Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5” 3-Way In-Ceiling Speaker Review

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9 inches by 7 inches by 5 inches
  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • ​Speaker Type: Ceiling
  • ​Maximum Output: 100 Watts
  • Response Bandwidth: 65 – 28,000 Hz
  • Mounting Depth: 4.81 inches

Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5” 3-Way In-Ceiling Speaker


  • Comes with a template, easily interchange speakers if needed
  • Depth and clarity in sound
  • Soundmax technology provides decent bass


  • Not great front-end speakers, sound can be on the lower end

Yamaha has been in the music industry for over a century and broke into the audio scene in 1954 with its HiFi player. Speakers came into production in 1974 and the company has not looked back since. Through the years, it has established its name as one of the popular companies for speakers and home theater system.

Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 3-way in-ceiling speakers are an example of how Yamaha has perfected the art of “speaker craftsmanship”. The speakers produce rich and clear sound, making it a must have for Yamaha loyalists and home theater enthusiasts.


The NS-IW280CWH’s performance is spectacular. It consists of a 6.5-inch polypropylene mica cone woofer, dual 3/4 inches dome tweeter, and has the capability of a maximum input of 100-watt. The woofer provides the speakers with the capability to really bring the bass to life. Listening to rap music or watching action-packed movies can be a thrilling experience. The woofer can also be aligned in such a manner that it directs the impact of the sound to almost any position in the room.

The two tweeters are also adjustable, so based on where you sit you can direct the sound toward you by simply adjusting them. SoundMax technology really helps to amplify the sound, while also not allowing the bass to muffle. This makes the NS-IW280CWH great for parties.


When it comes to design, Yamaha is known to build products that are sturdy yet sophisticated. At first glance the design may not appeal to many but it is constructed to last. The speakers come in a template and all Yamaha speakers fit into the template. This means that if you decide to replace the speakers with bigger Yamaha speakers later, you will be able to do that.


Installing the NS-IW280CWH requires that you get your hands a little dirty. The mounting depth of the speaker is 4.81 inches and it has a woofer that is 6.5 inches. This means you will need to make a hole of about 10 inches in your ceiling. You can pass the wires through the wall and plug the speakers in.

When installing the grills on top, make sure not to use too much force. If a lot of force is used then you risk bending the grill. The edges of the grill should be pushed in evenly into the speaker. The installation process can take up to 40 minutes, much less if you are experienced.


Yamaha continues to shine in the audio business. The NS-IW280CWH is a force to be reckoned with. They provide users with full control over the direction of sound with moveable tweeters and an angled woofer. Enhancing their sound experience by providing depth and clarity. There are however speakers that are cheaper that provide similar or better results so if you are on a budget you have options that are lighter on your pocket.