Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor

Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor

Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • 120W Total Output
  • 8" Cone Woofer
  • 1" Dome Tweeter
  • Room Control Response Switch
  • High Trim
  • 1x XLR Input
  • 1x 1/4" TRS Input
  • Low Resonance Enclosure
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Yamaha HS8 overview

  • 1Description

The HS8 Powered Studio Monitor from Yamaha is a bi-amplified monitor that is designed for accurate sound reproduction. It is capable of up to 120W of total output and features an 8-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter with waveguide that can produce frequencies up to 30kHz. The HS8 has both an XLR and 1/4" TRS input that accept either balanced or unbalanced signals for integration into a variety of studio setups.

Low Resonance Enclosure Design
HS Series cabinets are designed to eliminate unwanted resonance and increase the accuracy of sound reproduction to their extreme limit. The enclosures are constructed from a dense MDF with a damped acoustic response. HS Series engineers also employed a traditional three-way mitered-joint technique. Common to architectural design, this construction firmly anchors the corners of the enclosure to improve durability and eliminate unwanted resonance that can influence overall sound
Noise Reduction Technology
Speaker port design can greatly influence the clarity of overall sound. Often a vortex at the either end of the port can generate air vibrations inside of the port, causing unwanted noise. By adopting a noise reduction technology that incorporates an analysis of a visual representation of the sound, Yamaha's engineers are able to control and reduce the vortex. Through this analysis Yamaha has arrived at a port design that reduces noise up to 6dB
Controls and Connectivity
HS Series full-range models feature two response controls with settings that allow them to adapt to the surface acoustics of rooms of varying shape and size. ROOM CONTROL allows you to attenuate the unnatural, exaggerated low-end that can often occur when speakers are placed next to walls, while HIGH TRIM allows for more flexible control of high frequency response. For inputs, HS full-range speakers can accommodate a range of balanced and unbalanced sources such as mixers, keyboards and audio interfaces with XLR and TRS phone jacks
UPC: 086792974729
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Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor
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    • 1Description

    Yamaha HS8 specs

    System Type 2-Way Bi-Amped Powered Studio Monitor
    Frequency Response 38 Hz to 30 kHz
    Crossover Frequency 2 kHz
    Transducer LF: 8" (127 mm) Cone
    HF: 1" (25 mm) Dome
    Output Power Total: 120W
    LF: 75W
    HF: 45W
    Input Sensitivity -10 dBu / 10 kΩ
    Inputs 1x Balanced XLR3-31 Type
    1x 1/4" (6.35 mm) Balanced TRS
    Controls Level Control (+4 dB/Center Click)
    EQ: High Trim Switch (+/- 2 dB @ HF)
    Room Control Switch(0, -2, -4 dB under 500 Hz)
    Indicators 1x Power On White LED
    Power Consumption 60 W
    Enclosure Type: Bass-Reflex
    Material: MDF
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 9.8 x 15.4 x 13.1" (250 x 390 x 334 mm)
    Weight 22.5 lb (10.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 28.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 16.2 x 14.3"

    Yamaha HS8 reviews

    HS8 Powered Studio Monitor is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Monitors For the Money I own a video production service company wherein I do most of our editing as well as sound design for client videos. I use these monitors in my editing bay. They are interfaced with a dedicated card. These 8 inch monitors with built in amplification provide a descent flat, clean response for the price. After some configuration of the speakers and the room, I have what I feel like is really good sound imaging from these speakers. I compared other brands and sizes and from my research, I determined these to be in the sweet spot of what I was looking for without breaking the bank. And, I have not been disappointed.
    Date published: 2015-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upgrade For Music Producer: Thrilled After doing much research, bought as gift for family member who is a music producer. He has been on the road a lot, and was using a smaller, 5 nearfield monitor that is more geared toward the EDM and hip hop crowd. Short of breaking the thousand dollar barrier, this seemed to be the most well reviewed among the ported designs in terms of accuracy and bass response. Upon receipt, were surprised by their size; if you are coming from a 5 monitor, these seem to be about twice as big. That said, build quality seems excellent, and he is extremely pleased with the results. Initially the neutrality and accuracy were kind of shocking for him. Once he adjusted, however, he said his music sounds exponentially better when mixed on the HS8s and then played in different environments. He said did not realize how much his older monitors were coloring his music. Says base response is vastly improved and detail is great across the spectrum.
    Date published: 2015-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hear what you are doing - Get em! I edit narrative shorts/films/commercials... This often involves a lot of multitracking/tweaking/cleaning/mixing various audio sources. Embarrassingly enough, my NLE (AVID) setup was previously using gaming speakers. After discovering that a pair of $20 earbuds gave me a more honest reflection of my audio when tooling around in Protools I pulled the trigger on these monitors. In my experience Yamaha has never steered me wrong and since my music/scoring partners use Yamaha monitors it was a no brainer to get the new HS8 as a pair(I dislike Mackies, they sound tuned to me). What a difference! I can now really hear what I'm working on. Seriously, editing sound w/out real monitors is equivelent to CC/grading 35mm film scans or RED footage on an uncalibrated laptop display. Believe it.I orginally was planing on using it w/ an MBOX 3 mini USB audio interface, but when I discoverd the built in sound card in my Mac based system was capable of outputting higher resolution(24bit 96KHz vs 24bit 48Khz on the MBOX 3 mini) I decided to experiment and try feeding these monitors a signal straight from the mac headphone jack into a Nano Patch+ ...I fully expected to get tons of noise... but to my surprise... the headphone jack source from my mac was cleaner sounding w/ tighter bass and silker highs then the MBOX mini!For those trying to replicate this setup on a 2011 or newer Mac, go into your utilities folder and open the Midi Audio Setup and change the headphone jack to 96,000 Hz and set the bit depth to 24bit(or 32bit if ya want), in the same panel set each channel to -10DB, now get yourself a good short 1/8 TRS male to 1/8 TRS male patch cable (I used a HOSA cable from B&H), now plug that into the 1/8 stereo input of the Nano Patch+, next connect your monitors to the Nano via 1/4 TRS cables (I used HOSA again, 10 foot pro cables), finally set the gain on the back of the monitors to -10DB and turn everything on! IMPORTANT - Make sure to turn your Nano volume/attentuator knob all the way to the left(-oo) before turning on your monitors(they get Super LOUD even at half volume). I couldn't be more pleased. I'm getting a better audio interface box soon to explore 192Khz sampling; but frankly, this setup is hard to beat for the buck and sounds super clean. I showed my setup to an audio techy friend that works at a recording studio and he was shocked at the sound quality.On a side note, I know fully appreciate the complaints from some sound folks about the 48Hhz max audio sampling rate on RED cameras.FYI, the bass response is super solid - absolutely no need for the sub unless you're doing serious subsonic work that can't really be heard - low frequency rumbles and such.Get em, don't look back and work w/ confidence.
    Date published: 2013-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and great price! Very pleased with these monitors; I've been producing music for about a year and a half on headphones and this is my first set, so I can't really compare them to other monitors but from my own experience and expectations these sound fantastic. Very clear high end, not harsh at all, and the padding controls on the back are great for tailoring them to your room; I don't have bass traps yet so the -2dB pad on the low end helps a lot to balance out the signal. Would definitely recommend these to any producer, mixer, or listener.
    Date published: 2015-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! Sounds great and looks great as well. Stop reading and just buy.
    Date published: 2014-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet, full, and very accurate. These monitors are wonderfully authentic at all volumes and frequencies. All instruments and voices are accurate when pleasure listening at a faint whisper and when listening for imperfections at volume. These are great for editing or for pleasure. I later purchased the HS8S sub for some additional personal enjoyment.
    Date published: 2016-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I wasn't expecting this,even though I bought similar Yamaha studio monitors years ago! I believe they were the MSP5 and had them for almost about 25 years and sold them for a reasonable price on eBay. They were exceptionally good monitors that lasted while I had them, so hopefully these would outlast the previous pair. They look great! I haven't set them up as yet. I need to order another pad for the other monitor. I believe B&H sent me one free when I ordered 2 monitors, so I was trying to order add another pad, but the B&H app wasn't enabling to do that.So, I waited until after Christmas to open and they only sent one with the pair,so I have to order the other. That's not a problem because B&H is highly recommended by me.
    Date published: 2015-12-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Quality Studio Monitor Choosing studio monitor can be difficult. But I'm glad that I picked up HS8. I had considered smaller ones or other brands for the same price range. I trust Yamaha's quality. This is the right studio monitor for my need. My studio room is not too big and not too small. I originally thought these speakers were too big and heavy. My only wish was if they made the controls in the front panel instead and I would add an extra star in my rating for this (but that's fine since I can control it from my mixer and master volume control). Just make sure to turn the volume down before turning on and off. If you are looking for studio monitors that give good overall output, this is the one. I'm using Kopul's XLR balanced audio cables to connect these to my Yamaha MG166CX-USB mixer.
    Date published: 2013-11-06
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