Yamaha HS7 by Kinh222
They sound good at the store but that's not necessarily a good thing. When it comes to mixing they fall short big time.
The stereo image isn't detailed enough and the width of the mix and placement of certain tracks is difficult to gauge. For this reason, you'll probably have problems with track levels. I played my mix on an ipod and the bass was gone, the mids were boosted and it sounded boxy. This was an indication of lack of clarity in all frequencies of the HS7s especially the mids.
The mids just weren't detailed enough (even though the sales guy said otherwise). In fact that was probably the biggest issue I had with them.
It boils down to what you need them for really. If you only do sound design or production or need a good recording reference then great.
Most of the reviews you read on these, even 'professional' reviews are done by people who dont actually mix music, they listen to it instead and base their assessment on how 'great' everything sounds so bear that in mind. Its how it works in a practical situation that matters, not how much Stairway to Heaven's treble sounds crisper than on other monitors.
I traded mine in after a week for the MSP which are superior in every way, especially image yet cost twice as much but only cause I need accurate mixes. If mixing wasn't my thing I probably would've stuck with the HS which tend to make your tracks sound a little better than they are. I played the same track I mixed in the MSP7 and it didn't sound too great anymore, but thats a good thing.
Compared to the HS8: Bass was obviously heavier on 8 but only when speakers were driven hard, at low volumes is was pretty much the same as 7s. The Adam f7: the main difference is the sweetspot of the HS7 was much wider; the superior high end frequencies of the Adam disappeared at the slightest shake of the head. The M-audio BX 6 had a similar stereo field as the HS7, but to me the mids sounded distorted up against the HS.
Bear in mind that everyone hears differently. One person's point of view therefore should not persuade you to not even try them at the store. Try them by all means, if you like the sound and dont wish to mix then get them, they're very affordable for what they are but thats the whole thing, its what they are that matters. And they are a really good sounding, relatively flat monitor, the detail - clarity and image isn't quite where they need to be to be a good mixing monitor, thats all.