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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 distin... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

Features General
  • Size:Near-field
  • System type:Active
  • Configuration:2-way
  • Drivers
  • Low-frequency driver: 8"
  • Mid-frequency driver:Not applicable
  • High-frequency driver: 1"
  • Full-range driver:Not applicable
  • Driver type: Info not available
  • Sound
  • 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
  • Other
  • Width: 9.8"
  • Height: 15.4"
  • Depth: 13.1" 
  • Weight: 22.5 lb.
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
    Dimensions
    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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YamahaHS8 Powered Studio Monitor
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (14)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Durable (8)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Aural Bliss in a Black & White Box

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Monitors, not worth "upgrade"

As a mixing engineer, I wanted a huge upgrade from my JBL LSR308's. While lovely monitors, I wanted to expand on my mixes, and felt that the HSX series would do just...Read complete review

As a mixing engineer, I wanted a huge upgrade from my JBL LSR308's. While lovely monitors, I wanted to expand on my mixes, and felt that the HSX series would do just that. While these are excellent monitors (I wish I bought these from the start), I was extremely used to mixing on my JBL's that I learned to master those. To upgrade from the JBL's was unrealistic, especially for home studio monitors. These monitors really overpower in the Mids providing for a muddy outcome that I wasn't a fan of.

Bottom Line : Should you get these? :
YES : First monitors
NO : Looking for upgrade

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Useful Monitors

By Texas Studios

from Austin, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

    I was using Mackie HR824 and these give me a better idea of the midrange. Mixes transfer out of the studio better.

     
    5.0

    Yamaha Speakers are the BEST

    By Rod

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

    Near field monitors used in mixing and mastering recordings

     
    5.0

    Solid sound

    By Dom

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

      Awesome monitors. Sound is very clear. Very balanced sound. Great for mixing.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nice Monitors, not worth "upgrade"

      By CREAO

      from Warminster, PA.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Beautiful Design
      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Too Expensive to Upgrade

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

      As a mixing engineer, I wanted a huge upgrade from my JBL LSR308's. While lovely monitors, I wanted to expand on my mixes, and felt that the HSX series would do just that. While these are excellent monitors (I wish I bought these from the start), I was extremely used to mixing on my JBL's that I learned to master those. To upgrade from the JBL's was unrealistic, especially for home studio monitors. These monitors really overpower in the Mids providing for a muddy outcome that I wasn't a fan of.

      Bottom Line : Should you get these? :
      YES : First monitors
      NO : Looking for upgrade

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      MY FIRST IMPRESSION

      By Tommy Jakobsen

      from Denmark

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

        I just got these HS8 speaker, and right away i love the warm natural sound. but something in the upper midrange or lower end tweeter isn't that good.. it feel as its a little diffuse and not in fase and isn't leveled with top and the bottom, I think is will be in area between 700Hz to maybe 12-1300Hz .. and this is after I has adjusted over several days in use for 2 channels audio, And one of my reference track is one of my favorite Pink Floyd from Pulse album high hopes and Hey You, and of cause Comfortably Numb, also and Dire Straits with Private investigation...
        I think my old Behringer B2031A sound better in upper mid area, but old there. but the bas and top is class better on the new Yamaha HS8 much more crisp and clear. the amp is also much better with dynamic.. BUT I HATE the HIGH beam car Projector in the Yamaha Logo.. It light up the whole living room by its self. YAMAHA for you information, indicator light has to be dimmed and only used for signal not light up the whole ROOM.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Flat!

        By Frank

        from Sioux Falls SD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

          Incredible detail compared to the Rokit 5's I was using. I'm hearing things in my mixes I'd never heard before. The balance translates on my mixes to other sources so much better.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          PREMIUM SOUND THAT NEVER ENDS

          By VERSESSTYLES

          from Walla Walla WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

          I enjoy these monitors because they sound HUGE and CLEAR and CRISPY. Honestly I am Unable to max out the volume on theses monitors because my ears tap out at 65%. Understand I listen to loud music all the time. The bass is fantastic and the high frequencies are crispy and clear every time! These are well balanced and WELL WORTH EVERY PENNY. If you can't affoard them save up for them but do not NOT get them. they are so useful.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic Monitors .

          By Dar

          from Irvine CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

            I used to have Hs5 and now I have HS7 . Just beautiful as far as sound , quality etc .
            I bought a pair of HS8 for my buddy and he is in love with 'em . LOL

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Monitors!

            By Rhys Roberts

            from Saint Cloud, Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Balanced
            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Flat Responce

            Cons

            • Power Cable

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

            I've been working with studio monitors for over the span of 8 years. these monitors have been producing very clean tones.

            I do recommend you purchase some acoustic Isolation pads. You will need the pads because the low response will rattle your desk or stands. Be sure you have a 1/4th inch cable output on your sound card / mix board
            I'm using the Scarlett 2i4 and Ultimate Support MS-90 stands. they are amazing.
            Anyways, The only con to look at, the power cable could be a bit longer.
            .

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Solid Investment

            By The Crowned Crow

            from Olympia, WA

            Pros

            • Flat Response
            • Room And High End Control
            • Unhyped

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Control Room
            • MIXING
            • Music Production

            Comments about Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor:

            I am a producer / mixing engineer and have been producing in headphones for over 9 years.
            I spent a ridiculous amount of time doing research and listening sessions to many pairs of nearfield monitors. Tannoy Reveal 802's, JBL LSR 308's, Focal Alpha 80's, Adam A7x's, a few others, and these Yamaha's.

            If you're looking for a monitor that makes everything sound clean, go elsewhere.

            If you're looking for a great studio monitor that gives a very flat and unhyped response, these are worth every penny.

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