Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor
The Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor has been created by Yamaha's studio monitor engineering team to deliver exceptionally flat, accurate response that you can trust.
Improving on the original Yamaha HS80M the new Yamaha HS8 has been optimized for a variety of music production environments. Whats new?
- New Transducers: The Yamaha HS8 features new transducers that achieve a smoother response over a wide bandwidth to ensure the accuracy of signal reproduction throughout the audio spectrum.
- Upgraded Tweeter: The Yamaha HS8 has been upgraded to a 1" tweeter which provides an extended frequency range that delivers high-resolution sound.
- Improved Cabinet: The Yamaha HS8 is housed in a improved bass reflex-type cabinet which reproduces a tighter low-end and smoother, high frequency response. Additionally, the HS8 cabinet offers a low resonance enclosure designs constructed from a dense, resilient MDF for a damped acoustic response that is perfectly suited for reference monitors.
- Upgraded Amp: The Yamaha HS8 is also equipped with a new unique high performance amp unit, perfectly paired with each transducer. The coupled amp unit ensures that each HS8 delivers high-resolution sound with exceptionally flat response across the spectrum.
When choosing reference monitors for mixing and music production, accuracy is the prime consideration. Speakers that sound "good" on first impression may not necessarily be accurate. What you really need is an honest reference for your mix, rather than monitors that have been tweaked or colored to deceptively sound impressive. The HS series reference monitors have been created by Yamaha's studio monitor engineering team to deliver exceptionally flat, accurate response that you can trust. Unlike "monitor" speakers with exaggerated bass and treble that make a good first impression but can't be relied on for accuracy, the HS series were designed to be true studio reference monitors in the tradition of the legendary Yamaha NS10M.
Whether you're mixing for stereo or 5.1 surround, mixes that sound good on Yamaha HS series reference monitors will translate accurately to the widest possible range of reproduction systems â?¦ which is engineer-speak that simply means they'll sound good on anything. And that is the ultimate goal of any reference monitor. We should also mention that the HS Series monitors not only sound great, they look great, too. Designed to deliver an honest mix, the HS8 monitor speaker has a flat 38Hz-30kHz frequency response. Room control and frequency response switches allow custom tailoring of the monitor's response, making it perfect for all types of recording and multimedia applications. Easily create a 5.1 surround sound setup with the addition of an HS8S powered subwoofer (sold separately).
Yamaha HS8 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
- 2 inputs, a balanced XLR and a 1/4" phone jack, which can accommodate a wide range of balanced and unbalanced sources, including mixers, keyboards and audio interfaces.
Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor Specifications
- Speaker type: 2-way bi-amp powered studio monitor
- Frequency Range (-10dB): 38Hz - 30kHz
- 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.)
- LEVEL control: (+4dB/center click) ,
- HIGH TRIM switch: (+/- 2dB at HF)
- ROOM CONTROL switch: (0/-2/-4 dB under 500Hz)
What We Think - Yamaha HS8 Review
The Yamaha HS Series are some of those products that definitely gets our attention. The HS5 does admirably for an entry level speaker, but the HS8 is the true winner here. The HS8 delivers good low end, smooth response and a detailed image and depth. In the under $1k range we think that they are a fantastic monitors to help you make critical mix decisions. Let's face it, the white cone brings out the warm fuzzies in people who know the old NS10M! The HS8 delivers that same ability to translate your mixes in the real world but sounding much better while you're working.
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I have been using NS-10s for years and with the advancement of music and technology, we needed a new common standard from a cheaper monitor... these are the absolute answer for me. I have a pair of these in each of the rooms I work in just to be able to double check mixes and productions. These have become a studio staple for me!
Really great sound and a step up on the Yamaha HS5...the larger cone provides for better sound. EQ is flat and natural bass makes for great studio mixing.
My producer had the previous versions of this studio monitors. After LOVING his speakers for the last few years, I finally picked up a pair for my home studio. These things sound amazing! Everything is so crisp!
I had the HS80Ms lined up in my studio against 3 pairs of much more expensive competitors. The difference was huge, and I was always favoring these monitors over the rest. The mid range has great definition and there is not a bad representation of sub bass if you get them in the right spot in your room. It made many of the others sound muddy, especially in the treble and mids.
In terms of value for money, you really cant go wrong with these.
Value for money. I have a small studio, but the HS50s were a little too thin for my liking, but these are perfect for my small set up. They aren't exactly flat, but are really good for the price, with oodles of dynamic range, especially at the bottom end. I fight the temptation to mix louder than I should, because they sound so huge. These yamahas are the best monitors money can buy under 1000
I was looking for entry-level monitors that wouldn't break the bank and the gyts at Front End Audio recommended the HS80M. These monitors are almost mid-field but work very well for near-field, at least for my room. HUGE sound, BIG sweet spot. These are on par with hi-fi, IMO. Pure, clean sound on the highs with no distortion, and the bottom is nice. There seems to be a little falling out in the low mids but not much, get the matching HS10W and it's all good. If you're looking for monitors below $1000, this is it. Thanks again for the recommendation!