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 .
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
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)
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)
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Flat response (3)
  • Price (3)
  • Sound (3)

Cons

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3.0

It's not about that bass, that bass

By 

from Indianapolis, IN

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Reference Monitors

Cons

  • Very flat

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

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

I'll admit these are good speakers, but they just don't live up to the hype in my book. They have great response for highs and midrange, but really lack when it comes to bass response. Now pair these guys up with the HS8S (sub) and you are in business. A little pricy for the two monitors and the sub, which would be my ideal setup for these speakers, but in the end its well worth the investment.

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4.0

Good things come in small packages.

By 

from Miami Lakes, FL

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • durability
  • price
  • Sound
  • Transparency

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Studio

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

    Don't let their size fool you. These little guys pack a punch. One thing I look for in choosing studio monitors is transparency. I want to hear my mixes the way they are without any added coloring from speakers. Yamaha's HS5's are pretty true to form.

    Crystal clear and yet very powerful for their size. Even the look is very reminiscent of the legendary Yamaha NS-10 which was their flagship and found in every studio, I've mixed dozens of projects with these and I gotta say that they are the perfect balance of quality as well as value. Monitor positioning is critical as with any studio monitor so make sure you have them at the right height as well as the right angle to ensure that sweet spot. Don't be afraid to pull out a ruler and get exact measurements.

    These little powerhouses are a great way to get you started on producing some great mixes. I've even seen these in top of the line pro studios where the engineer wants a 2nd or 3rd pair of speakers for an alternate monitor reference. Thumbs up!

     
    5.0

    Flat but still dynamic

    By 

    from Dallas, TX

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clarity In Midrange
    • Flat Response
    • Yamaha Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mastering
      • MIXING
      • Recording

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

      Modeled after the NS-10 industry standard speakers, The HS5 monitors give you that flat response to get your mixes just right. While not near as flat as the NS10s, the HS5s have serious clarity in the midrange. This gives you the ability to really get that separation from your instruments. I found my mixes had much more definiteion when using the HS5s. This is a real hands on review from Bryan @ Sam Ash Dallas.

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      5.0

      Flat-response speaker for mixing..

      By 

      from Columbus, OH

      Staff Reviewer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            These are the perfect solution for anyone needing set of flat-response speakers for mixing. These speakers will allow the true recorded mix to be heard, allowing for you to make the proper adjustments in the mix. That being said, the lows are definitely nicely focused while the highs were clear and clean. Durability is spot-on. These monitors should last for quite some time.

            This is a real hands on product review from Christian @ Sam Ash Columbus.

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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.

               
              4.0

              Quality Reference Monitor

              By 

              from Huntington, NY

              Staff 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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              5.0

              Classic Yamaha Studio Monitor!

              By 

              from King of Prussia PA

              Staff 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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                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

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                  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

                   
                  5.0

                  Yamaha never dissapoints!

                  By 

                  from Ontario, CA

                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Affordable
                  • Durable
                  • Great tone
                  • Great warranty

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home theatre
                    • Mixingmastering
                    • Play Back
                    • Recording

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

                    I bought these after hearing and working with KRK's, and then hearing these and spent a little more money. Absolutely perfect flat monitoring, no coloring of sound. Crystal clear, accurate sound. Love them and so glad I spent the little extra, will have these for a lifetime and never regret it.

                    A hands on reviewer at Sam Ash #41

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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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