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jpanderson80 9th December 2011 04:24 PM

Yamaha HS80M
The Yamaha HS80M monitors throw a nod to the classic NS-10 monitors. The white cones, black enclosures and honest referencing are the features that will immediately remind you of the classics. But the HS80M is a newer version - featuring new updates...

The monitors are powered, with 120 watts of bi-amped power for the 8 inch woofer (75w) and 1 inch tweeter (45w). The monitors accept input from both balanced and unbalanced XLR and TRS signals. Also found on the rear of each monitor is a flexible EQ section. This includes four parts: Mid EQ, Room Control, High Trim and Low Cut. Boosts and cuts can be made here to help fine tune your listening environment. Or one can choose to leave the settings in the "flat" position, to neutralize the monitors from influencing a tuned room.

Overall, in my experience these monitors are simple, and provide easy listening. Clarity has not been a problem. For around $350 each (retail) they represent the leader in my mind for value and performance in the "Under $1,000/pair" category. Compared to other monitors in this category in a head to head listening situation, I noticed that the HS80M's were not as beautiful in the high mids. They were not harsh, by any means, but not as enjoyably pristine. In mixes, I've found no problems with this range of frequencies. Ear fatigue has not been an issue, even after extended sessions.

Low end: The 8 inch woofer certainly helps the user find those low end frequencies easier, with the HS80M capable of reproducing tones from 42Hz to 20kHz. After studying some reference tracks and listening to the low end on these monitors, I was able to reproduce a nice bass and kick sounds without much guessing-burning CD-running to the car-etc... It is nice to be able to trust your monitors and ears in this regard.

CONCLUSION: While the Yamaha HS80M are not the most fantastic sounding monitors available in their price range, they are tremendous for performing their specific duty: producing a listening experience that allows the engineer to produce a mix that will translate well to other systems/environments. They truly follow in the footsteps of the NS-10, by the old mantra: "If it sounds good on the HS80M's then it will sound good anywhere." And being able to trust a mix, it is a benefit that an engineer cannot overlook.

Barrington 9th December 2011 11:06 PM

Lamer NS-10s
These arnt worth it. They are trying to sound like NS-10s but there more expensive and they don't sound like NS-10s. If your looking at these you might as well just go on eBay and find an old pair of NS-10s and call it good.

vivid435 20th December 2011 03:16 PM

sound great
picked these up about two months ago. they are quite large and heavy monitors but are built to last.

so much value for money with these monitors. picked them up for $800 and they sound great. really flat and clear response which helps your mixes translate well. would recommend for anyone looking for monitors under $1000. although there is the option to purchase a yamaha subwoofer, the 8 inch cones provide plenty of bass without sounding muddy. the frequency range is large from 42hz to 20khz, which may be a problem for really small rooms. although at the back of the monitors are eq controls; mid eq, room control and high trim. this allows for control of the eq for rooms that can't afford proper treatment, so may still have frequency issues.i haven't had any issues with ear fatigue regardless of the fact that many claim the highs are harsh.

about the comparisons to the ns10s, yamaha are not trying to make them sound the same, they have improved them while still maintaining the key feature of the ns10s, the fact that the mixes translate well to many environments. the yamahas are very solidly built, the tweeters have a metal grill. they are also magnetically shielded.

would like to finish by saying that these are very clear monitors and great for people starting out as they will help produce great mixes due to everything sounding flat on them, nothing is glossed meaning you will work harder to improve your mixes.

skellington 21st December 2011 08:37 PM

Look at the price
I had these for about a month for testing (until I decided to go for a completely other and more expensive model) but I did like them.

I cannot comment on how they compare to the NS-10, but I think these are serious monitors at an attractive price point. Not the most neutral ones, not without any issues, but with a solid overall tone, good imaging and lots of bass (for their size).

At smaller rooms, I'd say there is not really the need for an extra subwoofer. If you're on a budget, you can get a lot of work done with a pair of these and nothing else.

IGive'nTakeInfo 23rd December 2011 04:37 AM

first off, these are not supposed to sound like ns10's. the speaker box is quite a bit bigger than an ns10's and the cones are different sizes so go figure they do not sound the same.

this is a good set of speakers to track with and to use as a reference when mixing along with a mono mixcube and a high end pair of near fields.

Great for the price. Look good. Solid Build. Only $800 for the pair tax in and delivered :)

seangray1 16th January 2012 11:21 PM

These are my first pair of decent speakers. I bought them after making music with some normal computer speakers and obviously it was fantastic to be listening to proper monitors.
I bought them because basically I was clueless and all my friends who are students (budget) have them and they are pretty serious about mixing. So I trusted them and I don't regret it.

I can't compare them to very much, because I haven't heard that many speakers before. Though in my school they have mackies. When dealing with sub these are very different from the Mackies. I get it lovely and smoothe sounding here at home and then I go to school and the mackies turn my mix into dubstep, sounds like a wobble bass. I don't know if that's these speakers that are giving me the wrong picture (they are cheaper than the mackies) or whether it's the mackies that have harsh lo.

I've never really had any problems with them. Make sure you don't turn down the volume knob on the back, strange things happen. Keep it on 12 o clock.

I like the sound, they sound very transparent and smoothe. The hi's expecially are very lively, but I think that also has something to do with my room.

I'm no expert in this field, I've been working seriously on productions slightly less than a year. I can tell the difference between these and some behringer ones that I heard at a friends place.

These sound really smoothe and clear.

I like 'em!

My website:
AudioTailor - Music and Sound Design

Dr. Arkeville 20th February 2012 04:44 AM

Yamaha HS80M, still unrivaled bang for the buck !
I listened to many monitors cheaper to more expensive than the HS80 (pricerange up to $550). The HS80 blew me away however. And I had to carry home two big boxes weighing 13kg each that day, which is 5 years ago. And I'm still very much in love. After all this time there's still no competitor for this price range. Or maybe there is?

Extensive HS80M review by Dr. Arkeville.

In the past 5 years I've always thought there wasn't any competition to the HS80M's in this price-range. Untill I met one other monitor made by Tascam. I auditioned them side by side in store. but more on this later. Now for a little myth which needs to be cleared: The HS80M do not sound anything like the NS-10M Studio, so please stop saying that. Trust me I own both. The mids, highs and low-end just do not compare at all between these two. On the woofer part judging by looks, you're right though. They both have the slim black rubber around the white cone. With a slim black lining just around the center of the woofer. I compared the NS-10 and HS80 ones by looks. And I must say the NS-10 woofers do look a bit better in my eyes. It's the way the black "mustache" applied to the NS10's which is a bit more appealing to me (true gearslut I guess)

Soundwise the HS80 leaves the NS10M studio far behind. The HS80 is a different animal. It packs plenty of tight and very controlled bass, unlike the NS-10. It has a metallic 'shwing' in the mids which is not unpleasing actually, but still unlike the ns-10's. The HS80 does however have a very harsh high-end which is unpleasing to hear. But still does not sound like the NS-10 does. I like to call this extra high-end on the HS80 "headroom". Which could prove usefull when you might need it. I've set the EQ-switch at the back for the high-trim @-2dB. And this works perfect. The overal balance I get is great and I love it. Never changed this setting for 5 years.

Besides the controlled bass on the 80's. The stereo-imaging also blew me away when I first listened to them at the store. It was way better than what I was used to and so precise. House of Pain's "Shamrocks and Shananigans" sound awesome from sub-low through clear mids and snares all the way to to the highs. This in contrary to the numerous other monitors which sounded muffled and inferior (haha). Even the acclaimed yamaha MSP5 could not compete. I do not like small monitors that try to sound big. Small drivers have to work hard to pump out higher volumes. And this you hear clearly on the MSP5. They should've put a piece of conrete on the top of the small speaker to stop it from shaking all over and coloring the sound you hear. Why MSP5's are so acclaimed really beats me. They were hyped and not what I was looking for. I'm glad I can differ opinion with S.O.S. on this one. Who had a pretty good review on them. Which makes me wonder SOS mmust have had earplugs in. Boy do they sound awful.

From the other demo speakers, I didn't like the Mackies as well (HR625 I believe). Which had a nasty cardboard souding thump in the low-end. Which made kickdrums sound hyped. So mackie went off my shortlist. The KRK RP-series were bad as well. The RP6 sounded okay if you were used to hifi. But steer clear form the RP-5 which is really money down the drain.. Then the Behringer truth's sounded hyped. But hyped across the whole spectrum. Which made it flat in a way, is that even possible? The HS50 however sounded very like the 80's with the volume lslghtly turned down. And a little less bass ofcourse. This consistancy showed me Yamaha put real effort into this product. I think the HS50 should sound fab with the Yamaha HS10W sub. This should be perfect. But I never listened to this combination though.

At my place there's little treatment to catch off first reflections. Which colors the sound of my HS80's. And they do sound bighter at home indeed. At the store there was carpet and treament everywhere. Which made the Yammies sound very balanced. So if you're complaining about the Yammies sounding too bright at home. Room-treatment might be the thing to look at. The great hing is you can distinguish very clearly different sources through the HS80's. Whether vinyl, CD, a different mixer, Anything I ever tried. I do have problems getting the tonality of some instruments right sometimes. But that might be me still needing to learn a thing or two.

Now about the other competitor I was talking about. Which is the "Tascam VL-A8". Sadly enough this gem is put out of production and very hard to come by. It has roughly the same height as the HS80 but the cabinet is deeper. Here's the kicker: My opinion is that the VL-A8, does everything better than, what users find a bit disturbing in general, about the HS80's. Don't believe me? There's plenty of high-end on the VL-A8. But dont sound harsh like the Yammie's when set to flat. The same goes for the mids. And the mid on the tascam's do reveal a lot without the metallic shwing the 80's have. The Tascam's even have tighter (but not deeper) low-end. Somehting you won't believe unless you listened to these 1:1

Tascam VL-A8 revealed more detail of bass-guitars and mids in tracks. Slave's "just a touch of love" for example. The mids are very punchy on the VL-A8 but not unpleasing like the HS80 can be at times. The VL-A8 however does lack some bass-extension compared to the 80's. This is something you won't notice right away. It took me about 7 clips of music before I realised this compared to the HS80. The 80's also sound a bit less controlled in the low-end compared to the VL-A8. Even a bit muddier. Yes this was to my surprise as well. But the 80's still go deeper though. My conclusion is the VL-A8 is a very worthy competitor. The store sadly sold out on these. And Tascam stopped the production a few years back. Which I really wish they didn't..

The Yamaha HS80 are very good. When you compare these to the Adam's, the Adam's do sound very clear and detailed but don't offer much more than HS80 can already give you. They do sound more honest and flatter than the HS80's. But there's something to the Adam's which makes them sound a bit unreal as well. They sound so good, too clinical and tame even. Which leaves me thinking they maybe color the sound to make you think they are flatter. It could also be the ribbon-tweeter though, I'm not sure. Anyway if you do not have double the cash to shell out for the Adam's. The extra price of the adams over the HS80's isn't really worth it. Even though there's a difference between the two in sound. The yamaha's still are a very good bang for the buck. And never dissapoint me. And I'm a critical listener.

I hope my english was good enough and you weren't too bored reading :lol: heh

Ps. Watch out for Tascam . Their VL-A8 was a very good speaker in the same price-range to the Yamaha HS80M (even a bit cheaper). I hope they will come out with a new product that rivals their previous installments. Which could be interesting.

StudioChris37 21st February 2012 12:03 AM

As a young engineer in a very turbulent market I've known for a long time that I would need reliable monitoring for whatever environment I happen to be in. When I first got into the real world freelancing I purchased a pair of Dynaudio BM5as. Which I thought were great. But my mixes weren't translating. And even some rather heavy hitters asked me "How I could mix on those" Turns out I couldnt...

So the first obvious response is, let me find some NS-10s. Which seems like a good idea on the surface. but they don't make those anymore. And eventually, particularly because I want to make this a career and not some glorified Hobbyist, so what am i going to do if and when, God Forbid, my NS-10s burst into flame, 20 years from now. Obviously, not a good long term solution.

So I called up my friends at Guitar Center, clients actually and traded my Dynaudios Straight up for the SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper Yamahas. My mixes changed literally overnight. These things SOUND great, are easy to listen to and even my clients love them. I did eventually purchase the matching sub and I love the sound. Its fun to work. The sound makes me enjoy music and they translate REALLY well. Excellent bang for the buck and THEY WORK! you dont have to justify them. They just kick ass.

Chris Short
Alpaca Ranch Recording

andrew caramia 23rd February 2012 01:20 AM

i agree with all the other reviewers here- these monitors are the best for the price and even if you already have a pair of expensive speakers get these as well! you wont be dissapointed. if i was stuck on a desert island with only one choice of speakers these would be it.
theres a lot of love for these monitors on gearslutz, and its got nothing to do with the visual comparisons to the ns10's. they sound nothing alike but follow the same philosphy. they wont tell you want you want to hear, but what you need to hear.
i also highly recommend that you check out the yamaha msp7 studio monitors and their subwoofer combinations. see my comparison review of the hs80m and msp7 here-

andrew caramia 23rd February 2012 11:41 PM

i agree with all the other reviewers here- these monitors are the best for the price and even if you already have a pair of expensive speakers get these as well! you wont be dissapointed. if i was stuck on a desert island with only one choice of speakers these would be it. ive had a lot of monitors in my time and these are genuine keepers.
theres a lot of love for these monitors on gearslutz, and its got nothing to do with the visual comparisons to the ns10's. they sound nothing alike but follow the same philosphy. they wont tell you want you want to hear, but what you need to hear.
i also highly recommend that you check out the yamaha msp7 studio monitors and their subwoofer combinations. see my comparison review of the hs80m and msp7 here-

JoRillo 6th March 2012 03:40 AM

Love my Yammys.
These monitors are awesome. I got them for $500 for the pair for a price match from Zen Pro Audio at my local GC when they had them on sale. They have plenty of low end (which is awesome), they aren't harsh to listen to, and they look awesome. I have yet to try them with the sub, but they sound good enough as is. One day I'll probably get the sub, but i'm good for now.

Whenever I get a better set, these will serve as a great secondary reference set. They were a great price, and are well built. Best set of starter monitors in my book.

eldonhenley 17th March 2012 05:22 AM

Yamaha HS80M [pair]
I'll be completely honest: I'm a total novice when it comes to being on the engineer's side of the recording process. I'm a drummer, and was always the guy in the other room, playing. LUCKILY, I have a great network of talented friends who record everywhere from basements to Electric Lady Studios in NY.

When I decided to make the leap into this side of the creative process, Monitors were my top priority for the setup. (after my new quad-core MBP, of course!)

As I started to research and shop, I went through the typical, "should I go all-out, or just choose something that will get me by for now" thought process. I never knew I could get the former, while only paying for the latter!!

I tried everything from KRK Rockit 6's, all the way up to Events. I am mostly a rock/alt-country/folk focused musician, so the Rockits just didn't cut it when it came to the boomy low end of a well-mic'd Kick drum. Events were great, but they sounded almost TOO good. Reference monitors should sound good, but be very unforgiving with regard to flaws, right?

All of my expert pals reminded me that the Yamaha NS10's were a staple in almost any reputable studio in the world, but that they were out of production, and sounded pretty bad (by design, of course). I wanted something that could give me that 'flat, uncolored' reference point, but still had enough character to be used when I want to ENJOY a good mix.

The HS80M's hit the nail on the head!

At ~$349 apiece, they hit that sweetspot of price and quality, while still delivering everything I wanted/needed. (FYI, I found a new pair on Ebay for ~$520 after shipping) They are PLENTY loud if you're trying to find that one thing that doesn't belong in a mix, and I have yet to find myself wanting for something these puppies can't deliver!

I have them running through a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FW interface, and it drives them beautifully! I can't wait to dig in even more, and see what these things are really made of.

Studio Monitor Speaker Comparison - YouTube
**This video guide was very helpful in my 'noob' level research while trying to get a grasp on the many levels of options on the market.**

sugarbear1151971 17th March 2012 01:55 PM

Love these monitors!!!
As a producer who came up in the era of the infamous NS-10's, I've always been a supporter of Yamaha's monitors. When they came out with these I fully expected them to be the real deal, and they've not failed me! I use these in my small commercial studio & when clients come in to listen to tracks they (and I) am never disappointed! The clarity as well as the depth of the low register/frequencies are phenomenal! I would definitely recommend these monitors! They may cost a little more than NS-10's did in "98", but they're well worth the investment!!

andrew caramia 17th March 2012 04:17 PM

here we go again... thanks for yet ANOTHER review of the hs80m's... goes to show just how well loved they are with slutz all over the world. these monitors are genuine cult classics- just STOP comparing them to the ns10s! they sound nothing alike but share the same philosophy (and unfortunately the white driver but i guess that just helped to sell more units)... they dont sound pretty, they just tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear. and i prefer them to much more expensive monitors ive owned over the years.
the hs10w sub will bring the yamaha sound to even more creative heights no matter what size your room is. its an essential addition to these utterly amazing speakers.
no matter how much money you have spent on your monitors, it would be pretty stupid not to add these to your studio as well, considering the price and how unflattering they are! and unflattering in the RIGHT WAY these are. i couldnt live without them.
see my detailed review here-
sister headphones here-
n12 here-
rm800 8buss studio mixer-
is yamaha awsome and underrated? you bet!

thebassboy 24th March 2012 04:58 PM

Works for me
I replaced my 6.5 inch rokits with these and have been really happy. Neutral sound and adjustable for room placement. Auditioned some speakers at guitar center and found these to be the most diverse sounding. I don't like built in humps in the sound of some of the other makes, so these went home with me. Nice looking and heavy.

Mark_Andrasko 30th March 2012 07:01 PM

Yamaha HS80m
I think these are a great all-around reference monitor. They say monitors fall in a range from beautiful sounding speakers that "dangerously make your mixes sound better than they really are" to "absolutely accurate" to "sound so bad your mixes actually sound good." I think the Yamaha HS80m definitely falls somewhere in between the first two points.
I picked them out because they sounded better than every other monitor at the store but when I got them home they completely changed the mixing process for me.

No more running around to every speaker system in the house/car/friend's houses/friend's cars. When I mix with the HS80ms I know I have a mix I can trust. Not only that but they have great room referencing switches that can boost/cut the highs/mids/and lows depending on your taste/room.

That said I definitely enjoy using a pair of "garbage" speakers in conjunction with these speakers. Before I bought the HS80m's and was only mixing on junk speakers I had absolutely zero idea how it sounded anywhere else. Now when my mix sounds good on my HS80ms and my junk speakers I know it's a phenomenal mix.

Overall: Just listening is a pleasure on them but I feel I'm getting a very honest reference point.

Scenariofever 15th January 2013 04:14 PM

sounds too mid-focused
I had them 8 months in my studio for alternative listening next to the genelec 1030 and blue sky's media desk.

i think they look nice - but thats all.
the mids are hyped in an unusefull way.
bassperformance was also far from what i hoped to hear from a big box like the hs 80 is.

over all, they are just a bit better than some desktop boxes.

the rear panel allows you to use some eq for room-curtailings - but with the sound the hs 80 create you don't need corrections for the problems a typical small room has, you simply need a better monitor.

translation to other systems failded nearly everytime - using the hs 80 alone:.

tsbs 11th February 2013 02:00 AM

i got them speakers for 500 euros just 2 weeks ago- before i had m-audio dx4 speakers-small ones- this is big jump for me- first time i own this kind of speakers- so -- sound quality is very good- very live - but i want to mention one thing-nobody says here anything about little noise they have when you turn them on- like (shhh-white noise) very small one- but when you connecting to sound card and computer this sound gets little bit more louder- which is noticeable very much-i tout maybe was something wrong with my ones and went back to shop for checking- so same story there too- looks like all big speakers have this kind off shhh sound-i think need little bit more time to adapt

Deleted User 27th May 2013 10:48 PM

Yamaha HS-80 is a not expensive pair of studio monitors, so it can help a lot when mixing and sculpting the sound. I had HS-50 before but I replaced them with HS-80. They are different in the mid's. In my studio Yamaha is third pair of monitoring and they have role to give me some points where I have to look out in the mix. The most important is positioning and calibration for these speakers. They coming with factory flat settings on tone controls, but I needed to adjust it to my studio and with other monitors (Genelec S30D, Avantone MixCube Active). After setting the gain to -6db to K-System (Bob Katz) and adjusting tone controls Mid+2, Hi-2, they was very close to my other monitors.On the factory tone controls sounds hollow in the mid's.
They cannot have such 3D stereo like Genelec's but they have different role in my setup. This model have internal amp. limiter for the bass driver while MSP-7 don't have it, and it is very easy to hear distortion.They can hide reverb in low-mid's, so be careful it can be too much out there.
Lots complaining for tweeter that sounds unnatural can be avoided with Gain reducing to 10 o'clock. After that was really nice. After few years of using it, I am satisfied user for what HS-80 providing.
NS-10M Studio, and Hi-END Amplifier is the best solution for the Pro.

proche3 27th September 2013 02:06 PM

Yamaha HS80M - Great starter monitors but get the sub!
These studio monitors are very accurate. I went to a guitar center in Philadelphia to personally spend a day listening to about a dozen different types of studio monitors and pick the best, most accurate monitors for my home studio set-up. I brought 3 mixes with me that I was very familiar with and put each in their CD player and spent about 3 hours in their room listening. Although I heard many of the speakers that were pleasing to my ear like the rokit and JBL models, the ones with the most clarity and accurate sound representation were the Yamaha HS80M and HS50 monitors. I moved them to different heights on the shelf, I tried to do blind tests with my buddy swapping the mixes in their CD player yet the HS80M’s ended up winning my ear test at the end of the day for overall clarity and size in case I end up moving to a bigger space. heh

They are great speakers, you can read hundreds of reviews on them that praise them, and probably a few non-descriptive reviews that do not. They are not NS10’s nor have I had the opportunity to hear NS10’s but they seem very accurate and honest. I play my mix in another studio with "Better" or more expensive monitors or just on my car stereo with EQ all flat and I think it translates really well, except maybe for sub low end. They are not harsh or fatiguing to the ears, I spend a lot of time listening on them, up to 8 hours a day at around 80dB but one thing I am always a little warped on when I go to listen to my mixes back in the car or someone else’s system is the sub low end (usually below 125Hz). I am personally planning to purchase the sub to match these speakers and really get the full spectrum because I find I am always trying to boost Bass a bit too much in my mixes according to how these monitors sound in both of my rooms. I do a lot of Hip-hop and live band recordings. Headphones seem to get me closer on the sub bass until I calibrate my ear to the bass of a reference mix. I’ve put up tons of bass traps in the corners of the room, measured equal distance from each speaker, sit about 1/3 of the way back from the wall, have them on speaker stands with foam insulation underneath so I suppose I must conclude they are not uncovering low end enough. If it is my room, I cannot seem to fix this, I just have to adapt my ear. There are frequency buttons on the back which are nice, however I rarely use them because I don’t have measurement software to know what to cut! Better off listening back on many different speakers instead and calibrating your ear to it. I will use the room size selector on the back of the speakers which comes in handy when you are using them in different spaces. This helps to even out your bass response but just not quite enough IMO. I personally leave them flat all the time except to cut for the size of my smaller room. I find this has the most accurate sound but again, you need to calibrate your ears to the low end, calibrating the speaker with the switches and just your ear without some sound measurement software or something is pretty tough and just throws me off personally.

Another thing that’s a little bothersome is that there is a tiny bit of hiss that is always present while these speakers are on that you need to get used to. Even when I don’t send any signal to them, just the power cord plugged into the wall they have this tiny bit of hiss you can hear until you get about 5-6 feet away from them. Not sure why, I think it’s just because they are a larger speaker so you aren’t supposed to sit so close? Shouldn't be, but it's there. Regardless it doesn’t seem to get in my way when listening back to mixes even at low volumes. Stereo image is great, very true accurate representation of LR spectrum as well as front to back (figuratively speaking) I feel I am never guessing with them except on low end. Hope you find this review to be useful. I will update when I finally purchase the sub woofer.

TheRealRedBeard 30th November 2013 07:06 AM

Another HS80M Review
I'll keep this short since you're probably reading through 90 other similar reviews.

For starters they're not ns-10's, they're meant to be a more balanced remake of them. That essentially means they're completely different. If you're new to audio, I'd say they are much much easier to get to know, and therefore better for the hobbyist or if you're just getting started. The way I see it is the ns-10's basically trick you into making a better, more smileyfaced mix than you otherwise would. The 10's are very frowney (frequency response with low lows, high mids, and low highs, the result looking like a frown on a visual eq) while the HS80m's are much more flat. The thing people loved with the 10s is the because you hear a frown, you mix a smile, and the smiley eq on a mix is generally appealing, mostly because its what we've been trained to love. Thats my opinion on the differences, and its just that, my opinion.

The only iffy thing I've noticed one the 80's is that in multiple rooms the low end was out of control in various ways, even nicely treated rooms. In my room its got a pretty huge bump from 165-175hz, but I am aware of it, and mix accordingly, always checking it when I reference too. I could probly fix it with more specific treatment and traps but honestly it works, I know its there so its not a problem. That can happen with anything but from what I've seen its slightly harder to reel in with the 80's. This is all nit picky stuff that I feel should be reserved for a higher price point. I feel they are far better than you'll find in anything else in the pricerange. Are they the monitors to end all and use exclusively for the rest of your live? Nah, but I think most people buying in this pricerange know thats not what they're gonna get.

I know this wasn't comprehensive, but you're gonna read another 500 reviews so its cool, hopefully my opinion helps you!

jiujitsuhero 4th December 2015 07:07 PM

Yamaha HS 8
I upgraded my monitors to give me more low end representation. I'm stepping up from Tannoy Reveal 601p(passive monitors). My new Yamahas were a good buy, got them for a good deal at my local GC. Im a producer/mixing engineer. These are bigger than I thought. Im thinking about getting the 7s. Anyway, the frequency response is great 38Hz-30kHz. They give me a great representation of what im mixing and producing. I've cranked these and it seems like i wont be needing a sub they shake my bedroom and whole apartment. Even without acoustic pads the low end is extremely tight. I love these monitors and will probably downgrade to some 7s.