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Yamaha HS50M Active Studio Monitor (70 Watts, 1x5")

Trust your studio monitors. Designed in the tradition of the famous NS10M, Yamaha's HS50M active monitors deliver an exceptionally flat, accurate response. (118) Read 16 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

For the past twenty years or so, you'd be hard-pressed to find a professional recording or audio post-production studio that didn't have a pair of Yamaha NS10Ms. The iconic, white-woofer NS10s have long been the most trusted reference monitors in the industry, particularly for their ability to reveal mid-range detail in even the densest mixes. Unfortunately for those who don't already have a pair, Yamaha stopped making the NS10s a long time ago. Luckily, they now make the HS50M.

Sporting the same instantly-recognizable look and ultra-flat response, the Yamaha HS50M is destined to become the new standard-bearer that no studio will want to go without. Even if you've already got a pair of NS10s, you'll want to take a look and listen to these new Yamaha reference monitors, as they offer a few significant improvements over their predecessors.

Easier Setup

While the NS10s were considered "necessary," whomever was tasked with installing them probably considered the monitors to be "necessary evils." For starters, the NS10s were passive, meaning a suitable, matching power source has to acquired to drive them. Yamaha has eliminated this hassle by designing the HS50M as an active, bi-amped system. An internal 70 watt power amp drives the 5" woofer cone and 3/4" dome tweeter, with an internal crossover perfectly tuned to maintain that classic Yamaha neutral frequency curve. Not only does this make setup easier, but having the right power source eliminated potential distortion issues, and the bi-amping softens some of the mid- and high-range harshness, making the HS50M a less-fatiguing listen than the NS10.

A More Flexible Monitor

Because of their unique, "brutally honest" sound, the NS10M was often relegated to the role of secondary monitor; it's typically used as a tool for putting parts of a mix under the microscope, but not for getting the whole picture. While the incredibly detailed HS50M can certainly fill that role, the addition of high-, mid-, and low-frequency switches make them suitable as main monitors as well. These switches also help to combat issues that can arise from sub-optimal placement in crowded control rooms, like bass coupling or frequency-hyping reflections.

Affordable Quality

Yamaha wants their new HS50M to be as ubiquitous as the NS10M, and that's why these monitors sport a price that belies their high-quality construction. The MDF bass-reflex cabinet delivers a tight bass response and smooth high-end. The polypropylene woofer cones will outlast musical fad after musical fad, as will the high-grade XLR-1/4" combo input jack. Extra touches like complete magnetic shielding and low-damping rubber-surrounds make the HS50M an affordable, yet high-quality component for controls rooms, computer audio workstations, hi-fi entertainment systems, or for building 5.1 surround mixing systems.

It's become a part of common engineering knowledge that a mix that sounds good on a pair of NS10s will sound like a hit on any system. One listen to the Yamaha HS50Ms, and you'll know that the white-woofer legacy is still firmly intact. Let the Yamaha HS50M become your new indispensable studio tool.

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Features
- 5" white polypropylene cone
- 3/4" dome tweeter
- 70-watt biamplified power
- XLR and 1/4" connectors
- Room control and frequency response switches
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011

Product Description

The HS Series powered monitors were designed to be true studio reference monitors in the tradition of the famous NS10Ms. When choosing your next pair of near field reference monitors, remember it's not just important that they sound good; they have to be an honest reference for your mix. The HS Series of reference monitors were designed to give you exceptionally flat response so you can really trust what you hear. That means that mixes that sound good on Yamaha HS speakers will sound good on anything. In fact, that's the ultimate test of a reference monitor. Even better than that, HS series speakers not only sound good, they look great, too.

The HS Series is a two-way, internally powered speaker system designed to provide affordable, high quality reference monitoring for all types of recording and multimedia applications -- home studios, computer-based music production, gaming systems, keyboards rigs and personal computer systems. All products are sold and packaged individually, making it easy to build flexible monitor setups and 5.1 systems.

The 70-watt HS50M (5-in. cone and 3/4" dome tweeter) is housed in a bass reflex-type cabinet, and reproduces surprisingly tight low end and smooth, high frequency response to beyond 20 kHz. Inputs include a balanced XLR and 1/4" phone jack. In addition to master level controls, each speaker has trim switches that allow you to custom-tailor low, mid and high frequency response for different applications.

HS Series cabinets look as great as they sound. Enclosures are constructed of high-quality MDF material and a multiple layer finish that minimizes resonance. Design elements include a black finish and lighted Yamaha tuning fork logo. White polypropylene woofer cones recall the look of the classic Yamaha NS10M, and include low-damping rubber surrounds and full magnetic shielding.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Easily the best monitors for the money"
Overall: I am a producer, engineer, and touring musician who needs a truly portable studio - something that would fit into a suitcase. I am also the former editor-in-chief of ProRec.com (have since moved on) so I have a bit of experience auditioning and comparing a fair number of monitors from low to high end.At my main studio I have become spoiled by a professionally treated room with Adam A7Xs + sub as mains and HR824s as B monitors, so I was really worried that I wouldn't find a pair of small monitors that I could work with while I was on the road in odd and unusual conditions.After some listening comparisons between various tiny monitors, I settled on the HS50Ms, in part due to the low price. I figured they sounded pretty decent for the size, and at about half the price of the next-best monitors, the choice was made for me. I could tell that they definitely resembled NS-10s in sound, which was a bit concerning - I have never learned to mix well on NS-10s, but I went with these anyway.I could not have made a better decision. For the size and price, these monitors are superb. They are exceptionally flat above 100Hz - no sharp peaks or dips - but they seem to have more bass below 100 Hz than NS-10s (I have not done a side-by-side). I use them with the mid-cut enabled because that helps them sound a bit less-forward - more like my Adam setup. I do not find them fatiguing in the least because I mix with them up-close and at low-volume. I find them to be extraordinarily balanced above 100 Hz. Imaging is fantastic - better than my Adams in my main room, in fact, probably better than anything I've ever used.The acid-test is listening to old mixes that I know to be flawed. When I inspect mixes that I did in my studio, I can instantly hear the flaws that I know to be present but which I cannot hear easily in my studio.If you need to mix in a mid- to large-sized room these are definitely not going to be your A monitors - you'll want something that plays louder and moves more air - but they would make fantastic B monitors along with a set of full-range A speakers. If you need monitors for a small space, I could not more enthusiastically recommend these monitors. They would be worth it at twice the price.
Style of Music: rock, pop, indie, electronic, alt-country, jazz, whatever
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Sound: They are loud despite they're size. They will show you all you need to hear, and sometimes at the expense of tiring your ears. I would say don't mix to loud with these. Feature: The features are typical for most monitors. Few room compensation switches. Ease of Use: On/off switch. That's about it. But I would use them vertical as the mfg suggests. Cool as it looks, I don't think some monitors are made to lay on their sides. The sound field changes. Quality: They look and feel tough. Droppable even, but I wouldn't recommend it. Value: Because the use case is subjective, I will say that the value is also. It will depend on how and where you're using them. They are a great value for me so far. Manufacturer Support: Haven't dealt with them The Wow Factor: I like them a lot, but I think it's because of the fact that I can A-B now. I would suggest that if you can afford it to get a small monitor set to hear your mix from a small system perspective and a large monitor set to hear you mix from a venue perspective. I'm no expert though. Overall: I'm now using these as a A-set of monitors with my 8 Inch KRK Rokits as my B-set. I'm in a small room so bass can play tricks on my ears (~ 12ft x 10ft). These have just the right amount of bass for my room for ME to mix PROPERLY!!!! Subjectivity is king in the land of many different room sizes. The highs and mids can be overwhelming, but I understand how they translate so I can cut/boost accordingly. Somehow I think the lows are represented accurately. But I'm being subjective here. I believe they compliment a bass heavy set of monitors quite well.
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