Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor Review – Fantastic 8″ Speaker

Manufactured by Yamaha, this studio monitor comes in a variety of sizes and two different styles. Along with this, they’re offered in a studio monitor version, as well as a subwoofer version for those that have specific needs. Features of the aforementioned HS8 model include the following:

  • Cone woofer that measures 8-inches
  • 1-inch dome tweeter
  • 38Hz – 30KhZ frequency responses
  • TRS and XLR phone jack-styled inputs
  • High trim controls of response, room control
  • 75W low frequency, 45W high-frequency system, bi-amp

Summary

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The Yahama HS8 is a great choice for anyone looking to equip their home studio with a quality set of studio monitors. The noise reduction technology coupled with the enclosure's design allow for super accurate sound reproduction.

Pros

  • Fantastic sound playback
  • Strong bass
  • Noise reduction
  • Solid build quality

Cons

  • Limited shielding from interference
  • Harder to place in smaller studio setups due to their large footprint

The Breakdown of the Features

For those that are more seasoned when it comes to knowing what they need in a studio monitor, the above specifications may have already helped you decide whether or not you’re going to purchase this. However, for those that aren’t so seasoned and tag themselves as a “rookie”, we’re going to help break down the aforementioned features. In having a 1-inch dome tweeter implemented within this studio monitor, you’re going to be provided with a frequency range that’s extended in comparison with older models and competitor models. The previous models from Yamaha included ¾-inch dome tweeter measurements. For a better and more smooth response from the transducers, these dome tweeters make a difference in terms of accuracy of the signal.

As for the room control, you’re able to reduce the amount of exaggeration and distortion the emitted sounds can experience in certain rooms or against particular walls. The previously stated feature ensures that the sound distortion caused by walls is reduced or eliminated entirely. As for the other feature, the high trim controls, you’re able to have better flexibility when it comes to the response of the high frequencies. Sounds that are unbalanced won’t have to suffer anymore, as the control aspect of the input section ensures that you’re able to fuse both unbalanced and balanced sounds with ease. If you’re using multiple inputs like keyboards, audio interfaces, and even mixers, you’re not going to have a problem when it comes to the meshing of sounds.

As with any type of sound monitor, you're going to want technology that aims to reduce the amount of noise. We aren't talking about bad music or bad artistry; we're talking about excess sounds that may come from tracks when played through the studio monitors. In having this incorporation, you're able to control and reduce what Yamaha calls "the vortex". The design and audible noises ensure that the area in which you're using this studio monitor is going to be the most professional environment possible. The audible noise that it can reduce is anything measured under 6 decibels.

The amp unit of the HS8 series is extremely high performance and utilizes the transducers to ensure synchronicity and consistency in sound. It’s worth mentioning that there is a bi-amp system within the monitor to ensure that you’re able to design for both the tweeter, along with the woofer. Having versatility with the output ensures that you’re going to be able to create magic for the ears.

The First Impression of the Product

Initially, I was nervous on which to choose. Seeing as how there are multiple models that are inclusive of the HS8 series, I was unsure of which one to initially purchase. After reading more on which model may be best for certain types of uses, I thought I would get the most out of the HS8, and boy, I’m glad I purchased this one! I had to do a bit of research on terminology in order to find the best deal. Seeing as how I’m still just learning to work in this field, being able to research enough to make a good purchase was very important to help stop me from buying the wrong product. 

With the Yamaha HS8, there is a better RMS power rating in comparison with other models I’ve found, and the inputs were optimal for how often I would be using them. The frequency response was more than desirable, and I read that the response was much faster than the competitors who were “on the same level” as the HS8. Even though I haven’t been in this industry long, I’ve worked with studio monitors for quite some time for different projects and uses, and I wasn’t happy with the vibration of the walls. I lost out on so much space trying to navigate the studio monitors to the room to reduce vibration against walls. Having to pull out tables and keep the monitors further away from the walls used up an incredible amount of space. The square footage in the area was supposed to be enough – but not when you have bad studio monitors that vibrated the walls when low frequencies were played. Because of this, the Yamaha HS8 was an extremely important purchase, as I read the playback of lower frequencies didn’t emit a hard or heavy vibration around walls. I am now able to use up the space around the area and make more room for other activities – including safety.

The Product’s Performance Compared to HS5/HS7

In terms of quality, the HS5 and the HS7 are both dated versions of the HS8 by Yamaha. While they both had great quality for the time they were released, the HS8 not only has improved installations, but a higher wattage output than the HS5. As for the HS7, the frequency response is a bit on the lower end in comparison with the new and improved HS8. The sizes of the three are respectively different, and the quality of sound that is emitted from the previous two versions are of lower quality than the HS8, which has faster frequency response and slightly different cone measurements. In having slightly different cone measurements, the emitted sound is slightly better than previous versions, as the HS7 is a tad harsh in terms of sound quality.

The specifications for the HS8 rain in at 75W low frequency, along with 45W hi frequency with a system that’s bi-amp. In total, you’ll be receiving 120W. In comparison with the HS7, you’ll only be receiving 95W total, with smaller cone woofers than the HS8. While the differences are minimal, they do make a large difference when it comes to the emittance of sound. For those that work with sound often from their computer, the HS8 monitor speaker will work wonders in comparison with the older models. However, this isn’t to say that these models aren’t worth taking a look at, because they’re of the Yamaha quality and provide optimal sound for the time they were released.

The Product’s Build Compared to the Competitors

While there are many suitors that could be compared to the HS8, there are many people that look towards the PreSonus Eris E8. The aforementioned is pretty close in terms of quality and build, as well as affordability. However, it truly boils down to desires and preferences in sound. While both have fantastic sound, the affordability for the quality of the HS8 is fantastic. There are of course some benefits to using the PreSonus Eris E8, which include being able to tweak with the tuning controls of the acoustics to ensure that your walls won't vibrate during low-frequency playback. It's also worth mentioning that you don't have to worry about this vibration much because of how well the low-frequency aspect is implemented within the HS8. Both of the aforementioned are studio monitor types, and the Yamaha HS8 has a higher price tag. If you’re going for something more affordable, you’ll want to look towards the PreSonus Eris E8, but if you’re looking for something that provides incredible sound along with longevity, you may want to invest a bit more into the HS8. For those that work with music or soundscapes, the investment will pay for itself pretty quickly, as you’ll have the chance to make more for your fans.

When it comes to the build of the HS8, the model in question today is the 8”, although the single units come in 5” and 6.5” – unlike other brands that only come in the 6.5” size. Having variety in size allows you to maximize on your space and allow the acoustics in the room to sound better to your listeners. You may also purchase this series model in subwoofer, as well.

The Sound Quality of the Yamaha HS8

As we’ve mentioned in previous sections, the sound quality – especially those heavier bass sounds, is fantastic. You won’t have to worry about the quality of the sound being compromised due to a lower quality studio monitor, and you’ll be able to satisfy your ears and other listeners with ease. A more clear and less harsh sound than competitors, the HS8 is a fantastic buy that promises longevity. While the HS8 series has more of a thinner sound, it’s not overly heavy and low like competitors. Removing the overly low sound ensures less vibrations to the items (and walls) around the studio monitors. Having this as a feature allows those around to focus more on the sound quality rather than the annoyances that come along with a bad studio monitor.

The Advantages of the Product

One of the primary advantages of this product includes the enclosure design that aims to provide low resonance. In having these enclosures, the dense materials ensure that the response of the acoustics is optimal. You’re able to use this studio monitor perfectly with those that are reference monitors. Yamaha aims to please when it comes to the architecture of a studio monitor, as it vastly changes the way the sound can be played back. If you’re looking for something that eliminates resonance that’s unnecessary and unwanted, you’ll want to seek out the HS8 from Yamaha.

Another advantage of the Yamaha HS8 is the noise reduction technology that has been implemented within this series. Being able to reduce sounds as high as 6 decibels ensures that you’re going to be receiving the most accurate and clear sound possible through your studio monitors. Those who work with sounds for a living and are professionals serving fans will want to take advantage of the Yamaha HS8 studio monitor series. Now, let’s take a gander at some of the more not-so-desirable things you may want to know about the HS8.

The Disadvantages of the Product

There aren’t too many disadvantages of this product, but if you’re someone who doesn’t work professional and has limited desk space, the 8-inches may be a bit too much. It’s worth mentioning that this doesn’t affect the performance whatsoever, and there are always ways to free up space (utilizing floating shelves). Another disadvantage is that those who want to hook up the studio monitor to their iPhone will have to purchase a Y cable to split to one of the included input cords. It’s not included, but there are ways to be able to hook up the two together. Again, the previously stated doesn’t have any adverse effects on the performance of the product.

What’s in the Box?

Within the contents of this package, you’ll be receiving the Yamaha HS8 studio monitor. However, this is a single unit and not a full accessories bundle. If you opt for the accessories bundle, you’ll receive the JSMS70 ultimate speaker stands (two for two monitors), two HS8 monitors from Yamaha, as well as the XLR male cables (10 foot), and two of the Hosa cables STX110M ¼. There unfortunately isn’t any word of a warranty, but this could be just a listing error from the manufacturer. Yamaha is traditionally a decent company when it comes to customer service and warranties. All it takes is a bit of digging.

The Final Verdict


Overall, the Yamaha HS8 studio monitor is a fantastic purchase for those looking to rock the world of sound. Whether you’re just breaking out into the scene of being a professional or you’re someone who wants to upgrade your earlier HS series studio monitors, the HS8 is the way to go, although we can’t say much bad about the HS80m – another version of the HS8. In the end, it comes down to the brand that you prefer and your budget.

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