Studio monitors can have a huge effect on the quality of music productions. Without them, it is impossible to get a true and honest picture of the music. Studio monitors are different compared to consumer-level loudspeakers as they tend to emphasize certain frequencies to give you a better listening experience.
Yamaha studio monitors are one of the most popular studio monitor brands nowadays. With the HS series, Yamaha surely has winners on their battle of competition. For those who don’t have large control rooms, Yamaha HS offers different monitor sizes that might be more appropriate for different respective users. They sound the way studio monitor should sound – revealing, honest and accurate.
Without the hard sell that leads to dodgy mixes, Yamaha HS studio monitors were designed to give you the most precise reference as possible while providing an ideal sonic platform to build on throughout the mixing process.
The Yamaha HS7 is one of the most in-demand Yamaha HS-Series featuring 2-way
The HS7 monitors have solid construction and good looks. It is internally bi-amplified with 60 watts woofer and 35 watts tweeter. The crossover frequency falls down at 2 kHz. It has cabinets that are smoothly-rounded sides and are coated with the scratch-resistant finish. When these monitors are powered up, the front-mounted Yamaha insignia glows. The monitors are provided with a carefully engineered mounting system allowing the speaker to deliver its full sonic potential.
The Yamaha HS8 is featuring a newly designed 1-inch dome tweeter and 8-inch woofer. When power is applied, a white LED illuminates behind the Yamaha logo. This monitor is an altogether more modern proposition. It comes with a flat frequency response and impressively tight deep end bottom. The new HS8 is an updated version of the original HS80M but it has slightly improved drivers and a redesigned cabinet for a more impressive look.
Yamaha HS8 is known for its deeper bass response without sacrificing mid-range clarity. It is nestled with a thick waveguide being positioned above the monitor’s 8-inch cone woofer. The frequency response of the HS8 is stated to be 47 Hz to 24 kHz.
Yamaha HS7 vs HS8
Yamaha’s HS7 and HS8 may look like the classic NS10s. NS10 is the passive, sealed box of Yamaha that looks like something of a studio icon. This old model is an image that Yamaha seems to be capitalizing on especially with the white speaker cones found on their new HS7 model. HS7 is an active speaker which has a mesh grille protecting the tweeter just what they did for NS10. However, NS10 and HS7 is a very different beast from its predecessor.
HS7 has a ported design and is specifically made for studio monitoring making it very different from the so-called twin NS10. On the other hand, the Yamaha HS8 is a pretty son of a gun and is simply a bass heavier monitor which also happens to be a lot bigger and heavier in general. Yamaha HS8 has a much defined low end and it works best as monitors rather than serve as a listening speaker.
With HS8, it is easy to tell whether you have a good or bad mix. Just like HS7, the HS8 is honest when it comes to delivering neutral and clean sound. Both of them have a rock solid build and they are able to pick up even the smallest details.
Yamaha HS7 and Yamaha HS8 are flat, accurate and revealing. They are both honest when it comes to delivering precise sound. If you use both monitor and your mix sounds good in any of them, it will sound good to any source as well.
With Yamaha HS8, the need for an amp is not anymore advisable. With HS7, you may opt to have one. However, the HS7 can still be used and is also expected to sound good without an amp. Amp is not really a necessity but it is an add-on equipment to achieve better sound recording.
Overall, the HS7 may also be flatter than the HS8. This is because the bass of HS7 is leaner when we’re making the comparison. Nevertheless, it is still deep and tight yet does not hit as hard as you want to.
If it is all about sounding, the HS7 is more even sounding across the spectrum. The HS7 also has more balanced sound. On the other hand, the HS8 may fatten the sound a bit but not in a way that it changes the originality of the song or music.
The HS8 has a more defined low end. Unfortunately, it has less mid-range while the HS7 has a better mid-range. The HS7 is also known to produce a more even mid-range all around.
In HS7, using a sub-woofer may extend farther than the HS8. But this does not mean that a sub-woofer may not work anymore in HS8. They do only have little differences.
- Frequency response
The frequency response of the HS7 usually goes down to about 43Hz while the HS8 goes down to 38Hz. There is a subtle difference between the two and that’s can obviously make users think twice which one is great to buy.
When it comes to power, the HS8 studio monitors have slightly more power than the Yamaha HS7 series.
Yamaha HS8 dimensions: 14 x 16 x 21 inches
Yamaha HS7 dimensions: 14.4 x 12.6 x 19 inches
The fight between HS7 and HS8 seems to fair and all of them seem to win with little differences. If your mix sounds good on any of these, it will surely sound on anything!