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Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor

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Ever since the 1970's the iconic white woofer and signature sound of Yamaha's nearfield reference monitors have become a genuine industry standard fo...Click To Read More About This Product

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2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 5" cone.

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. Unlike studio monitors with added bass or treble frequencies which may sound more flattering at first, HS Series speakers were designed to give you the most honest, precise reference possible, providing an ideal sonic platform to build on throughout the mixing process. By combining acquired knowledge and expertise with state-of-the-art sound technologies, Yamaha's speaker engineering team have examined, then optimized, every aspect that has contributed to making these monitors the most trusted in the business. The HS5 is the smallest of the series, and features a 5" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter that's just the right size for smaller home studios.

High-performance Speakers and Mounting System
The elegant white-cone speakers used in the HS-series monitors deliver superlative audio performance that is further enhanced by a carefully engineered mounting system. A system of screws and a specially designed mounting ring eliminates spurious vibration and resonance, allowing the speaker to deliver its full sonic potential. Another feature that boosts woofer performance is a magnet selected to produce accurate, solid low-end response. The tweeter frames employ an advanced smooth-contour design that minimizes losses so that high-frequency details come through with remarkable accuracy. The extra thickness of the tweeter frame also minimizes resonance that can interfere with high-end clarity. The overall result is extraordinarily smooth, accurate response throughout the audio spectrum.

The Benefits of Built-in Power and Bi-amplification
Powered, bi-amplified monitor speakers simply make the most electrical and sonic sense, and that's why they have become the first choice of sound professionals the world over for near- and mid-field monitoring applications. In addition to the obvious advantage that you don't need separate power amplifiers, the fact that power and speakers are integrated in one unit means that the amplifiers can be perfectly matched to the characteristics of the speaker units used so you get consistently superior performance with any source in just about any listening environment. Bi-amplification means that separate power amplifiers are used to drive the low-mid and high-frequency speaker units, and this eliminates interaction between the units as well as the response and phase anomalies introduced by passive crossover networks. Both speaker units can function at optimum performance levels for correspondingly high overall sonic quality.

Large Magnets in an Advanced Magnetic Circuit Design
One feature of the HS-series monitors that you'll hear but are not likely to see is the extra large magnets. In combination with an advanced magnetic circuit design these magnets provide a powerful, uniform, tightly controlled flux field that results in exceptionally smooth response and dynamic capability over a wider frequency range.

Portable, Versatile Monitoring for Your Audio Workstation
All you really need for top-class stereo production capability is a good audio workstation and a pair of HS-series monitors. A system like this is not only portable and extremely easy to set up anywhere you need it, it can deliver outstanding monitoring performance that will let you get your mixes just right. The response-control features of these monitors let you tweak them for the best response no matter where you set them up.

Serious Surround Production
Although stereo is still the most common format for basic music listening, 5.1 surround has become the audio format of choice for today's advanced visual media, and is beginning to be recognized as a superior vehicle for pure musical enjoyment as well. But to properly mix and produce surround sound you need a good 5.1 monitoring system. The HS-series speakers and subwoofer are the perfect choice if you want competitive surround-monitoring performance without having to spend big-studio megabucks to get it.

Optimum Response In Any Room
Speaker response can vary greatly depending on the size, shape, and surface acoustics of the room in which they're used, as well as how they're placed within that environment. The HS5 gives you extra room-matching and speaker placement versatility with ROOM CONTROL, MID EQ, and HIGH TRIM response control switches that are specifically designed to compensate for common acoustic deficiencies and monitoring needs. The ROOM CONTROL switch, for example, can be used to compensate for the unnatural low-end exaggeration that usually occurs when speakers are placed close to walls or in corners. The MID EQ switch gives you subtle midrange boost and cut options in addition to flat response, while the HIGH TRIM switch offer the same type of response-tailoring capability for the high frequencies.

FEATURES
General
  • Size: Near-field
  • System type: Active
  • Configuration: 2-way
Drivers
  • Low-frequency driver: 5"
  • Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable
  • High-frequency driver: 1"
  • Full-range driver: Not applicable
  • Driver type: Info not available
Sound
  • Frequency response: 54Hz – 30kHz
  • Max peak SPL: Info not available
  • Amplifier class: Info not available
  • Output power: 70W
Onboard Features
  • Input connectors: XLR, TRS
  • Standby mode: Info not available
  • Acoustic space control: Yes
  • Power indicator: Yes
Other
  • Width: 6.7"
  • Height: 11.2"
  • Depth: 8.7" 
  • Weight: 11.7 lb.
  • Enclosure type: Ported

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Speaker type 2-way bi-amp powered studio monitor
  • Frequency range (-10dB) 54Hz - 30kHz
  • Components LF 5" cone
  • HF 1" dome
  • Crossover 2kHz
  • Output power 70W (LF:45W, HF:25W)
  • I/O connectors XLR3-31 type (balanced), PHONE (balanced)
  • Power consumption 45W
  • Shape Bass-reflex type
  • Cabinet material MDF
  • Dimensions W 170mm (6.7")
  • H 285mm (11.2")
  • D 222mm (8.7")
  • Net weight 5.3kg (11.7 lbs.)
  • Others LEVEL control (+4dB/center click) , EQ: HIGH TRIM switch (+/- 2dB at HF) / ROOM CONTROL switch (0/-2/-4 dB under 500Hz)
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YamahaHS5 Powered Studio Monitor
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Reliable & Affordable

By KItano Pictures

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Power User

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy To Use
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Quality Construction

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Replacement
  • Upgrade

Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

We use the speakers for video post production, including mastering sound for TV/Web. The sound quality of the speakers is trustworthy. They give us an accurate fidelity.

  • Primary use:
  • Business
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Only accurate with high end frequencies

By Keaton C

from Greenville, SC

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate High End
  • Clear Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Accurate Lows

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

These monitors are very accurate with the highs and high mids. They however are not accurate with low frequencies. If you were to mix the lows on these monitors as if you would on true monitors, as soon as you take them to other speakers and consumer products the bass will not be proportional. I will be upgrading to the HS8's soon.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha HS 5 Monitors

By Phinneas T

from Naples, NY

About Me Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy To Use
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

      These are some serious monitors! Best audio choice I have made for a playback system.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      If they last forever they are perfect!

      By LAPL

      from Caracas, Venezuela

      About Me Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Upgrade

        Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

        I use a pair of HS5 in my home studio (Electric/Acoustic Guitar player) , and they sound outstanding at high and low volume. Connectivity and setup its very easy. The size its perfect for my studio; the look and feel its just awesome.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All the hype makes sense now

        By LOUD Audiobooks

        from Phoenix, AZ

        Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

        All of my recording buddies raved about these being the monitors to have in my home studio. I put it off for years because I just couldn't believe they could be that much different than other monitors ... WRONG! I hear everything like I should... EVERYTHING! The hype is legit, won't sleep on Yamaha ever again.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Boom for your buck

        By Keyboarddrummerstudioguy94

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Delayed Bass Response

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Live Monitoring
        • Performances

        Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

        The monitor is vented in the back, which gives this speaker a lot of bass for its price. However, the drawback is that the bass is response slightly late. Keep this in mind if you use these for mixing or mastering.

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent! included as part of a live music PA.

        By Delta Blue

        from No. California

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent for live performance unstage Pros
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Versitle honest sound. Live, or Studio Rec's

          Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

          I am part of a pro, live music entertainment Duo. We are multi talented musicians and vocalists who are cover specialist performing multi-generation Hits, standards, and popular top 40; We sequence all bass, drums and rhythm ahead of time and play live instruments and sing on top each song. This provides a big live band sound. Talent, and Good reliable sound is a must when performing this way. The HS5 is just right when used as part of our existing system.. affordable, and adaptable to all positions in your sound set up, go buy a couple, you will be more than satisfied.... Delta Blue , The SAM & BLUE Show .

           
          5.0

          Great monitors

          By Tampa Norm

          from Tampa, FL

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

          Bought these to compliment my Mackie CR4's as alternative audio. They sound great! I get clear audio for mixing and mastering in my little home studio. Being able to adjust the audio curve is a big plus.

          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Monitor!

          By Kenneth

          from Michigan

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful 70 watts

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy
          • Expected a pair

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor:

          I thought I was ordering a pair of monitors, but I only received the single speaker, I guess the price point was high enough where I assumed I would get the pair, but I was mistaken.
          I'm very pleased with the monitor though, now I have to order the other one to have a left and right....

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