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amplifier for Yamaha ns10

Hi

I know that you might heard this question before , and I have tried to get a good answer somewhere ...... but ..... no luck .....

So ...... what is the standard amplifier for Yamaha ns10 ....... or what is the BEST one ??

What would be the best solution from your experience .......

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I know that you might heard this question before , and I have tried to get a good answer somewhere ...... but ..... no luck .....

So ...... what is the standard amplifier for Yamaha ns10 ....... or what is the BEST one ??

What would be the best solution from your experience .......
I like old yamaha receivers with the magic "bass extension" switch... kinda sorta makes ns-10s sound like "real" speakers... and if you hate it, switch it out. either way, the switch is useful and isn't easily replicable with a simple "bass" knob.

whatever that bass extension switch does, I like.
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The best one is the one that sounds best to you... the standard one doesn't exist.

If you can find a Yamaha amp I've found them to work great, but there are so many others that will fill the bill it is impossible to list here.

BTW... I hope you realize that Yamaha NS-10's were never really meant to be "main monitors". When they were first released in like the early 80's they were thought of more as "HiFi Auratones" than as actual monitors... and while they did improve them in the late 80's [tweeter that wasn't as screechy... nomenclature on the cabinet horizontal instead of vertical], the fact of the matter is they're still just "HiFi Auratones"...

Best of luck with your search.
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Thanks for quick replies ...... My monitoring is Mackie hr 824 and Pmc mid fields ..... so Yamaha would be that , every studio has it , touch

But I am interested in actual recommendation of an amplifier that suits to actual speaker .....

I read some similar threads where guys were recommending Hafler 3000 in combination with Dyn bm5 ..... and all others on that thread agreed that this was a good combo ......

So I was hoping for such an answer ......


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which PMC's

Hi Max,
Just wondering which PMC's you have, and what amp you are using with them?

Am curious as i am thinking of going the PMC AB2s to replace my BM15a's.

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I use a Perreaux amplifier and to my ears its the best amp i've heard yet with NS10's.

You not only get the punch but also the clarity.


Before that Bryston 4BST's were kinda the standard.


Comparing both you can now hear more clearly how the Bryston's color the top end.
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YO Thrill, which perreaux u got, have an e2000 at the moment we are using, and its sounds sweet.
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Wow, I asked this question TWICE in the past month and didn't get one straight answer

I see this trend is continuing. Is everyone here just a complete idiot when it comes to amps?

Why is it that when someone asks about a preamp everyone can jump in, or a compressor, or DAW software, and then when someone asks a damn simple question about a good solid amp for the Yamaha NS10s everyone turns into a stuttering backpedalling moron?
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I must say i am not using the perreaux with NS10's.
waiting for PMC's
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YO Thrill, which perreaux u got, have an e2000 at the moment we are using, and its sounds sweet.

8BIT,

Your 2000(circa 1989) is much more modern then mine.

I am using a 2150B circa 1982.

They do rock though.
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I asked this question yesterday and failed to get a straight answer as well. Anyway.. It seems most studios I've been to use the Bryston B4 or the Hafler 9505 for NS10's and they sound pretty good on those. I'm going to try a Yamaha P3500s since I've heard good things about Yamaha amps on them. I've used NS10's on an ancient Crown DC300A with good results as well. I'd be happy to post a review of the Yamaha amp when it arrives. Hope this helps.
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Quad 405 here !
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If you can find a Yamaha amp I've found them to work great
What part of this wasn't a "straight answer"?
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I always like to use more amp than I need to because then it won't have to struggle to do its job. I use a big (old) Urei that must weigh 35 lbs... It's got a lot of juice which makes the NS10's sound better at low volumes (to my ears anyway)...
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What part of this wasn't a "straight answer"?
Which Yamaha amp? That's like someone asking what's the best preamp out there and you answer "A Neve". Which Neve? A 1073 or some much later piece of shit broadcast strip?
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Don't laugh, but I use a Crown DC300 with my NS-10s and Audix N-5s. It sounds great! Those things are so conservatively rated it's not even funny. And they're cheap! They used to be used to power laboratory equiptment. Kinda strange, huh? I would recommend that amp for reference any day. When I A/B'd between the Crown and a Hafler 9505, there was hardly an audible difference. The Hafler was a little more powerful. I'm actually looking for another one so I can bridge the two amps mono and run one on the left and one on the right.

P.s. Whatever you do tough, make sure you fuse your NS-10s. I use 1/2 or 3/4 amp fast blow.
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P.s. Whatever you do tough, make sure you fuse your NS-10s. I use 1/2 or 3/4 amp fast blow.

I am not the biggest fan of putting fuses on NS10's.

It changes the sound a little too much for me.
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I am not the biggest fan of putting fuses on NS10's.

It changes the sound a little too much for me.
You actually hear a difference? Really.................??????????????? That's impossible. Maybe I'm deaf. It's just metal connecting metal.
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You actually hear a difference? Really.................??????????????? That's impossible. Maybe I'm deaf. It's just metal connecting metal.
There is a slight resistance.

I can't explain it but the tweeters always sound hazy to me when they are fused.
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Thank You guys ..... you gave me some good starting informations ...... now I am going to start looking for prices ...... and bang for a buck ...... of course ....

As far as I can understand .......

1 Bryston 3 or 4
2 Hafler 9505
3 Yamaha P 3500
4 Perreaux ( 2000 .... or .... ? )
5 Quad ( 303 or 405 ? )
6 Crown DC 300A

What about Hafler 3000 and Alesis ra 500 ???

Are those much worse or they are in the same league ???

And what is in your oppinion best buy for money ???

This seems to be interesting to many people here , as some of them did not get straight answers , so I think that this thread will be helpful for many ......


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I know some people here use them but amongst my real life friends crowd, they've all expressed disapproval of the Hafler H3000. Which is too bad since they seem to be plentiful and fairly inexpensive on eBay.

I think Hafler just stopped making amps for good (out of business?) and a whole bunch of them have flooded on eBay in the past while. One of my friends who advised against the Hafler is someone who has never given me bad advice so with him weighing on the Hafler like this, I've decided to avoid it.
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I liked using a Studer amp the best.. (looked cool too) They had one where I was inhouse engineer.
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Which power amp for Yamaha ns10??

Hi everybody, I´m newbee on the forum and I have a couple of questions ( I used the search... but not answers that happy me )
1) I´m looking for a power amp for my ns10, I need a class A power amp. I look into studios webs to see their power amps, but I didn´t find the answer because there is a lot of power amps. Could anyone advice me about power amps for my ns10????
2) My second question is about a joemeek unit the meequalizer. What do you think about that unit????
Thanks for all dudes.
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I am going to join this to a similar thread.. and add my comment

I used to favor a Studer power amp for my NS10's
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I'm using a crappy Alesis RA-100, is that ok for NS-10M's ?
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I'm using a crappy Alesis RA-100, is that ok for NS-10M's ?
When I used to use my very own crappy RA-100, one side always had a noisy hum that would continually piss me off. Does yours have this added feature?

For the NS10s, I think any relatively clean, big-ass amp would be fine. Why not an Adcom @ 100 watts per side?
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I need a class A power amp.
Just wondering, is there a particular reason for this?

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I am not the biggest fan of putting fuses on NS10's.

It changes the sound a little too much for me.
I agree with this. I bought my latest pair of Tannoy PBM 6.5's (which I think are Tannoy's answer to NS10's in a way, sort of) from a guy who had put a fuse in them. I took one out and left the other in. The one with the fuse in it sounded mushy.
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Indeed I need something like 75 watts per channel but I need a fixed CLASS A amp.
Crown is a nasty AB amp, even the class AB polarizate the transistors out of the crossover distortion by zero zone I hate class AB I could hear differences with the class A. Even if anyone lends me a crown I could do an oscilloscope research to demostrate that class AB is not your best friend on your studio.
So the class AB is very usefull with big poweramps that must to be running on a gig, but a 75 watts per channel amp for a studio get a class AB is in my point of view a bad choice.
So anybody knows any class A power amp???
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