Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single)

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Designed as a true reference monitor with exceptionally flat response, in the tradition of the classic NS10's. If your mix sounds good here, it'll sound good everywhere.

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 HS5 Powered Studio Monitor is worthy of your musical masterpieces. Simply put, it ROCKS!

HS5 Features:
  • 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 5" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter
  • 54Hz - 30kHz frequency response
  • 45W LF plus 25W HF bi-amp system for high-performance 70W power amplification
  • ROOM CONTROL and HIGH TRIM response controls
  • XLR and TRS phone jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals

Things You Will Get:

    HS5 Active Monitor
    Power Cable
    Owner's Manual
Frequency Response 54Hz - 30kHz
Manufacturer Number .
LF Amplifier Power 45W
HF Amplifier Power 25W
Power 70W
Additional Controls/Features LEVEL control (+4dB/center click) , EQ: HIGH TRIM switch (+/- 2dB at HF) / ROOM CONTROL switch (0/-2/-4 dB under 500Hz)
Type Active
Enclosure Type Ported
LF Driver Size 5"
HF Driver Size 1"
XLR Input Yes
1/4" TRS Input Yes
RCA Phone Input No
Weight 11.7 lbs.
Dimensions 6.7 x 11.2 x 6.7 inches (WxHxD)
Series HS
Model HS5

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YamahaHS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single)
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Flat response (4)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Recording (3)
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    4.0

    Great Bass

    By 

    from Southern California

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Build
    • Cost
    • Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Studio

      Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

      This Yamaha HS5 single monitor is great in pairs but also works wonders in a 5.1 surround sound system. With 45 watts of lows and 25 watt highs it will handle everything you throw at it. 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

      small sound big

      By 

      from Cincinnati,OH

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Sound quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

        These are perfect for any small space home studio. I use these for my desktop monitors for rough mixes. In a small room where space is limited these are a must. Great lows and crisp highs. the price is right and the sound is spot on.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        4.0

        Quality Reference Monitor

        By 

        from Huntington, NY

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Flat Response
        • Good sound
        • price

        Cons

        • Lacking In The High-end

        Best Uses

        • Mastering
        • Recording
        • Reference Monitors

        Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

        The Yamaha HS5 monitors are great for what they are; a good pair of flat response reference monitors. The fact that they do have a flat response is a positive thing. These monitors will not be tailed to produce more bass or overwhelming high-end, but a slight boost of both frequency spectrums would make them slightly better. The overall output of the monitors are perfect for producers who are looking for a basic pair of reference monitors for a true flat-response playback.

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

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Classic Yamaha Studio Monitor!

        By 

        from King of Prussia PA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Flat Response
        • Look Great
        • Sound great

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Musicians
          • Producers
          • Studios

          Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

          The Yamaha HS5 Studio Reference Monitor is a classic. Based on the original NS10 Studio Monitor, the HS5 is a modern take on the speaker that has been used to craft countless hits. The addition of a built in 70 watt amplifier makes set up a lot smoother. This allows recording artists to plug their audio interface directly into the back of the speaker. These monitors give the artist a completely flat and transparent image of their source material, allowing them to make proper adjustments so that their mixes sound professional every time. Regardless of the genre of music, these monitors come highly recommended to all recording artists and producers who look to take their work to the next level. This is a real hands on product review from Ryan@ Sam Ash King of Prussia.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Reference Monitors

          By 

          from Canoga Park, CA

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Flat Response

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Mixing
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

            Whether you're using these as the main reference for a small home studio, or as another listening option in your more professional setup, these can give you a clear representation as to what your mix sounds like on a variety of speakers

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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Classic Monitors Re-newed

            By 

            from Sam Ash Music Ontario, Ca.

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Reliable
            • Sound great

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

              Based off the classic NS10 studio monitors, the HS5'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 HS5's. "This is a real hands on review by EpR@ Sam Ash Ontario".

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Easy Set Up Monitoring

              By 

              from Ontario, CA

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                    A bit smaller than the HS8 but still powerful and clean sounding. I like that they're active, having active monitors allows the user to have an easy set up process and they can be used for almost any application besides recording, even just a high quality laptop speaker!

                    I'm a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Ontario.

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                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Yamaha keeps the Tradition going

                    By 

                    from Columbus, Ohio

                    Staff Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Great Value
                    • Professional
                    • Top quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Recording

                      Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                      The latest from Yamaha , the company that single-handedly changed the studio-monitor business, does not disappoint. These powered monitors are sufficient for pro application and stand up to models twice the price. Running some acoustic pop, smoothe jazz and then some metal tracks through these,they provided great definition at low and loud volumes. An essential for any home or pro studio.
                      I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash #36

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      superior sound

                      By 

                      from Sam Ash Lombard

                      Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                      The Hs5 is an instant classic. sounds very similar to the studio standard ns10. Very flat sound without being boring. I give this studio monitor 5 stars! This is a hands on product review by Hodari @ Sam Ash Lombard

                       
                      4.0

                      Perfect for a home studio.

                      By 

                      from Clearwater, FL

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about Yamaha HS5 Two-way 5" Active Studio Monitor (Single):

                      Perfect size for a small studio.
                      The sound is great I can hear all the instruments in a dense mix.
                      The right amount of bass response for a small room.
                      This is a real hands on product review from Mike@ Sam Ash Clearwater.

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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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