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 %
 13 reviews29 %
 4 reviews9 %
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.

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.

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.

resetand's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" perfection in female"

Yamaha HS50M
Known for having a very good quality in acute medium. Used for mastering.


Everything is good!


Used for a few weeks.

An old pair of Yamaha 2000s ..

I like everything except: damage that lack protection in front, like this: http://www.keymusic.com/gfx_productcode/XL/104382/2/HK-Audio-Premium-PRO-12A.jpg

For low indeed is missing but be aware they are not done! There's still enough especially when you are less than one meter, but provide a better subwoofer / subwoofer ..

Report / Q / P very good!

Choice again.

nicko97's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha HS50M
I use the monitor for early with mbox 2, now with my digi 003.


pregnant neutral

dynamics observed

clear and accurate midrange and treble level


this is my first monitor speakers, I use them for 3 years,
good value for money, good speaker to begin with, I think a pair of the best in its price range

the possibility of + Bass, treble medium is the rear speaker

the - bass but there's the subwoofer to buy separately to remedy this problem

jerome83's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Precise, neutral and Price"

Yamaha HS50M

I using in home studio with an m-audio profire card 610


Is pregnant are very accurate at midrange and acute
By lack much against his bottom, cut it to 58 hz ...

This gives a pretty good dynamic range and a clear and precise.


its going to be 4 years now that I used,
Yes I tested several speakers, as Mackie, adams, Yamaha HS80.


The price-



I listen to several speakers and most have a much more low, the sound muffled and really is no such clarity.

I think getting pregnant are very good, for voice, piano ect ...
But if you do electro, I think it must be coupled with a sub, I count myself to buy a Prodipe 10s

goalex84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good value for money"

Yamaha HS50M
Chosen for: price range, rendering nearfield volume and correct, precise, serious not too accentuated.
XLR out on alesis IO26


Sufis neutral, respected and not too serious "modern" (that is not mackie let alone Genelec!)
Good dynamic but must not expect too much either for the price, excellent stereo image.


Use since July, perfect for listening to music and composition in the medium volume (apart anyway).
I was fortunate to work in the studio with Genelec, KRK and Mackie's, Yamaha NS10 and the old.

Genelec is good but need to listen very hard if you want the bass does not vomit.
Mackie I found it rough especially in the lower medium.
KRK not bad but you have to push a little depending on the model, more than the HS50M for "equivalence" qualitative.
Yamaha (the HS50) really clean without pushing the medium volume: the serious acute through the mediums.
Another plus: the frequency corrections to the rear speakers, very nice to "adapt" to his tastes and pieces.

I have a pair of Tannoy in the living room to listen to music, they are 11 years old but still functional. I thought they were a little better defined at the top of the spectrum, but less neutral on the bottom that these small yamaha!

With 300 euros, the size of my room and close: perfect!
Ideal power: if I change my home I will look that gives the HS80M! ;-)

Go there if you are still unsure it's really a smart purchase.
(Ps: I work not among yamaha huh!)

lacharrier's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" What a sound!"

Yamaha HS50M
I chose these speakers with my ears simply, I was immediately attracted to this price.
I use a card with TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6, the mixture is perfect for less than € 500 with the cables.


I like the sound it delivers clear and numerous settings for each frequency.


I use them for 6 months and I used with my brother a pair of Fostex before, I have no regrets!
And I must say, this HP white slap it in a studio ...

petitpaf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" satisfied"

Yamaha HS50M
They are active, so did the cables and stuff and less, a good reputable brand, the price is right, rglage-2dB-4dB for each frequencies.
I trs is good because I think it has a good qualitprix.
I buy the boards to the mix, but also the composition of live and or other costs.
branches xlr not worry


I have no lments of comparison for the sound I found, however, pleased to listen to music, they do not m'agressent and the German electro is fine, low enough for me ample. these are my Premire but I think not m'tre tromp.


Trs satisfied, finally bass that are not vulgar!
The small BMOL is a small grille that would be desirable for hp principal.Si a choice I had to do a bit more powerful j'achterais, but that is the socity wants a, a big PC, a large keyboard ... the large monitor speakers ...