Your in love with a pair of Yamaha speakers???
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I have a slightly different philosophy. Before making any significant changes in your system I courage you to listen to actual live music & mentally note what characteristics or traits you're looking to achieve. After a while comparing equipment to other equipment is analogous to contrasting the appearance of a wax figurine with an equivalent Polaroid image.
When shopping you'll often be provided an opportunity to compare A with B. Mileage will vary depending on the situation which is more suitable based your audible priorities & associated requirements (WAF/budget/etc). However in some cases while solution one may be decisively better sounding -- neither may be accurate in comparison with the real deal.
In the end if the path you travel helps yield a system that you genuinely enjoy the rest is inconsequential.
My apologies for the double post. Computer or operator issues prevented the entire post from making it to the forum.
I am saying that I agree because so often we get caught up in the hype and flavor of the month mentality.
In the search for the sound I want I sometimes lose sight of the goal because of the plethora of choices in audio.
I sold the 1000Ms at a store in the early 80's.One of the nicest sounding midranges I have ever heard,especially with female vocals. Try Joan Armatrading's "Show some Emotion" on vinyl,I used to use this to demo the speakers.Just don't blow the midrange drivers! They were $300.each 25 years ago.Real ebony version is beautiful.Remember their biggest business is musical insturments.I know what you you mean about new stuff fooling you- every once in a while I pull out my old Altec Valencia B horn speakers and hook them up to my triodes- very musical and technology takes a giant step backwards!
Taking on board Bish and Pawlowski.
I do agree with what you say Bish, the problem I find is that enarly all music I get to hear live is via amplifiers, and cheap speakers - I think most live gigs are like that. It is really nice to hear totally unamplified music.
It's one of the reason I like the Yamaha NS1000M's they have superb speed/transient response, and as a result sound very live.
The thing with the NS1000M is that it needs a fast but smooth amplifer, that is also load tolerant. As a result of this I use a Lavardin IT, and the cables I made myself from Microwave cables! I have heard other Berillium Speakers like the Focal JM LAbs, and also some other large JBL's I think, the problem with them is that they do not have the beryllium dome mid driver - again a factor contributory to their speed and voicing.
Simply ut it floats my boat