Yamaha NS-A637 Bookshelf Speakers

NS-A637

Good home theater or large bookshelf speaker

User Reviews (12)

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JD, a dubstep producer   AudioPhile [Jul 13, 2014]

I bought these speakers with the intent to flip them ($22.50 at a thrift store). On a whim, I decided to plug them up and see how they sounded in comparison to my Bose 201 series IV speakers, which I had been using as my monitors. Being a producer, I'm looking for something very accurate that stays intelligible at high volume. I plugged these in on the B side of my receiver, and instantly knew that these little (not so little, actually... they're really freaking big, taking up 75% of my desk) things blew the 201's out of the water. Being a sealed cabinet, the bass is tight and the overall volume is increased, entirely without distortion. Going from two-way to three-way speakers added some resilience in the mids and highs, and they were comparable in accuracy to an extremely high end pair of professional studio monitors. Now if you plan to use these as an every day sound system, I would recommend these quite a bit less. They aren't particularly bassy speakers, and it seems that that's the main complaint for these on the average listeners' reviews. At close range, though, these speakers are absolutely amazing for monitoring.

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5
VALUE
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5
Patrick   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 31, 2001]
Strength:

mids and highs

Weakness:

lows with a weak receiver

These speakers are incredible for the price (I got them on sale $50). The mids and highs sound incredible. The bass isn't that great with a weak receiver. I just upgraded to a Yamaha receiver, and now they sound incredible. They can't handle a lot of power (more than 60-70 Watts or so with a lot of bass), but they are loud at that level with 91 dB sensitivity. The only real downside is that they're frequency response is only 70 Hz on up. Even though, there's plenty of bass with just these speakers (without a sub). It seems that Yamaha is discontinuing this line, which is a shame. I've been looking for the NS-A837s because they can hit a bit lower.

Similar Products Used: Infinity RS2000.2, Yamaha NS-A638
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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5
Erik   an Audio Enthusiast [Apr 21, 1999]

I purchased a pair of the old 635s more than 6 years ago and have had nothing bad to say about them. They are the functional ancestor of the 636s and 637s, and are cosmetically the same. The only difference being the following: the 635s were unshielded, the 636s are shielded (same power rating as the 635s), and the 637s have a higher minimum amp rating and are shielded. These speakers are given a bad time by many simply because they are inexpensive (notice I didn't say cheap). They are well built, heavy, and give decent sound! I recently upgraded all of my system to Infinity speakers and have now passed these on to my parents. For the price, they cannot be faulted. The highs and mids are exceptional, and the bass is respectable. When I first purchased these, I had inherited a set of no-name speakers from a roommate that had failed to pay his bills. Those old 70s scandinavian jobs he left were much more respectable in the bass department, but the mids and highs of the Yamahas won them a place as my main fronts. If you are just starting out, don't pay attnetion to anyone who tells you these stink. Take a listen for yourself. If you like them, you have just saved a ton of greenbacks (or are they whitebacks now?).
This rating system is difficult with products such as this. Perhaps Audioreview should break products down into various categories such as entry level, mid level, and high end. That way, the various ratings would have more meaning. As an entry level product, these speakers deserve a solid 5. If you compare them to mid level speakers, they get a 3. For the value then, a solid 4 is right on the money!

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4
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Adam   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 25, 2000]
Strength:

Good mids and highs

Weakness:

Bass only OK

These arent the best speakers in the world but they may very well be the best $100 speakers I have ever heard. If you want solid performance at a very low price these may be your best bet. They beat out speakers that cost 2 or 3 times as much.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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5
Michael Berglin   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 17, 2001]
Strength:

Good looks, decent sound

Weakness:

A little bit bassy and probably would do better if ported

First, I paid $20.00 for a pair of Yamaha NS-A637 speakers believe it or not.

I hooked them up to the back end of my home theater system with some really decent Sony speakers on the front end.

I found that the Yamaha's have a good sound, however, they are a little bassy even when elevated off the floor. I have them mounted at listener ear level. To improve the electronic transmission, I used 16 gauge wire and the helped significantly over the 24 gauge I did have.

Our 'acid test' of these speakers was Bach, Beethoven's 5th, and the movie U571. Bach and Beethoven came out clean and crisp. The U-571 was awesome, nothing less than awesome. You got the listening impression the depth charges were happening right next to you (not to mention the cannon fight on the movie Cut Throat Island was anything less stirring).

These speaker might do better ported and that is my next agenda with them.

Overall, while not exactly Bose 301's or the older Altec Lansing Voice of the theaters -- I would rate these speakers as really decent .... 6.5 to 7 on a scale of 10.
Maybe I'm just partial because I paid very little money for them. But, I think the $175.00 a pair price tag is not unreasonable.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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3
Shaun ONeil   an Audio Enthusiast [Aug 11, 1999]

I purchased these speakers on sale for 179 canadian in which is about 100 american. It turns that they cannot handle what my amp puts out with the music I listen to. They over all have a good response for high end due to the aluminum tweeter and the mid range is really nice. Yet the 8 inch driver is lacking the durability that I desired. Considering I listen to alot of music containing bass. Butt over all a good speaker for home theater but not one for stereo. So if you have a small room and don't need to have a speaker two pound it is a good buy. Remember that Yamaha has good speakers for stereo but don't let sales try to tell you it is Hi Fi cause of the clarity they produce. That changes in your environment. They are decieving!!

OVERALL
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3
VALUE
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David   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 30, 2001]
Strength:

GOOD PRICE,SOUND,LOOKS,PRICE,SOUND

Weakness:

NONE IF YOU PUT THEM WITH THE RIGHT SYSTEM

I don't care what you read from others about these speakers they are very good for the price. I would say a good front speaker for surround sound thou it's not much on bass that's why you have a sub. I am very happy with these great mid and highs and moderate lows. Solid construction and look good. If you have a chance to get a pair of these do it , just remember if you have a high power system and can select speaker size set it to small, they sound better.

P.S. Get a pair of speaker stand to bring it up to your listening area

Similar Products Used: BOSE 301, AR-17
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Bob   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 02, 2002]
Strength:

Yamaha

Weakness:

None

I have picked out every thing for my home theater system and these were the perfect rear surrounds for my setup. They are fantastic for movies and music. The extra bass when watching movies really makes the difference. They are crystal clear and inexpensive. As with any good speakers, a good strong receiver and the right positioning are a must to get the sound you want.

Similar Products Used: Yamaha, Bose, Aiwa, Infinity, Celestion, Jenson, Pioneer, KLH
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Dennis   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 06, 1999]

Very good speakers if you are looking for value and adequate sound. Don't try to "play" with bass at high volumes ,however, there is a good possibility that you'll blow the woofers. Other than that it has very good highs and same goes for mids.

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4
VALUE
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Adam Welch   a Casual Listener [Jan 26, 1999]

The speaker market has become very crowded wuth exoctic and expensive speaker designs. Which are nice if your looking to spend 600 on a pair of speakers. I, however, was looking for some good sound at a good price. The Yamaha NS-637 deliverd. 50$ each at Best Buy. It was the best 100$ I have spent on audio equipment.
Dollar for Dollar you cant get better sound. Thus, I give them a 5 Star rating.

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5
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