Classic NS10 Sound, No Tissue Paper Required!Everybody and their dog has a story about why NS10s were so popular, and all of these stories revolve around one guy: Bob Clearmountain. There are only a couple of things that are true about most of these myths: Bob Clearmountain swore by NS10s, and NS10s were excellent tools for creating mixes that would translate just about anywhere. Well, the NS10's haven't been around for a while now, but Yamaha never dropped the ball. The old NS10M line came back to life in full force with the updated HS80M. And get this — HS80Ms are huge improvements over the old standard.
If you're an old-school engineer or just grew up around them, "improving" the old NS10M studio monitors might sound blasphemous. Don't write HS80Ms off just yet. We're not saying that HS80Ms sound better than NS10s, but they certainly behave much more predictably. The thing about the NS10s is that they were passive monitors. Each amplifier you paired them to would make your NS10s sound a bit different. Yamaha eliminated that annoying randomness by making the HS80Ms active. Room control and frequency response controls, as well as specially selected amps give HS80Ms an exceptionally flat frequency response. So, when you hook up a pair of Yamaha HS80Ms, you get all of the benefits of the old NS10Ms, without the irritating guesswork.
About that signature NS10 sound... Put simply, it's the sound that great mix engineers love to hate. Others describe it as "magically flawed." What that really means is that the sound is aggressively detailed and won't flatter music at all. The ridiculously flat 42Hz-20kHz range of HS80Ms make them great as either primary or secondary monitors. Lots of engineers round out the bass a little with a subwoofer and use HS80Ms in 2.1 stereo or 5.1 surround configurations.
The bottom line is, if you're looking for a set of monitors that will make your music sound good, then don't get HS80Ms. On the other hand, if you take the time to make your mix sound good on a pair of HS80Ms, then your music will translate to just about any other set of speakers — from your iPod's earbuds to your car's stereo to any home theatre system. Now that's consistency you can count on!
Yamaha HS80M Powered Studio Monitors Features:
- Versatile studio monitors at an affordable price
- 8" white polypropylene cone (looks like the old NS10's)
- 0.75" dome tweeter
- 120-watt biamplified power (75 watts LF, 45 watts HF)
- Frequency response 42Hz-20kHz (-10dB)
- XLR and ¼" connectors
- Room control and frequency response switches