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Yamaha HS Studio Monitor Comparison

Yamaha HS Studio Monitor Comparison

Music Matter Give A Guide & Comparison To Yamaha Most Popular Studio Monitor Range - The HS Series featuring the HS5, HS7, HS8 & HS8S.

Ever since the 1970's the iconic white woofer and signature sound of Yamaha's nearfield reference monitors have become a genuine industry standard for a reason - their accuracy. Unlike studio monitors with added bass or treble frequencies which may sound more flattering at first, HS Series speakers were designed to give you the most honest, precise reference possible, providing an ideal sonic platform to build on throughout the mixing process.

By combining acquired knowledge and expertise with state-of-the-art sound technologies, Yamaha's speaker engineering team have examined, then optimized, every aspect that has contributed to making these monitors the most trusted in the business. The second generation HS Series also adds a new 6.5" model to the lineup, bringing its exceptional accuracy to an even greater variety of recording environments.

Yamaha HS Range

Yamaha Studio Monitors - The Legacy

You can not discuss the new second generation of the Yamaha HS range of powered nearfield monitors without doffing your hat to their history and heritage. The look of the HS range comes directly from Yamahas first studio monitors the NS-10s released in 1978. Thousands of albums in the 80s and 90s were mixed on the black monitors with the recognisable white cone.

The NS-10s were brutal at highlighting problems in the mix due to their mid-heavy balance and little bass extension. They made producers work hard to make things sound right and it was often said that "if it sounded good on those monitors, then it was going to sound good on most things".  Continuing the family lineage the HS5's feature the stylish white cone and share many of the sonic characteristics of the NS-10's but with notable improvements including a deeper bass response and a more spacious quality in the higher frequencies.

Yamaha Studio Monitor Legacy

Yamaha HS - Classic look, modern performance

There is no disputing that the HS range look great, but how do they sound? When choosing studio reference monitors for mixing and music production you should be looking for one thing - accuracy.  Consumer speakers such as HiFi systems or computer speakers are designed to enhance the sound to make the music and speakers sound more impressive.  This is great when listening to music but a recipe for disaster if you are making your own music.  

When creating and mixing music you need to be making decisions about the frequencies in the original source, not based on whats coming out of speakers that colour the sound. The engineers at Yamaha built the HS monitors with the philosophy of delivering a concise sound image, high resolution, and flat response to increase the accuracy of sound reproduction to their extreme limit.

Yamaha HS Studio Monitors Modern

New Improved Transducers

The HS Series features newly developed transducers that achieve astonishingly smooth response over a wide range of bandwidth.

Tweeter - The HS Series features a highly efficient 1" dome tweeter that extends the usable frequency range considerably. Designed to minimize vibration the tweeter is able to deliver distortion-free, smooth high end up to 30 kHz.

Woofer - Ultra-responsive woofers produces low distortion sound with a well-defined bottom end at any output level. All of the components in these high-power woofers produce stunning bass while providing clear, accurate mids.

Yamaha HS Transducer

High Performance Amp - Low Resonance Enclosure

HS Series speakers feature 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 a flat response across the sound spectrum.

The cabinets are designed to eliminate unwanted resonance which in turn increases the accuracy of sound reproduction. The cabinets are constructed from a very dense and resilient MDF with a damped acoustic response. Incorporating a 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.

Yamaha HS Enclosure

Controls and Connectivity

There is one unaviodable fact, your room will color and change the sound coming out of your speakers. Your listening position in your room will color and shape how you hear what is coming out of your speakers. Luckily the HS Series offers a number of controls to adapt the speakers to the surface acoustics of rooms of varying shape and size.

Controls on the HS5, HS7 and HS8

  • Room Control - attenuate the unnatural, exaggerated low-end that can often occur when speakers are placed next to walls
  • High Trim -  flexible control of high frequency response

Controls on the HS8S subwoofer

  • High Cut - sets the cutoff frequency of subwoofer output high-frequency attenuation from 80Hz to 120Hz
  • Phase - adjusts the phase of the subwoofer output
  • Low Cut - enables attenuation of low frequencies for output between 80Hz and 120Hz
Yamaha HS Enclosure

Yamaha HS5 - Small Room? No problem!

Measuring only 170mm x 285mm x 222mm (WxHxD) and weighing only  5.3 Kg, the HS5 accommodates the smallest of control rooms. The Room Control filters compensate for speaker-boundary effects that would otherwise muddy low-frequency response when the monitor is placed near a wall.  Combined with Isolation Pads which minimise the transfer of kinetic energy (i.e. vibrations) from the speakers to whatever they are sitting on, the HS5s sound fantastic with tight upper-bass and open low-midrange reproduction.

If at some point in the future you work on a project that requires more focus on low end frequencies then you can add the Yamaha HS8S subwoofer to your HS5's to make a powerful 2.1 system. The 8 inch bass-reflex powered subwoofer delivers low frequencies down to 22Hz which makes it the perfect partner for the HS5s.

  • High-performance drivers and mounting system
  • 5" cone woofer, 1" dome tweeter
  • Large magnets in an Advanced Magnetic Circuit design
  • Built-in bi-amplification: 45W LF, 25W HF
  • Connections: Balanced XLR and 6.3mm Jack
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    HS5 - Black (Single)

    5" Active Studio Monitor 70 W

    The Yamaha HS5 active studio monitor will help you make better-sounding recordings. Yamaha's nearfield monitors with those iconic white-coned woofers ...

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    RRP £173.00 Save £38.00 (21%)
    2 years warranty
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    HS5 - White (Single)

    5" Active Studio Monitor 70 W

    The Yamaha HS5 White active studio monitor will help you make better-sounding recordings. Yamaha's nearfield monitors with those iconic white-coned woofers ...

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Yamaha HS7 - If you need more bass

Weighing in at 8.2kg and measuring 210mm x 332mm x 284mm (WxDxH) the HS7 is perfect for an average sized room.  Its larger woofer provides detailed, smooth, and accurate low end. You can listen to the HS7s all day without risk of ear fatigue. Due to the rear ported design it is recommended to mount the speakers a minimum of 1.5 meters from the back and side walls.  If this is not possible then you can use the Room Control switch to compensate for the inevitable increase in low frequencies.

  • High-performance drivers and mounting system
  • 6.5" cone woofer, 1" dome tweeter
  • Large magnets in an Advanced Magnetic Circuit design
  • Built-in bi-amplification: 60W LF, 35W HF
  • Connections: Balanced XLR and 6.3mm Jack
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    HS7 - Black (Single)

    6.5 " Active Studio Monitor 95 W

    The Yamaha HS7 active studio monitor will help you make better-sounding recordings. Yamaha's nearfield monitors with those iconic white-coned woofers ...

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    RRP £204.00 Save £50.00 (24%)
    2 years warranty
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    HS7 - White (Single)

    6.5 " Active Studio Monitor 95 W

    The Yamaha HS7 White active studio monitor will help you make better-sounding recordings. Yamaha's nearfield monitors with those iconic white-coned woofers ...

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    RRP £204.00 Save £49.00 (24%)
    2 years warranty


Yamaha HS8 - Perfect for a Large Room

Measuring 250mm x 390mm x 334mm (WxHxD) and weighing 10.2 Kg The HS8 is the largest monitor in the range.  Again offering superb transient response, imaging and depth and tight bass reproduction but with enough power and a big enough woofer to provide great low end in the largest of control rooms.

  • High-performance drivers and mounting system
  • 8" cone woofer, 1" dome tweeter
  • Impressive 38Hz to 30kHz frequency response
  • Large magnets in an Advanced Magnetic Circuit design
  • Built-in bi-amplification: 75W LF, 45W HF
  • Connections: Balanced XLR and 6.3mm Jack
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    Yamaha

    HS8 - Black (Single)

    8" Active Studio Monitor 120 W

    The Yamaha HS8 active studio monitor will help you make better-sounding recordings. Yamaha nearfield monitors with those iconic white-coned woofers ha...

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    RRP £294.00 Save £64.00 (21%)
    2 years warranty
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    Yamaha

    HS8 - White (Single)

    8" Active Studio Monitor 120 W

    The Yamaha HS8 White active studio monitor will help you make better-sounding recordings. Yamaha nearfield monitors with those iconic white-coned woofers ha...

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    RRP £294.00 Save £64.00 (21%)
    2 years warranty


Yamaha HS8S - Add Depth To Your Mix

The Yamaha HS8S 8" bass-reflex powered subwoofer serves up accurate low frequencies down to 22Hz, so you hear everything that's on your recording. The good, the bad, the awesome. Yamaha has engineered the HS8S with a beefy 150W amplifier purpose-built for low frequencies.

The ideal match for Yamaha's HS series full-range monitors, the HS8S is your affordable, compact solution for extended-range monitoring in your studio. And if your projects take you on the road, this 27.6-pound bass monster makes a perfect travel companion. Feel the low end - all of it - with the Yamaha HS8S.

  • 8" bass-reflex powered subwoofer delivers low frequencies down to 22Hz
  • 22Hz - 150Hz frequency response
  • High-power 150W amplifier exclusively designed for low frequencies
  • LOW CUT switch, LOW CUT control (80-120Hz) HIGH CUT control (80-120 Hz)
  • PHASE switch allow users to set up a subwoofer system with simple connections and no additional equipment
  • XLR and TRS phone for inputs and XLR for outputs
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    HS8S

    8" Active Studio Subwoofer 150 W

    The Yamaha HS8S 8" bass-reflex powered subwoofer serves up accurate low frequencies down to 22Hz, so you hear everything that's on your recording. Th...

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    RRP £486.00 Save £96.00 (19%)
    2 years warranty

Save Money With Our Yamaha HS Monitor Bundles

Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitor Bundles:

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    An update to the classic Yamaha NS range, the HS range provide improved performance for today's studios. Twinned with isolation pads for accurate nearfield monitoring.

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    Normally £306.93 Save £20.93 (6%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    Yamaha HS5 Complete bundle including premium speaker stands and professional grade audio cables.

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    Normally £338.66 Save £39.66 (11%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    Yamaha HS5 White complete bundle including premium speaker isolation pads.

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    Normally £306.93 Save £21.93 (7%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    Yamaha HS5 White Complete bundle including premium speaker stands and professional grade audio cables.

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    Up to 2 years warranty

Yamaha HS7 Studio Monitor Bundles:

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    Yamaha HS7 complete bundle including premium speaker isolation pads.

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    Normally £344.93 Save £18.93 (5%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    Yamaha HS7 Complete bundle including premium speaker stands and professional grade audio cables.

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    Normally £367.96 Save £20.96 (5%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    Yamaha HS7 White complete bundle including premium speaker isolation pads.

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    Normally £346.93 Save £28.93 (8%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    Yamaha HS7 White Complete bundle including premium speaker stands and professional grade audio cables.

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    Up to 2 years warranty

Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor Bundles:

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    Yamaha HS8 complete bundle including premium speaker isolation pads.

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    Normally £496.93 Save £18.93 (3%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    Yamaha HS8 Complete bundle including premium speaker stands and professional grade audio cables.

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    Excl. Tax: £398.33 Incl. Tax: £478.00
    Normally £519.96 Save £41.96 (8%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    2 x Yamaha HS8 - White Active Studio Monitors, A Pack Of Isolation Pads & 2 x Balanced 6.3mm TRS JACK to 6.3mm TRS JACK - 3m Audio Cables

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    Normally £500.98 Save £30.98 (6%)
    Up to 2 years warranty
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    Yamaha HS8 White Complete bundle including premium speaker stands and professional grade audio cables.

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    Normally £519.96 Save £31.96 (6%)
    Up to 2 years warranty