HS-Series Studio Monitors: Yamaha studio monitors are designed to
achieve the best possible mix by ensuring that the sound from your speakers is
true to the original. HS Series nearfield reference monitors are the embodiment
of this philosophy, delivering a concise sound image, high resolution, and flat
Two-Way Speaker Design: The HS8 studio monitor features newly
developed transducers that achieve astonishingly smooth response over a wide
range of bandwidth. These transducers utilize an advanced magnetic field design
that regulates the flow of magnetic response to provide seamless, natural sonic
transitions. Each component's materials and design were carefully re-examined,
then optimized, to drastically improve the accuracy of signal reproduction
throughout the audio spectrum.
- Tweeter: The HS8 features a newly designed, highly efficient 1"
dome tweeter that extends the usable frequency range considerably and
delivers superb high-resolution sound. Utilizing a thick wave guide designed
to minimize vibration the new tweeter is able to deliver smooth,
distortion-free high end up to 30 kHz.
- Woofer: With a newly designed, ultra-responsive 8" woofer that
utilizes large, carefully selected magnets, the HS8 studio monitor produces
low distortion sound with a well-defined bottom end at any output level. All
of the components in this high-power woofer, including the woofer ring and
the basket further contribute to the HS8 stunning bass while providing
clear, accurate mids.
Bi-Amp Amplification: The HS8 studio monitor speaker employs a
amplifier unit perfectly matched to the included drivers. Featuring a bi-amp
design with a separate dedicated amp for both the woofer (75W) and the tweeter
(45W), this amplifier unit ensures that the HS8 consistently delivers
high-resolution sound with exceptionally flat response across the sound
Low Resonance Enclosure Design: The HS8 cabinet is designed to
eliminate unwanted resonance and increase the accuracy of sound reproduction to
their extreme limit. The enclosure is constructed from a very dense and
resilient MDF with a damped acoustic response that is perfectly suited for
reference monitors. Drawing from Yamaha's over 100 years of piano design
experience, HS Series engineers also employed a traditional three-way
mitered-joint technique. Common to architectural design this construction firmly
anchors the corners of the enclosure to dramatically improve durability and
eliminate unwanted resonance that can influence overall sound.
Noise Reduction Port Technology: Speaker port design can greatly
influence the clarity of overall sound. Often a vortex at the either end of the
port can generate air vibrations inside of the port, causing unwanted noise. By
adopting an advanced noise reduction technology that incorporates a thorough
analysis of a visual representation of the sound, Yamaha's engineers are able to
control and reduce the vortex. Through this in-depth analysis Yamaha arrived at
the ideal rear-firing port design, resulting in a reduction of audible noise up to 6dB. The
utilization of this state-of-the-art technology allows HS Series studio monitors
to meet the demands of more strict professional production environments.
Audio Controls: The Level Control adjust the output level of
the speaker. When set to the 12-o'clock position , the speaker is optimized for
a nominal input level of +4dB. The HS8 studio monitor also features two response
controls with detailed settings that allow them to adapt to the surface
acoustics of rooms of varying shape and size. The Room Control setting allows
you to attenuate the unnatural, exaggerated low-end that can often occur when
speakers are placed next to walls. The High Trim setting allows for more
flexible control of high frequency response.
Dual Inputs: For inputs, HS8 studio monitor
can accommodate a wide range of balanced and unbalanced sources such as mixers,
keyboards, and audio interfaces with XLR and TRS phone jacks. The studio monitor
features one balanced XLR connector and one balanced phone jack. The XLR and
phone jack inputs cannot be used simultaneously. Use only one input connector at
Placement: A number of points should be observed when laying out a
monitor speaker system.
- Position 5' Away From Wall or Corners: Ideally, the speakers
should be located at least 8"away from walls or corners.
- Position Left/Right Speakers Symmetrically: The left and right
speakers should be positioned as symmetrically as possible in relation to
the room. In other words, the left and right speakers should be the same
distance from the rear wall and the respective left and right walls.
- Equilateral Triangle Positioning: For the most accurate sound and
balance, position yourself at the apex of an equilateral triangle formed by
the left and right speakers and yourself, with the speakers angled inward so
that they're facing you.
- Tweeters at Ear Level: High frequencies are quite directional, so
for the most accurate monitoring the speakers should be set up so that the
tweeters are at approximately the same height as your ears when you're
seated at the listening position.
Optional Sub: Adding a powered subwoofer (like the Yamaha HS8S, sold
separately) to your monitor system can significantly improve its low-frequency
fidelity, making it possible to create better overall mixes.
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