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Yamaha HS8 Active Monitor Product Overview by GAK

The new second generation 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.

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 Product Overview

The Yamaha HS5 is the second generation of 'HS' near-field reference monitors, like the models before them, share the same design philosophy and concepts as the industry standard and legendary NS-10M studio monitors. The Yamaha HS5 provide accurate signal reproduction and superior sound quality.

Ever since the 1970's the iconic white woofer and signature sound of Yamaha's near-field 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 optimised, every aspect that has contributed to making these monitors the most trusted in the business. 

We recently sat down with one of our ProAudio specialists to go through some of our customers frequently asked questions. Here's some of the feedback:

What inputs do the Yamaha HS8's have on the rear panel? The Yamaha HS series provides you with Male XLR and 1/4 TRS Jack inputs on the rear panel.

What makes the Yamaha HS8's better than other Studio Monitors in this price range?
Well, the Yamaha HS series propels clarity to new, unheard of levels. What they may lack in super-low-end, they make up for with a well-rounded, true replication of audio that translates/references better than monitors double the price. 

What you get with the Yamaha HS series is the brand assurance that you're using an established, high-performance and remarkably accurate monitoring system. Based on the NS10s (an industry standard), it's a speaker that truly lives up to the overused line "if it sounds good on them, it will sound good on anything".

How big are the Yamaha HS8's?
Dimentions: 9.8 x 15.4 x 13.1" (250 x 390 x 334 mm)
Weight: 22.5 lb (10.2 kg)

How loud are the Yamaha HS8's? The Yamaha HS8's features a 75W LF woofer and a 45W HF tweeter. Together, each speaker has a 120W output or 240W as a pair.

This is more than enough power to mix with and certainly enough to hold up a room full of your rowdy friends!

Will they suit a large studio? Yes, the Yamaha HS8's are ideal for large sized commercial or home-based studios and deliver enough power to comfortably mix in any environment.

They can perform at a low volume comfortably, but perform better at a higher volume. This means they make a great monitor system for somewhere where volume can be appreciated, however, maybe a little overkill for smaller/compact home studios.

Can I use the HS8's with my Phone? Yes. All you need is the correct cable

i.e. Dual Jack (for the back of speakers) to Minijack (phone), or Dual Male XLR (for the back of speakers) to Minijack (phone).
Enjoy hearing things like never before!

Do I need Acoustic foam (vibropads) for the Yamaha HS8s? You do not need acoustic foam (vibropads), however, it is advised if you intend to place your speakers on a surface where vibrations may occur.

Acoustic foam helps to isolate the speakers so that there is little to no outside influence over their sound. The difference in performance can truly be astounding

Can I use the HS8's for DJing? Yes. The HS8's work great as a DJ monitor because they provide enough output power and clarity to really get into it.

The bass extension on the HS8's also comes in handy to really hone in on the bass and kick, beatmatching is hard as it is, it's even harder when you can't hear what you're matching!

Are they available in different colours? Yes. The Yamaha HS series also comes in white!

See HERE: https://www.gak.co.uk/en/yamaha-hs8-active-monitor-white-single/93145

What music genres do they suit best? Much like the Yamaha HS's 'big brother', the NS10s, the HS series can be used for all styles.

The unforgiving and uncomplimentary nature of these monitors makes them ideal for problem-finding and referencing. Unlike studio monitors with boosted 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 across all styles of music. 

Having said this, my personal opinion is that the Yamahas truly shine on instrument based music like Rock, Indie and Pop

What is the frequency range of the Yamaha HS8's? The HS7's range from 38Hz to 30kHz.

The high-end control of these monitors is next to none at this price range and the bass extension on the larger models (HS7 & HS8) make the HS8's a truly pleasurable listening experience.

What is Room Control and High Trim? On the rear panel, you will find ROOM CONTROL and HIGH TRIM. These allow you to adjust the performance of your monitors to better suit your space. 

Room Control is used to adjust the bass performance depending on how close your speakers are to the wall. 0 is no attenuation (reduction of amplitude). -2 and -4 attenuate the low end from 500hz down by either 2db or 4db. I recommend you find a song you know really well, then find which setting works best for your ears and space.

High Trim is used for boosting or cutting the HS5’s response 2dB above 2kHz, to adjust accordingly for a dull (boost) or live (cut) space.

Do I need a Subwoofer? You do not need a Subwoofer with these monitors, however, it is advised if you want an extra level of control over the bass response. 

The Yamaha HS8S Subwoofer is ideal for those of you who desire the signature flat-frequency character of Yamaha's nearfield reference monitors, yet would like to hear more bass than is provided by just the HS monitors alone. This could be the case with bass-driven genres like Electronic music for instance.

See HERE: https://www.gak.co.uk/en/yamaha-hs8s-subwoofer/81955

Bass Extension with HS8S - 22Hz
Bass Extension without HS8S - 38Hz

  • A low resonance enclosure built using a three-way mitre-joint technique ensures that the corners of the speaker are firmly anchored leading to dramatically improved durability and the elimination of unwanted resonances that can colour the original sound. Yamaha's 'Vortex Sound Control' technology is deployed to decrease unwanted airflows around the speaker ports. This in turn reduces audible noise by up to 6dB.
  • This speakers is a 2-way bass-reflew bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 8" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter
  • 38Hz - 30kHz frequency response
  • 75W LF plus 45W HF bi-amped system (120W total)
  • ROOM CONTROL and HIGH TRIM response controls
  • XLR and TRS phone jack inputs - balanced or unbalanced
  • What are they?
  • This second generation of 'HS' nearfield reference monitors, like their predecessors, share the same design philosophy as the legendary NS-10M studio monitors. Providing accurate signal reproduction and superior sonic performance, the new HS Series consist of 3 new models
  • - HS5, HS7 & HS8 - which employ a new, highly efficient tweeter providing an extended high frequency range up to 30kHz. The matching HS8S 150W powered subwoofer provides an extend bass when a well-defined bottom end is required.



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  • customer


    Excellent speakers

  • W. Brown


    Superb clarity

  • Luca


    Top quality for the money.

  • Tom Milner


    Very happy with these monitors, they make a world of difference.

  • boney mt


    Great monitors for the price, very transparent, not very bassy

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