Yamaha NX-N500

Sound + Image - - Third Decade -

We just love these lit­tle ac­tive speak­ers from Yamaha’s Mu­sicCast wire­less mul­ti­room plat­form. In a way they take the Ak­tiMate con­cept (see num­ber 20) and rev it up with all the stream­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Mu­sicCast, a good set of phys­i­cal in­puts, plus Wi-Fi/Eth­er­net net­work­ing, Blue­tooth and AirPlay, all de­liv­er­ing great stereo sound. This plays well to music or movies, and we’re for­ever rec­om­mend­ing that peo­ple try these or sim­i­lar ac­tive speak­ers in pref­er­ence to a sound­bar — in many ways a neater so­lu­tion, and in­vari­ably a bet­ter-sound­ing one. These ac­tive wire­less speak­ers at $999 won our wire­less mul­ti­room com­po­nent of the year award in 2016, and we were sorely tempted to leave the award with them for 2017, as they re­main so fab­u­lously com­pet­i­tive.

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