Product Comparison: Yamaha HS5 vs Yamaha HS8


General Specifications
Brand
Yamaha
Yamaha
Model
HS5
HS8
Origin
Indonesia
Indonesia
About the Product
The Yamaha HS-5 is a new addition to Yamaha's HS series of active monitors, influenced by the critically acclaimed and highly sought-after NS-10 studio monitor speakers.
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
Type
Active
Active
Number Of Speakers
1
1
Output Power
70 W
120 W
Driver Configuration
5" woofer, 1" tweeter
8" woofer, 1" tweeter
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Yamaha HS5
  • You do not need an amplifier as these babies are active monitors and plug in.
  • I love these loudspeakers, the sound is clean and the top toner is really moving out of the speakers.
  • I have a home voice over set up and needed a solid set of reference monitors.
  • Now yes the woofer is only 5 inches and won't have the same big boom as an 8 inch of course but for a 5 inch woofer i can tell you that they do indeed have a very good amount of bass for sure.
  • I'm patching though the line out because these are powered monitors
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
Height
11.22 in.
15.4 in.
Width
6.69 in.
9.8 in.
Depth
8.74 in.
13.1 in.
Weight
11.68 in.
22.5 in.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Yamaha HS5
  • Perfect for home recordings, listening to my itunes collection (and internet radio). Lastly they look great on 800mm speaker stands.
  • You can hear every single little detail, and they're loud as hell for their small size.
  • They're very true to sound and even though they're the smallest of the series, they deliver everything we need for the demos we're doing before we head into the studio.
  • The size is perfect for my bed-room style studio setup, and the quality of sound is awesome.
  • I like them, they are solid, well built and Yamaha have managed to capture in them some of that magic that they instilled into the NS10's
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.
Audio
Min. Frequency Response
54 Hz
38 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
30 kHz
30 kHz
Input Impendance
10 kOhm
10 kOhm
What customers say about "Audio"
Yamaha HS5
  • These speakers effectively allow you to hear everything as intended without colouring or deliberately exaggerating some frequencies.
  • I am hearing my music in a whole new way having bought these.
  • I recommend a set of these with a cheap mixer without reservation. Yamaha have done such a good job here and all my music sounds so much better for this set up.
  • Overall the clarity of all the components of sounds with all settings on flat is such a pleasure to hear.
  • I really like the tone of these. A flat response with a very pro monitor mid range ie tone.
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
Features
Color
Black / White
Black / White
Enclosure Material
MDF
MDF
Cabinet Type
Ported
Ported
Interfaces
XLR, TRS
XLR, TRS
Magnetic Shielding
Yes
Yes
Controls
Level adjust, High trim switch, Room control switch
Level adjust, High trim switch, Room control switch
Extras
High performance amp unit, Low resonance enclosure design, Cutting edge noise reduction technology
High performance amp unit, Low resonance enclosure design, Cutting edge noise reduction technology
What customers say about "Features"
Yamaha HS5
  • They have XLR and TRS inputs (balanced or unbalanced), and are 70W.
  • If you want to rock out with them, you can equalize and turn the volume up.
  • You can also adjust Room Control and High Trim, they're actually quite handy.
  • I have these hooked up to a Technics 1200 turntable going through a Teac AG-790 receiver.
  • I have them connected to my computer (via a split XLR) and a Zoom R24 Recorder (via TRS).
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)
Certifications
CE
CE
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