Yamaha NS A100XT Floorstanding Speakers

Yamaha NS A100XT Floorstanding Speakers 

DESCRIPTION

- Three-way bass reflex tower speaker.
- The speaker is magnetically shielded, so it can be placed on a TV or video monitor without degrading the picture via stray magnetic fields.
- Five-way binding posts make connections easy and the gold plating provides the fine electrical bond.
- New grille design and satin grille cloth provide an attractive and acoustically transparent protective cover for the drivers.
- The profile radius wrapped black finish cabinet provides a handsome style accent and improves the acoustic performance by reducing cabinet interference and assuring the proper dispersion of sound.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 26, 2020]
Speedwall


Strength:

First off...To the user Iniquitous who blew his Energy speakers...You blew them because you were screwing around raising channel levels and messing with the EQ which added distortion, it was distortion that killed your Energys!!! I’m glad that you like the Yamahas, but they aren’t as good as any of the speakers Energy makes. The speakers themselves are ok though, nothing great but nothing terrible. The highs are a little on the bright side, and there are some noticeable holes and flat spots in the overall response, and a subwoofer is needed to fill in the low end.

Weakness:

I think they’re mediocre, much like every other Yamaha speaker I’ve tried. Not bad, not good, just so-so. I wouldn’t pay “new speaker” prices for them even if they were brand new, and I’d be hesitant to pay “used speaker” pricing for them even if they were brand new. I probably would (and have) pay “goodwill pricing” for them if they were brand new (or close to it), anything else is a waste of money. They don’t have a nice full sound to them because they tend to have “holes in the frequency range” as I call it. They are missing something, they just never sound “full” or well rounded, they often sound kind of hollow or empty instead, with a lack of polish or gloss to the sound. It’s kind of hard to explain, but if I were to use an analogy, I’d have to say it’s kind of like when a great chef makes a dish that everyone raves about there is a balance of flavors; sweet, salty, bitter and sour all work in Harmony and each play their part to make the dish great. Well these speakers are like a dish that’s missing one of the flavor profiles. I’m not sure if it’s salty or sweet, bitter or sour, or maybe it has all of them and the balance is just off. They DEFINITELY don’t have any umami, so that’s not even being considered here lol, umami is for GREAT speakers!!! To think that these things got a 4.7 out of 5 is LAUGHABLE!!! Mid-priced Polk Audio speakers blow these speakers away! Likewise, mid-priced Paradigm speakers blow away mid-priced Polks (generally speaking). These are like a 2.4 on a scale of 0-5, to rate these a 4.7 leaves no room for all the truly GREAT speakers (unless we extend the stars to 20), and gives people the idea that they are as good as speakers that were $3000 a pair such as the Paradigm Reference Studio 100’s which are also towers with 2 large woofers, 1 midrange speaker, and a tweeter in the same basic configuration, and they coincidentally also get a 4.7 rating here. However if you listened to the Paradigms and the Yamahas side by side there’s NO WAY anyone would give the Yamahas a 4.7, not even the people at Yamaha that designed them. Look, I realize that the Studio 100’s cost 10x more, but even for the price I just don’t see how the Yamahas can rate a 94% out of 100%.

Purchased:
Used  
OVERALL
RATING
2
[Dec 26, 2020]
Speedwall


Strength:

First off...To the user Iniquitous who blew his Energy speakers...You blew them because you were screwing around raising channel levels and messing with the EQ which added distortion, it was distortion that killed your Energys!!! I’m glad that you like the Yamahas, but they aren’t as good as any of the speakers Energy makes. The speakers themselves are ok though, nothing great but nothing terrible. The highs are a little on the bright side, and there are some noticeable holes and flat spots in the overall response, and a subwoofer is needed to fill in the low end.

Weakness:

I think they’re mediocre, much like every other Yamaha speaker I’ve tried. Not bad, not good, just so-so. I wouldn’t pay “new speaker” prices for them even if they were brand new, and I’d be hesitant to pay “used speaker” pricing for them even if they were brand new. I probably would (and have) pay “goodwill pricing” for them if they were brand new (or close to it), anything else is a waste of money. They don’t have a nice full sound to them because they tend to have “holes in the frequency range” as I call it. They are missing something, they just never sound “full” or well rounded, they often sound kind of hollow or empty instead, with a lack of polish or gloss to the sound. It’s kind of hard to explain, but if I were to use an analogy, I’d have to say it’s kind of like when a great chef makes a dish that everyone raves about there is a balance of flavors; sweet, salty, bitter and sour all work in Harmony and each play their part to make the dish great. Well these speakers are like a dish that’s missing one of the flavor profiles. I’m not sure if it’s salty or sweet, bitter or sour, or maybe it has all of them and the balance is just off. They DEFINITELY don’t have any umami, so that’s not even being considered here lol, umami is for GREAT speakers!!! To think that these things got a 4.7 out of 5 is LAUGHABLE!!! Mid-priced Polk Audio speakers blow these speakers away! Likewise, mid-priced Paradigm speakers blow away mid-priced Polks (generally speaking). These are like a 2.4 on a scale of 0-5, to rate these a 4.7 leaves no room for all the truly GREAT speakers (unless we extend the stars to 20), and gives people the idea that they are as good as speakers that were $3000 a pair such as the Paradigm Reference Studio 100’s which are also towers with 2 large woofers, 1 midrange speaker, and a tweeter in the same basic configuration, and they coincidentally also get a 4.7 rating here. However if you listened to the Paradigms and the Yamahas side by side there’s NO WAY anyone would give the Yamahas a 4.7, not even the people at Yamaha that designed them. Look, I realize that the Studio 100’s cost 10x more, but even for the price I just don’t see how the Yamahas can rate a 94% out of 100%.

Purchased:
Used  
OVERALL
RATING
2
[Dec 26, 2020]
Speedwall


Strength:

First off...To the user Iniquitous who blew his Energy speakers...You blew them because you were screwing around raising channel levels and messing with the EQ which added distortion, it was distortion that killed your Energys!!! I’m glad that you like the Yamahas, but they aren’t as good as any of the speakers Energy makes. The speakers themselves are ok though, nothing great but nothing terrible. The highs are a little on the bright side, and there are some noticeable holes and flat spots in the overall response, and a subwoofer is needed to fill in the low end.

Weakness:

I think they’re mediocre, much like every other Yamaha speaker I’ve tried. Not bad, not good, just so-so. I wouldn’t pay “new speaker” prices for them even if they were brand new, and I’d be hesitant to pay “used speaker” pricing for them even if they were brand new. I probably would (and have) pay “goodwill pricing” for them if they were brand new (or close to it), anything else is a waste of money. They don’t have a nice full sound to them because they tend to have “holes in the frequency range” as I call it. They are missing something, they just never sound “full” or well rounded, they often sound kind of hollow or empty instead, with a lack of polish or gloss to the sound. It’s kind of hard to explain, but if I were to use an analogy, I’d have to say it’s kind of like when a great chef makes a dish that everyone raves about there is a balance of flavors; sweet, salty, bitter and sour all work in Harmony and each play their part to make the dish great. Well these speakers are like a dish that’s missing one of the flavor profiles. I’m not sure if it’s salty or sweet, bitter or sour, or maybe it has all of them and the balance is just off. They DEFINITELY don’t have any umami, so that’s not even being considered here lol, umami is for GREAT speakers!!! To think that these things got a 4.7 out of 5 is LAUGHABLE!!! Mid-priced Polk Audio speakers blow these speakers away! Likewise, mid-priced Paradigm speakers blow away mid-priced Polks (generally speaking). These are like a 2.4 on a scale of 0-5, to rate these a 4.7 leaves no room for all the truly GREAT speakers (unless we extend the stars to 20), and gives people the idea that they are as good as speakers that were $3000 a pair such as the Paradigm Reference Studio 100’s which are also towers with 2 large woofers, 1 midrange speaker, and a tweeter in the same basic configuration, and they coincidentally also get a 4.7 rating here. However if you listened to the Paradigms and the Yamahas side by side there’s NO WAY anyone would give the Yamahas a 4.7, not even the people at Yamaha that designed them. Look, I realize that the Studio 100’s cost 10x more, but even for the price I just don’t see how the Yamahas can rate a 94% out of 100%.

Purchased:
Used  
OVERALL
RATING
2
[Dec 26, 2020]
Speedwall


Strength:

First off...To the user Iniquitous who blew his Energy speakers...You blew them because you were screwing around raising channel levels and messing with the EQ which added distortion, it was distortion that killed your Energys!!! I’m glad that you like the Yamahas, but they aren’t as good as any of the speakers Energy makes. The speakers themselves are ok though, nothing great but nothing terrible. The highs are a little on the bright side, and there are some noticeable holes and flat spots in the overall response, and a subwoofer is needed to fill in the low end.

Weakness:

I think they’re mediocre, much like every other Yamaha speaker I’ve tried. Not bad, not good, just so-so. I wouldn’t pay “new speaker” prices for them even if they were brand new, and I’d be hesitant to pay “used speaker” pricing for them even if they were brand new. I probably would (and have) pay “goodwill pricing” for them if they were brand new (or close to it), anything else is a waste of money. They don’t have a nice full sound to them because they tend to have “holes in the frequency range” as I call it. They are missing something, they just never sound “full” or well rounded, they often sound kind of hollow or empty instead, with a lack of polish or gloss to the sound. It’s kind of hard to explain, but if I were to use an analogy, I’d have to say it’s kind of like when a great chef makes a dish that everyone raves about there is a balance of flavors; sweet, salty, bitter and sour all work in Harmony and each play their part to make the dish great. Well these speakers are like a dish that’s missing one of the flavor profiles. I’m not sure if it’s salty or sweet, bitter or sour, or maybe it has all of them and the balance is just off. They DEFINITELY don’t have any umami, so that’s not even being considered here lol, umami is for GREAT speakers!!! To think that these things got a 4.7 out of 5 is LAUGHABLE!!! Mid-priced Polk Audio speakers blow these speakers away! Likewise, mid-priced Paradigm speakers blow away mid-priced Polks (generally speaking). These are like a 2.4 on a scale of 0-5, to rate these a 4.7 leaves no room for all the truly GREAT speakers (unless we extend the stars to 20), and gives people the idea that they are as good as speakers that were $3000 a pair such as the Paradigm Reference Studio 100’s which are also towers with 2 large woofers, 1 midrange speaker, and a tweeter in the same basic configuration, and they coincidentally also get a 4.7 rating here. However if you listened to the Paradigms and the Yamahas side by side there’s NO WAY anyone would give the Yamahas a 4.7, not even the people at Yamaha that designed them. Look, I realize that the Studio 100’s cost 10x more, but even for the price I just don’t see how the Yamahas can rate a 94% out of 100%.

Purchased:
Used  
OVERALL
RATING
2
[Apr 05, 2019]
iniquitous


Strength:

About 5 years ago I was offered to buy two of these and I was not so interested to buy because when looking up the specs I wasn’t impressed by the power capabilities stated but they basically were brought to me and the seller wouldn’t take no for an answer. Anyway I hooked them up to my Denon avr-3805 at first to one of the rear surround channels when at the time I was running(unsure of exact model now) Energy bipolar towers which were rated for well over twice the power of these Yamaha , so I had moved the Energy towers to the front channel and gave the Energy and the then new to me Yamaha’s a good honest thrashing as I like to test limits . Well adding little by little more EQ here and more channel level there , WTF I blew one of the enegy tower tweeters. Not what I expected to go first . So I unhooked the energy towers and moved the Yamahas up to front channel . And proceeded to punish them in payback for the energy’s I paid too much for. They received a good break in . Soon after another exact pair of the yamaha NS-100 towers arrive to me barely used like the last ones . I may have paid close to $200 for the first ones and this guy wanted $100 for them . So being glad to buy two more , I hooked em up and I punish these bastards at least 3 to 4 times a week religiously still to this day on the same Denon receiver I’ve been using for more than ten years Crossover set 80 Hz , I bet one could get away with setting to 60hz and be glad with what they got if he were not an spl addict like the rest of us. But paired with the right sub , you will be very please as even a regular sound enthusiest should be able to appreciate these. Especially for the price I paid . Their oldies now but still here with me .

Weakness:

Cons , I’m not complaining . I’m surprised I have not killed these yet

Price Paid:
200
Purchased:
Used  
OVERALL
RATING
4
[Sep 08, 2010]
Chris
Audio Enthusiast

i bought these off a guy in Des Moines Iowa, for 100 Bucks....i blast these things as loud as i think they could handle...and boy do they handle...i dont believe the speakers can go louder than i want to push them, but for as loud as i play them (btw i play them off a P.O.S walmart stereo), they work awesome

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 11, 2010]
Jerry Vaughn
Casual Listener

Like these speakers.Got them at a yard sale for $ 10.00.What more can i say.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 25, 2003]
tinn_85
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Price (cheaper now, but I really didn't want to pay 2 times (or more) the price for sub par speakers) Good Value, and those aluminum cones are damn sexy.

Weakness:

Mid range protrusion (mine did distort thank you Dream Theater) Plain front without the grill. Crappy feet things, but oh well I don't look at them too much anyways.

I Agree with most of the other reviews, but the upper registers can be almost overly harsh at times. When glass breaks in a movie, you definitely know it. I did the midrange mod as well, but I used the covers from a 100 disk CDR spindel, supported by a pencil untill the glue dried (I just left them in it didn't hurt) Fairly flat response, but lacking a little in the mid/high bass, but probbably due to my crappy reciver (EQ is in the mail) My DIY Shiva in a 2.5^3 FT ported box handels the lower end much much much better. I cant get the Timbre match to be exact between these and my Yamaha center though... that was odd...

Similar Products Used:

Yamaha bookshelves (Best $99 I spent from Best Buy they sound really good) , aiawa, Realistic (my dads from back in the day CRAPPY) JBL, Car audio stuff (it works in my room)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 18, 2002]
bbgallaway
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Good frequency response, inverted aluminum drivers sound great once broken in.

Weakness:

Midrange driver isn't isolated (hasn't been a problem for me yet).

Great speakers for the price (I have since seen them much cheaper than I bought them, but I'm still happy). I haven't had problems with the midrange speaker excursion referenced by other reviewers but I'm thinking about doing the tupperware fix as a precautionary measure (isolating the mid by attaching a tupperware container behind it). These are my mains in my home theater, and I've enjoyed them so far. Three way crossover makes for good sound, they've got a good frequency response, but as with most tower speakers they won't really shine unless coupled with a subwoofer (I'm using a Dahlquist PDQ1500 15" sub). You can usually find them new on ebay for about $200, if you do, get them, they're worth it.

Similar Products Used:

Sony SS-U4033, Yamaha NS-A200XT

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 20, 2002]
JohnUTA
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Imaging High and midranges are presently clear and very crisp. These speakers look amazing as well. Very nice grill. Quality aluminum drivers.

Weakness:

A little trouble with deep bass, however they sound great when pair with a subwoofer, so this really isn't a problem. Even without a subwoofer, they still sound decent.

I am very happy with these speakers. I have been using them for a little over a month. I shopped around for some time trying to decide which speakers to buy. I visited many high-end stores and Best Buy as well. I really do not see any major difference between these speakers, and many of the expensive models available at the high-end stores. I spent many days visiting various stores and listening to speakers for hours at a time. I was a little apprehensive purchasing these speakers, because at Best Buy you cannot listen to your own CDs, and have to use they’re set up. However I was happy with what I heard, and could not justify spending over $500 for a single speaker after hearing these. I seriously considered purchasing a pair of the 200XTs instead. But after listening to them for a while, it seems as though they before better at low frequencies, but the high end and midranges just seemed to mush together. The 100XTs while not performing as well with low frequencies, separate and do a wonderful job presenting the high end and midranges. As long as these speakers are coupled with a good subwoofer they can outperform any speaker in their price range, and compete with many high-end speakers. These speakers use nice aluminum drivers, which is rare on low prived speakers. My entire set up consists of a Denon 2802 Receiver, 100XTs as my main speakers, Yamaha NS-6390 as my surrounds, a Yamaha NS-AC40X center channel, and a JBL PB-10 subwoofer. I am very happy with these main speakers; I have not attached the feet yet, and am not sure if I will. This set up is very powerful, and I am very happy with all of the products, however I do not have time right now to review them all on this site. I nearly purchased a pair of Definitive mains, and surrounds, however did not see the advantage in spending over twice as much. The surrounds sounded considerably better, however cost $150 each, compared to $100 a pair for the Yamaha. I would recommend these speakers to anyone. I don’t care how much money you have, unless you really like to blow your money and impress people with fancy brand names, there is no reason to pass up this deal. These speakers perform wonderfully at high volumes without distortion or hissing; like other low priced speakers will when really cranked up. Go out and get yourself a pair today!

Similar Products Used:

Sansui SP-1500 Old model Cerwin Vega 12" 3 Way (I dont know the model number but from around the 70's) JBL Northridge Infinity Towers KLH Towers (don't get these unless you dont have a job and can

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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