Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor
The Yamaha HS8 is a 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 8" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter. The Yamaha HS-Series have the inherited universal mix-translation legacy and distinctive white cones of the industry-respected NS-... read more
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Nearly perfect for the price, especially if you take care to really learn how your equipment translates the music you know
That much is clear: every price point has inherent limitations associated with it. I won't comment on all the things you've probably already read about the HS8 - they are most likely all true. I will, however, say this: once you've learned to make peace with the slight bass 'hump' around the 50-80Hz spot, and once you know exactly how your (and other) tracks sound, this is a very good option. That said, as with most sub-$1,000 models, the bass will slightly overpower the lower mids in untreated rooms, but that's a small price to pay, and, arguably, something you'll face with almost every pair below the $1,000 mark. The upper mids is where the HS8 really shines - and that's an important place to shine, at least to me. This goes for vocals, just as it does for all instruments in the vocal range. Very lifelike 800Hz-10KHZ representation!
Great monitors, if you have the space to put em
Sound-wise, no complaints. mid frequencies seem a bit scooped, but every speaker will have its own characteristics. sturdy construction, lots of features too.
be aware that this is a large form factor. for the home studio, make sure you have enough space to distance it from your walls and that you have an acoustically adequate room to put these in. do this and you will have a lot of joy form them
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Best in the price range.
Amazing monitors with an extremely flat frequency response. I previously used HS7 monitors but found them to be severely lacking in bass. Upgrading to HS8s has solved this issue without the need to purchase secondary bass speakers or a subwoofer, but it is worth noting that the HS8s are massive (both the HS7s and HS8s are heavy). Would recommend.
glad I got the 8" woofers
Were a big upgrade from my Alesis Monitor Ones that I had forever prior. I still want the powered sub to go with, but the 8" woofers satisfy me enough without bothering the neighbors and function as solid nearfields that I haven't felt the urge as strongly as I thought I might. I blew tweeters once every couple of years with my Monitor Ones, but after like a decade I haven't had a single issue with these, and I do tend to spend some serious time in the cranked up zone. I prefer to monitor loud, and these handle it fine without ear fatigue. My only issues are being in a room that could still use a lot more tuning that I have acoustic treatments to cover. In addition to recording studio use, they double as multimedia speakers for everything online, and for impromptu DJ sets in the studio and sound great on all tasks. They are fairly flat in response which is what you want in a nearfield reference monitor. They are very cost effective for the rather stunning level of performance at this price point. There are aftermarket mods for the few flaws that hardcore audiophiles might notice.
Bang for the Buck!
Firstly, I would like to start of buy saying speakers are only, may be 30% of your monitoring; your room and calibration is what takes you there. Whatever, speaker brand you like you can't expect them to sound good in an uncalibrated room. Coming to the HS8, I know the speaker in and out meaning I have not only spent my fair time in mixing but also hearing other commercial music from perhaps all genres, both good and bad! There is no right or wrong speaker, there is just a speaker which is right or wrong for YOU! I would recommend that you go hear out a bunch of speakers and decide but once you decide STICK WITH THEM, it takes a lot of listening to get used to a speaker. If you don't have the luxury to demo studio monitors and these babies are within your budget, go for it and don't look back - iamplicit
The Yamaha HS8 is a 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 8" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter. The Yamaha HS-Series have the inherited universal mix-translation legacy and distinctive white cones of the industry-respected NS-10's, designed to deliver your mixes with transparent honesty. Room control and frequency response switches allow custom tailoring of the monitor's response to give you accurate performance in any environment.
High-performance Speakers and Mounting System
The elegant white-cone speakers used in the HS-series monitors deliver superlative audio performance that is further enhanced by a carefully engineered mounting system. A system of screws and a specially designed mounting ring eliminates spurious vibration and resonance, allowing the speaker to deliver its full sonic potential. Another feature that boosts woofer performance is a magnet selected to produce accurate, solid low-end response. The tweeter frames employ an advanced smooth-contour design that minimizes losses so that high-frequency details come through with remarkable accuracy. The extra thickness of the tweeter frame also minimizes resonance that can interfere with high-end clarity. The overall result is extraordinarily smooth, accurate response throughout the audio spectrum.
The Benefits of Built-in Power and Bi-amplification
Powered, bi-amplified monitor speakers simply make the most electrical and sonic sense, and that's why they have become the first choice of sound professionals the world over for near- and mid-field monitoring applications. In addition to the obvious advantage that you don't need separate power amplifiers, the fact that power and speakers are integrated in one unit means that the amplifiers can be perfectly matched to the characteristics of the speaker units used so you get consistently superior performance with any source in just about any listening environment. Bi-amplification means that separate power amplifiers are used to drive the low-mid and high-frequency speaker units, and this eliminates interaction between the units as well as the response and phase anomalies introduced by passive crossover networks. Both speaker units can function at optimum performance levels for correspondingly high overall sonic quality.
Large Magnets in an Advanced Magnetic Circuit Design
One feature of the HS-series monitors that you'll hear but are not likely to see is the extra large magnets. In combination with an advanced magnetic circuit design these magnets provide a powerful, uniform, tightly controlled flux field that results in exceptionally smooth response and dynamic capability over a wider frequency range.
Portable, Versatile Monitoring for Your Audio Workstation
All you really need for top-class stereo production capability is a good audio workstation and a pair of HS-series monitors. A system like this is not only portable and extremely easy to set up anywhere you need it, it can deliver outstanding monitoring performance that will let you get your mixes just right. The response-control features of these monitors let you tweak them for the best response no matter where you set them up.
Serious Surround Production
Although stereo is still the most common format for basic music listening, 5.1 surround has become the audio format of choice for today's advanced visual media, and is beginning to be recognized as a superior vehicle for pure musical enjoyment as well. But to properly mix and produce surround sound you need a good 5.1 monitoring system. The HS-series speakers and subwoofer are the perfect choice if you want competitive surround-monitoring performance without having to spend big-studio megabucks to get it.
Optimum Response In Any Room
Speaker response can vary greatly depending on the size, shape, and surface acoustics of the room in which they're used, as well as how they're placed within that environment. The HS8 gives you extra room-matching and speaker placement versatility with ROOM CONTROL, MID EQ, and HIGH TRIM response control switches that are specifically designed to compensate for common acoustic deficiencies and monitoring needs. The ROOM CONTROL switch, for example, can be used to compensate for the unnatural low-end exaggeration that usually occurs when speakers are placed close to walls or in corners. The MID EQ switch gives you subtle midrange boost and cut options in addition to flat response, while the HIGH TRIM switch offer the same type of response-tailoring capability for the high frequencies.
- System type:Active
- Low-frequency driver: 8"
- Mid-frequency driver:Not applicable
- High-frequency driver: 1"
- Full-range driver:Not applicable
- Driver type: Info not available
- Frequency response: 38Hz – 30kHz
- Max peak SPL: Info not available
- Amplifier class: Info not available
- Output power: 120W
- Onboard Features
- Input connectors:XLR, TRS
- Standby mode:Info not available
- Acoustic space control:Yes
- Power indicator:Yes
- Width: 9.8"
- Height: 15.4"
- Depth: 13.1"
- Weight: 22.5 lb.