Yamaha HS80M Studio Reference Monitor
- 8" white polypropylene cone
- 1" dome tweeter
- 120-watt biamplified power LF:75W@4ohms HF:45W@8ohms
- XLR and 1/4" connectors
- Room control and frequency response switches
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The new HS Series powered monitors were designed to be true studio reference monitors in the tradition of the famous NS10Ms. When choosing your next pair of near field reference monitors, remember it's not just important that they sound good; they have to be an honest reference for your mix. The new HS Series of reference monitors were designed to give you exceptionally flat response so you can really trust what you hear. That means that mixes that sound good on Yamaha HS speakers will sound good on anything. In fact, that's the ultimate test of a reference monitor. Even better than that, HS series speakers not only sound good, they look great, too.HS Series cabinets look as great as they sound. Enclosures are constructed of high-quality MDF material and a multiple layer finish that minimizes resonance. Design elements include a black finish and lighted Yamaha tuning fork logo. White polypropylene woofer cones recall the look of the classic Yamaha NS10M, and include low-damping rubber surrounds and full magnetic shielding.
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I have mine mounted on a set of Auralex MoPad absorbers on top of 36" monitor stands and the absorbers make a big difference. Remember that the room you are listening in plays as big, if not bigger role in what you hear than the monitors you are using. Look into getting some basic acoustic treatments to tame the pumped up bass and harsh treble reflections you can get in most house sized rooms. Put yourself in an equilateral triangle with your head at one apex and the speakers at the other two, with tweeters at ear level facing in at you for the proper stereo image. When you get it right the sound seems to hang in midair about 4-5 feet in front of you and you can't seem to hear anything coming from either speaker unless the music is panned hard left or right.
These monitors have MORE than enough power to set your ears ringing if your not careful so don't treat them like your computer's multimedia speakers and dial up the volume. Start low and remember 83db is the "standard" intensity for monitoring.
So if your in the market for excellent quality, entry level monitors then these would be a fine choice. Also look in into KRK Rockits, Wharfedale Diamond 8.2 and Adam A5 monitors for others of quality you may like.
After 3 years of ownership and use, my opinion on these monitors is a lot more tempered.
First of all, yes, the sound quality (out of the box) is still exceptional for both listening and studio work. They're extremely eloquent and transparent. I would still consider them a good purchase for the money, especially against other options. Overall, I was extremely satisfied with these monitors for the first couple of years.
Unfortunately, there's been some build quality issues. After about 6 months, one of the operating lights on the front went dim, and eventually stopped showing altogether. There's now no way to know if the monitor is on without reaching behind and feeling the power switch. This is a minor problem that's really only a matter of aesthetics, and easy enough to live with.
A much bigger issue has recently developed. Make no mistake, I've babied these monitors since the day I got them. They've been plugged into a surge protector/conditioner exclusively, I broke them in carefully, I've never even driven these past 50% max output, never cranked them from cold, and I shut them down whenever they're not in use. I'm not throwing house parties with these, they've sat in a controlled studio environment and never been mistreated.
In spite of this, one of the monitors has developed a VERY noticeable distortion problem, and it continues to get worse. Complex tones in the midrange (piano, guitar, vocals, strings, or any sufficiently dense composition) will pull a crackling, scratchy, staticky sound out of it, and not a subtle one. It eats the mix. I've replaced the tweeter entirely and the problem still persists, meaning it's likely the amp. I know for a fact that this is not an issue with my computer, interface, cables, or anything besides the monitor itself, because this problem is easily reproduced by plugging an electric guitar directly into the back and strumming a few chords; it'll sound like I'm listening to AM radio in a tunnel.
For $400 each, I thought I was going to be set for life. Three years later and well out of warranty, I'm already looking to exchange.
FYI, I use this thing with FL studio.... And I highly recommend these 8-inch monitors over the cheaper 5-inch monitors per the bass sound output. BTW, this thing is huge, and it is as tall as your desktop PC unit, when placed side by side, and its much wider than the PC. If you place them directly on the table of your computer setup, when the dB level is turned up at the back of the monitors, the active units will literally shake your entire table, so don't turn up the dB too high during the initial set up. You can buy the stands for the set [the same way you can buy a microphone stand], in order to support them away from your main PC and MIDI piano setup. When you buy two monitor units, try to create a triangle effect in your home studio, so that both speakers point at you, and that will give you a concentrated surround-sound effect.
If you buy one monitor first [per the high price], trust me, you will not be disappointed, as it will help you with mastering your audio track better than any headphones that cost the same or even more - because it amplifies the distinct layers of the sounds better than the High-end Boss PC Companion 5 speakers that are sold as 2-piece or 3-piece sets.
But if you bought just one unit, then you'll probably want to buy the second HS80M monitor in about a week!! And If you can't afford the stand / support for the monitor, just get a really thick book or something really thick and rectangular to support the monitor - as long as its well elevated from your table, then it won't send those vibrations that I warned you about.
- 5 out of 5 stars!!
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