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Anyone have experience w/ Yamaha YST Subs?

I'm interested in Yamaha's new YST subs and their NS subs which are better (YST technology, Twisted Flared Port, and square wire voice coils)?

Does anyone use them?
I wish they'd get reviewed because they look nice to me.

I like these two:
http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio..._u/?mode=model

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio..._w/?mode=model

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According to the owner's manuals:

NS-SW300
- 10" driver
- 250W "(100 Hz, 5 ohms, 10% THD)" amp
- 20-160Hz +/-?dB

YST-SW315
- 10" driver
- 250W "(100 Hz, 5 ohms, 10% THD)" amp
- 20-160Hz +/-10dB

I'd go with a Dayton SUB-1200 instead.
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Thanks, but that doesn't really answer my question. The technology in the Yamaha NS sub really has peaked my interest. Bass is supposed to be tight and clear.

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Tight and clear = results of proper in room placement, sized/ multiples wrt to room size/volume, science to provide and test for optimal EQ/ matching to mains and center, and undoubtedly some type of room treatments,

otherwise it's all just plug and pray

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Quote:
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Thanks, but that doesn't really answer my question. ...
Sorry, I'll answer them now:
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Anyone have experience w/ Yamaha YST Subs?
I don't.

Quote:
Does anyone use them?
I don't.

The point of my previous post wasn't very clear, so I'll try again: The subs may be nice, but if they're priced more than a Dayton SUB-1200 (roughly $140, shipped), IMO they don't represent a good value.

-- Edit --
A quick google shows Amazon.com selling the NS-SW300 for ~$500 and the YST-SW315 for ~$265.
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The Yamaha sub has some interesting features
To be sure. The servo design and the bass selector
Switch could be pluses.

On the negative side though the published
Specs aren't very impressive and the Yamaha
Website descriptions read like someone from
Marketing wrote it. Impressive for the subwoofer
Novice, not so much for someone who understands
How subs work.

My opinion.

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Yamaha isn’t exactly known for their subwoofers, but both of those models look nice aesthetically and probably perform pretty well, and I like that they have Servo control. What I don’t like is how they hide their frequency specs by not listing the frequency range with the standard +/- 3 dB tolerance qualifier. Companies do this for a reason, which doesn’t bode well for the consumer. And once you get around the $500 range, there are better choices. But hey, Yamaha has a risk-free 30-day trial period (I assume free shipping both ways), so it doesn’t hurt to compare it to the SVS PB-1000 (at $500). SVS also has a risk-free 45-day trial period (and free shipping both ways) and they actually do show frequency specs with a +/- 3 dB qualifier. As Audioholics noted on the Yamaha, they “…remain cautiously optimistic…” .

I do find myself chuckling at Yamaha’s SW1000 (a 12-inch sub) that they want for $2500. C’mon, Yamaha. Are you kidding me?

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I had a YST-315 in my first HT setup and liked it a lot. I liked that it was a down firing sub and the controls were on the front. It had a good sound to it for a 10 inch sub and I was very happy with it. I recently changed my HT setup and gave my old setup to my brother. With that being said what is your budget for a new sub?

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You will get better performance for less money, so you probably won't find many here who will give glowing praise to either of those subs. In the $500 and under price range, I would look at the base offerings from SVS and Hsu. If you can stretch a bit higher, Rythmik's entry level 12" subs are worth considering. Depending on how much you want to spend, the best performance for the money will come from companies like:

SVS
Hsu
Rythmik
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RA
Seaton
JTR
Funk
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I like Yamaha speakers but not their subs.

I once had bought Yamaha YST-SW-216 sub for a secondary system. It was immensely inadequate... Probably good enough only for a PC 2.1 system.

Beware of their sub amplifier ratings. The real, nominal rating is only half the figure they advertise.
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Sorry, I'll answer them now:
I don't.

I don't.

The point of my previous post wasn't very clear, so I'll try again: The subs may be nice, but if they're priced more than a Dayton SUB-1200 (roughly $140, shipped), IMO they don't represent a good value.

-- Edit --
A quick google shows Amazon.com selling the NS-SW300 for ~$500 and the YST-SW315 for ~$265.
I had a YST-SW315 a few years ago and it sounds much better than the bass that you will get from regular tv speakers but I replaced it with a HSU vtf15mk2 and was amazed by the difference. Yes I know it's a huge price difference but in my opinion you get what you pay for.
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