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
Everyone 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
|HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON|
|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.
|WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT|
|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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