"Good price, great monitor for the user who likes his / her upper ranges bright."
I'm not going to sit here and tell you to go out and buy these monitors right this very second because these monitors might not be for you...I recently went to a local music store to demo these (HS50M) monitors to see how I would like them. I have mixed on various different kinds of monitors (some pro-quality like the new breed of Genelecs, to the cheaper KRK series). When I popped in one of my demo cds, I was completely floored. I have been looking for a studio monitor that has a hyped upper-midrange / high end for SOO long, and I was not willing to hunt down a pair of NS-10s and a power amp to go along with them.
The HS50Ms are exactly the kind of monitor I had been looking for...I am the kind of engineer who likes my monitors to be extremely bright (which translates into being extremely honest as well), which is exactly why I am not recommending these monitors to everyone. The clarity I perceived from these monitors was nothing short of astounding, especially for being in the 300 - 500 dollar price range.
My recommendation for you: go to your nearest audio store and try them out THEN decide. If you have an ear like mine, then you will be very pleased
Balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs are fairly standard (the 1/4" also accepts unbalanced TS plugs). There's a slew of EQ adjustments on the back which are just awesome. The fact that Yamaha even incorporated a rudimentary room adjustment function on each monitor in this price range is exemplary.
Ease of Use:
Plug it in, set your monitor levels to +4 (if recording and using balanced audio gear) and give your ears 2-7 days to get used to these monitors, then mix away!
Build quality is fantastic. Wouldn't expect anything less from Yamaha. Thanks guys!
Have not had to use customer support yet, so I really do not have a rating to give, so I'll just put a 5, since it's middle of the road.
400 bucks for the pair, plus Mo-Pads and stands? You kidding me? 400 dollars for these monitors anyways is a great price, considering their features.