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

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.

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.

DLudo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fun as all"

Yamaha HS50M
I needed cheap to 5 inches of 12m2. Plugged into a audiokontrol1 it sounds correct.
This is my main listening system for tracking all of my guitars, my sessions and mix
daily listening.


This is not what is more neutral in the world (at this price you would tell me) I have a feeling that the top medium is greatest, although it presents a formidable precision.
The stereo image is correct and the dynamics is sensitive.
The big minus is the lack of bass. The proposed housing seems like a good solution more tolerant neighbors.


I use them for more than a year. I saw the prodipe and krk 8-inch which seemed absolutely not suitable for my Piece and for proof, the condition in which I was able to test my config similiares. We lose a lot in precision in the low end and asked ca minimal acoustical treatment. He needs space!
So for lack of bass for little that we have a faithful headphone knows by heart is overcome the problem cheaply.

For metal I love them, but electronic music seems faster limited above is my only regret.

Cepandant white cones are not unpleasant and for the price it was a good product. It's perfect for homestudiste-nomadic-galerien do not have the acoustics suitable for install 8 inches ;)

cybertool's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" well to start"

Yamaha HS50M
- I was starting, I was looking for my first monitor speakers

- In my room, now they are in my home studio

- Used with m-audio mobile pre, EDIROL FA-66, presonus firebox, MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
first on PC and then on macbook pro.


- There is no bass, but I like the sound seems to me pure and light (I found it on several yamaha sound seems to me cold, but I like it is "clean")

- Forget for low

- In this price range, it's going but I compared with a whole lot more expensive speakers in star's music the other day and of course it seemed "smaller" and less "spacious" than larger brothels or the sound seemed more "blooming".

- Yes, good momentum


- Since about 6 years

- My first model

- They are simple, beautiful, the sound is clean.

- For the first monitors or extra it does, I will soon buy some more upscale, but I'll keep them in addition.
Good buy for the budget, you do not take risk

manu286's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" THE reference in home studio"

Yamaha HS50M
These speakers have never been a favorite, they were a variety of reasons. As a home studio and I wanted to go upmarket compared to my jbl control one.
So I went to a store where you could take the time to listen to a decent monitor speakers, in this case at Euroguitar Lille. Incidentally, flee music stores that are not even able to provide a sound study for such speakers.
Two points were black dots at the time have now become positives. First, the lack of volume in front but since I think it is better to work on volumes levels that we know of habit rather than constantly tweaking the volume and work without markers.
I also regret the event at the back but it appears well positioned, given the diameter of the speakers, it is not at all annoying, it will never be low blotchy.
I also found it unnecessary filters. It is true that they are in a perfect piece or a home studio is essentially an acoustically imperfect room. Finally, Yamaha has adapted well to the customer.


I was able to compare Genelec 8020, Yamaha MSP5 HS50M, Adam A7 and my favorite JBL LSR2325P
The frequency curve is not neutral, clearly a bump in the upper midrange and low weakling, but they correspond to their range.
Under similar conditions, listening to the store gives:
-8020: Good balance, good bass present, lovely.
-HS50: Down a little low, stereo average, moving average, not flattering. Excellent value for money. Everything is good but not exceptional for a price two times lower.
-MSP5: A little more bass than the HS50. A little while a little better but not great. Value average price
-A7: Surgical, not really low for most represented 7 "Very nice treble, nice stereo..
- LSR2325P: The slap. Demonic stereo, bass too present a dynamic madness. Finally, it is when we know that they do not cost € 100 more than the HS50M.
And home with acoustic foam that provides:
its tiring so a good medium for the switch.
These low enough to make the minimum but not too much, is to limit the problems of floating rates. So perfect in the final home studio. For mixing low, it will take a good headphone like those of comparative headphones audiofanzine.
The stereo image is average but still correct.


I used them 2 years. Following a good opportunity, I went on JBL LSR4326P. This is bad, very bad. It is as if the sound moves from 2D to 3D.

Most of HS50M:
-Excellent value for money
-Low, it has the maximum while avoiding standing waves for a lambda part untreated. They are perfectly suited for a home studio.
-The filters
-They sell well

The least HS50M:
-It will not be the speakers of your life, but a first step
-They sound great in any level
-A buy only if you can not get to the range above .... because we lose a lot. Just the LSR2325P put their big spanking.
So the big question: Is it time to stay in HS5 or HS50? I think the HS50M still have good days ahead of them. Just because the price of the occasion will beat up and suddenly they retain the advantage quality / price.
Finally, I can only advise you not to buy sub, especially HS10W overpriced. It is a mess to deal in a home studio, you'll have hollows and bumps everywhere. More interest money will no longer. Watch more on the side of the 8. "Anyway what's the point of throwing infrabasses when you have neighbors. Better start from the beginning ... and go upmarket.

llados's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very well thought out!"

Yamaha HS50M
I had small monitorings for the home studio, in a desktop configuration (unfortunately I do not live a 20m2!).
So, level height and weight, I do not need more for my configuration, dimensions are ideal.

The construction is good, it is very solid, the rear panel is well thought out, convenient for adjusting the sound fontion location and the proximity of the walls.

Solid and well thought out.


For sound, this is good too. The frequency curve is sufficiently neutral. After, the speaker configuration, the lack of bass and a little body too. We can catch up very slightly by placing them near a wall, to exacerbate low (especially lower mids).

Against by the sound is clear, accurate and well detailed. The sound is also very dynamic, lots of fishing, as punchy treble (slightly aggressive for some, say it takes some getting used to). And good stereo too.

So close to the speakers who are doing their job. Its precise stereo sound through against lack of bass and some low mids.


Good speakers nearby, perfect for a home studio config on a small installation.
on the other hand, for mixing must alternate with a good monitoring headphones transcriptionist good bass and low medium, not too add dB in these frequencies. Check also for the fact that they have a clear, they tend to bring out a little more voices and strings.
The best is to buy the sub that goes with it to fill the gap. But in case of lack of space or neighbors nervous, checking the headphones (and verifying completion of a hi fi or radio) is strongly recommended.

That said, all the speakers of this size have the same flaws it at low. And I could compare (no really accurate way unfortunately) with other speakers of the same category: Adam and A3x A5X, Fostex PM04 and PM05, Genelec 8020.
They are far from being ridiculous (I even preferred) alongside Genelec (lighter and more accurate) and close to Adam (Adam have the best sound, but 2 times the price).
Very good quality / price ratio!

suntsu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good entry level speakers"

Yamaha HS50M
Technically, this is the relatively flat response of these speakers made me choose them in order to allow me to mix with more precision.


The frequency curve is relatively neutral the only big difference compared to NS10 from the graphics of response I could see is the lower part which undergoes a dramatic loss between 0Hz and 70Hz area. But hey it's 5 "so physically hard to beat without artifice.

The dynamics are simply beautiful as well as the stereo is a very high accuracy. The sound is extremely clear view even too but the settings available on the rear panel allow easy fix that.


I only use them for 24 hours and, even if it's not much, although I'm not quite used yet I must say that listening to some reference titles I immediately rediscovered them in another day!

The value for money I think is truly excellent. I hesitated between YAMAHA HS50M and MACKIE MR5mk2 for YAMAHA and finally choose the one reason for this is that I did not find any independent reference design in terms of the frequency response MACKIE.

What I like most about these speakers is the sound and the NS10 design inspired ;-)

As already mentioned the value for money is very good for what is a real tool for work / leisure relation to R5G2 KRK or M-Audio BX5a Deluxe that is probably more potato but not as neutral.

greg_dvs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good quality / price ratio"

Yamaha HS50M
I wanted the studio active speakers, not too big, not too expensive, I was recommended them for their quality / price ratio.
I used for my home studio on a pc correct (quad-, 4 GB RAM) via a sound card presonus Firebox.
Up-to-hand to listen to music, I chose to make the correct mix in cubase (music mainly pop / rock).


I have not tried others. What I can say is that the mixes made in the system provides a good record on other forums, which suggests to me that they are sufficiently neutral in terms of the frequency curve.
Of course it is not in the high-end tests and heard in music stores make me want to buy speakers with more depth in the lower level and harmonics.


I use them for some years now, these speakers were in my favor, and although it is in the entry-level I've never been disappointed (149 € / room, we know what we buy ).
+ In it's solid, they have survived including four relocations and a fall down the stairs.

redskin57's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" This is serious!"

Yamaha HS50M
I bought my HS50M last month following the "death" of one of my old speakers, Behringer Truth 2030A. I first went to the store to test HS80M, which unfortunately are a little too big for my tiny studio ...

Usage: studio monitoring / mixing / listening to cd, vinyl etc ...

Motivation: Small size, affordable price (around 300 euros the pair in a famous German ...), retailer brand reputation and a successful test of their big sisters the HS80M.


- The curve is fairly neutral, the speakers are on the rear panel of markers (low, middle, high and room) which can correct some faults of the play

- The sound is not clear is easily distinguish the different ranges of the spectrum, the highs are not aggressive, the low end and a bit limited (but hey they are small speakers).

-Very good stereo (that's what amazed me at first listen)


I use them for a month and I just realized a first mixing with and I must say it was a real treat!
Before I had a pair of 2030A Berhinger and I must say it has nothing to do. Two hours of mixes on my ears and I Berhinger cauliflower because of acute aggressive. The yamaha, no ear fatigue.
These speakers are truly neutral, no nasty surprises listening to his mix on different systems, if it sounds on HS50M it sounds everywhere!

The value for money is really good for 50 euros more than the Berhinger 2030A is really going on in another world.

With the same budget I definitely do it again the same choice.