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)
 
4.8

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        5.0

        Top Notch Monitors

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        from Cinti, OH

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

              If You are mixing music in just about any genre, you can't go wrong with these monitors! Great for low balance, while listening to mid and hi frequencies. I am a reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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              5.0

              What you give is what you get!

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              from Queens, NY

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              Pros

              • durability
              • price
              • Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Studio
                • Small studio

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

                These HS8 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 HS8 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 8" cone woofer is perfect for medium to larger studios.

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

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                5.0

                My NS10M's with Bass Frequency Response!

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                from New Haven, CT

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                Pros

                • Distinct Yamaha Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Studio Monitoring

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

                  I've been using my NS10M's for the past 25 years and haven't looked into changing them... until now. With the HS8's you get an improved frequency response, both on the low and high end(up to 30kHz!!) without changing that Yamaha "flat" sound (gotta be that white cone!). With the internal bi-amplification you get plenty of power perfectly matched and crossovered for both the HF & LF drivers). If you can't get a mix right on these, you might want to think about doing something else.

                  This is a real hands-on product review from Mike@SamAsh NewHaven

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                  4.0

                  Fantastic Clearity

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                  from Indianapolis, IN

                  Pros

                  • Clear
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • No Low End

                  Best Uses

                  • Great For Vocals

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

                  Coming from owning a pair, these are fantastic for recording vocals or talk radio. I used these to record pod casts for about two years and was very satisfied. They are great for really picking out the Highs and Mids in a recording and be able to dial in the clarity.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Studio Monitor

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                  from Orlando FL

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                  Pros

                  • Amazing Prize
                  • Great brand
                  • Great sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • DJ's
                    • Standard Listening
                    • Studios

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

                    Amazing Studio Monitor for every application, from small home studios to large professional locations. Great monitor for a very low prize. "This is a real hands on product review from cristian@ Sam Ash orlando"

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                    5.0

                    Great monitors, Pretty true

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                    from San Antonio, Texas

                    Pros

                    • Easy Set Up
                    • Great price
                    • Sound great
                    • true

                    Cons

                    • None that I can think of

                    Best Uses

                    • Keyboards
                    • Studio Control Room

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

                    I bought these monitors about 5 months ago and I just did my first mixdown with them and I got the mix as the client wanted. I owned a pair Fostex PM8 and with those I was always going back and adjusting my mixes because the bass in my mixes were always way too high, Same set up, same position but with the HS8s and what I hear out of the monitors are what I hear in my car, pc w/headphones and Ipod. I recommend these to anyone who cares about what they put out.

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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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