Nice and cheap!
I own a pair of Genelec 8040A's and in my mind they simply can NOT be beaten. Genelec have a quality that borders of absolute perfection.
Those Genelecs ended up in a project studio thats at a friends house, we use it every day and becasue they are so good taking them out constantly was a pain. So we bought me some cheap speakers for home use. (so I could at least continue working on our music)
Enter the HS5's...
I plugged them in and instantly hated them.
No low end
Then, I started to get used to them, and wore them in and over the period of a little over 8 months now I have learned to love these monitors!
So what changed?
It's difficult to really put my finger on it and succinctly explain it but the HS5's are very 'real' sounding. What bass they do have is superbly controlled. They dont hit the lower frequencies below maybe 75hz, so effectively mixing say EDM would be quite difficult to achieve if you didn't have another set of monitors to reference a mix on, or the HS5's sub (which I dont even intend to buy now because my ears have adjusted to these monitors)
You see what I mean.. I'm struggling to explain..
But in a nutshell...
I went from hating these to loving them, a process that took a few months. We are going to buy another set for the studio, so we have the two different mix sounds to A/B because I think they are invaluable in developing a sound and to a lesser extent your ear if you are an audio professional.
I like them, they are solid, well built and Yamaha have managed to capture in them some of that magic that they instilled into the NS10's The NS10's sound TOTALLY awful but everyone loves them for that unquantifiable reason... These HS5's are of the same ilk, don't discount them!