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Yamaha Ns10m & Yamaha Ns10m STUDIO Studio Monitors
Old 19th February 2017
Originally Posted by Russell Dawkins View Post
See "NS 10 Variants" halfway down this page:
The Yamaha NS10 Story
Theres also this in addition to the SOS article on the NS10M...

from a John Sayers story, (you can Google: "John Sayers and Clearmountain NS10"

The story with the NS10s is that a leading engineer , Bob Clearmountain, was asked by a friend if he could get him a pair of small bookshelf speakers for his home for around $300. Bob went to the local shop and decided upon the NS10s as they met the specs his friend had asked for and they sounded OK in the shop.

When he got back to the studio, The Power Station, he put them up in the console and swapped them for the Auritones just to make sure they worked outta the box. When he'd finished the days recording he ran off a quick mix to reference back at home, unplugged the NS10s and took them home. As he was driving home he played the tape in his car and was instantly amazed at how the tape sounded like the studio - he later played the tape at home and once again he noticed how true to the original mix they sounded. So he went out and bought himself a pair.

I worked with a band and we had Bob Clearmountain mix one of the tracks (he was world famous by then) - a couple of the band flew over to NY for the mix. They told that Bob refused to listen to anything over 85db and NEVER referred to the main monitors, only the NS10s. If the band wanted to hear the track back loud he'd hit play and leave the room.

Bob's mixes were fantastic and everyone attributed it to the NS10s and soon everyone had a pair and Yamaha had a field day. The NS10s were the small speakers of a range - there were the NS1000 with a 12" woofer, the NS100 with a 10" woofer and the NS10s.

I have a pair of Yamaha HS-50Ms and they are as good, if not better than the NS10 IMO.
Old 31st March 2018
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I like the regular M much better than the studios. More robust sound. Dial in kicks faster imo
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