Home studio monitors have been a great addition to everyone’s home theater and audio equipment and that’s not by coincidence. These home monitors present a true and honest picture of the music they produce and with no doubt, they enhance the music experience of everyone who has these home studio monitors at their home. They just can take any performance or mix and they reveal the most subtle details in your songs, and that is why it is obvious that no sound system is complete without the home studio monitors.
I bet you are familiar with the name Yamaha, right? Well, yes, I kind of assumed it, because Yamaha as a brand has been around for a couple of years now and almost everybody has bought a product of their blindly, because guess what, Yamaha doesn’t specialize in making monitors, but what they do specialize is making insane sound system that will just blow your mind, figuratively and literally. Yamaha is known to make some of the best products in the world ranging from motorcycles, believe it or not, not audio equipment, such as in this case.
And the fact that you are reading this article, makes me think that you have convinced yourself to level up the way you listen to music, therefore you have decided to purchase a new home studio monitor, but I see that you are sure of the brand, but you are not sure of the product that you would like to purchase. Well, guess out, as always, I got you covered.
In this article, I’ll be comparing two of Yamaha’s home studio monitors and go through every one of their details and features, where they do defer and which one is more worthy to be purchased, and which one will lose this battle. The HS Series of Yamaha speakers were designed to give you the most honest, precise reference possible, providing an ideal sonic platform to build on throughout the mixing process, so in this article, we will be comparing two speakers of these series, and those are HS7 and HS8.
But, you know me, most of the time I do a short overview of the products that I’m going to compare and then the comparison is a piece of cake, not just for me, but for you, as well. So, let’s get started.
Yamaha HS7 Vs. HS8
Yamaha HS7 Overview
Delivers outstanding sound quality in an affordable clean package. With Yamaha HS7 you will get a clean and minimalist product, in both, design and function. If you don’t want to invest in a subwoofer, this one is an excellent choice for you.
HS7 can cover a range from 43Hz and has a decent low-frequency response and the bass is clear and not punchy. With this one you will see no signs of quality issues, and an amazing listening experience.
Yamaha HS8 Overview
The sound with Yamaha HS8 is powerful and immersive, and that’s thanks to its high power output and amazing low-frequency response, you won’t need a subwoofer at all if you purchase Yamaha HS8.
I can say that Yamaha HS8 has no competitor because of is unbeatable in its price range. Is an excellent choice for professional sound studios, for sound mixing, but also for recordings.
The sound might be a bit overhyped in the high end and scooped in the lower mids, but that’s just a tiny problem with this amazing active studio monitor. A 2-way, bass-reflex, bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with an 8″ cone woofer and 1″ dome tweeter, will be just the right addition to any home theater.
Which one has the upper hand?
Sound Quality and Performance
With HS7 you will immediately notice a feature that totally stands out and that’s the fact that HS7 is that it is a bit flatter. And the benefit of HS7 being flatter is that you can notice any imperfections right away, ad this is the feature that any studio monitor should consist of.
HS7 isn’t very suited for mixing heavy bass and for that, you might need to get a subwoofer, but the same thing might occur with HS8, as well. The best studio monitors should offer a flat curve, and these two have just that, even though HS8 has somewhat a flatter sound curve.
Design and Build
Studio monitors come in all shapes and sizes and some are better suited for certain situations than others. These two speakers are the perfect studio speakers if your studio is a bedroom studio, and now I’m going to explain why. Both the HS7 and the HS8 are near-field monitors, which means they are designed for use within 3 to 6 feet of the mixing position.
Both the HS7 and the HS8 are designed with the same material, and by the material I mean a top-quality dense MDF that does a great job at reducing resonance and internal vibration.
Both speakers feature a bass reflex port that helps get rid of unwanted noise, and as a result of having that feature, both speakers make the most of the low-frequency efficiency and get rid of unwanted noise.
Heat sinks at the back of both speakers dissipate heat and protect the speakers from overheating. As you see, these two speakers are almost identical in regards to design and build, even though HS8 is heavier at 10.8 kg than the HS7 at 8.2kg, and that’s because of the larger bass driver in the HS8.
Before getting to comparing the price of these two speakers, let me just say that the price of these two is a lot cheaper than the price of the most other speakers, to the extent that you can actually buy both of these Yamaha speakers than one speaker of any other brans, cause they are quite affordable.
Yamaha HS8 is more expensive than Yamaha HS7, but it is still relatively affordable compared to other industry studio monitors.
I know I don’t have to do a verdict because I do not doubt that you are quite capable of doing that by yourself, but if you value my opinion, I would say, since both of these studio monitors are equal regarding many features, then go ahead and decide relying on your budget. So, if your budget says I can afford a slightly more expensive speaker then go with HS8, but if you are on a budget, then no problem at all, go with HS7, you won’t regret it.