Well, well. First it was Technics, and now Yamaha….
Back in the 1970’s, Yamaha was a formidable player in the audio world. And ever since, really. The lower and mid-priced gear gained huge market acceptance. Some of their higher end electronics were made in partnership with Accuphase, while their top turntables like the GT-750 and GT-2000 were collaborations with Micro-Seiki. This TOTL stuff from the 70’s and 80’s is still sought after today. And the trickle down effect was pretty good too. Yamaha’s Natural Sound product lines tended to sound good, and were reliable as a stone.
Now, the tuning fork company, aka Nippon Gakki (aka “Yamaha”) has begun to unveil its own classic-inspired return to the high end, starting with the NS-5000 speakers recently presented at the Montreal audio show. Interesting to say the least! While Yamaha of late may have been hinting at the return of the big separates with some of its better integrated amps (A-S1100, 2100, 3000), I don’t think many people saw this coming.
The gear announced this week will be available in 2019, and will first appear in public at the upcoming October (2018) Melbourne show. I wonder if the component prices will be below 5 figures – it seems unlikely. I’d really like to have been a fly on the wall at the executive boardroom meetings where the feasibility of these new products were batted around.
I don’t have any more “scoop” than this, but some of the Yamaha websites already list these models, with full specs and feature lists. Enjoy some Yammy eye candy!