Product Comparison: Mackie HR-824MK2 vs Yamaha HS8

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General Specifications
About the Product
Back in the ’90s, our HR Series studio reference monitors revolutionized studio monitoring. With their incredible sound quality and affordability, they earned a wide and loyal following, fast becoming the industry standard.
Ever since the 1970's the iconic white woofer and signature sound of Yamaha's nearfield reference monitors have become a genuine industry standard for a reason-their accuracy.
Key Specs
Number Of Speakers
Output Power
250 W
120 W
Driver Configuration
1" tweeter, 8.75" woofer
8" woofer, 1" tweeter
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Mackie HR-824MK2
  • If you've got your own set up, whether it be a full size room or a closet in your apartment, you absolutely cannot go wrong with these.
  • Mackie monitors, in my opinion are the absolute best out there for the price. Outstanding sound!
  • I wouldn't suggest these to mix with but they totally rock when it comes to getting a great A/B on sound. They auto turn themselves off and on. And sound great with a lot of power.
  • I would recommend these to anyone looking to go from the hobbyist / $200-$500 per-pair range, to something more professional and accurate. These beasts can handle very high SpL's with ease.
  • I'm not a fan of the passive radiator design and one of my speakers developed a weak tweeter after a few years.
Yamaha HS8
  • I've got some little active monitors which are pretty damn good but these, these really are studio.
  • Just got these monitors yesterday-hooked them up and ran reference music through them to test them out- outstanding at their price point for sure !
  • They can handle loud kick/ snare hits without clipping and the mids are clear and present.
  • They are loud without being too loud and are not harsh sounding at all.
  • They are sensitive and I think the 120W power rating is plenty.
Size & Weight
16.8 in.
15.4 in.
10.8 in.
9.8 in.
13.8 in.
13.1 in.
34.6 lbs.
22.5 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Mackie HR-824MK2
  • Very convinient size, fits well in my room, good design! I can recommend!
  • Great sound and beautiful design, it fits well into the interior of my house, the size is perfect for me.
  • Bass is simply amazing, I heard music in a new way, I like that it’s not bulky and looks beautiful.
  • Size and weight go well with the sound, it's top notch, definitely worth the money.
  • The sound is beautiful at all frequencies, it does not weigh much, nice design.
Yamaha HS8
  • Big, loud and clear. What more could you want in a studio monitor?
  • The HS8's sound good, look really sharp (pay a very close homage to their NS10M ancestors), and are a great value for the price.
  • These monitors are heavy, solid and powerful. If you're upgrading from 5-6" drivers, make sure you have stands that can hold monitors with this much heft.
  • Overall, well built & sounds great, which is what I would expect from Yamaha!
  • Upon receipt, were surprised by their size; if you are coming from a 5 monitor, these seem to be about twice as big. That said, build quality seems excellent, and he is extremely pleased with the results.
Min. Frequency Response
37 Hz
38 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
20 kHz
30 kHz
Input Impendance
20 kOhm
10 kOhm
111 dB
What customers say about "Audio"
Mackie HR-824MK2
  • If near flat response and clear lows, mids, and highs are what you crave then look no further then the Mackie HR824 Mk2. Oh, and BTW, they look very cool!!
  • Well, needless to say I was completely blown away by the deep, tight bass response and the articulate, detailed midrange was everything I could ask for in an accurate nearfield monitor.
  • The high's are realistic without causing ear fatigue and I love the room tayloring switches for lows, highs , and acoustic space placement.
  • I'm super impressed with the clarity and tightness of the low end in these monitors.
  • These are amazing speakers for the price. Tight lows and crystal clear highs.
Yamaha HS8
  • Not even set up properly, one on a chair, the other propped on a table full of stuff they image like you wouldn't believe
  • The Yamahas are really quite something, especially for the $; solid, clear bass, crisp, detailed highs and open mids.
  • Frequency response and overall sound quality is amazing. Well worth the price.
  • The Yamaha HS8 a very accurate monitor. Deep low end, well defined mids, and crisp smooth highs.
  • Imaging is spot on, I can hear the texture of bass guitar, I'm not experiencing fatigue, and I am certain that I am hearing some things that I don't even notice
Black / White
Enclosure Material
Cabinet Type
Magnetic Shielding
Sensitivity, Acoustic Space, Low freq / High freq, Power mode
Level adjust, High trim switch, Room control switch
OmniMount for easy wall or ceiling placement, Internal damping eliminates midrange artifacts, Optimized waveguide for wide, even tone
High performance amp unit, Low resonance enclosure design, Cutting edge noise reduction technology
What customers say about "Features"
Mackie HR-824MK2
  • Mackie does it again and does it better this time. This new design is fantastic and the sound they produce is almost identical to my original pair of HR824's.
  • The auto power on function is a nice included feature. I will be using them for mixing and rough mastering in a home environment, and once again Mackie gives you a lot of "bang-for-the-buck".
  • The adjustable parameters on the back of these monitors make them very versatile as far as placement in your studio go.
  • These monitors will give you the pinpoint accuracy and the confidence to make decisions on your mixes that will save you much time.
  • I have recorded and mixed many records on them, and everything translates well to other systems and sounds great on the radio.
Yamaha HS8
  • I love the room control and overall function.
  • Because of space constraints, these are right in front of a hard surface, so I keep the "room" switch in the second position.
  • Made with a nearly seamless MDF plastic which is proving to be far more accurate and open, if not slightly more abrasive than a wood enclosure.
  • I don't have bass traps yet so the -2dB pad on the low end helps a lot to balance out the signal.
  • This seemed to be the most well reviewed among the ported designs in terms of accuracy and bass response.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
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