Yamaha HS8 Active Studio Monitor

Continuing the tradition of the Yamaha NS10Ms, HS8 monitors deliver a flat, accurate response with 8" white-cone woofers in a bi-amplified powered design.
The Yamaha HS8 Active Studio Monitor is the last word in excellence in Yamaha's HS line of powered speakers. In terms of cost-to-benefits, the HS8 unquestionably rewards you for the investment. These monitors' perfectly flat tonal response and true-to-life dynamic rendering yields a sound image that is astoundingly clear. The HS8s are of true bi-amp design, and drive all the way to maximum output without clipping or distortion, while preserving accurate dynamic ratios.

Great Cabinet Design Means Accurate Sound

Like the rest of the HS line, the HS8s benefit from revolutionary cabinet design. For inspiration in rethinking the HS8's housing, Yamaha drew on their 100 justly celebrated years of piano design. And from their pianos, they developed a three-way mitered-joint technique for these cabinets. This makes them not only minimally cross-resonant, but extremely durable as well.

Please Speak Clearly

The attractive white 8-inch cone woofer and 1-inch black dome tweeter in the HS5s sit in a uniquely re-designed mounting ring that eliminates any undesirable vibrations. Each monitor also employs an extra-large magnet, creating a more uniform flux field. This yields a smooth response and greater dynamic capability over a wider frequency range. The magnets themselves are selected to provide the greater possible fidelity in the low-end frequencies, which is typically the hardest range to manage when mixing audio. The tweeter frames in turn are built extra thick, minimizing interference in read more the high end.

True Bi-amp Power

The HS8's 2-way bi-amplified designed means that the woofer and tweeter are powered by separate amps. This eliminates undesirable interaction between the units, and any signal distortion resulting from phase differences.

Perfect for Surround Sound Mixing

5.1 and 7.1 surround systems are continuing to become more commonplace in public and private music listening settings. The HS8 is a premium solution for building out your surround mixing station. Combine a set of four or six HS8s with a single HS10W subwoofer and you'll be ready to start mixing multi-channel!

Here, There, or Anywhere

Apart from the design of a monitor, the single greatest factor influencing accuracy is the room where they're located. Room size, shape, and surface materials all affect what you're hearing during playback. The HS8 gives you Room Control, Mid EQ, and High Trim controls for good room-matching. You'll tweak the Room Control setting to compensate for any unnaturally exaggerated low end. Then you'll use Mid EQ and High Trim switches to get your mids and highs in the right place.

Features:

- 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified near field studio monitor with 8-inch cone woofer and 1-inch dome tweeter
- 38 Hz - 30k Hz frequency response
- 75W Low Freq. plus 45W High Freq. bi-amp system for high-performance 120W power amplification
- Room Control and High Trim response controls
- XLR and TRS 1/4" jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals
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- Speaker type: 2-way bi-amp powered studio monitor
- Frequency Range (-10dB): 38Hz - 30kHz
- Components: 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
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.8" x 15.4" x 13.1", (250 x 390 x 334 mm)
- Weight: 10.2kg (22.5 lbs.)
- Others: LEVEL control (+4dB/center click) , EQ: HIGH TRIM switch (+/
- 2dB at HF) / ROOM CONTROL switch (0/-2/-4 dB under 500Hz)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black
Shipping Weight: 27.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): YAM HS8
Blemished, Black, Customer Return
Shipping Weight: 27.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MBP YAMHS8
Warehouse Resealed, Black, Customer Return
Shipping Weight: 28.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 14 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NFS YAMHS8
White
Shipping Weight: 28.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 14 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): YAM HS8W
Blemished, White, Customer Return
Shipping Weight: 28.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 14 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MBP YAMHS8W
Warehouse Resealed, White, Customer Return
Shipping Weight: 28.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 14 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NFS YAMHS8W
Black, Pair
Shipping Weight: 55.5 lbs
White, Pair
Shipping Weight: 57 lbs
Black, Pair, with Yamaha HS8S Powered Studio Subwoofer
Shipping Weight: 88.75 lbs
White, Pair, with Yamaha HS8S Powered Studio Subwoofer
Shipping Weight: 90.25 lbs
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 714-522-9011
Web: https://usa.yamaha.com/support

Yamaha HS8 Active Studio Monitor

The Yamaha HS8 is a 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified near field studio monitor with 8" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter.

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 -- which is engineer-speak that simply means they'll sound good on anything. And that is the ultimate goal of any reference monitor. It's also worth mentioning that the HS-series monitors not only sound great, they look great, too. The HS Series features transducers that achieve astonishingly smooth response over a wide range of frequencies.

High-performance Speakers and Mounting System

The elegant white-cone speakers used in the HS-series monitors deliver superlative audio performance that is further enhanced by a carefully engineered mounting system. A system of screws and a specially designed mounting ring eliminates spurious vibration and resonance, allowing the speaker to deliver its full sonic potential. Another feature that boosts woofer performance is a magnet selected to produce accurate, solid low-end response. The tweeter frames employ an advanced smooth-contour design that minimizes losses so that high-frequency details come through with remarkable accuracy. The extra thickness of the tweeter frame also minimizes resonance that can interfere with high-end clarity. The overall result is extraordinarily smooth, accurate response throughout the audio spectrum.

The Benefits of Built-in Power and Bi-amplification

Powered, bi-amplified monitor speakers simply make the most electrical and sonic sense, and that's why they have become the first choice of sound professionals the world over for near- and mid-field monitoring applications. In addition to the obvious advantage that you don't need separate power amplifiers, the fact that power and speakers are integrated in one unit means that the amplifiers can be perfectly matched to the characteristics of the speaker units used so you get consistently superior performance with any source in just about any listening environment. Bi-amplification means that separate power amplifiers are used to drive the low-mid and high-frequency speaker units, and this eliminates interaction between the units as well as the response and phase anomalies introduced by passive crossover networks. Both speaker units can function at optimum performance levels for correspondingly high overall sonic quality.

Large Magnets in an Advanced Magnetic Circuit Design

One feature of the HS-series monitors that you'll hear but are not likely to see is the extra large magnets. In combination with an advanced magnetic circuit design these magnets provide a powerful, uniform, tightly controlled flux field that results in exceptionally smooth response and dynamic capability over a wider frequency range.

Portable, Versatile Monitoring for Your Audio Workstation

All you really need for top-class stereo production capability is a good audio workstation and a pair of HS-series monitors. A system like this is not only portable and extremely easy to set up anywhere you need it, it can deliver outstanding monitoring performance that will let you get your mixes just right. The response-control features of these monitors let you tweak them for the best response no matter where you set them up.

Serious Surround Production

Although stereo is still the most common format for basic music listening, 5.1 surround has become the audio format of choice for today's advanced visual media, and is beginning to be recognized as a superior vehicle for pure musical enjoyment as well. But to properly mix and produce surround sound you need a good 5.1 monitoring system. The HS-series speakers and subwoofer are the perfect choice if you want competitive surround-monitoring performance without having to spend big-studio megabucks to get it. Combine five HS50M or HS80M powered near-field reference monitors with one or more HS10W subwoofers, and you're ready to produce and deliver state-of-the-art surround sound.

Optimum Response In Any Room

Speaker response can vary greatly depending on the size, shape, and surface acoustics of the room in which they're used, as well as how they're placed within that environment. The HS50M and HS80M give you extra room-matching and speaker placement versatility with ROOM CONTROL, MID EQ, and HIGH TRIM response control switches that are specifically designed to compensate for common acoustic deficiencies and monitoring needs. The ROOM CONTROL switch, for example, can be used to compensate for the unnatural low-end exaggeration that usually occurs when speakers are placed close to walls or in corners. The MID EQ switch gives you subtle midrange boost and cut options in addition to flat response, while the HIGH TRIM switch offer the same type of response-tailoring capability for the high frequencies.

Features:

- 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified near field 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
- XLR and TRS phone jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals
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Submitted December 8, 2013 by William M
"Completely satisfied"
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I needed some new monitors. The hs80's were what I was looking for but they had been discontinued. So I ordered the hs8. I don't think you can get a monitor that's this truthful for this price. I'm glad I ordered.
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