WOW just WOW! somewhere btwn 12pm noon to 5pm, the sound of the NS1k just "opened" up! left it running & went out & just came home a few mins ago & i coulda swear these are not the same as before i left the house!
similiar (albeit via seat of pants dbmeter) volume only takes 1/3 less travel on volume knob. bottom filled out & highs got smoother! how the "ell did this happen?? these are amost 40yr old speaker fer gads sake! maybe the previous owner hasnt run it for a while & it takes a coupla days to "loosen" up the drivers?? whatever, it sounds amazing now! ive also moved it to approx 8" from the wall which augments the bass response even more. i dont need no subs now!
to be absolutely honest, i was never a Yamaha speaker fan but only got these NS1k in part for its iconic status, its collectability, my curiousity, it was a local pickup & cos i didnt have to pay the crazy ebay prices. from research, i was expecting some quick extended mids/highs but possibly harsh highs & less than optimum or even non existent bass. on 1st 10mins listening, i gotta admit my expectations wasnt too far off - better than i read but no where close to its rep as one of the best speakers for its time. more listening revealed more of its good qualities - lightning quick mids&highs that launches micro details out at me, good but not outstanding soundstage, better bass but still considered less than adequate esp for its 12" woofers (which was why i hooked up the sunfire sub for some added body).
5hrs of continous playing later, my NS1k is now a beast! all the +ve's minus the -ve's thats was apparent even this morning! clean, clear, articulate, detailed, fulled bodied, slamming bass (though not as deep as i can hear on the HD800) & now added mid sweetness & smoother highs. the differences are now in the amplification.
driven by the 150w@8ohm LSA/DK Design VS.1 MkIII integrated, the NS1k are very detailed, big sounding, wide stage, tight bass but very upfront in yourself ala grados. on the Audio Space 300b 21w@8ohm P/P, everything is softer, mellower (if thats possible with NS1ks) more organic with less in your face mids ala son of HD650/T1 hybrid. all still on shack wires.
just got a call from a speaker repair/refinisher from an inquiry i made yesterday about options on
1.refinishing the cabinet in original black
2.refinish in exotic burled wood of some sort (am thinking birds eye veneer)
3.recapping Xover & new 5way binding posts instead the cheesy spring clippers
im thinking i will be into these NS1ks about $1k (or slightly more depending on parts as the yamis cost me $650) when alls said & done but these are keepers boys & gals! they sound amazing & im thinking will kick anything for the money i spent & how often can a person get to own a "legend" which lives up to its rep!
sorry steve (eddy), them incoming CS99a's will have to be incredible to beat the legend.