Yamaha NS-5000 loudspeaker
Yamaha proudly introduces the NS-5000, a 30 cm (12") 3-way bookshelf speaker system that illustrates the future direction of Yamaha's speaker technology grown out of years of cutting-edge research on all aspects of designing Hi-Fi speakers, including components and materials.
The NS-5000, built upon the tradition of natural sound for which all Yamaha speakers have been known — from the very first NS-20 and NS-30 models released in 1968 to the latest — and sets a new standard in sound excellence expected of Yamaha's top-of-the-line speaker.
With non-colouration of sound, wide frequency response, consistent sound characteristics across the frequency range, and extremely low distortion set as self-imposed requirements for a new-generation speaker, we scientifically probed each of these characteristics to be incorporated into a flagship capable of bringing out the best of high-resolution audio sources. The result is the superb NS-5000, with sound and performance that sets a standard for all Hi-Fi speakers to come.
In Hi-Fi speaker systems, fiber, plastic, and metal used for diaphragms have their own inherent acoustic properties, which in turn give distinctive characteristics to drivers as well as to complete speakers. Over the years, relying on speaker engineers' experience and intuition to fine-tune a unique acoustic characteristic derived from a material into an appealing sound coming from a complete speaker has been an established approach to making speakers; this balancing act continued to present an opportunity for speaker engineers to show off their mastery of speaker development.
Departing from conventional wisdom, Yamaha has taken a novel approach to developing the NS-5000 — starting with selecting a diaphragm material.
We have chosen textile made of 100% ZYLON® — a synthetic fiber of exceptionally high strength, having acoustic velocity as well as the ability to reproduce the finest details of audio equivalent to those of beryllium but without a sharp resonance peak inherent in a hard material — that has an acoustic characteristic markedly different from that of any other diaphragm material.
This rare material presented a perfect opportunity to create a truly ‘Yamaha-esque’ Hi-Fi speaker, fully capable of meeting the demands of the high-resolution era, and reproducing music in greater faithfulness to the original. To this end, Yamaha began in 2008 to develop a speaker diaphragm made of fiber containing 100% ZYLON®.
And now, we have a set of three world's first drivers made of 100% ZYLON® — the JA-05K6 3 cm (1-1/4”) soft-dome tweeter, the JA-08B5 8 cm (3-1/4”) soft-dome midrange, and the JA-3132 30 cm (12”) cone woofer.
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