rating of 3 stars would have been 4 stars had I not briefly switch the music to a pair of full-sized floor standing JBLs. By no means is this a fair comparison but, you know, good sound is good sound. 3-Stars is a swollen rating category in my system of rating. 1 star is crap, 2 average, 3 is nothing to be ashamed of, the JBLs I referred to fall under 4 as do the colossal pair of Realistic Mach 2s that sit next to them, (maybe 4.5 or 4+ on the Realistics.) The only speakers I've ever had that I'd rate over 4 would be a pair of Klipsch Heresy speakers that I seldom use for fear of my history of poor judgement when it comes to assessing the threshold of my neighbor's toleration for my inconsiderate exhibition of power. (I just can't control my urge to crank 'em up!) Those speakers summon law enforcement faster than Gotham City can summon Batman with their bat-spotlight!)
Just to put things in perspective-Klipsch Heresy 6 stars, these Yamahas 3 stars. That's pretty spanking good for entry-level bookshelf speakers! Yamaha also intended these for use in a surround sound configuration which includes a subwoofer. I didn't bother to try this but doing so could only stand to improve the overall sound. Also worth mentioning, the speakers incorporate magnetic shielding that will prevent them from adversely affecting a video monitor, tv, etc., should they be located directly on top of it.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
tjohnusa   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 25, 2005]
Strength:

Quality per dollar

Weakness:

Lack of proper crossover and lack of insulation...particularly for an acoustic suspension design.

Great "cheap" speaker. Sadly my daughter blew the woofers and I replaced them with a non shielded woofer from Parts Express for $12.00 each. I discovered the speakers did not have any insulation in them so I added some cotton batting when I replaced the woofers...man what a difference! In addition the crossover is only one capacitor to the tweeter to filter lows disappointed me...I will try to get a two-way crossover for them. I am using them in a bedroom set-up with a Pioneer sx-450 (22 WPC), a sony dvd player and a AR passive subwoofer. Sound levels are low to moderate. I am very happy with these...I have been watching ebay for maybe some Polks or Mission replacements but I give them another listen and ask myself why?

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
jhive   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 17, 2003]
Strength:

Nice even sound. Good separation

I was looking for a small efficient bookshelf speaker for my new found tube amp (knight tube amp with 4 el84’s about 10w per channel). I did not want to pay more than $300 a pair since I had only spent $5 on the amp. I went on the web comparing bookshelf speakers by their efficiency and I came across the Yamaha NS5250’s and saw the 90db rating and the price was unbelievable. I went to Best Buy thinking I could buy these speakers and demo them at the house return if they sucked. Well they do not suck. I love these speakers and it is hard to believe the sound which these speakers are able to produce. The speaker is very balanced just enough bass. Perfect for a small listening room.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Michael Yerby   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 01, 2002]
Strength:

Precise highs and good overall clarity at moderatly low listning levels.

Weakness:

Not properly video shielded. These speakers ruined one of my tv's.

Decent speaker for the price paid ($75-80) with minimal amount of problems.

Similar Products Used: Pioneer, Cerwin-Vega.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
barradas77   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 11, 2002]
Strength:

price and sound quality

Weakness:

not always in stock, and wire terminals a bit flimsy

These speakers are weelworth the price.Crisp highs and noticable bass from a 6 1/2'''' woofer. It was well worth the money if best buy had its big brother the three way set I''d have those instead. They could have priced higher for the value and has a good size to them for a two way. I am thoroughly satisfied with its clarity and response. I reccomend them to anyone wanting a good surround speaker to use in conjunction with a good pair of floor speakers

Similar Products Used: cerwin vega bookshelfs and sony with hop tech.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chris Sparks   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 23, 2002]
Strength:

Broad response range. Good looking speaker.

Weakness:

A bit large to be used as surround speakers.

In the capacity that I'm using them, (surround speakers) I don't think you could find a much better speaker without stepping into the Klipsch line of speakers. The are a great match with other Yamaha speakers, and have a lound and clear sound. (I'm still not convinced that Bose speakers are any bit worth the pricetag attached.) I was impressed with the balance between the speakers, as my last surround speakers were very tiny, and almost inaudible. These loads of dynamite have an obvious presence on equally powered channels with the front speakers, and it's not overkill. On the DTS bumpers, with the big sweeping piano or flying DVDs, the sound transitions seamelessly from the front to the back, and you'd be convinced they were identical to the front speakers. (a pretty big task, given the room shaking capabilities of the A200XTs.)

I couldn't recommend this speaker more, and unless you have $2500 to spend on a proper Klipsch setup, I also would have to say that Yamaha's entire line bests anything by JBL, Bose, and Cerwin Vega. I dare say that would probably hold their own against Polk, Boston Accoustic, and Infinity, but I haven't given them a proper listen yet.

Similar Products Used: Yamaha NS-A200XT, NS-AC40X, YST-SW160
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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