In this article, we will gonna discuss 3 Yamaha Studio Monitors which are considered to be the best mid-range monitors in the recording world. I know you are wondering if many other mid-range monitor alternatives are available in the market then why Yamaha?
There is a reason for picking up Yamaha monitors to discuss here.
I recently own a Yamaha HS5 Monitor and amazed with its sound quality. I mixed few compositions of my brother and the output was amazing. The nearly flat frequency response of this monitor makes it a good exchange piece with your old monitor.
I am very satisfied with the sound quality of Yamaha HS5 monitor and that’s the reason why I am writing this post.
Though I am not going to discuss only Yamaha HS5 monitor but included 2 other Yamaha masterpieces.
- Yamaha HS80M
Brief Review of 3 legendary Yamaha Studio Monitors
Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio monitors
This is the one which I recently owned and get an unexpected change in my mixing quality. Since 1970 when the 1st white woofer Yamaha monitor was released in 2018 the signature is not changed.
- Equipped with the same white color woofer HS5 produces a sleek vintage look which gives your studio a vintage feel.
- HS5 Yamaha monitor is known for its flat untouched sound frequency which is very important for a better mix. As a professional mixer, I can realize how a bad frequency response affects a mix. Unlike other cheap monitors, it gives us an honest and precise sound without adding any bass and treble.
- Though there is three model in HS series HS5 HS7 and HS I personally like the HS5 model as it will fit in your home studio as respect to size. But you can also choose other models for more sound. Beware – HS8 will destroy your home studio walls with its big sound- 🙂
- Its advanced transducers with advanced magnetic field design regulate the flow of magnetic response to provide natural and seamless sonic transitions.
- A perfectly built amp, power up the transducers to produce the flat frequency range. As well as the bi-amp design features with separate amps for woofer and tweeters which gives us high-resolution sound with exceptionally flat response across the sound spectrum.
- Yamaha cares about the size and shape studios hence they gave backside frequency response controls which make it so adaptable to various shape and sized studios.
- There are various input options available on the back of this studio monitor. Thanks to the inputs, we can connect each and every mixer, keyboard and audio interfaces with this monitor.
- Its low response enclosure cabinet cuts the unwanted resonance like a hot knife cuts the butter.
- Yamaha engineers reduced the vortex which often generates air vibrations inside the port, by adopting an advanced noise reduction technology.
- There are three variants available in HS series – HS5, HS7, and HS8. You can choose them according to your budget and studio size.
- HS5 monitor has 45W woofer and 25W tweeter bi-amp system which generates high-performance 70W power amplification.
Price – $199.99
Yamaha HS80M Studio Reference Monitor
Yamaha HS80M is an 8-inch studio monitor which is capable to deliver the powerful sound. Unlike from Yamaha HS5, this monitor is ideal for recording as well as mixing both.
If you want more punch in your kick drums and bass lines then this is a perfect fit for your studio. It fits professional studio as well as a home studio. Just like other Yamaha studio monitors, this monitor also delivers a crystal clear flat frequency sound. You can now monitor the quality of input and also mix like a pro with this Yamaha studio monitor.
Let’s have a look on some features of Yamaha HS80M studio monitor
- Like other Yamaha studio monitors, it has a white polypropylene cone which is a standard size of 8-inches. 8-inch woofer gives you the powerful sound which is must for the bass side of the frequency.
- The 1-inch silver dome tweeter gives you the crystal clarity in your sound as well as covers a wide range of high upper mid and high frequency.
- HS80M Yamaha Studio monitor is powered by the 120-watt bi-amplified amp (LF:75W@4ohms HF:45W@8ohms). The bi-amp provide separate power for woofer and tweeter which is the secret of its flat frequency delivery.
- with its XLR and 1/4″ connectors you can now connect any music equipment like mixers, keyboards, and audio interfaces easily.
- Like HS5 this Yamaha monitor has also oom control and frequency response switches in its backside. With these switches, you can adjust your monitor with every shape and size of the studio.
Price – $349.99
Yamaha MSP5 Studio Monitor
Yamaha MSP5 is the best fit for your home studio as it can adjust to any kind of studio. This Yamaha studio monitor is very compact in size and you can place it on your recording table easily.
The feature makes it different from other studio monitors is, it can deliver a precise sound with analog and digital recordings equally. You can use it with analog recording systems as well as with daw based studios.
This MSP series studio monitor gives you nearly flat frequency response and makes your mixes extraordinary.
Here are some features of MSP5 Yamaha studio monitor.
- MSP5 features a 5-inch cone LF woofer with 40-watt amp and 1-inch dome tweeter with 27-watt amp power.
- With a total of the 67-watt bi-amp bass reflex system, it delivers a superior quality sound and makes your mixes into pro mixes.
- Its woofer and titanium dome tweeter reduces the distortion exceptionally low.
- It covers the frequency up to 40 kHz which makes the MSP5 STUDIO great for mastering, where high bit rates and high sample are the norms.
- MSP5 has a superior magnetic shield which reduces the noise generated by the external digital signals like mobile phones etc.
- You can connect any instrument and recording equipment with its XLR (balanced) and 1/4″ (unbalanced) inputs.
Price – $224.99
These are the 3 best Yamaha studio monitors. Now it’s your time to choose one of them which transform your mix into a pro mix.
Though all the three studio monitors are the best monitors in the world I strongly recommend, own Yamaha HS5 or HS8 because I have tested this model and very satisfied with the mix quality, bass line and also the mid-range. HS5 is an ideal studio monitor for home studios who want to produce some serious industry level mixes from their home.
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