Yamaha HS5 Review – Good Value? All You Need to Know!

Yamaha HS5 Review
Yamaha HS5 Review

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Yamaha HS5 Review
Yamaha HS5 Review

Yamaha HS5 Review: When it comes to the Yamaha HS5 monitor/speakers there is a lot to like!

Balancing your budget with the need for the most accurate sound reproduction possible can be tough. With the HS5 active studio monitors, Yamaha pushes this cost-to-benefit ratio for you further than ever before.

Yamaha HS5 Speakers Pros

  • Amazing Flat Tonal Response
  • Affordable
  • Presents dynamic ranges clearly
  • Bi-amplified design for undistorted signal across the entire audible spectrum
  • Precision adjustment controls that HS5s shine

Yamaha HS5 Speakers Cons

  • No cables come with the speakers
  • Low end could be better but for the price we can not really complain!

The pros certainly outweigh the cons. Read on for the HS5’s features.

Yamaha HS5 Review – Features

Yamaha HS5 Review
Yamaha HS5 Review

Build Strong Joints!

Much of the innovation in the HS5 series lies in the cabinet design. For inspiration in rethinking the HS5’s housing, Yamaha drew on their 100 justly celebrated years of piano design.

And from their pianos, they developed a three-way mitered-joint technique for these cabinets. This makes them not only minimally cross-resonant, but extremely durable as well.

Please Speak Clearly

Along with good cabinet design, the quality of any monitor comes down to the speakers that it employs, and how they are mounted.

The attractive white 5-inch cone woofer and 1-inch black dome tweeter in each HS5 sits in a uniquely redesigned mounting ring, eliminating the unwanted vibrations that make lesser monitors harder to trust.

Each monitor also employs an extra-large magnet, creating a more uniform flux field. This yields a smooth response and greater dynamic capability over a wider frequency range.

The magnets themselves are selected to provide the greater possible fidelity in the low-end frequencies, which is typically the hardest range to manage when mixing audio. The tweeter frames in turn are built extra-thick, minimizing interference in the high end.


Yamaha HS5 Monitor Review – Power

True Bi-amp Power

The HS5’s 2-way bi-amplified design means that the woofer and tweeter are powered by separate amps. This eliminates undesirable interaction between the units, and any signal distortion resulting from phase difference.

Perfect For Surround Sound Mixing

5.1 and 7.1 surround sound system are continuing to become more commonplace in public and private music listening settings. But a little obvious arithmetic points out that building a surround system for mixing is at least 2 1/2 times more expensive than a stereo setup!

And here’s where the HS5’s price point proves so seductive. With these monitors you can be up and running on a totally balanced surround setup for a more manageable price.

If you combine five or more HS5s with a 120 watt subwoofer (like the Yamaha HS10W) you’ll have a professional-grade surround sound mixing station on your hands.

Yamaha HS7

Yamaha HS7
Yamaha HS7

Excellent studio reference monitors for music or audio post, Yamaha’s HS7 powered monitors provide a flat, accurate response in the tradition of the NS10Ms.

The Yamaha HS7 Active Studio Monitor is the happy middle child in the much-acclaimed HS line of powered speakers!

The price point delivers a power rating of 95 watts, which puts the HS7 right between the HS5 and HS8 in terms of output power.

Yamaha’s all-proprietary design yields an exceptional tonal response and presents dynamic fidelity sufficient for the demands of a professional mixing session.

The HS7 monitors are of true bi-amp design, and drive all the way to maximum output without clipping or distortion, while preserving accurate dynamic ratios.

Yamaha HS5 Vs HS7

We have compared the Yamaha HS5 Vs HS7 moniters and it is difficult to pick between the two. The main differences are:

HS5 Features:

– 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified monitor with white 5″ woofer and black 1″ dome tweeter
– 54 Hz – 30 kHz frequency response
– 45W LF plus 25W HF bi-amp system for high-performance 70W power amplification
– Room Control and High Trim controls for precision adjustment
– XLR and TRS phone jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals 

HS7 Features:

– 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified near field studio monitor with 6.5-inch cone woofer and 1-inch dome tweeter
– 43 Hz – 30 kHz frequency response
– 60W LF plus 35W HF bi-amp system for high-performance 95W power amplification
– Room Control and High Trim response controls
– XLR and TRS 1/4″ jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals 

For the increased monitor size, and larger watt capability we would have to go for the HS7’s. For the small increase in price, the output is far superior and the HS7’s get our vote!

Yamaha HS8

Yamaha 5S8
Yamaha 5S8

Continuing the tradition of the Yamaha NS10Ms, HS8 monitors deliver a flat, accurate response with 8″ white-cone woofers in a bi-amplified powered design.

The Yamaha HS8 Active Studio Monitor is the last word in excellence in Yamaha‘s HS line of powered speakers. In terms of cost-to-benefits, the HS8 unquestionably rewards you for the investment.

These monitors’ perfectly flat tonal response and true-to-life dynamic rendering yields a sound image that is astoundingly clear.

The HS8s are of true bi-amp design, and drive all the way to maximum output without clipping or distortion, while preserving accurate dynamic ratios.

Great Cabinet Design Means Accurate Sound

Like the rest of the HS line, the HS8s benefit from revolutionary cabinet design. For inspiration in rethinking the HS8’s housing, Yamaha drew on their 100 justly celebrated years of piano design.

And from their pianos, they developed a three-way mitered-joint technique for these cabinets. This makes them not only minimally cross-resonant, but extremely durable as well.

Please Speak Clearly

The attractive white 8-inch cone woofer and 1-inch black dome tweeter in the HS5s sit in a uniquely re-designed mounting ring that eliminates any undesirable vibrations.

Each monitor also employs an extra-large magnet, creating a more uniform flux field. This yields a smooth response and greater dynamic capability over a wider frequency range. The magnets themselves are selected to provide the greater possible fidelity in the low-end frequencies, which is typically the hardest range to manage when mixing audio. The tweeter frames in turn are built extra thick, minimizing interference in the high end.

True Bi-amp Power

The HS8’s 2-way bi-amplified designed means that the woofer and tweeter are powered by separate amps. This eliminates undesirable interaction between the units, and any signal distortion resulting from phase differences.

Perfect for Surround Sound Mixing

5.1 and 7.1 surround systems are continuing to become more commonplace in public and private music listening settings.

The HS8 is a premium solution for building out your surround mixing station. Combine a set of four or six HS8s with a single HS10W subwoofer and you’ll be ready to start mixing multi-channel!

Here, There, or Anywhere

Apart from the design of a monitor, the single greatest factor influencing accuracy is the room where they’re located. Room size, shape, and surface materials all affect what you’re hearing during playback.

The HS8 gives you Room Control, Mid EQ, and High Trim controls for good room-matching. You’ll tweak the Room Control setting to compensate for any unnaturally exaggerated low end. Then you’ll use Mid EQ and High Trim switches to get your mids and highs in the right place.

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