Few studio monitors have enjoyed the longevity and acclaim (as well as an army of vocal detractors...) of the Yamaha NS-10M, which isn't all that bad for a speaker that was originally designed and marketed for casual home listening. They've got anything but a flat response, but the idea is that when you get a mix perfect on a pair of NS-10M's, that mix will be perfect everywhere. When legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain started carting his set around NYC in the 1980s, colleagues took notice and the NS-10M became standard-issue kit for major recording studios all over the globe.

Product Specs

  • NS-10M (Pair)
  • Black
  • 1980s
Made In
  • Japan
  • Passive

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Reviews for the Yamaha NS-10M Studio Monitors
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  • Back in the Midrange Saddle

    Verified Purchase

    Yeah, they're fatiguing af, but nothing sorts out the mids quite like these ubiquitous pieces of shit. Ignore them at your peril at some level I guess. Not for everybody, not for all types of music, but getting back on them after 15 years was revealing enough to not feel like a bozo for spending th…

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  • Legendary

    Verified Purchase

    Proud to own this set. Helps to keep mixes in check. Mostly for mids. No low end

  • Great video! Thanks!

    Great video about the NS-10Ms on this Rever.com site. Thanks!

  • My kids think they sound better than ATC's

    Verified Purchase

    I bought a pair of these for mix checking and frankly for looks - every studio has to have the white cones in the black box. But when I heard them I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, for just listening to music I would choose the NS-10's. My kids listened to them vs ATC and others and always hands …

  • Wrong in all the right ways

    Verified Purchase

    The thing about NS10s is, they're not great speakers. Bottom end is sorely lacking, and highs and mids are harsh and honky. But that's why you want them. If you listen to your mixes only on speakers that sound lovely, you might end up finding that they only sound lovely on those speakers and nowh…

More Information

Originally designed and marketed as a home audio "bookshelf" speaker, the Yamaha NS-10M has gained notoriety and popularity as a nearfield studio monitor starting from it's appearance at the legendary Power Station studio in NYC.

The NS-10M won Yamaha a Technical Grammy in 2007, citing that the speakers were used in "almost every studio."

The NS-10M "Pro" was introduced in 1987 and is technically an identical speaker. It came with grill covers and was designed for vertical orientation (most studios used NS-10M horizontally).

Notable users: Bob Clearmountain, Alan Moulder