CASSE ATTIVE ● Klipsch R-51PM vs Yamaha NX-N500 ● active speakers ● eng subs

CASSE ATTIVE ● Klipsch R-51PM vs Yamaha NX-N500 ● active speakers ● eng subs


Times and fashions change, even in the fantastic and varied world of hi-fi. We undoubtedly owe it to technological progress, but also to the younger generations who with their needs have pushed the market to modulate that technological progress based on today’s uses and customs, often based on practicality. This is to say what… that not everyone applies the dogma that a hi fi system must necessarily consist of amplifier, speakers and turntable or CD player… or whatever… For more and more people, and we often talk about young people who approach conscious listening for the first time, the solution is represented by a couple of active speakers. In today’s video we look more closely at two valid examples: the Yamaha NX-N500 and the Klipsch R-51PM *theme *music *phone ringing J: hi Luciano! L: Hi Johnny … tell me everything J: so… since many are asking me to make a video on active speakers… do you have anything to send me? L: I have something interesting, but keep in mind that we as Hi-Fi DI Prinzio always recommend a standard setting. Amplifier, speakers and source … J: Ok, I’ve got it. I also prefer the standard way, but everyone’s needs must be taken into account … L: yeah… of course J: Good… then I write to you when I am at home for the courier then you update me when everything starts. L: Ok, don’t worry… we’ll do as we always do… J: Bye Luciano! thank you! L: Thank you! Bye! J: Bye bye *music Hi, I’m Johnny and here on VinilicaMente I talk about music at 360 °. Today we go back to hi-fi and we do it with two pairs of active speakers, a component that many have asked me to treat here on the channel. As for the music to be played on these speakers, as well as reminding you to go and see my video on the new record releases in February, I can tell you that next Sunday, starting at 9.30 pm I will be live with Gianluca Bocci and Maurizio of Audiofilando to talk about our 5 favorite Italian music records… and much more. So prepare your top 5, post it on instagram tagging “vinilicamente” and join us on Sunday to share it with us. In the meantime, if you are not yet subscribed to the Gianluca and Maurizio channels, I invite you to do it from the links that I put in the description below. So why are the speakers active in this episode? Not only because of the many requests received, but also because, as I said in the intro, they grow among the preferences of younger kids who approach conscious listening after a bluetooth speaker or a pair of poor headphones. Many buy them to connect them directly to the turntable, others for specific logistical needs, therefore due to the space available in their study, living room or other. Maybe it may seem impossible for someone, but there are also those who would gladly give up the size of an amplifier to have more space to devote to their collection of CDs or vinyls, have fewer connections to make or even to satisfy the partner who watch with terror every further technological device that we bring into the house. *woman screaming I chose the Yamaha NX-N500 and the Klipsch R-51PM because they are very versatile unlike the entry level models or the more distinctly audiophile, so they are able to satisfy more needs. And we will notice it in every aspect of this comparison: from the design, to the controls and functionality, from the sound performance to the price which includes conclusions about these two speakers. Design and build quality As always the eye wants its part and I find the Klipsch aesthetic much closer to my taste, for the cleanliness and the decision of its lines, as well as for the finishes. The rounded curves of the NX-N500 do not drive me crazy, but to their advantage it must be said that they go perfectly with the concept of multiroom, therefore with the Yamaha MusicCast system because the softness of the lines favors greater tolerance for female eyes in shared spaces , also because of the choice of colors, black and white, also considering that exists a white variant of this speaker where only the woofer protection is black colored. Certainly more versatile than those chosen by Klipsch under the retina, which refer directly to the more classic hi-fi with black, and the woofer which with its copper color reminds us of our beloved power cables. You will have noticed that the Yamaha have a nude look, a feature that does not excite me, I prefer Klipsch that have the typical protective net with magnetic attachment. Both speakers have a presence LED, which can be deactivated on the Klipsch, In both cases the LEDs change color according to the chosen input source. Here we are… let’s move on the back. We immediately find the similarity between Yamaha and Klipsch: the channel for the bass reflex, in the rear of the speaker. so be careful where we place them: we will have to be careful to leave enough space between the case and the wall or the case and the shelf to not create the annoying rumble effect. From the constructive point of view both models return the feeling of solidity and objects destined to last over time. Controls and features Let’s see the controls and inputs on the back of the two speakers. Let’s start with the Klipsch: on the right speaker this is the knob for manual volume adjustment, which also serves to select the source, USB input to connect them to a computer, optical input to be used with the TV, subwoofer input and aux input and then one thing I really like: the ability to connect our turntable in phono or line mode. So if we have a turntable with an integrated preamplifier and we want to use it we will go on “line”, if instead we want to rely on the preamp of the speakers we switch to the “phono” and at that point we will also use the ground cable since there is also the wheel to tighten it here on the case. Below are the connectors for link cables, these are those included in the package and input for the power cable. On the left speaker we only have the connectors for the cables that connect the two speakers together. This is the cable provided. It’s long enough: 4 meters. For the Yamaha it’s the left speaker that has all the inputs. we have Bluetooth/wifi antenna, input to put the two speakers on the network via a nas, usb input to connect them to a computer, optical input to connect them to the TV, input for ethernet cable supplied that connects the two speakers to each other, the same thing applies to the input of the supplied XLR cable which is always used to connect the left and right speakers and make them work. Here we also find a 3.5mm aux input which is used to connect any source. On/off switch to activate or deactivate wireless connectivity, and then the buttons that we will use substantially the first time at the time of setup or when we cannot find the remote control Connect, wireless direct, source, on/off switch. Gain knob and input for power cable. On right speaker we have the inputs for the ethernet cable and the xlr cable that connect the two speakers to each other. And input for power cable. So, unlike the Klipsch, where one speaker is the master and another one is the slave, the Yamaha are bi-amplified, i.e. both are amplified, and they need to be linked to each other otherwise they will not work. In addition to the manual controls both Klipsch and Yamaha provide a remote control: well … that of the Klipsch looks like a real remote control, small and essential, but to the touch solid enough. Yamaha offers this instead, which we have found other times for a home theater or for Christmas lights. Whatever the purpose, I never liked them. They get lost on the sofa, the keys are always too cheap, in short, for me it’s NO, even if I have to say that it works. Both have a bit of lag, but in the end they do pretty well. After seeing in detail both we can immediately notice one thing, since this channel is dedicated to music at 360 ° with an eye towards vinyl. The Klipsch houses a dedicated entrance on board, the Yamaha does not. Not only. They don’t even have the two classic rca inputs. We will have to buy separately, if we do not have it, a reducer like this that starts as a double female RCA and ends as a classic 3.5mm jack. I’m not saying that one system is better than the other in terms of sound performance, but rather putting the flea in your ear that perhaps the Yamaha were designed to do something else. And now let’s go deeper into what this is, talking about the features. The great advantage of the Klipsch R-51pm is that it is truly plug and play. From the moment of installation to listening to a song on the phone thanks to the bluetooth quick pairing, it takes a few seconds, no more. *music Unlike the first approach to wireless connectivity of the Yamaha, which passes from the music cast application already seen on the RN-303d in the video dedicated to the Hi-Fi System under € 1000. Not having a display as it did in that case, we try a little more, but there are no particular bugs in the pairing, or at least I haven’t found any. And once the speakers and application are connected together, the management is intuitive and effective and we can manage everything from our phone: not only the various listening environments, but also the sources, passing very quickly from the turntable, to the airplay, to the radio digital and so on. Audio Quality But how do these two speakers sound? The Klipsch is a speaker that is charmful in everything in design, in its plug and play and extremely simple to use and also for the sound scene it designs. Basses is present and dynamic through the “Dynamyc Bass EQ”, an equalization that guarantees their noticeability even at lower volumes, but which mixed with the mids and highs create a melting scene, certainly impactful, but not very defined. *music The Yamaha are essentially monitor speakers so the equalization is quite flat, creating a shy scene, which is not wrong, but is certainly not appreciated for its character. Not really positive that raising the volume on the higher levels there is a slight distortion, but it must also be said that both these and the Klipsch are designed for medium to small environments, so you will hardly push them at full throttle. So know at the outset that with abundant sizes the presence factor will be further reduced, to the detriment of the overall quality. The Klipsch perform slightly better, which do not distort even at high volumes, but they also give the best in environments that are not too spacious and at average volumes. *music Quality/Price The Klipsch cost € 549, the Yamaha € 720. Are they worth the price they cost? It always depends on what you are looking for, what your needs are. Although not particularly impressed by either of the sound performance levels, overall the Klipsch can be a good solution for those who are looking for an active speaker that does its own and that is turntable friendly, therefore prepared to be coupled to a turntable. The Yamaha are precise and extremely versatile, but I didn’t get the spark. Surely many will appreciate them, especially in multiroom optics. As far as I’m concerned, and the same thing would tell you Hi-Fi Di Prinzio, to take advantage of the MusicCast I would choose the classic way: that is the amplifier yamaha rn-303d + Elac Debut b6.2. With this configuration I would spend € 50 more than just active speakers, but I would have a clearly superior audio quality for my ideal musical habitat, without sacrificing connectivity. What would I do with Klipsch? I would use them alone, using bluetooth connection and apple music, or by combining them with one of my “old one”, the project essential by creating a second listening position and making a great impression with all the guests who will come to my house. Like the other videos dedicated to hi-fi, this also aims to be an informative cue rather than an exhaustive treatise on this or that other product. My advice is always the same: when you have the opportunity go and listen with your ears, to get an idea that is yours. Also because it is your money that you will spend. See you soon and good plays 🙂

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3 Replies to “CASSE ATTIVE ● Klipsch R-51PM vs Yamaha NX-N500 ● active speakers ● eng subs”

  1. La mia prova sulle Klipsch R-51PM e le Yamaha NX-N500. Due validi esempi di casse attive che hanno bene in mente il proprio obiettivo: versatilità.

  2. praticamente il cavo di alimentazione sostituisce il cavo L/R a seconda se sono casse attive o passive. Quindi, domanda : a cavolo servono le casse attive?? mha!?

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