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HS Series Studio Monitors

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by audiokid, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I wonder what these are like? Anyone hear them?



    Powered nearfield monitor speakers built on the success of its legendary predeccesors that have become a genuine industry standard for their accuracy.


    Ever since the 1970's the iconic white woofer and signature sound of Yamaha's nearfield reference monitors have become a genuine industry standard for a reason - their accuracy. Unlike studio monitors with added bass or treble frequencies which may sound more flattering at first, HS Series speakers were designed to give you the most honest, precise reference possible, providing an ideal sonic platform to build on throughout the mixing process. By combining acquired knowledge and expertise with state-of-the-art sound technologies, Yamaha's speaker engineering team have examined, then optimized, every aspect that has contributed to making these monitors the most trusted in the business. The second generation HS Series also adds a new 6.5" model to the lineup, bringing its exceptional accuracy to an even greater variety of recording environments.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I use the HS8 everyday !
    I like them very much. The only thing is that they have a bass port in the back and need space behind them to build bass.
    If you don't have that space, that's when the subwoofer comes important to have...
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    How much space, Marco?
  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    There is 2 freq curve switches but they don't do much.
    That's what they say in the manual :

    Position speakers at least 1.5 meters away from

    walls or corners.

    Ideally, the speakers should be located at least 1.5

    meters away from walls or corners. In situations where it

    is not possible to position the speakers a sufficient

    distance from walls or corners, the ROOM CONTROL

    switch can be used compensate for excessive bass. As

    you move the speaker closer to walls or corners, a

    higher compensation setting may be required to

    achieve natural sounding response ([0] → [-2] → [-4]).
  6. pan60

    pan60 Active Member

    I have been wanting to try the HS8's but just no time at the moment.
  7. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I'm wondering just how far off we really are from monitors that really do automatically - and accurately - correct themselves, even to the point of sensing the difference if a door or window is opened, or if an absorber, trap or diffuser is added - or subtracted - or, even with something as slight as if another person walks into or leaves the control room...

    I know this may sound like an unreachable pipe dream to many people - pure fiction to some, but 30 years ago, how many of us would have really been able to imagine being where we are today, either ? Limitless tracks to work with, expensive analog OB processing being accurately emulated in software form, nearly every conceivable synthesizer patch ever made being available in VSTi libraries, orchestral samples that actually rival the real instruments they are meant to emulate, pitch and performance correction, or the ability to edit, manipulate, cut, copy and paste audio sections seamlessly with the nano-second click of a mouse ... all with pristine sonics.

    Who woulda thunk any of that back in '84, when midi was considered a "success" when you were able to get a Jupiter 6 to "talk to" a Juno 7... ;)

    Not that there weren't some mistakes made along the way from time to time... how many here are old enough to remember FSK Tape Sync? Or, that all in one recording unit that Akai made around '87, that took a tape cartridge that wasn't quite a VHS, and not quite a Beta, either. LOL
  8. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I'm sure we are not far from it specially if someone figures money could be made by selling those.
    My surround sound home theater system is able to correct distance and volumes of each speaker by itself. And this technology have been there for many years !
    The sad part is that if they put it up, I won't have 20k to buy them. And the day the price will be down enough.. well.
  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I think its important to remove or improve all the main issue in what ever we do before we let automation dictate the rest. We still need to think for the robot, and limit the things that it can't muck up/
    For example, close the open bathroom doors or cram a queen size mattress in it lol, , use treatment, adjust your speakers and listening position the very best you can before we reach for the EQ and technology.

    On that note, I'll have a pair of the Shadocaster monitors this year. Technology is heading this direction. http://www.phasx.com
  10. Reverend Lucas

    Reverend Lucas Active Member

    I think what you're suggesting, Donny could be technically feasible. The trouble is that it can correct frequency response and phase issues at one exact location. Correcting in one location can make things worse than they originally were, even moving a small distance from the sweet spot. I'm imaging mixing desks with optometrist style head rests installed in them to keep engineer ears steady. Someone who comes up with a more elegant solution would probably have a market.
  11. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    LOL... I didn't say I knew how they were gonna do it - if that was the case I'd do it myself and then take the entire forum on an all inclusive vacation to Cancun from the first year's profits... LOL...

    All I was saying is that I don't think we're all that far off from seeing this kind of technology starting to appear. It's already been tinkered with. It just needs someone who can crack the final code and make it applicable in an accurate way, and, affordble to home studios, which are the rooms that need it the most.
  12. Reverend Lucas

    Reverend Lucas Active Member

    Cancun! Sweet, I've never been there. I'll bring my uke. Agreed, it needs to be affordable, or at least more affordable than correcting the room. It's an interesting idea.
  13. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    A helmet-like piece of headgear that leaves the engineer's ears exposed but allows them to mount calibration microphones on each side, providing continual feedback about what's being heard at the listening position and allowing the system to constantly adjust the output of the speakers. Ah, but it would only work while playing a test tone or other known signal, not while mixing. There goes my million dollar kickstarter project.
  14. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Well, this could be mounted on a security hat and also protect the engineer from the Producer or the artists ;)
  15. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I'm down with it, as long as I can still smoke a ciggie through the face guard. :p
  16. niclaus

    niclaus Active Member

    What about flushing calibration mics on each side of a "beer helmet"?

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