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Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor, Black
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- 8inch cone woofer and 1inch dome tweeter
- 38Hz - 30kHz frequency response
- 75W LF plus 45W HF bi-amp system 120W total
- ROOM CONTROL and HIGH TRIM response controls
- XLR and TRS phone jack inputs
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|Item Dimensions||16 x 14 x 21 in||12.5 x 22.5 x 17.3 in||17 x 21 x 14 in||9.25 x 9.02 x 13.27 in|
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Powered nearfield monitor speakers built on the success of its legendary predecessors that have become a genuine industry standard for their accuracy.
Sound Philosophy of HS Series Studio Monitors
When selecting studio reference monitors for mixing and music production, one consideration takes precedence above all others - accuracy. Beginning with the legendary NS-10M, and continuing with the MSP and previous HS Series, this new lineup shares a design philosophy that emphasizes sonic purity without any coloring or alternation of the original sound. While many manufacturers seek to enhance the sound of their monitors to make them sound impressive, Yamaha studio monitors are designed to achieve the best possible mix by ensuring that the sound from your speakers is true to the original. HS Series nearfield reference monitors are the embodiment of this philosophy, delivering a concise sound image, high resolution, and flat response.
Newly Developed Transducers
Improving on the success of the original HS line launched in 2006, the completely redesigned HS series feature new transducers that achieve smooth response over a wide bandwidth and ensure the accuracy of signal reproduction throughout the audio spectrum. By upgrading to a 1" tweeter (from the previous ¾" models) the new monitor series provides an extended frequency range and deliver superb high-resolution sound. Yamaha engineers have optimized the HS powered monitor and subwoofer monitor system for a variety of music production environments.
High Performance Amp Unit
HS Series speakers employ an amplifier unit perfectly matched to the transducers utilized in each model of the series. Featuring a bi-amp design with a separate dedicated amp for both the woofer and the tweeter, this amplifier unit ensures that each HS Series speaker consistently delivers high-resolution sound with exceptionally flat response across the sound spectrum.
Low Resonance Enclosure Design
HS Series cabinets are designed to eliminate unwanted resonance and increase the accuracy of sound reproduction to their extreme limit. The enclosures are constructed from a very dense and resilient MDF with a damped acoustic response that is perfectly suited for reference monitors. Drawing from Yamaha's over 100 years of piano design experience, HS Series engineers also employed a traditional three-way mitered-joint technique. Common to architectural design this construction firmly anchors the corners of the enclosure to dramatically improve durability and eliminate unwanted resonance that can influence overall sound.
Cutting Edge Noise Reduction Technology
Speaker port design can greatly influence the clarity of overall sound. Often a vortex at the either end of the port can generate air vibrations inside of the port, causing unwanted noise. By adopting an advanced noise reduction technology that incorporates a thorough analysis of a visual representation of the sound, Yamaha's engineers are able to control and reduce the vortex. Through this in-depth analysis we have arrived at the ideal port design, resulting in a reduction of audible noise up to 6dB. The utilization of this state-of-the-art technology allows HS Series studio monitors to meet the demands of more strict professional production environments.
Controls and Connectivity
ROOM CONTROL allows you to attenuate the unnatural, exaggerated low-end that can often occur when speakers are placed next to walls, while HIGH TRIM allows for more flexible control of high frequency response. For inputs, HS full-range speakers can accommodate a wide range of balanced and unbalanced sources such as mixers, keyboards and audio interfaces with XLR and TRS phone jacks. With the HS8S subwoofer, HIGH CUT control sets the cutoff frequency of subwoofer output high-frequency attenuation from 80Hz to 120Hz, while PHASE switch adjusts the phase of the subwoofer output. The LOW CUT switch and LOW CUT controls enables attenuation of low frequencies for output between 80Hz and 120Hz. The HS8S subwoofer is equipped with XLR and TRS phone jack inputs and for outputs XLR for L and R and EXT SUB out.
Yamaha HS Series Studio Monitors Now in White
White versions of the 5" HS5 W, 6.5" HS7 W and 8" HS8 W provide users with a broad range of monitors that can adapt to a wider variety of music production environments and aesthetics.
Top Customer Reviews
I decided I would probably get JBL LSR308s. I'd heard a pair of their high-end speakers and absolutely loved them, but they were out of my price range. Figured it would be a safe bet that I'd like their lower-priced option. For due diligence I compared the JBLs to several other speakers and to my surprise the Yamahas won hands-down. I went with the HS7s over the HS8s for several reasons: the 8s had a booming low-end that would not translate well in my bedroom studio, the 7s were significantly cheaper and they were also much less bulky, which is very useful for a smaller setup.
Sound-wise they are tight and flat with clear highs and mids and just enough low end for my purposes. After my ears adjusted a little, they started sounding really fantastic, great for both listening and mixing. True, these are twice the price of the KRKs, but I still consider them generally in the same price range. It's worth saving a little longer to get these, as from what I have heard they are pretty much the class of the more affordable monitor sets.
Although it doesn't illustrate the difference between the HS8 and the JBLs very well, this video is a great way to hear how much better these both sound than KRKs, which sound muffled, stifled and dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFKnGNIa58c
Worth every penny, a technical beast, not to mention it looks great in any studio. A must have for any producer or engineer.
I reference any other speakers off of the pair of Bowers and WIlkins 684 floorstanders that I have. Keep in mind that these cost half the price of those and I am just as impressed, all things considered. While these don't produce as "big" of a sound and can't pump out as much volume due their much smaller size, they sound just as pristine to my ears. Now, don't get me wrong, these can fill a bedroom sized room with plenty of sound to satisfy a reasonable listener. Especially if they are placed within a few feet of your ears as I believe they are intended to be placed. That is where they sound best. I have mine about 3 feet from each ear and it is good.
When I first fired these up they sounded a little bright or maybe even harsh on higher treble end. Either I got used to that or they broke in nicely, because they sound just right now after about a hundred hours of use at low to medium volume.
At lower volume they tend to lack a little bottom end, and at very high volume the clarity suffers and things start getting a little distorted and muddy. At medium to medium-high volume is where these really shine. If you're using these as studio monitors as they are intended to be used, this volume range is where you'd want to be listening anyways, for various reasons. For one, you don't want to listen at loud volumes for long periods because it will fatigue your ears to the point that listening is longer pleasurable and probably not as objective as is necessary. Also you can damage your ears. You only get one set of ears. Once they're messed up, that's it. I already have some ringing in my ears from my younger days and wish I could go back and do those rock concerts over with ear plugs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yamaha makes great speakers, sounds very clean in the studio, huge range of frequency..Published 4 days ago by David Hewel
These speakers sound amazing! They are 22lbs each, so make sure you have somewhere sturdy to put them. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Cody
Purchased a pair of these for my home recording studio. They sound fantastic! Solid, flat, and clear.Published 1 month ago by Stephan B.
Clear sound, tuneful low frequency response that lets you hear individual notes.
I've been happy with these (8" HS8 Model). Read more
First time purchasing a used product on Amazon. I have no regrets! Arrived and was packed like a new product. The bass is great with it pairing with my 5" Yamaha monitors.Published 1 month ago by Michael
I bought a pair of HS5's at Guitar Center about 6 months ago. So far so good. I have owned MANY powered studio monitors over the years and these sound great! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan AV Guy