Yamaha HS5 Monitors

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4.5/5 on June 3, 2016

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With its built to last high-grade components make this the ideal monitor for mixing and music production. It is quite good and the best in the price range, with a better frequency response, surpassing expectations. A top quality and affordable product from the house of Yamaha.

Yamaha has been around for well over 100 years, creating and producing musical, audio, and visual equipment. The company got its start with the production of pianos and grew immensely from there. Music and sound quality are two things Yamaha knows best.

As a musician myself, I have acquired quite the collection of Yamaha products, from pianos to amps and speakers. The Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitors are top notch, especially for their price range. These speakers give out a clear sound and are ideal for amateurs and professionals alike.

Yamaha HS5 review

Yamaha HS5 Top Features

  • Newly Developed Transducers
  • Low Resonance Enclosure Design
  • Room Control and High TRIM
  • High-Performance Amp Unit
  • Cutting Edge Noise Reduction Technology

This speaker is a two-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with a 5-inch cone woofer and a 1-inch dome tweeter. The transducers on the Yamaha HS5 Speakers upgraded to 1 inch, from the traditional ¾ inch. This allows for extended frequency range of 54 Hz to 30k Hz frequency response. This new development produces high-resolution sound and allows for them to be used in a variety of music environments.

The cabinets are shaped in a way that eliminates all unnecessary resonance while increasing the accuracy of the sound production. The materials used to make the cabinets are a dense and resilient MDF. A unique part of the cabinet design is the three-way mitered joints, which promote durability and decrease resonance.

The Yamaha HS5 Speakers include room control and high TRIM response controls. The room controls allow the speakers to constrict exaggerated low-end that can occur when a speaker is placed next to a wall. The high TRIM allows the control of high-frequency responses to be more flexible. The speakers also are equipped with XLR and TRS phone jack inputs, which can accept a variety of balanced and unbalanced sources. These speakers can be used with mixers, keyboards, audio interface, and much more.

They have a 45W LF as well a 25W HF bi-amp system for high-performance 70W power amplification. The amps are perfectly matched with the transducers. There is a separate amp for the woofer and the tweeter.

The Yamaha HS5 Speakers are built with the technology to control and reduce the vortex that can generate air vibrations inside of a port and cause unwanted noise. The port technology allows for a reduction of up to 6dB, allowing the speakers to meet the demands of a strict professional environment.

The sound quality is high-resolution. There is virtually no feedback and the sound is tight and flat, with distinctive highs and mids. The low-end is prominent and precise rather than booming. The Yamaha HS5 Speakers allow you to hear all of the small details and offer accuracy and subtleness without sacrificing power.

A negative feature of the speakers is that, while they have great bass response, they won’t register certain very deep frequencies. However, there are very few songs that include a ton of beats below 43Hz. The bass is still powerful and pronounced. If super deep bass is important to you, you could always purchase a sub to accompany these speakers. You won’t need a sub to go with these speakers unless you are actually producing orchestrations or are in a larger room, though.

Yamaha HS5 Review – Why Should You Buy It?

The Yamaha HS5 Speakers are an awesome buy, especially for the price. These speakers work perfectly. I would definitely recommend these speakers to anyone in the market for some. They produce high-resolution sound, letting every tiny note shine in the process. They are durable and made by a company that knows its way around the music industry. The sound isn’t stifled or muffled, but clear and precise. They aren’t bulky, and they even come in white, as well as black.

These are by far the best purchase you could make. I bought the Yamaha HS5’s because I was looking for a good, inexpensive pair of powered studio monitors with high-quality sound. These monitors are better than expected in this price range.