Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single)

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The ultimate update for the classic NS10 studio monitors that defined generations of hits that defined real-life studio monitoring, while keeping with today's new sound and digital production challenges.

The terms “analog” and “vintage” seem to be the big keywords that constantly pop up in defining quality studio gear we know has always delivered  the natural sound we've always demanded, even while working in today's digital realm.

Modeled after it's predecessor and improved from there
Today's major facilities still rely on Yamaha’s historically famous nearfield studio monitor, the celebrated but now discontinued NS-10. It has always remained the epitome of  the term “industry standard.” They were seen, heard and photographed in thousands of world-class studios. Noted for their brutally honest sound reproduction and unflattering response, these ever-popular monitor speakers are still sought after to this day in spite of the fact that they’ve been discontinued. The old saying went, “If it sounds good on the NS-10s, it’ll sound good on anything.”

A 2-Way Amp for a 2-Way Monitor
Yamaha designed the HS series monitors with a special 2-way speaker set. A new woofer and tweeter, each powered by their own dedicated amps, giving the NS10-tradition of flat response that means that your mixes will have their deficiencies revealed so you can make accurate decisions throughout your mixing process. But, unlike the NS-10, the white polypropylene cone woofer and a newly-designed 1" dome tweeter have an extended range much more in-line with the demands of today’s low-end content in many styles of today’s popular music.

As analog meets digital, your vocals, keyboards and guitar solos can keep their natural place in the mix as they always have, while your sub-bass and ultra-highs get their chances to shine as well. This will enable your final mixes to translate accurately and honestly to the outside world...ultimately what the NS-10's were famous for.

100 Years of Solid Sound-Friendly Cabinet Design
The monitor’s enclosure is constructed of high-quality MDF material and a multiple layer finish that minimizes resonance. This is where Yamaha's century of experience in making pianos comes in handy, giving you a cabinet that properly handles the frequencies that pass through it. Even the corners have a special 3-way mitered corner design that provides strength and unity. The white woofer cone recalls the look of the classic Yamaha NS-10, adding low-damping rubber surrounds and full magnetic shielding so using them near your computer monitor screen won't be an issue. Around the back you’ll find both XLR and ¼” connections along with room control/frequency response switches that will tailor the speaker’s frequency output to your particular working environment. Very handy for less than perfect room dimensions.

With its famous heritage, full-range yet accurate sound reproduction and devastatingly handsome looks, the Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor is worthy of your musical masterpieces. Simply put, it ROCKS!

HS8 Features:
  • 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield 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

Things You Will Get:

    HS8 Active Monitor
    Power Cable
    Owner's Manual
Frequency Response 38Hz - 30kHz
Manufacturer Number .
Type Active
Enclosure Type Ported
LF Driver Size 8"
HF Driver Size 1"
XLR Input Yes
1/4" TRS Input Yes
RCA Phone Input No
LF Amplifier Power 75W
MF Amplifier Power N/A
HF Amplifier Power 45W
Power 120W
Additional Controls/Features LEVEL control (+4dB/center click) , EQ: HIGH TRIM switch (+/- 2dB at HF) / ROOM CONTROL switch (0/-2/-4 dB under 500Hz)
Weight 22.5 lbs.
Dimensions 9.8 x 15.4 x 13.1 Inches (WxHxD)
Series HS
Model HS8

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YamahaHS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single)
 
4.9

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Clear (3)
  • Sound (3)

Cons

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    • Mastering (4)
    • MIXING (4)
    • Recording (3)
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    5.0

    Bi-amplified

    By 

    from Southern California

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Build
    • Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Studio

      Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

      This Yamaha single monitor is great in pairs but also works wonders in a 5.1 surround sound system. With 75 watts of power it will handle everything you throw at it. It features a single XLR and 1/4" input with a standard power cord which is supplied. This is a real hands-on product review from David @ Sam Ash Ontario.

       
      5.0

      Great 8" Studio Monitor

      By 

      from Huntington, NY

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear
      • Great sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mastering
        • Recording

        Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

        I did a side-by-side comparison between the HS8 and the M-Audio BX8 D2 monitors. I was quite surprised that they both performed to about the same level as each other. The HS8's had a nice full body sound with plenty of low end present in the room the test was performed in. I feel the highs were lacking slightly compared to the M-Audio's, but they weren't as "harsh" as some monitors are known to be. These monitors are best for larger settings, but can work for a small studio space as well. A subwoofer would not be necessary if using in a smaller space.

        Overall, out of most of the 8" monitors in this price range, I would recommend the HS8's as your go-to monitor.

        This is a real hands-on product review from Steve @ Sam Ash Huntington.

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        5.0

        GREAT MIXES!

        By 

        from ontario, ca

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accuracy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mastering

          Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

          mixing, engineering. This is a real hands on product review from Steve@ Sam Ash Ontario

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          5.0

          Great for studio

          By 

          from Cincinnati,OH

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Sensitivity
          • Size
          • Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Studio

            Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

            I have used these in a studio as monitor playback speakers and they are great. They producer a very flat honest sound which is key for playback. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Muisc

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            5.0

            NS10 Alternative

            By 

            from Canoga Park, CA

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Super Flat Response

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Recording
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

              I get asked a lot about Yamaha NS10's which are of course discontinued. Whether people want to use them as a primary monitor for mixing and playback or they have some super high end monitors and want the NS10's as a reference, they have a reputation for true response. If it sounds good on them, it'll sound good in a car, on a boom box, on a clock radio, or through earbuds plugged into an ipod. Personally, I feel that the HS8's are every bit as good as the NS10's. If anything, they're a little better quality, which represents the better quality of most people's sound setup these days. I think these are perfect.

              This is a real hands-on review from Josh @ Sam Ash, Canoga Park, CA.

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              5.0

              Yamaha has yet another wnner

              By 

              from Columbus, Ohio

              Staff Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear
              • Great Value
              • Warm

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • MIXING

                Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                The Yamaha HS 8's are a totally versatile set of powered studio monitors. based on the legacy of the NS 10s. They sound great at low and loud volumes with plenty of head-room for checking sounds and great definition and depth perception for mixing.
                I am a hands-on staff reviewer at Sam Ash #36.

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                5.0

                These things sound awesome!

                By 

                from Ontario CA

                Staff Reviewer

                Pros

                • great frequency range

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                    These things have great flat response. If you've ever recorded real instruments in a studio you know exactly what I mean. Yamaha has really done a great deal of work to get this kind of frequency range and response at a price that anyone with a home studio can afford.

                    This is a real hands-on review from Bryan @ Sam Ash Ontario

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                    5.0

                    A studio industry standard reincarnated

                    By 

                    from Sam Ash Music Ontario, Ca.

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Great sound
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                      Based off the classic NS10 studio monitors, the HS8's keep the tradition alive. Great quality studio monitors. Well made, and a great price range. With the 2 way amp, you will hear an accurate mix when you are in the studio. Good monitors can make all the difference, so why risk all your time and hard work with monitors that don't measure up? Invest in a pair of HS8's. "This is a real hands on review by EpR@ Sam Ash Ontario".

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                      4.0

                      Trust what you hear!

                      By 

                      from New York

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Image Representa

                      Cons

                      • Room Dependent

                      Best Uses

                      • Production

                      Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                      I used it in a studio surrounding where the environment was not properly designed. The results were so pleasant that we (the artist and I) learned to trust these monitors.

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                      5.0

                      Punch, Clarity & Accuracy

                      By 

                      from New Haven, CT

                      Verified Reviewer

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about Yamaha HS8 Two-way 8" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                            The Yahama monitors are a great way to get your perfect mixes without added frequencies. And with this price you seriously won't go wrong with this purchase. This is a real hands on review from Big Jim at Sam Ash New Haven.

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                            The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for three years and labor for three years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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