That's where this feature comes in — so if you've ever wondered why you're still using NS10s, even though you don't particularly enjoy the way they sound, and if you're prepared to forget some of what you thought you knew about monitors, read on...
Part of the NS10's problem is that the general understanding of how we respond to monitors is coloured by their apparent technical simplicity and by manufacturers, sometimes innocently and sometimes intentionally, encouraging this phenomenon.
In reality, the psychoacoustics of the perception of music reproduced by loudspeakers, and how this relates to their technical performance and specification, is an immensely complex subject that doesn't take kindly to simplification by marketing departments.
But then, in some respects, it can suit a manufacturer of monitors if their customers don't know too much.
Misunderstanding also tends to breed misinformation, which is often disseminated by well-meaning amateurs: those whose knowledge of a subject is sketchy are always prey to the intuitively plausible but utterly wrong explanation for one phenomenon or another.
The hi-fi sector is well known for enthusiastically buying into the plausible (and often the implausible) as opposed to the factually correct.
Love or hate the Yamaha NS10, this unassuming little speaker has found a place in the studios of many of the world's top producers.
We trace its history, and investigate why a monitor whose sound has been described as "horrible" became an industry standard. If any piece of pro audio hardware deserves that over-used term "industry standard" it has to be the NS10.
In a professional audio world continually seduced by the next big thing, where plug-ins can provide a near instantaneous GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) fix, where products live or die thanks to their quantity of bells and whistles, and where the number of contemporary nearfield monitors that could apparently do the job of an NS10 is almost beyond count...
the venerable, tired old Yamaha is the one piece of kit that still appears in almost every photograph of a smiling engineer posed at his desk.
You don't have to hang around long in the Forum for a thread to appear that features the Yamaha NS10.
Even in threads that begin with some other monitor subject, the NS10 seems to possess a gravitational influence that inexorably results in discussion of its merits, or otherwise.