New from Yamaha: Matched Pair Active Monitors

Yamaha HS Series

The HS series embodies the design philosophy on which Yamaha has long insisted for its studio monitors, and is now available as a special paired model that uses selected volume parts. The paired model series bears the designation of MP (Matched Pair), and MP stickers are affixed to the back of each unit. Manufactured at the same time, and with paired serial numbers, the “HS MP models” is offered by Yamaha as a special fiftieth anniversary commemorative model. Building on their astounding success of the Yamaha HS Series, used in studios throughout the world, Yamaha presents a new special edition that brings previously unheard of accuracy to your mixes – the HS Matched Pair monitors. In order to give you the best performance possible, the special edition HS MP speakers use specially selected components to match the performance of the speakers in each pair to each other as closely as possible, just like in an expensive matched pair of microphones! In addition, the serial numbers of the speakers in each pair will be consecutive.

In creating these matched pairs, Yamaha has managed to actually improve the performance of some of the world’s best-loved studio monitors.

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Yamaha Pro Audio’s history of aspiration and innovation goes back to 1969.

Since the sale of Yamaha’s first pro audio products, the VA120 and VA180 vocal amp systems, Yamaha has repeatedly aspired and innovated to create a wide-ranging lineup for applications including broadcast studios and commercial spaces, such as mixing consoles, power amplifiers, speakers, processors, and immersive sound solutions, each with the aim of becoming the new standard in their respective market.

Monitor speakers are one of the product areas that must be mentioned when speaking of Yamaha Pro Audio’s fifty-year history. The “NS10M STUDIO” which went on sale in 1977 was a studio monitor speaker loved by numerous engineers and earned a role in studios around the world. In 1998 came the “MSP5” powered monitor speaker which focused on providing the painstakingly faithful playback of the original sound that is demanded from nearfield monitors. Subsequently, the MSP/MSP STUDIO series that appeared during the period 2000 through 2008 benefited from a full measure of the know-how and technology that Yamaha has accumulated in the field of pro studio monitor design, going on sale as a flagship model that boasted a stunning degree of perfection.

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Design principles maintained and perfected

As its studio monitor design principles, Yamaha has always insisted on complete fidelity to the original sound and the ability to reproduce the subtle changes of tone and position in the mix, and these principles are exemplified in the HS series that appeared in 2005 with its bright white cones. As high-bit and high-sampling-rate continue as trends in the field of music production, leading to an increasing need for high-quality nearfield monitors, these speakers deliver the high-quality sound and accuracy that are ideal for the studio environment. In 2013, fusing the know-how and cutting-edge analysis technology that we have developed through many years of studio monitor design, and carefully rethinking every element, we announced the next-generation HS series which adds yet more polish to the accuracy of these speakers.

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Variation Models

This is also offered as the HS-I, a white model that meets the needs of those seeking a design that harmonizes with their studio interior, and is equipped with rigging points and the capability of using speaker brackets that allow mounting on a wall, ceiling, or baton mount for improved convenience of installation in a commercial production studio or in the sound room of a hall. With a choice of variation models to suit the customer’s sightlines and scenarios of use, the HS series is now loved by an even greater number of customers.

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Yamaha HS5 MP Matched Pair Active Monitors

The HS5 near-field reference monitors are the industry standard monitors for any studio. Known for their excellent signal reproduction and superior sound quality, these Yamaha’s do not disappoint.

The HS5 comes complete with; a 5” cone woofer and 1” dome tweeter54Hz – 30kHz frequency response45W LF plus 25W HF bi-amp system for high-performance, 70W power amplification, ROOM CONTROL and HIGH TRIM response controls, XLR and TRS phone jack inputs.

Yamaha Hs5 Mp Matched Pair Active Monitors

Yamaha HS8 MP Matched Pair Active Monitors

The HS8 near-field reference monitors are the industry standard monitors for any studio. Known for their excellent signal reproduction and superior sound quality, these Yamaha’s do not disappoint.

With a frequency response of 38Hz – 30kHz paired with a low resonance enclosure using a three-way mitre-joint technique, the Yamaha HS8 Monitor Speaker delivers rich low-end audio and clear, crisp high’s with no unwanted resonance.

Yamaha Hs8 Mp Matched Pair Active Monitors

Continuing into the future

From the NS10M series which became the de facto standard of commercial nearfield monitors to the MSP series and then the HS series, Yamaha has consistently insisted on “accuracy” as the design principle for its studio monitors. Aware that the sound of the HS series will be a new set of eyes (monitors) for engineers, we have applied a special level of thought and intention to their completion. Ultimately faithful to the original sound, and able to rigorously reproduce subtle changes of sound and position in the mix, the HS series of studio monitors actualizes these design principles on which Yamaha has always insisted. Going forward into the future, Yamaha will always continue to aspire and innovate.

Yamaha active monitors