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Yamaha HS8 8" Studio Monitor


The Yamaha HS8 is the biggest and most versatile of the HS line of studio monitors. It is a 2-Way powered studio monitor with an 8" low-frequency driver and 1" dome tweeter. Featuring a 120W bi-amplification system, the HS8 is capable of a flat 38Hz - 30kHz frequency response. This brings the HS8 closest to the legendary NS-10M studio monitor found in professional studios the world over.
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Yamaha HS Series - Born from the Legendary NS-10M

The HS8 monitors are some of the best performing monitors in their class and price range. They are born from the rich heritage of the NS-10M. In just about every major studio in the world, the iconic white cones of the Yamaha NS-10M monitors can be seen sitting on the meter bridge of the console. Why? Because the NS-10M's frequency response is considered to be extremely "flat" and if your mix sounded good in them, they would sound good anywhere.

While the NS-10M is no longer in production, Yamaha has taken that heritage and applied it to the HS8. Focusing on sonic purity, the HS8 delivers your mix in the most natural and accurate way possible. Newly developed transducers, a high performance amplifier, low resonance enclosure design, and professional I/O make the HS series some of Yamaha's best, and the best you'll find in a home studio.

New Transducer Design

Image of the Yamaha HS8 at an angle.

The HS8 is the largest in the HS line. The HS8 features Yamaha's new 8" woofer design that is capable of response down to 38Hz, more than enough low-end for just about every style of music. The new woofers use carefully selected magnets to provide ultra-low distortion and defined bottom at just about any volume level.

All of the HS monitors, including the HS8, include a brand new 1" dome tweeter design that is extremely efficient and is extends the high frequency response all the way up to 30kHz. The HS8's tweeter uses a wave guide specially designed to minimize internal vibration, ensuring that what you're hearing is your music and not the hardware itself.

New Noise Reducing Port Design

The HS8 monitor, along with the rest of the HS line, feature Yamaha's new noise reduction technology. Using highly sophisticated computer audio imaging technology, Yamaha engineers have developed a new port technology that is capable of reducing audible noise up to 6dB. This technology minimizes air vibrations inside the port itself, as well as reduced resonance within the enclosure itself.

I/O and TRIM Controls

Image of the rear of the Yamaha HS8 studio monitor.

The HS8 studio monitor has the professional audio connections you need to connect to your audio interface or output card. The HS8 has both XLR and ¼" TRS connections. There is also a level control that allows you to balance the input level for the device you're connected to.

Most of the time in a home studio environment, studio monitors are sitting atop a desk, usually up against a wall or corner. While this is not the most ideal placement, it's the only choice sometimes because of space constraints within the room. Bedrooms and basements are where you'll find most studio spaces in a home. When backed up against a wall, low-frequency resonance can build up giving you a less than accurate representation of the low-end in your mix. The HS8 helps combat this effect with a ROOM CONTROL switch that can attenuate everything below 500Hz by -2 or -4 dB. There is a also a HIGH TRIM switch that can be set flat, or give you ± 2dB of extra control of everything above 2kHz.

Yamaha HS Series User Manual (PDF)

Yamaha HS8 Technical Specifications
Speaker Type 2-Way bi-amp powered studio monitor
Frequency Range (-10dB) 38Hz - 30kHz
LF Driver 8" cone
HF Driver 1" dome
Crossover 2kHz
Output Power 120W (LF : 75W, HF : 45W)
I/O Connectors XLR, 1/4" TRS
Power Consumption 60W
Shape Bass-reflex type
Cabinet Material MDF
Dimensions (W x H x D) 9.8" x 15.4" x 13.1"
Net Weight 22.5 lbs.
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