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Yamaha HS5 vs. HS7 vs. HS8 the most overall balanced one? Studio Monitors
Old 12th February 2017
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Yamaha HS5 vs. HS7 vs. HS8 the most overall balanced one?


Quite often in the single manufacturer's monitors lineup people find a specific model that is the most balanced one and not necessary the top one. Like many people prefer JBL LSR305 over LSR308, or Adam A7x in the AX series. Quite often the top one is still the overall best one. My question is what is the most overall balanced Yamaha's current lineup monitor in terms of resolution, coloration, imaging, frequency range, etc. I guess it is actually more related to two of them HS7 vs. HS8. Or they are all pretty much even and the actual difference is just frequency range?
Old 14th February 2017
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Same^ I've heard people love the hs5 with a sub and people love the hs8 alone.
Old 14th February 2017
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Originally Posted by jc4yr View Post
Same^ I've heard people love the hs5 with a sub and people love the hs8 alone.
I have the HS5s with an the HS8S sub and yes, I love the combo.
Old 14th February 2017
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Ah, interesting, I did not think about such option, like HS5+HS8S vs. HS8.
Old 15th February 2017
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The HS8 is probably the best overall balance in a medium/larger room. If you are in a smallish room, the HS7 will most likely hold up better, considering the rear porting. They have similar mid range character, with the edge going to the HS7 for vocal translation due to the smaller woofer.

A producer friend of mine uses the HS7, and I like their balance a lot when set up right. It was easy to work on them in his space coming from my own, using Focal Solo's.

Prior to the Solo6's, I used to own the Yamaha HS80M's in a large room, and got very good translation from them.

I wouldn't say the HS5 have an ideal voicing/balance for all-around work. I used them as a second reference for vocals and mid range, but stopped eventually, and gave them away after working on the Solo's for awhile. The HS5's usefulness kind of starts and stops there IMO, but I never used them in a sub/satellite setup, as I'm not a proponent of subwoofers.
Old 15th February 2017
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I find the HS7's to have very good balance. They do of course lack the ability to reproduce the very lowest frequencies, and as such are not well suited for mastering, but OK for mixing, except one has to be cognizant of the small dip around 7KHz. But certainly for the price, an excellent monitor speaker, IMHO. Good luck.
PS I should add, they do have a lot of "bass", my comment about the "lowest frequencies" means those below what is typical for most music frequencies, but stuff one needs to hear accurately for mastering purposes.

Last edited by edva; 15th February 2017 at 04:27 PM.. Reason: PS
Old 15th February 2017
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It depends on how you will use them. If you use them as nearfield monitors, the room size is not nearly as important as a factor. This is because you are relying on the direct, and not reflected sound for the most part. In addition, it you are using them as nearfield monitors, the power is not so important.

In my home studio I have a pair of HS5's and an HS8. Regardless of the rooms size, having the sub with the HS5's is a good idea so that you can hear the lower freqencies.

However, it you are not going to use them as nearfield monitors, it probably would be better to go with the larger versions.

I am quite happy with the sound in my setup and can recommend the 5's highly in that context.

Old 17th February 2017
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I was doing some session work for a pal last night. at the studio i met a gentlemen who ironically owns a studio down the street from my house and has a bunch of grammy nominations. We started talking gear and eventually got to speakers, he was mentioning to me that mixing on HS5s should be a lot like his NS10s in that they're not strong in the low end either.

i'm looking forward to wiring the hs10w up no my HS5s this week and see how it does.

attached the graph for the last generation of HS speakers to the NS.
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Old 17th February 2017
I agree with edva, HS7. Depending on the room the subwoofer can be quite problematic, so I'd stick with a 2.0 system.
Old 21st September 2017
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I tried both the hs5 and hs7 and noticed that hs7 is more balanced. The treble on the hs5 was way too high. So I would go for hs7 since they offer more bass, more watts and better balance. Now I did want to mention the highly rated jbl lsr305. I actually bought these strictly on the great reviews but for my application they did not meet my expectations. First the build quality is inferior to the yamahas. More importantly the sound quality was too fabricated and unnatural. My application was vocals plus instrumental. The yamahas sounded amazing and reproduced everything with great clarity. Love it. I ended up selling both the lsr305 and hs5 and settled on the hs7. Hope this helps.
Old 21st September 2017
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I tried my friend's HS50m which are the predecessor to HS5 as folks know but so little energy beneath 250Hz. Great for mixing vocals though. I sold my Rokit 5's and got the HS7's and very happy with them. On speaker stands with Sonarworks room correction I'm very happy indeed.
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