Should we choose a Yamaha HS7 or a Yamaha HS8 active studio monitor?
The Yamaha brand is very popular among audio and hi-fi devices. We tested HS5 and HS8 before, so we were curious to see what kind of sound HS7 provides compared to the HS8 model. The HS series was released in 2005, with its distinctive white gravure cone. This series is ideal for studio environments.
The exterior of the 8.2-weight active studio monitor is characterized by a sleek, minimalist style. Available in black and white, the rigid, rugged MDF speaker housing minimizes resonance, and the large magnets ensure long life. Since 1970, the matte white subwoofer of Yamaha speakers has become almost a trademark of the brand. The surface of the speaker box repels dust and fingerprints. The tweeter is protected by a grid. Can also be used as a near-field speaker.
It has a power of 95 watts, of which the subwoofer is 60 watts and the tweeter is 35 watts. The frequency response is 43 Hz-30 kHz. There is a level control on the back of the monitor, as well as Room Control for adjusting the low ranges and High Trim functions for adjusting the treble. It has 2 inputs (TRS, XLR). However, there is no RCA connector.
The ribbed heat sinks were also located on the back of the speaker. When turned on, the Yamaha logo glows a soft white light. It stays in place in almost any size room, but you need to pay close attention to its placement. It should not be placed too close to the wall due to reflections. There should be a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the wall and the speaker. In larger rooms, you may want to connect a subwoofer if you want to hear more powerful bass. The speakers are extremely easy to install. Electromagnetic and radio frequencies cause interference, so the speaker resonates during a phone call, which is quite uncomfortable.
We tested the Yamaha monitor in a 22-square-foot sound studio. We found no flaw in the acoustics of the studio, with the help of broadband panels and diffuser elements as well as corner bass traps, the sound of the studio was absolutely ideal. The importance of acoustic treatment must be emphasized, especially in the case of a studio. The sound of the sound recording or sound mixing will be ideal only if the acoustics of the given room are optimal, free of reflections and distortions.
We first listened to the song Get Lucky, performed by Daft Punk and Pharell Williams. We experienced a clear, balanced sound, and the bass and mid, high ranges also sounded nice and appropriate. Accuracy and spatiality could have been better, but we were otherwise pleased with its performance.
We continued listening with his processing of Winterplay: Billie Jean. In this case, too, we heard pleasant, clear sounds, with ideal mid and high ranges and tight bass produced by the HS7.
Is HS7 or HS8 the right speaker?
We’ve written a test on the HS8 studio monitor before, so now we didn’t have a hard time comparing the two speakers. Their exterior design and performance are also very similar, yet there were differences.
The HS8 is larger and heavier than the HS7, with more power at 120 watts. The subwoofer is also larger, which is also noticeable on the bass. The volume and bass of the HS8 are much more intense than that of the HS7 model. We recommend the HS7 for smaller rooms, but if you use it in a larger room, it is also recommended to get a subwoofer, because the sound of the speaker does not fill the larger space and the bass is not percussive enough. Great for jazz, classical or instrumental music styles. The HS8 produces so powerful bass that you can get great sound even without a subwoofer. The HS7, on the other hand, sounded nicer and more vivid mid-ranges. Both monitors showed some scratches in the high ranges, but can be corrected with the High Trim filter. The lowest sounds at times sounded muffled, which we could improve with the deep filter.
Both Yamaha monitors are great for any size room. Do not place it directly against the wall, place it at least one and a half meters away from it. The bass and volume of the HS8 are quite convincing, so although more expensive than the HS7, it is definitely worth the price! However, keep in mind that in an untreated room or studio, the HS8 bass output will not be adequate either!
Weight: 8.2 kg
Frequency response: 43 Hz-30kHz
Power: 95 Watts
-ideal for any size room
-deep and tight sound output
-smooth, balanced sound
-very good mid-range
-woofer is recommended for percussion bass
Weight: 10.2 kg
Frequency response: 38 Hz-30 kHz
Power: 120 Watts
-recommended for any size room
-accurate, close output
-clear, honest, neutral sound
-middle range could be better
-beat basses, does not require a separate subwoofer
Written by Róbert Polgár