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Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor
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Two-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 8" cone.

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.

Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor Features:

  • 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 8" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter
    38Hz - 30kHz frequency response
    75W LF plus 45W HF bi-amp system for high-performance 120W power amplification
    ROOM CONTROL and HIGH TRIM response controls
    XLR and TRS phone jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals

Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor Specifications:

  • Speaker type 2-way bi-amp powered studio monitor
    Frequency range (-10dB) 38Hz - 30kHz
    Components LF 8" cone
    HF 1" dome
    Crossover 2kHz
    Output power 120W (LF:75W, HF:45W)
    I/O connectors XLR3-31 type (balanced), PHONE (balanced)
    Power consumption 60W
    Shape Bass-reflex type
    Cabinet material MDF
    W 250mm (9.8")
    H 390mm (15.4")
    D 334mm (13.1")
    Net weight 10.2kg (22.5 lbs.)
    Others LEVEL control (+4dB/center click) , EQ: HIGH TRIM switch (+/- 2dB at HF) / ROOM CONTROL switch (0/-2/-4 dB under 500Hz))

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  • Aural Bliss in a Black & White Box

    As reviewed by James on 4/22/2015

    Before I dive in to the specifics of this great studio monitor, I must say that prior to owning the HS8, I've had experience using the older HS80 model extensively for 4 years in my brother's home studio. We used the monitors mainly to create hip-hop music, although I also used them to mix an alternative rock album for a band I was in at the time. It proved to be an extremely versatile monitor that could handle everything from the bass heavy nature of hip-hop/electronic music, to the raw and organic sound of rock music. Fast forward 5 years later and here I am reviewing what I believe to be the superior version of that monitor, the HS8. I've owned them for about a year now, using them in a decently sized living room that has proven adequate for an 8 inch woofer (there is of course a room control option for when you have your monitors close to a wall or if your room is a bit on the small side). Before settling down into this decision I did extensive research with all of the other options available at my local Guitar Center, including the JBL LSR series, KRK Rokit, Tannoy Reveal, Mackie MRK series, M Audio BX series, Adam A7X and even the smaller Yamaha HS5/HS7's. With the exception of the Adams, nothing seemed to match the crystal clear high end response of the HS8, or the tight deep bass it provides. However, the A7X's toted a $750 price tag per speaker, which is more than double the price of one HS8 speaker. If I had that much money to spend on monitors you can bet I would have separate studio building to go with it. Not worth the extra cash, in my humble opinion. The HS8 has a super flat frequency response which is exactly what I require to accurately listen and mix. The bass register below 40 hertz or so is not represented here, so if you require anything lower than that you may want to consider the HS8S sub woofer option. I, for one, am happy without it. Unless your room is acoustically treated it may actually prove to hinder the mixing process due to phasing, bass cancellation, room reflections, etc. I have some acoustic treatment to control these issues, and so far I'm pleased with the results. As for the construction quality of the enclosure itself, it is by no means a light monitor. It is rugged and built to last as the previous HS80 proved to be. For those of you looking for something lighter and smaller, I recommend the HS5 or HS7. I currently have them mounted on Pro Line studio monitors with Auralex Mo-Pads and I have no complaints. After all is said and done, you should pick a monitor you're comfortable with , learn your room and don't look back. Studio monitors are after all only a reference and not the end-all be-all to how your songs will sound through other systems. You will still need to listen to your mixes through iPod headphones, car stereos and whatever else home entertainment system you have access to if you want to hear how your audience is most likely perceiving your art. With all of that being said, if you have the money to spend on a pair of these, do not hesitate and buy them now.

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  • HS Series lives up to its stats

    As reviewed by Tom Sharman on 1/22/2014

    I first purchased the HS-7s for use in my secondary production room and mastering. Guitar Center ran a sale on the HS-8s within 30 days so I upgraded. I found the units to be quite smooth and match up well with the Shure SRH940 phones I use in that application. I wouldn't want any more top end in the boxes, but with the adjustable attenuation for both top and bottom you can tailor that to taste or environment. I have since purchased the Focusrite VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring), and although there could be some varied opinion on using something of this type as a standard for comparison, I found the masters I had created with the HS boxes to compare very favorably, for example, with the Genelec speakers featured in VRM. A friend has the HS-5s for home/office portable music playback. He highly recommended them and they've proven worthy of the credit.

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  • Quality

    As reviewed by Andy on 8/6/2014

    This is a reliable unit.The new look of it is very slick and sexy,It feels very nice to the touch and to the ear.The quality of the product to me is quite superb.I use this bad boy almost every day for studio use and just to chill and bump some tunes, Yamaha HS8+808's=<333

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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