After using my Genelecs1032's for quite some time, I notice these Yamaha's can do the job as well. Low end is not muddy, mids and highs are the cleanest. Ease of Use: Just follow the well written instruction manual for set-up. These speakers are bland for better or worse. I set two of them on a table to the right and left of me.
After checking the signal flow, and finally sticking my ear right in front of one the Yamahas I realized it was them I was hearing! I am very satisfied with my purchase. They provide a good stereo image and their highs are good enough to avoid any harshness but to keep the air in your mix. When I inspect mixes that I did in my studio, I can instantly hear the flaws that I know to be present but which I cannot hear easily in my studio. Used in conjunction with a good, quiet board mackie, here these provide a nice clean, flat sound that allows production of a very high quality. They really are classy and nicely designed. The flat response has been engineered to be superior which means you get dependable results with these studio monitors every time.
They have a harsh sound at about 3K and that is why many producers in the past would place tissue paper over the tweeters to cut down on ear fatigue during a mix down or even a long day session. I have them going through my maudio interface running with my pc. Their job is to reveal things, and these ones certainly do the job. Seriously, put the price and the size aside. It could get fatiguing but cutting the high frequencies with the switches in the back seems to correct that problem.
Without these two important details in place, you will hear the hum of your hard drive and other stray electronic noises. The bands I work with are happy with their mixes and I'm glad I could be of service. Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are great to use as a secondary set of monitors, given their response, and their compact size. Sound: I had the ns 10's , these are better for my working needs , If you record at home using a Mac and thier software Garageband or something like it} you will be happy with the results you get from these.
Sound: I love the sound of these. I will enjoy these for a long time. Somehow I think the lows are represented accurately. Better to calibrate with the switches behind and match the right sound depending the acoustic you have. If you are spending more you may compare them to some more expensive monitors, but otherwise I'd say you can't go wrong. They have also had some that have went bad for me but not these.
So, when I first heard these monitors, I thought, Where's the bass? They aren't that great for mixing because they have a weak low end and a bright top end, as well as a bright midrange. My main studio is limited in space and I was careful to find smaller monitors that would still deliver a perfect sound. I record and mix mostly acoustic stuff, so transparency is of the utmost importance to me. If you know how your monitors sound compared to everything else, and if you truely are an engineer. They have a great rating and some great reviews but for the money why would you not get a more realistic speaker. We pull it all off with our strategically placed, coast-to-coast warehouses.
Originally, I was going to write a review to hate on these monitors. You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear! Back buttons work well and are handy. The sound is the best I've ever heard from monitors. They will show you all you need to hear, and sometimes at the expense of tiring your ears. For starters, you are not going to find a pair of monitors that sound better than these in this price range. Most importantly, if the mix is not right. I mean the clarity and imaging radiating from these monitors is nothing short of amazing.
Ease of Use: Plug it in and go, rear panel well labeled, manual actually pretty well done. With flat midrange and high-frequency filter settings, the detail these near-fields reveal in the critical midrange band is downright awesome. These are Reference monitors---not what some of you might call mains. If it sounds good in it, you are missing the top of the spectrum in your mixes. I am playing rock or dance music on them where there is heavy drum beats and bass guitar.
I've also gone through many in my own studio, but my Yamaha monitors have been the longest standing monitor I own. Thank you Yamaha for providing a long power cord! These monitor speakers are very nice for small home studio setups, and the documentation is complete for setup. With that in mind, let's take a look at a 21st century Yamaha studio monitoring system. Bass instruments also sound very tuneful. I can hear the stereo imaging so much better. They were pointing at my mix position, about arms length from me, and only 6 to 10 inches in front of me. They are indeed quite suited for more serious mixing if the nearfield monitoring approach is right for you.