NSMT Model 10S Armada System

NSMT Model 10S Armada System

Read review of Model 10S Amarda System on Speaker Asylum

(Shown: Full 10S Armada System with two subwoofers and custom Sandbags stands)

How to put together a system at an affordable price that can outperform some megabuck systems


Our Armada Modular Systems combine minimonitors with one or two of our subwoofers, and a pair of NSMT custom sand-fillable Sandbags stands. You end up with a system that is greater than the sum of its parts. These systems provide the utmost flexibility in fine-tuning the loudspeaker's interaction with the room to deliver an ultimate listening experience and outclass most minimonitor subwoofer systems and even some highly regard monitor-pedestal bass systems.

While a good floor standing loudspeaker offers the utmost efficiency in packaging, a good sub-sat system with two active subwoofer offers the utmost flexibility in tweaking the system's performance to maximize its performance relative to room acoustics. Monitor-pedestal bass systems such as the Wilson Watt Puppy offer added performance because they reduce interference of the bass into the higher frequencies by using two enclosures. However sub-sat systems with two active subwoofers like our Armada Systems offer the best performance because the bass enclosure is completely separated from the enclosure producing the higher frequencies. And our custom Sandbags stands are a rock solid foundation for minimonitors stand isolate them from room resonances.

One subwoofer can dramatically improve the performance of a minimonitor system by extending the bass and allowing you to listen to the system at lower levels where the minimonitors image better and are more accurate. But with two EXP subwoofers, each subwoofer can be relocated in the room to get the best bass response and defeat room resonances that naturally occur. This is because the crossover and volume control of each subwoofer can be adjusted to seamlessly match the output of the minimonitors and the subwoofer's bass output can be brought into absolute phase alignment by using the subwoofer's phase switch or even repositioning each subwoofer for greater accuracy.


The 10S Armada System

The NSMT Model 10S Armada System, formerly NSM Audio Model 10S Armada System,  combines the NSMT Model 10S minimonitors with the NSMT EXP, one of the best small subwoofers, and a pair of NSMT custom sand-fillable Sandbags stands. Both the Model 10S and the EXP will outclass anything at their respective price point. You end up with a modular system that is greater than the sum of its parts. And you can start building this system by buying a pair of Model 10S, then stands, then one or two subwoofers. The Model 10S Armada System provides the utmost flexibility in fine-tuning the loudspeaker's interaction with the room to deliver an ultimate listening experience. It will outclass just about any minimonitor subwoofer system and even some highly regard monitor-pedestal bass systems.

While a good floor standing loudspeaker offers the utmost efficiency in packaging, a good sub-sat system with two active subwoofer offers the utmost flexibility in tweaking the system's performance to maximize its performance relative to room acoustics. Monitor-pedestal bass systems such as the Wilson Watt Puppy offer added performance because they reduce interference of the bass into the higher frequencies by using two separate enclosures.

However sub-sat systems with two active subwoofers like the Model 10S Armada offers the best performance because the bass enclosure is completely separated from the enclosure producing the higher frequencies. And our custom Sandbags stands are a rock solid foundation for the Model 10S that isolates it from room resonances.

Moreover, with two active subwoofers, each subwoofer can be relocated in the room independent of the Model 10S to get the best bass response and defeat room resonances that naturally occur. This is because the crossover and volume control of each subwoofer can be adjusted to match the output of the Model 10S and the subwoofer's bass output can be brought into absolute phase alignment by repositioning the subwoofer and/or using the subwoofer's phase switch.

The Model 10S Armada System improves the Model 10S's outstanding performance, because, with the EXPs in the System, the Model 10S will be played at lower volume since there is no psycoacoustical need to try to get the Model 10S to pressurize the room.

Here is what a reviewer said about a system consisting of a single EXP sub and a pair of NSMT Model 5 speakers: "This sat sub combination is a steal. The sound is rich, the soundstaging convincing and the bass goes deep....and with the small size of the sat speakers, my wife is reasonably happy too. Hooked up to my Cambridge Audio Electronics for a total of $2k this system sounded almost as good as my $10k system." (Richard Cook, Audioreview.com)

Combine a pair of Model 10Ss with a pair of EXPs with stereo bass down to the low 20 cycles and you are ready to take on mega buck systems like the Wilson Watt-Puppy system.

The Model 10S Armada System cannot match the dynamic ability of large monitor-pedestal bass systems such as the Wilson system, but the Wilson system's bass cannot match the speed of the Model 10S Armada EXPs' six inch woofers. And the Wilson system cannot match the Model 10S Armada System's finesse, imaging, and musicality. 

 

 

 
Systems

  

 

Component list price: $3,380
1 pair Model 10S speakers ($1495)
1 pair EXP subs ($1390)
1 pair custom Sandbags stands ($495)
Armada 2 plus stands System Price: $3,039
Component list price: $2,885
1 pair Model 10S speakers ($1,495)
1 pair EXP subs ($1,390)
Armada 2 System price: $2,599
Component price: $2,190
1 pair Model 10S speakers ($1,495)
Single EXP subwoofer ($695)
Armada 1System price: $1,999

 

Excerpts from Reviews

"They are right up there with the very best and most expensive, including the top line Tylers, Josephs, Dynaudios, etc. And I've heard them all."

"It images like crazy, and produces those images with a 3D transparency which floats free from the speakers. As I type this, I am hearing Gulda and the Vienna Phil do Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto. Ravishing! Sweet strings, piquant woodwinds,clear singing piano."

"...the most surprising aspect of these is the sheer size of the sound without an audible trace of compression... My taste runs toward large scale symphonic music, which demands solid bass. Coupled with a pair of small NSM EXP subs...the system is effortlessly within 3db flat down to 25 cps."

"I recommend them without reservation to any audiophile/music lover with tastes similiar to mine."

(Speaker Asylum)