Yamaha HS50M
Yamaha HS50M

HS50M, Active Monitor from Yamaha in the HS series.

moosers 03/14/2009

Yamaha HS50M : moosers's user review


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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.