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NSMT Model 50/Jamaica

Many thanks to Terry London and Home Theater Review for Terry's review of the Model 50/Jamaica. While modern technology has shrunk most consumer electronics, monstrous speakers are still needed to reproduce "live" sound. The Jamaica speaker is a powerful compact speaker designed to replace much larger and more expensive speakers.

We initiated extensive research and many innovative manufacturing processes to bring you a beautiful, powerful, efficient, affordable, compact speaker with the dynamic prowess that allows it to replace much larger speakers. At the same time, the Jamaica speaker checks off every requirement in the holy grail of accurate sound reproduction including being time coherent, minimum phase and a point source.

In addition, it embodies our innovative proprietary Dual Transmission Line (DTL) approach to bass production and our design principle of avoiding using crossovers in the frequency range of the fundamental frequencies of musical instruments and voices. Our DTL design approach allows us to crossover the woofers to the tweeter at 5,500 Hz. This eliminates crossover induced phase anomalities and soundwave discontinuities in the fundamental frequency region. 

The efficiency, soundstaging, and dynamic prowess of the Jamaica allows it to be many great speakers rolled into one. It is designed to handle any genre, from Reggae Dub to Classical music and everything in between. Terry's review shows the Jamaica speaker shines brilliantly as a SET speaker even driven by as little as one watt. 

Among its comments:

"...the Model 50 produced thunderous bass and never lost its composure at very high listening levels."

"The Model 50 produced a soundstage ...totally transcending the walls of my listening space."

"To think you can get full range extension on the top and bottom and thunderous dynamics with less than four watts at over 100dB sound pressure levels is amazing."

To the question asked on Audiogon.com "...do you have anything negative to say about them? Terry answered, "... no..."

Some people will not believe this level of performance is possible from a speaker of this size and driver configuration and some will miss how great the Jamaica speaker is because of its low price. But sometimes you get more than you pay for.

Terry's review shows the Jamaica speaker punches way above its price and size in looks, performance, and style. It has already outperformed some much larger, more expensive, "reference" speakers. Overtime people will realize how great this speaker is. You are invited to compare it to any speaker.

The Model 50/Jamaica Active Speaker System Is Here

Model 50/Jamaica Active Speaker

Price: $2,495

Color: red birch and satin black.

The new Model 50/Jamaica Active wireless speaker system offers all the stellar performance of the Model50/Jamaica with additional features that allows it to provide the utmost flexibility in use. 

The NSMT Model 50/Jamaica Active speaker employs a built-in 60-watt integrated amplifier (30 watts RMS per channel).The amplifier has WiFi, Bluetooth and Apple Airplay wireless inputs built in. It also has wired inputs for auxilary RCA, 3.5mm Stereo, Optical: S/PDIF Toslink plus a subwoofer output (LFE). 

With a speaker sensitivity of 101 dBs, the Model 50/Jamaica Active system can easily be driven to loudness above 100 dBs with as little as 2 watts RMS. Therefore 30 watts RMS provides the Chorus with an almost limitless dynamic headroom.

Most importantly, the Model 50/Jamaica Active speakers can be used as a pair of passive speakers with the identical performance of the Model 50/Jamaica.

Flip a switch and transform the speakers into a pair of passive Model 50/Jamaica speakers that you can partner with your favorite SET or solid state amplifier. 

Simplified two channel hometheater anyone? The Model 50/Jamaica Active is not just a great audiophile speaker system, it can also double as a home theater system. Simply connect your TV to the Model 50/Jamaica Active. No receiver or processor needed. The Model 50/Jamaica Active has serious low bass so no subwoofer is needed.

Want to get a hint of how well the Model 50/Jamaica Active system works? Read the review of our active Chorus speaker here.

Read more about the Model 50/Jamaica Active here.

Introducing NSMT's Jamaica Speaker System

 

The new Model  50/Jamaica speaker system is a powerful speaker that is designed to replace many monolith speakers.

 

NSMT model 50

transparent, revealing, musical, powerful

 

Specifications

Dimensions: 42 X 9.5 X 8.75 (H X W X D)

Sensitivity: 101 dB

Frequency response: 28 to 20,000 Hz

Proprietary short dual transmission line design 

8 inch paper cone woofers

1 inch soft dome tweeter

Time coherent, minimum phase design

Crossover-less broad band woofers, second-order crossover to tweeter.

Rated impedance: 8 ohms

Minimum DCR: 7.7 ohm

Shipping Weight 60 lbs. each

 

Introductory Price

$1,795 per pair (single wire)

$1,895 per pair (bi-wire)

 

Heritage

NSMT-old-Model50

The previous NSM (NSMT) Model 50 was highly regarded. In his 1995 review of the Model 50, Julian Hirsch of Stereo Review had this to say: 

"The NSM Model 50, despite its conventional appearance, is not just another conventional column loudspeaker. The goal of its designers was to produce a "compact acoustic suspension system with the bass response of a subwoofer, and the imaging and soundstaging of a minimonitor."

"The Model 50's measured sensitivity was 85 dB, exactly as rated. The room response above a few hundred Hertz was very uniform and smooth, with a variation of only +2.5 dB from 300 Hz to 20 kHz."

"Even at 32 Hz, the output was only 6 or 7 dB below the average midrange level, and (as listening confirmed) it was perfectly audible and usable at that frequency."

"The Model 50's group delay (an indicator of its phase linearity) was among the lowest and most uniform we have measured to date, with a peak-to-peak variation of less than 0.2 millisecond from a few hundred Hertz to 20 kHz."

"All of this suggests that the NSM Model 50 is a very good speaker, which had been apparent from our first listening. How did it sound? For one thing, it was unobtrusive, in the sense that we were never particularly aware that the sound was emanating from those black boxes, even when quite close to one of the speakers."

"I suspect that the NSM speakers were the more "accurate" of the two..., and that its spatial performance was more realistic. I like sonically-unobtrusive speakers that do not call attention to themselves yet give a believable impression of a concert-hall performance. By those criteria, the NSM Model 50 is a great success. Hear it for yourself if you can."

When we ceased production of the Model 50 in 1998 its price was $1,795, which is equivalent to $2,785 today. Today we are introducing the Model 50/Jamaica, a very worthy successor to the original Model 50 at an introductory price of $1,795.

Our Outrigger kits will improve the performance of your small tower speakers

We are pleased to introduce our custom speaker outrigger kits. 

NSMT Loudspeaker Speaker Outriggers

Our outrigger and spike kits dramatically improve performance by rigidly coupling loudspeakers enclosure to floors to improve clarity and stereo imaging and to tighten bass response. 

They are especially effective on uneven floors and floors with thick carpeting. 

Read more here or visit our new accessories section.

 

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