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Yamaha HS50M 5" Monitor Speaker

by Yamaha
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  • It has 5-inch White polypropylene cone
  • It has 3/4-inch dome tweeter
  • It has 70-watt biamplified power with low frequency is 45W at 4 ohms and high frequency is 25W at 8 ohms
  • It has XLR and 1/4-inch connectors
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  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.4 x 15.6 inches ; 15 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 16 pounds
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  • ASIN: B000QPH1CO
  • Item model number: HS50M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,160 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 30, 2004

Product Description

If Your Mixes Sound Good on These, They Sound Good on Anything. The new 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 new 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. 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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Customer Reviews

They are built like a tank, very stout and heavy, and are oozing quality.
Erik S. Johnson
I also suggest you listen to commercial music that you're very familiar with in order to understand what these monitors sound like.
stratO
I decided to look at low-end powered monitor speakers instead and was able to get some good recommendations from people I trust.
jvl

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Erik S. Johnson on December 30, 2010
Bear with me... This review requires a little story telling.

I have a small, home-based recording studio, with modest mixing needs. However, when I (or anyone) needs a true mix-down, it has to be done with a pair of near-field monitors, and the monitors have to reflect the reality of the music, not some exaggeration of it. Headphones will not do, and many hours will be wasted on poor-quality monitors and the constant re-mixing that will occur due to poor sounding final product.

So, having set that stage, I freely admit that I am now on my third and final set of monitors -- the Yamaha HS50Ms.

My first experiment was on some M-Audio DX4 monitors, which lasted about 10 years. The DX4s are inexpensive but passable monitors as long as you don't push them too hard. Bass reproduction suffers with the 4" LFD, and the .75" HFD has a tendency to come off slightly harsh and sizzling. However, as my mixing needs have evolved over time, so has my taste for accuracy, and the DX4s were simply not cutting it anymore, so I replaced them earlier this year with a pair of Alesis M1 Active 520 USBs. The DX4s were recently sold to a friend for $30.

My experience with the Alesis M1 Active 520 USBs was truly a mixed experience. My first impression on pulling the 520s out of the box was, "gee, there isn't much heft to these things". However, I was pleasantly surprised when firing them up. I was rewarded with ample sweet-spot and a very nice "smoothness" on the upper-end. However, the reward wasn't long-lasting as the volume knob quickly failed and Alesis couldn't supply me with a replacement part. The build quality of the Alesis monitors is truly touch-and-go, with cheap-feeling materials.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John J. Noel on January 5, 2010
The Yamaha HS-50M studio monitors are excellent tools to listen to and work with. On audition at Digital Village I compared them to other small studio monitors by having a CD with acoustic guitar music fed through them. The bite and colour of strings through the Yamahas were reproduced very well. That was enough, I bought them.

I have been using these monitors for almost a year now. They have a fine combination of qualities, and are very serious sounding; certianly not for children, or to play about with. They are for solid work, research, and of course, monitoring.

The HS-50M's are very clean sounding, and cymbals have got a natural shimmer and ring. Front and back depth is good, and stereo images shift as necessary. Vocals have a realness and closeness as they should. You can hear the woody resonance of certain guitar notes resound through your chest, and the dynamic range and dynamic capability of these speakers are excellent. They also can be amazingly subtle and gentle.

When testing a wide range of music and sound sources they very clearly make it known their origin, be it a live TV studio or compressed artificial recording.

But the overall beauty of these Yamaha's is because they are so transparent, when listening to old favourites they can bring tears to your eyes, as they accurately portray an era, atmosphere, and emotion.

Highly Recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Patterson on August 27, 2012
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These speakers, are really nice, I was surprised at their weight, they are built pretty solid. They have a high end I've never experienced in this range. They put your music under a microscope and will make things sound bad.... these are not listening speakers. Many complain about the bass, but you have to realize, these are 5" monitors, you can't expect much from them, however, it is still there, just not ear shattering. [or just buy a subwoofer]. They have a EQ on the back for adjustments, and a 'Room Control' switch, which according to the manual, you can use to counter the effects of putting them near a wall or in a corner. I find myself never falling out of the sweet spot, its quite wide. Also, I wanted to mention that you can put TS cables in the TRS input, no issue. The speakers don't pop when you turn them on, you just get a pleasant light. They have little fences in front of the tweeter, which the absence of it and a small child were the death of a older set of passive monitors.

PROS
-Built like a tank
-Awesome sound all the way from 80hz and up. (they still cover a little farther down)
-Point out little details.
-Adequate bass for 5" monitors
-EQ
-Room Control
-Big sweet spot
-Good bi-amped sound
-Never get to hot.
-Don't make that annoying pop sound.
-Protected Tweeter.

Neutral
-Rather heavy for 5" monitors.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jvl on January 1, 2012
I bought a pair of Yamaha HS50M powered speakers and could not be more pleased. The
construction is great and the sound is really good. I've heard some say that you might need to add a sub-woofer but the lows are really strong at the levels I use so a sub does not seem necessary for my setup.

I was looking for some monitor speakers to connect to both my PC and small mixer I use for testing audio equipment. My background is that I develop pro and semi-pro audio products and do a little music on the side. My office/music room is not very large and I rarely crank the volume. I just needed something with flat frequency response and moderate power. I spent hours sifting through reviews on high-end PC speakers and decided there were too many variables in deciphering review results. I decided to look at low-end powered monitor speakers instead and was able to get some good recommendations from people I trust. These speakers are great for my setup.
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