Yamaha HS50M
Yamaha HS50M

HS50M, Active Monitor from Yamaha in the HS series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 45 reviews )
 27 reviews60 %
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Audience: Beginners

aswilliams's review"Pure, Unbiased Sound"

Yamaha HS50M
I needed a good studio monitor to fit on a smaller desk. My main studio is limited in space and I was careful to find smaller monitors that would still deliver a perfect sound. I went to a local music store and a trusted salesman told me I won't find better than the 50M. They had the newer HS 5 in stock too but they still had a few HS 50Ms in stock as well and he said go with that.

I use them for mixing, monitoring and mastering my music.


The stereo image is great. I have two set at the same angle, an equal distance from my chair. Every little detail in my music comes out so clearly that I can't help but notice tiny things that I would never hear in normal speakers.

For example, I was mixing a project for a client and he had forgotten to adjust his mic pre-amp gain before recording vocals. He was unable to get another recording to me, so I ran it through an analog mixer to boost the volume a bit. Of course, this caused a bit of background fuzz to appear. After getting rid of as much fuzz as I could, I finished the track and sent it to the client. I explained to him that he may hear fuzz throughout the track and he responded that he couldn't! I listened in many other speakers and couldn't hear it, it only appeared with the honest response of the HS 50Ms.


I love how detailed the speaker's response is. I especially like that I can listen to the smallest changes I make in effects plugins and tell the difference.

If you can find these for around $200, they are very much worth it. If you are spending more you may compare them to some more expensive monitors, but otherwise I'd say you can't go wrong.

If something were to happen to my speakers, I would try to replace them with the 50Ms all over again. They are very nice and give you an honest perspective on the sounds you've recorded.

MountAnDewMe's review"An honest performer in its class"

Yamaha HS50M
When I was in need of a small footprint monitor system for my home studio I needed to blend my space restrictions with a solution that would provide a decent real world transition. After much research, I decided upon the Yamaha HS50M monitors. Each offer 70 watts of biamplified power feeding a 5" woofer and a 3/4" tweeter. Made from a MDF enclosure that is rear ported and shielded they are at home close to your display. There are both XLR and RTS inputs available with a level control on the rear. These monitors also offer four room control switches that tailor the sound.


The HS50M monitors offer a high quality stereo image when used in a near field-monitoring situation. Putting a good mix together in regards to performance placement is easy when using these monitors. I also find that dynamics translate rather well on these small monitors. When testing them using a reference source such as a classical orchestra or an old Pink Floyd disk all the subtle nuances are instantly recognized. These speakers offer flat and honest sound reproduction. Once tuned to your specific room you will get reliable sound from them that translate well to real world sources. The four switches on the rear panel control mid eq (+-2 db @ 2 kHz), room control (0,-2,-4 db shelf @ 500 Hz), high trim (+-2 db shelf @ 3 kHz), and low cut (flat, 80 Hz, 100 Hz) to tailor for use with a 2.1 or 5.1 system that uses a sub woofer. This makes these little wonders movable from area to area if need be and still offer a valid mix environment. They have a standard frequency response of 55 Hz-20 kHz.


I previewed many models from different manufacturers in different stores before arriving at the decision that no other pair could match the HS50M in terms of honest reproduction. Every other brand in this size and price group (under $500) had some issue with coloring of the sound somewhere in the spectrum. I found these to be the most precise for mixing and mastering in my small home studio environment. While $400 is a modest amount of money, these are used extensively in my home and remain in perfect working condition. Definitely, worth every penny they cost. I believe my favorite aspect is they work well in a low volume setting saving the ears offering the prospect of longer sessions. If one were to go down, I would not hesitate to replace it and when I am affronted, the luxury of more space in a more volume friendly area I will most likely find myself investing in the HS80M.

chrislieck's review"NOT A NS10 M"

Yamaha HS50M
Great for the new style monitor but not an NS10M. No comparison. They are a bit more colored and a bit more unreal on the low end. They have a great rating and some great reviews but for the money why would you not get a more realistic speaker. Decide if your looking to impress or mix. If you want to mix use the real old NS10M over buying these. If you looking to get more movement down at the 50hz frequency, these will do. When you are use to flat monitors these won't suit your needs as they have a compressed enhanced sound. I use to own a pair of KRK'S that did the same thing. When you are mixing loud and you have set them up as near field monitors and your only monitors they sound pretty damn good. Most all monitors do if you have nothing to compare them to. But we have contacts and they bring us monitors to try all the time and we put them to the test every time. The Yamaha's are good sounding monitors if you are use to a more smooth low end whereby the lower frequencies like 100hz to 140hz sound somewhat compressed and really smooth. I am use to more flat monitors that are a bit more real and unprocessed sounding so when I first heard these it surprised me as they were smooth and normally Yamaha monitors are nothing close to smooth. They have a harsh sound at about 3K and that is why many producers in the past would place tissue paper over the tweeters to cut down on ear fatigue during a mix down or even a long day session. I use to do that all the time. But upon hearing these I noticed a great deal of enhancement. I am not saying they are bad monitors I am just stating that Yamaha has a reputation for really flat sounding almost dead sounding monitors. With this set it threw me off as it was a bit more like the Mackies or the KRK speakers. I was not ready for that from Yamaha so it did not suit my needs for mixing. Much like a new JBL monitor it seemed that it was too smooth for my own good. I


Good stereo imaging.

A bit cautious on the effects mixing. When effects mixing on smoother sounding monitors you have to be very careful with your effects especially reverbs. Snare reverbs were too smooth for my liking as was the vocals. I like the fact that they provide a more comfortable listening experience but for me that can be a bit deceiving. My ears are more trained for the high boost that a classic NS10m provides which makes you work really hard and long on the midrange tones of your mix. It also makes you work harder on your vocal compression and you can hear any fluctuation in the vocal tracks and in the snare tracks. These speakers provide a good listening experience but not as flat for my liking as I would like out of a speaker. I will stay with the old NS10M and a good pair of JBL's and even the Mackie h824s which to me are more like a slightly enhanced NS10m more than any other speaker. Buy a pair of Mackie H824 and you will like them more.


I think I like the bump of these but not the unrealistic sound of any of the new Yamahas. I just don't trust their representation. If I am buying Yamaha, again I would just buy the NS10m's.

AudioArtist's review"Very Good for the class"

Yamaha HS50M
The Yamaha HS50M's are a (sort-of) newer version of Yamaha's very famous and sought after NS-10's. This may sound odd, why try to re-create what is arguably one of the better nearfield monitors ever made? I suppose Yamaha simply decided, "Hey, we've got all these new manufacturing techniques, several more years of trial and error work done, cheaper materials, etc. Why, NOT! try and make a cheaper, more modern predecessor to the NS-10's!"
The HS50M's are active monitors with the features you would expect from a solid product of it's class and price range. What you may not expect is how good these monitors really are. Having used these quite a bit, I can assure you that you can acheive some really well balanced mixes with them. I would not recommend these for mastering unless you have done very good sound conditioning to your mixing environment and also have a decent or appropriate subwoofer to pick up the slack in the low-end.


When the HS50M's are set up in your workspace properly you should not have any major issues with getting a fairly represented stereo image. This of course assumes that you have treated your room environment accordingly for serious work.
The HS50M's handle very dynamic content just as well as they handle tragically over-compressed or over-limited content. You will be surprised at how loud and how full they can sound given their diminuitive size.
The HS50M's deliver an incredibly close approximation of the characteristics of the time-honored NS-10's. They are very stable and acceptably flat from 200Hz-20kHz. Just understand that a speaker of this "average" size is never going to knock picture frames off your walls. Their intended use is NOT to "thump", but to be precise in their clarity and definition.
Yet again, the HS50M's are very suited for semi-pro to pro mixing, however, your personal preferences and needs should always be the deciding factor in the gear that you buy.


As with all smaller nearfield monitors in this class, the low-end just isn't there. The HS50M's more than make up for the lack with excellent response from about 200Hz - 20kHz. They are indeed quite suited for more serious mixing if the nearfield monitoring approach is right for you.
I've seen the HS50M's selling for widely variable prices so definitely shop around and find the best you can. I would not recommend paying anything over $400 us for a pair. At that point you could save a little bit more and purchase something better.
Other than the obvious lack of really deep low-end, (150Hz and below), the HS50M's are a very well balanced and pleasing monitor to use. Partnered with an appropriate subwoofer and a well treated room, one could expect to do some very good work with these.
I've tried several other monitors in this class/size/etc. and the HS50M's would be my choice of the bunch. They seem to deal with and present the lower frequencies better than some of their smaller competitors without sacrificing a well balanced mid to treble response.

theaudioandvideoguy's review"best for the price range"

Yamaha HS50M
These are Active Studio monitors that can be used for home or in a major studio setting. But I recommend using them at home. I have them going through my maudio interface running with my pc. For some reason any time I use these I get a clean mix. Even a better mix than I get when using the krk 8’s. They have a flat sound that doesn’t over due anything. Most the time when you get monitors there are something that isn’t accurate either the low the hi’s or the mids. Everything with the HS50M’s seem to be flat and accurate. I have compared these to so many different monitors its crazy. I have come to the conclusion for the price range for a pair of these you wont find a better set on the market. Or atleast you couldn’t up untill about a year or so ago. There may be something better for the price on the market now but im not sure.


If you are looking for a clean sound then these are the way to go. Yamaha has provided us with so many great products over the years . They have also had some that have went bad for me but not these. The HS50M’s continue to work great and cause no problems when using them in any size room and at any level they give a great sound. crisp hi’s and clean low’s and a mid section to balance it all out and give an overall great sound.


Overall, these are some of the only pairs in this price range that I will recommend doing a master in . You can get a great master in these like you could with a set of 2,000 dollar monitors. I have done mixes in these and in some really expensive monitors in a major studio and you cant tell the difference. The only thing that was really different is the low end thumped a little more overall when I was using this to master. But I do like my music fuller and thicker so they fit me perfectly.

yoTrakkz's review"great flat sound"

Yamaha HS50M
I've been using the Yamaha HS50M’s since August 2006. In my experience HS50Ms are very interesting speakers. I can say they have the most realistic sounding bass I've ever heard, period! The timber of the bass instruments are so real there is nothing to touch them in Hi-Fi or pro-audio market in this respect. Bass instruments also sound very tuneful. I had a chance to hear HS80Ms as well. Their bass reproduction even go deeper and they have a bigger sound. But they are also more expensive. I can imagine HS50Ms sounding great on speaker stands such as Atacama with signals fed through a warm sounding pre-amp( maybe a valve pre-amp). My only bad thing would be that acoustic piano (and sometimes vocal)recordings sound bright and thin on HS50s. But for the price one can easily forgive these flaws.


They sound pretty good, Yamaha also makes great monitors at an affordable price, but one minor flaw is that they are not 100% quiet, they do have baseline noise even with nothing connected to them that you can hear in a quiet room. But in the $400/pair price range, something has to give as designers make their trade off decisions.


Overall, These speakers sound PHENOMENAL for the price. You almost forget you're listening to $400 monitors when mixing with these. These things look like toys but sound like $1000 near-fields. I actually prefer them to anything I've heard under $500 and for my taste, like them better than the new-standard HR824s which always sound boomy to me. If you want flat, these speaks are flatter than a pancake. Almost too flat at times, if that makes any sense. It could get fatiguing but cutting the high frequencies with the switches in the back seems to correct that problem. I recommend these for engineers on a tight budget.

moosers's review

Yamaha HS50M
The Yamaha HS50Ms are a set of active studio monitors that are modeled after the classic Yamaha NS-10M monitors. While they have a similar look to the NS-10Ms, the sound quality is a bit different, even if it is somewhat comparable. Since these are active monitors, they don't need an external power amplifier. I like the overall look and crisp sound quality that the Yamaha HS50Ms have.


The Yamaha HS50Ms won't color your sound and has a pretty crisp and clean overall signal to it. I like these monitors for mixing, because similarly to the NS-10Ms, they translate well to other speakers. However, also similarly to the NS-10Ms, they don't have a great low end response and one must know this and compensate when they are mixing. The stereo image is definitely satisfactory and the sound is precise and clean across the frequency spectrum. Its biggest flaw in the sound quality as I mentioned before is the somewhat poor, but the high end is crisp and the only reason that the low end response is poor is because they are a relatively small set of studio monitors.


I've been using the Yamaha HS50s for about two or three years. I wanted to see how they compared to the classic NS-10Ms, as these are modeled after them. All in all, I prefer the NS-10Ms, but since they no longer make them, if you want a new set of studio monitors, these are an acceptable replacement. However, I would recommend buying a used pair of NS-10Ms if you can find them, they are around the same price and I believe they are superior to the HS50s for mixing. With this being said, the HS50s are a nice set of studio monitors that won't cost you too much money and sound good. They are perfect for the home studio owner and I would encourage those interested to check out both the HS50s and the NS-10s, as well as other monitors in this price range, so you can decide for yourself what will work best for your situation. Overall, the Yamaha HS50s are definitely worthy of a look.

shyplay's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" HS50: they liked me but as the years at all"

Yamaha HS50M
* What characteristics have motivated your choice?

I did buy for their price and the fact that they have a relatively neutral frequency curve for this award.

* For what purpose?

For the electro prod home studio. Mixer with is very difficult.


* The frequency curve is sufficiently neutral?

Rather for monitors at this price point but fros lack of serious and many mediums.

* The sound is clear and precise on the spectrum?

Not in serious

* The stereo image is good?

Satisfactorily. This is what I like most current ON TIME home. Their placement vary a lot that point.

* The dynamics are respected?

At optimal listening (unfortunately relatively strong), I would say yes as a whole.


* How long have you use it?

3 years

* Did you try many other models before buying it?

Yes but much more expensive school and his studio.

* What is the particular feature you like best and least?

+ They are not aggressive, their stereo image is not bad. And they seem fairly neutral from a volume.

- Big big enough bass (cut to 45 hz) and precision below 200 hz. Many mediums not very clear.

* How would you rate the quality / price?

Pretty good but suddenly I recommend instead to save a little and buy a much better listen.

* With experience, you do again this choice?


ALT-MEDIA's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Walked all that the!"

Yamaha HS50M
the size / power ratio
live in the studio


a highly regarded sound but for comfort the HS10W is strongly recommended


whether in the studio, these dirty little terraces and small monitor is a very pleasant sound.
In a dirty 150 seats they do not run out of steam by the sharp sound of a piano accompanied by a low (4 + 2 HS50M HS10W).
a clear his present without being aggressive.
careful when using live no error is allowed, and yes the studio gear is traitor.
Le Garage Studio10/25/2013

Le Garage Studio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I still do my pooper"

Yamaha HS50M
Studio use, the second listening at the time.
I was impressed by the reviews and tests. Error.


The frequency curve is pretty good, except excessive presence of high mids and highs. Not at all an advantage as I have read below. Fortunately you can switch back, even if it's not enough yet quite.


I had a lot of speaker models. This one is not the worst, but they are not the best.
We need to stop comparing them to NS10 too, because apart from the color of the boomer, nothing. The NS10 sound boardy metallic those. They make you buy market share with Nurofen for too long listening.
Once you know them well, you learn to bosser with, and it allows to control the lack of high-certain securities. If it sounds good in it, you are missing the top of the spectrum in your mixes.
In this range, today, it is better to opt for Eris 5 Presonus or Mackie MR5 MKIII.