Yamaha CL-S100 Home Theater Speaker Systems

CL-S100

Home Theater Pkg. (Five Sats. and Pwrd. Sub)

User Reviews (7)

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Dave   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 29, 2000]
Strength:

Good Sound, Low Price

Weakness:

Poor Magnetic Shielding, Ugly speakers!

I just finished buying speakers for a home theatre. I looked at Yamaha, Polk Audio RM6500, and Bose AM-10 and AM-15.

I was impressed by the sound of the Yamahas. They were way better than the Bose, and slightly better than the Polks. (I actually compared the speakers side-by-side in my house.) They were also a lot less expensive.

Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Not quite. There were a few things I didn't like.

First, these are ugly speakers! The satellites look sort of like oval car stereo speakers that you've hung on the wall, and when you put one on your TV for the center channel, it looks REALLY out of place.

Which brings me to the second problem, you don't want to put one on your TV anyway, cause the magnetic shielding doesn't work. When I put one on my 32" Toshiba, it put a 2" blue semi-circle on the screen.

By the way, comparing these to the Bose or Polks (or similar small satellites) is sort of unfair, since the Yamahas are a good bit larger speakers. They really qualify more as small bookshelf speakers, than as satellites. If you are considering these Yamahas, you should probably consider other bookshelf speakers as well.

If you don't mind the looks and don't have to put one on your TV, these Yamahas may be the speakers for you. As for me, I took them back and kept the Polks.

Similar Products Used: Polk Audio RM6500, Bose AM-10 & AM-15
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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4
Matt   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 17, 1999]
Strength:

Amazing sound for such a small package. bose acoustimass has nothing on this one and its a lot less expensive.

Comes packaged with a 10" powered sub that tosses rich bass throughout my entire neighborhood. The satellite have a very full range of sound. I am running this system through a Yamaha 495 dd reciever. This surround package accents my digital satellite and dvd player. Just got finished watching the Matrix and i am still trying to close my mouth (little jaw dropping humor). I am also using a 15" cerwin vega sub for my low lows. All in all I'd say I am very pleased with my purchase. I can not yet comment on the reliability of this system as i have just purchased it. In combination with my dual subs, this package is also ideal for music. The satellite can carry a surprising amount of mid-bass. System exceeded my expectations.

Similar Products Used: Bose A-mass, infinity minuette(not L series)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Mike   a Casual Listener [May 09, 1999]

I have listened to several speaker systems in the audio rooms at bb and cc. I really liked the sound of these speakers better than any other. After reading the reviews on the Yamaha CLS100's im definately sold. Can you get them cheaper somewhere other than BB? Send me a note and let me know.

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5
VALUE
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Ryan Stansbury   a Casual Listener [Aug 04, 1999]

You just can not beat this system for the money. I compared this system to my friends $3,000 set of NHT's. Now he's upset that he wasted all that money. The sound is crisp and clear. I only paid $320 for an open box buy at Best Buy. Wow.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Greg Alston   an Audio Enthusiast [Aug 21, 1999]

This sat/sub system sounded great in the store. I purchased at Best Buy, open-box for $299. I am somewhat satisfied with it but am returning it mainly because the sats are very hollow when listening to music. After having it for two weeks I replaced the front sats with Yamaha 637's. Maybe my problem is that I don't have digital devices yet but I think that I would do better with a good sub and full-range bookshelf speakers.

OVERALL
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3
VALUE
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GS   a Casual Listener [Mar 25, 1999]

I'm probably jumping the gun here, because I haven't bought these speakers yet. I want to try to get some feed-back from some one who has. They are available at BB.(not known as a high end outlet) To read the spec sheet they look good. ie. Five identical "full range" sats.(60hz-22khz) and a100w powered (10 in) sub to 25hz.
They sound good to me at the store but what doesn't.

Somebody let me know what you think.

For the price I'll give it a Five.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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Joe   an Audio Enthusiast [Mar 25, 1999]

I've owned this Sat/Sub system for about 6 months now and I think there great. True to Yamaha's reputation, the sound is very clean and natural. The system is excellent for DD and DTS software and does a great job of reproducing music faithfully. The bass is right on and tight from the sub, and with a little tweaking and care in placement, produces no audible holes in the musical range.
I paid $600 for them at best buy, and considered it a good bargain. If you don't have alot of room(as I surely don't) and want a quality, natural sounding system, that can handle movies as well as music, the YAmaha CLS100 is a good fit.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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