Yamaha HS8

120W Powered Studio Monitor with 8" Cone Woofer, 1" Dome Tweeter, and Room Control and High-trim Response Controls (each)
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Monitors Deliver Precise and Accurate Playback

The Yamaha HS8 active studio monitor will help you make better-sounding recordings. Yamaha's nearfield monitors with their iconic white-coned woofers have been ubiquitous in top studios worldwide ever since the original NS-10s hit the scene in the late '70s. Yamaha (never content to rest on its laurels) has continuously developed and perfected the design, resulting in HS series monitors with newly designed bi-amplified drivers and scientifically ported enclosures that deliver amazing accuracy and vanishingly low coloration. Don't mix in the dark. Nail what you're after, without the guesswork, with Yamaha's HS8.

Yamaha HS8 Active Studio Monitor at a Glance:
  • High-performance drivers and mounting system
  • Beefy magnets; Advanced Magnetic Circuit design
  • Optimum response in any room
High-performance drivers and mounting system

The drivers used in the HS series monitors deliver superb audio performance that is considerably enhanced by a sophisticated mounting system. A scientific arrangement of screws and a specially designed mounting ring eliminate unwanted vibration and resonance, letting the speaker realize its full sonic potential, without distortion or coloration. Yamaha selects their magnets to optimize solid low-end response. Tweeter frames use an advanced smooth-contour design that minimizes losses, letting you hear high-frequency details with stunning accuracy. The extra thick tweeter frame also diminishes resonance that can interfere with treble clarity. The bottom line? Smooth, accurate response throughout the audio spectrum. And that translates to better-sounding recordings for you.

Beefy magnets; Advanced Magnetic Circuit design

HS series monitors rock extra large magnets. Why is this important? In concert with the HS8's Advanced Magnetic Circuit design, these beefy magnets deliver a robust, uniform, and tightly controlled flux field that yields exceedingly smooth response and dynamic efficiency over a wider frequency range.

Optimum response in any room

HS series monitors deliver outstanding monitoring performance, enabling you to get your mixes just right. Even better, you can take your accurate monitoring on the road. The HS8 boasts room control and high-trim response controls that let you tailor your monitors to your room for optimal response. So whether you're in a control room or in a cramped remote truck, you'll always be able to trust your monitoring.

Yamaha HS8 Active Studio Monitor Features:
  • High-performance drivers and mounting system
  • 8" cone woofer, 1" dome tweeter
  • Impressive 38Hz to 30kHz frequency response
  • Large magnets in an Advanced Magnetic Circuit design
  • Built-in bi-amplification: 75-watt LF, 45-watt HF
  • Dedicated power amps are perfectly matched to the woofer and tweeter
  • Enclosure is designed to kill unwanted resonances that can influence sound
  • Room control and high-trim response controls give you optimum response in any room
Nail what you're after, without the guesswork, with Yamaha's HS8!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 8"
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 75W
HF Driver Power Amp 45W
Total Power 120W
Frequency Range 38Hz-30kHz
Crossover Frequency 2kHz
Enclosure Type Ported
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (TRS)
Height 15.4"
Width 9.8"
Depth 13.1"
Weight 22.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number HS8

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Terrific Monitors!!! Dare to Compare!

These monitors are clearly the best choice for any home studio! They are ultra flat, articulate, and in my opinion give a true representation of my recordings. I wanted to not only review these but, offer a comparison for my fellow audiophiles. There were two brands I put head to head. Based on reviews, I expected the JBL's LSR 308's to be better. Now that I have used both, I can do an informed comparison. I purchased the JBL's first. Admittedly I was just not blown away by them. The cabinets are cheap and where was the detail I kept hearing about? I have desperately tried to love them because I spent a lot. They have since come down in price. While they do sound amazing cranked up I felt they were somewhat muddy and lacked detail at low-mid volumes. To be honest for the studio I was pretty disappointed.They were not near as loud as the HS8's are either. However, because of a more "colored" sound the JBL's are killer for listening. They are still a great speaker. In my opinion though, I found them pretty useless for mixing. Everything sounds good on them. I played the same tracks on the Yamaha's and found I was able to hear more detail ( good and bad) that did not show up on the JBL's. The HS8's translate better too. They feel ever so slightly more harsh to the ear but they are balanced, and loud. The HS8's work in a normal sized room well also. To be fair the JBL's might work better in a huge room. However, in the end most of us do not have that kind of real estate available. In my comparison test, I choose the HS8's. They speak the truth. They have somewhat less bass than the JBL's but I still do not feel the need to use a sub. They do sound awesome if you want to add one. In conclusion, if you are serious about recording and want to get a mix you can live with, my vote is for the Yamaha's. These are top sellers for the same reason the NS10's were. For your reference I have some treatment in my larger than average room. Sorry JBL peeps these HS8's definitely have the edge!!
Music background: Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist
5/5

All I can say is... Sheesh.

The range of these speakers are awesome! It's funny to think that the cheaper monitors are used to compare back and forth after the mastering process. If for some reason they went bad then, I'd be calling my Sweetwater Rep. ASAP! I'm a believer.
Music background: Producer and Composer
5/5

Great Monitor

These monitors are flat good for mixing your tracks and has some real power behind them as well.
Music background: producer
5/5

Excellent monitors, especially for the price

I've owned a pair of HS8's for a couple months now, and I couldn't be more pleased. I have also owned a pair of Dynaudio BM 6A's and the Yamahas really hold their own for half the price! Highly recommended.
Music background: Engineer / Musician
5/5

First set of monitors I bought

HS8 (and the HS8S subwoofer) are the first set of studio monitors I've purchased, so I do not have adequate experience to comment how they sound against other models/brands. However, compared to other speakers I own (PA, home stereo, car), I'd say the set (two HS8 and one HS8S) is very good and my favorite set of speakers. I am extremely particular about audio and I have no complaints with the HS8+HS8S. The HS8 have very clear + detailed sound and are loud when you want them to be. I am able to hear details in the mix that were not as apparent with other speakers. The HS8S sub pushes bass frequency in a similar way as is heard in a car loaded with aftermarket amp and sub. I'm far from a studio expert, but I'm thinking that if the goal is to verify an A++ mix on an aftermarket style car stereo, it would be beneficial to purchase the HS8S subwoofer also.
Music background: Hobbyist, Recording, Live Sound, Guitarist, Drums

Sweetwater Advice

Rob Parker

I have been mixing and even mastering on Yamaha HS8 monitors in my studio for many years. They give me a clear picture of what I'm working with, but also sound pleasing enough for casual listening. They translate well and really help take the "trial-and-error" out of mixing. Not to mention that the white cones are reminiscent of the famed NS-10 monitors are very stylish! The HS8s are easily my favorite near-field monitors in their price range.
See also: Powered Monitors, Yamaha, Yamaha Active Monitors