I am not bias towards any just statements of fact. I think the argument of dull and precise should be put in different context. Lets say for instance you're building a house "from the ground up", to your taste, keyword "your taste". And you wanted to be the one to design every single detail from the flooring to the bed sheets. In this situation the best way to start would be with what? Nothing! Absolutely nothing stripped bare, nothing but wooden frames so you could build your house in every single minute detail to your liking. So the house would be completely "dull". To me that is the yamaha HS80s they are just dull. If you sold a house with just the wooden frames it would be cheap hence why the yamaha's are cheap or cheaper!
They are not, I repeat they are not NS10's (even the manual states that) but they have "some" characteristics of the NS10s in that they are dull with hardly any color at all. If the environment you are working in is dull while your trying to create something immaculate chances are its going to come out IMMACULATE! That dull sound of the Yamaha's forces you to bring out a great sound. You don't stop mixing until the sound that comes out of those Yamaha's sounds great! When your done and take that mix to a car or play on CD it in fact sounds great! and maybe even better.
No in MHO the worse way to build a house from the ground up is to try and build a house thats already built a show house or a house thats already for sale the only option that you have is to place furniture inside. No fun at all! That is my opinion of the Adam 7x. They are so well built that some things are already there like highs. Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B most modern genres highs are very important that polish that sheen needs to be "precise" or....Dull so as to allow you to engineer that sound. If it is already there you wont eng that sound or worse you take it out because you think it is to prominent
Now the argument of "PRECISION" def needs to be brought to the discussion. In retrospect to the construction of the house when you go to build that home you want to find the "BEST" tools you want the best construction company in the neighborhood to come build that house with the best equipment. Why? Because they would be the most "PRECISE". IMHO they Yamaha are in now way precise at all they have a scoop in the mid range (which I find strange why would you scoop a feq that eng's are taught since we are rookies to pay attention or to scoop to glue the track if its to boomy! Why would you feel the need to scoop that in a monitor!?? FAR FROM ME! Maybe they did it to help us out)
Anyway mostly the HS80 are dull but if your dull you dont have to worry bout being precise as we saw with the house dull allows you a lot of possibility to design everything. The Adams are more precise period. Precise with lows, mid range right up to about 5-7K (minus the highs) they are very accurate. Being accurate and precise cost money you want to build a house from the ground up with the best tools and construction be prepared to spend the money.
Bass response - those who say HS have no bass please go to you local gtr center and tell the rep that he has waisted your time and you would like a refund on gas. You should check sound source, cabling and monitoring. The HS have INCREDIBLE bass the freq of the monitor even has a bass boost! They are a 8 inch speaker how could they not have any good bass? No need to even have a sub with them. Adams on the other hand not a whole lot of bass but the bass that it does have it is very accurate.
My Vote ugghhhhh!!!
#1 Yamaha, sorry guys you dont have to pay the price for precision if what you have is just completely dull because you have the option to build that precision from the ground up! Hope your house is better than mine.