Yamaha has been making near reference monitors since the 1970’s, and similar to the KRK’s signature yellow woofer, the iconic white woofers of the Yamaha near field studio monitors are quite well known. Yamaha explains on their website that their HS series of monitors are designed with one goal in mind, and that is accuracy. The HS series consists of the HS8, HS7, HS5, and their subwoofers HS8S and HS10W, there are also the HS50M and HS80M monitors. In other words there is quite a selection if you’re looking to purchase from the Yamaha near field monitor family, the differences primarily being the woofer size.
What makes these speakers unique is their newly developed transducers producing an incredibly smooth response, a one inch tweeter that delivers high resolution distortion free sound, clear mid frequency response, and a distortion free clear low end. I’m perhaps a little bias about these monitors because I own a pair, and I can attest to them having clear and accurate imaging. The HS series also has a specially designed high performance amp for each of their sized speakers to ensure their speakers deliver consistently high-resolution sound. Their low resonance enclosure design, constructed from MDF, cuts down on unwanted resonance, some construction techniques developed over yamaha’s 100 years of making pianos are used in the contraction of these monitors. These monitors are designed to reduce unwanted noise, feature various cable connections, and have low and high cut controls for adjustment in your studio.
I found the Yamaha HS series of monitors to be reasonably priced and high quality. One piece of advice before buying audio monitors, remember the sound often reflects the price. In other words don’t expect the same sound quality from a $250 pair of studio monitors that you would expect out of a $3000 pair of monitors. You’re better off comparing monitors that are in the same price range, and in your price range. While I like my Yamaha HS monitors they’re not for everybody, however I enjoy their sound and they work well for me and my projects. If you think the Yamaha HS series of studio monitors may be right for you, check out the Yamaha website and head down to your local music store for a listen.