Compare the Edifier R1280DB to the Yamaha NS-6490

We will be looking at two popular products, the Edifier R1280DB and the Yamaha NS-6490. You might think it all comes down to the price, but frankly there is a lot more to it. This product comparison article is just one in a series titled Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $500

 Edifier R1280DBEveryone has different preferences, and we hope our frank reviews will make your decision easier. First, we will take a look at the Edifier R1280DB. If you are looking for a powered pair with built-in Bluetooth capabilities then check out this upgraded model from Edifier which has been equipped with the mod-cons of optical, coaxial and wireless inputs.

 Yamaha NS-6490The second product we will be examining in this comparison is the Yamaha NS-6490. These 3-way speakers from Yamaha is another model that has seen a recent upgrade to circuitry and components. They have been designed for larger 7.1 set-ups and provide a professional level audio solution.

Reasons to buy the Edifier R1280DB

It features a 4“ composite cone woofer that works in harmony with its 13mm silk dome tweeter. They have a wide frequency response and together provide a great blended, well-rounded overall sound, the highs satisfyingly bright, vocals crisp and defined and great smooth mids.

A good look at the Yamaha NS-6490

They have an ultra-wide frequency response thanks to their dedicated 3-way set-up, which consists of a high output woofer, a mid-range driver and a balanced dome tweeter. They are of a composite nature and engineered from high-quality parts. They benefit from Yamaha's extensive research and capably deliver a clear and tight sound response. The woofer has a rubber surround is 8” the mid-range driver is 4” and tweeter just 7/8”. together they perform at a combined peak power of 140 watts.


Edifier R1280DB

Yamaha NS-6490


+ Wireless.
+ Optical and coaxial inputs.
+ Flared bass port enclosure.

+ 8” woofer.
+ Powerful full-range sound.
+ Ultra wide range frequency response.
+ 3-way class.
+ Wooden housing.
+ Great dispersion.


They are another affordably priced option well below our budget, that perform extremely well.

The bass is tight, some bookshelf speakers don't have the depth and bass response to handle bass well was a stand alone pair but these do, they are impressive alone and a perfect addition to any home set-up.

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