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)
 
5.0

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        5.0

        BEST OF THE BEST

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        from Springfield, NJ

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

              I personally own a pair HS7s but are very satisfied with sound and performance the HS5s gives out... "the Little big sound" I call them.

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              5.0

              Little Brother to HS8 with a Big Sound

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              from Springfield N.J.

              Pros

              • Flat Responce

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

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

              Great for near field reference monitoring
              and mixing. Like there big brother the HS8 they deliver flat accurate play back. Allowing for great translation to other play back systems. When coupled with the HS8S sub it's as though its big brother is in the room! This is a real hands-on product review from John B. @ Sam Ash Springfield.

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              5.0

              SOUNDS LIKE EARGASM TO ME

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              from MARGATE, FL

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

                    First Time I listen to this speakers It reminded me of The original industry standard Ns7.However these were powered and refined.I play some of my favorite tracks that I love and know and yet I listened and heard instrumentation I never heard before. Yamaha has I winner with this HS series of studio monitors.These are very clear and flat sounding over the whole frequency range.There is no artificial boost in the bass so you hear exactly how music was recorded.For any size studio I pair of the Yamaha HS monitors is a plus and shaves alot of time trying to get the perfect mix.

                    REVIEWED BY MELLO T @SAMASH MARGATE,FL

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                    5.0

                    Yamaha never dissapoints!

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                    from Ontario, CA

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                    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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                      5.0

                      Great monitors for the price

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                      from Indianapolis, IN

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                      Pros

                      • Clean and Crisp
                      • Good response
                      • Great sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • DJ
                        • Home
                        • Medium sized rooms
                        • Small gigs

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

                        This is a great monitor for the price! You really can't beat it. The highs and mids are very clean and crisp. You can hear very small details, which is what some monitors lack. The bass is also very good. Really good for home entertainment or DJ'ing and great for medium sized rooms. With what this provide with monitors you can beat the buck!

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                        5.0

                        HS5 is the way to go!

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                        from Queens, NY

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                        • durability
                        • price
                        • Sound

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                          Best Uses

                          • Medium Studio
                          • Small studio

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

                          These HS5 monitors are the next step from the discontinued NS-10. The NS-10 were the industry standard and now Yamaha has made the enxt step. The HS5 monitors won't hide any faults in your music, what you hear is what you will get anywhere. The bass isn't too heavy on these, but if you are into that, there is a sub you can pick up for it. The 5" cone woofer is perfect for medium to smaller studios.

                          "This is a real hands on product review from Scott @ Sam Ash Queens"

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                          5.0

                          best studio monitors

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                          from Carle Place, NY

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                          Pros

                          • Articulate
                          • Clear Sound
                          • Flat Response

                          Cons

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                            • Home
                            • Studio

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

                            When I first heard these, I had to have a pair of them. I initally was looking into the Rokkit monitors but was blown away by the HS5's. The Yamaha's are very very clear and articulate with a perfect sound. The Rokkit's I found were muddy in comparison. For home studio or just listening, the HS5's are surely the way to go. If you want bigger monitors, they come in 7" and 8" as well for a better bass response.

                            I am a sam ash staff reviewer @ carle place, NY

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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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