"My studio and touring rigs are similar in that I use the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx Ultra pre-amp for both. Studio-wise, the setup I use for almost everything is pretty simple; MacBook Pro, Logic, Toontrack and Spectrasonics software instruments, Nord Lead 2, Axe-Fx Ultra, a pair of Yamaha HS-80m monitors"more
“I’ve got a pair of Yamaha HS50m monitors, the new versions of the NS10s. I really like those a lot and I don’t have a second set of monitors as I’ll usually just A/B on laptop speakers, especially as I suspect the percentage of people who actually listen to their music on laptop speakers is shockingly high!”more
They sound very nice. They got little hiss and hum but considering the output power you'll not hear it. Nice frequency response but you may want to extend the low range with the HS10W subwoofer. Combined they have a superb sound.
These speakers are the definition of truth speakers. No thrills or frills. They want hide anything or make your mix sound any better. They will simply look you in your face and tell you rather or not your mix sucks PERIOD. Low end is not muddy, mids and highs are the cleanest. The "Stand Out" feature of these monitors is their stereo image. Wow! I'm serious! These guys really provide a de-facto picture of your stereo mix. Looks awesome in the studio giving that classic NS10 look.
PS: If you're getting new go for the updated HS8s.
I have worked in the sound engineering field/produced for 6 years now, so I have heard A LOT of speakers. I've also gone through many in my own studio, but my Yamaha monitors have been the longest standing monitor I own. No, they're not the best in the world but for their price tag, I have't been able to find better. The only complaints I have (which aren't really that important) is they don't have a 'sub' built in like some more expensive monitors I own/use. They just have a midrange cone and tweeter, so I guess you can argue they don't deliver the most accurate full range of sound, but Yamaha offers a sub to pair them with! BOTTOM LINE: if you're a beginner and are looking for a good set up without spending 1,000's, GET THEM.
This monitors are a good alternative to my Mackie HR824. It is a great reference for recording and mixing. Better to calibrate with the switches behind and match the right sound depending the acoustic you have. But of course it is a personal taste. I prefer using them with dedicated Yamaha Subwoofer.
These monitors are really nicely balanced and sound great but make sure that you tune the adjustments on the rear to suit the room they are placed in. For example, if you have them close to a wall, be sure to adjust the room control. You won't find better studio monitors than these for the price.
After long researching, I decided to buy these monitors. They were the best in my price range. I do not regret buying them. They are really flat and I hear lot in the mix, what I did not hear before.