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Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor, Black

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Monitor Speaker
8"
Black
Single Unit
  • 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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style:Monitor Speaker  |  Size:8"  |  Color:Black  |  Configuration:Single Unit

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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.


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style:Monitor Speaker  |  Size:8"  |  Color:Black  |  Configuration:Single Unit

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By E. Brown on January 6, 2015
Style Name: Monitor SpeakerSize: 6.5"Configuration: Single UnitColor: Black
I was using KRK Rockit 5s for several years. They seemed like a pretty good choice at the time as so many people were glowing in their recommendations, but after a little while they started frustrating me--the mids were muddy and I couldn't hear much definition--I actually wound up reverting to my Sony MDR headphones to do most of my mixing. I soon came to realize that most people were comparing the KRKs to monitors that were essentially glorified computer speakers. They sounded OK for listening (but only OK) and they were not particularly useful for mixing.

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
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This thing kicks ass. It totally changed my perception of sound in my home studio. Folks used to say that my mixes were bass-heavy. (The mark of an amateur). Now I have bands calling me for studio time and my own mixes are sounding better than ever.
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Possibly the best for the price. You can't get better medium sized room monitors. The bass response is good enough for hip-hop production but will not register certain super deep frequencies. That being said, there are very few songs that have a lot of the groove below 43hz. Trust me, you won't need a sub with these speakers unless you are producing orchestrations or are in a larger room! Very clean and are amazing for referencing. You can hear all the litttle details and really tell the difference between a good mix and a bad one. Enjoy these bad boys!
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I love these monitors! I'm currently attending production school so I got me a pair of the AV 42s M-Audio... you know, something small and cheap for a beginner until I was ready to upgrade. I quickly started to notice that their low frequency range wasn't low enough for some projects. They would cutoff with most bass so I decided to making the commitment and purchasing some real studio referencing monitors. I looked around for a few days and started comparing between the KRK's, PreSonus and these Yahama's. After a few days of researching I decided to buy these monitors and as soon as I heard them I was instantaneously pleased with my decision. They have a very clear sound and more than enough bass, specially for someone who isn't trying to get kicked out of their apartment for noise complaints. It isn't hard to be satisfied when upgrading from some AV 42's but if they didn't provide great quality sound I wouldn't of taken the time to write this review.
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I have a small studio setup and this hauls more than enough bass for my space. I have this set up with a pair of Yamaha HS50 and they deliver very clean and balanced sound.
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Perhaps the best monitors in the market in this price range. Don't cheat yourself, be sure to grab the 8 inch model. Anything less and you begin to loose bass/low end clarity.

Worth every penny, a technical beast, not to mention it looks great in any studio. A must have for any producer or engineer.
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THESE. ARE. SO. RAD. ( I got the HS7's FYI ).

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.
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