Yamaha is one of those names that everyone is familiar with. And why not? The company is known to make some of the best products in the world ranging from motorcycles to in this case music equipment.
At first glance, it would be hard to notice any difference at all, but as their varying prices seem to suggest, the two are very different.
Have you been thinking of getting a studio monitor and are torn between these two? We will compare them side by side and at the end of it come up with a verdict.
Without any further ado, let’s dive straight in!
Let’s kick off our review here by talking about the price. The Yamaha HS7 goes for $329.99 on amazon. That means you need $659.98 for a pair.
Now before you start thinking that this is expensive, consider that most industry-standard studio monitors will set you back $2,600 for a pair.
But how about the HS8? This one will cost $749.98 for a pair so while it is obviously more expensive than its HS7 counterpart, the price is still relatively affordable compared to other industry studio monitors.
The verdict: So price-wise, it is a really good idea to consider the Yamaha HS7 and HS8 speakers.
Now that we’ve gotten the price out of the way, its now time to take a closer look at the build. Starting off, the design.
One thing to note is that studio monitors come in all shapes and sizes. Some are better suited for certain situations more than others.
Both the HS7 and the HS8 are near-field monitors. This means they are designed for use within 3 to 6 feet of the mixing position. They are definitely not designed as mid-field or far-field monitors which are designed to be much further away.
Both the HS7 and the HS8 are also designed to be rather flat on the frequency and therefore do not produce extremely high levels of bass.
But think about it, aren’t all studio speakers designed to limit a bit of the bass?
If you are searching for the ideal speakers for your bedroom studio, then these two speakers are a great option.
When it comes to the design of the cabinets, both look pretty similar and it is not surprising that both the HS7 and the HS8 cabinets are made with the same material.
This is a top-quality dense MDF that does a great job at reducing resonance and internal boominess.
To help make the most of the low-frequency efficiency and get rid of unwanted noise, both speakers feature a bass reflex port that helps get rid of unwanted noise.
That said, they are not identical and the HS8 is definitely heavier at 10.8 kgs(22.5lbs) than the HS7 at 8.2ksh (18.1lbs)
The HS7, as well as the HS8, are 2-way studio monitors. This means that they utilize two speakers, one for a high frequency and another for a low frequency.
But that’s just about where the similarities end. The HS7 has a 6.5-inch woofer while the HS8 has an 8-inch woofer.
The verdict: If you prefer a studio monitor with a little more bass to it, then you are better off with the HS8. However, bigger isn’t necessarily better and the best speaker for you will come down to use and preference.
Both the HS7 and the HS8 feature two amps- one on each speaker. Yamaha made the amps specifically for the corresponding speakers which they serve.
The HS7 amps deliver 60 watts to the woofer and 35 amps to the tweeter speaker.
The HS8 on the other hand has an amp on the woofer that delivers 75 watts and one on the tweeter that delivers 40 watts.
The verdict: By now you probably get it that the speakers on the HS8 are more powerful. That however isn’t to say that the HS7 is a quality studio monitor.
The Inputs and Controls
Both these speakers offer you two main options when it comes to inputs. These are the TRS and XLR jacks.
The ones you use will depend on the output of the mixer.
The controls are where both the HS7 and the HS8 really shine. These are located at the back of the speakers.
Both offer switches while enabling you to control frequencies that go below 500Hz. There is also another high shelf.
The verdict: All in all the speakers are identical in their build when it comes to inputs and controls.
The Sound Profile
After looking at some external specks, you are probably wondering how the HS7 and the HS8 sound like?
One feature that stands out with the HS7 is that it is a bit flatter. The benefit of this is that you can identify any imperfections in your mix.
Think of it as offering exactly the type of quality of sound that you would be looking for in an ideal studio monitor.
The HS7 offers a sound range of between 43 and 30KHZ. The downside of this is that the HS7 isn’t very suited for mixing heavy bass and for that you may find yourself getting a subwoofer.
But how does the HS8 compare? Well, it has a much stronger base that goes all the way down to 38kHZ.
The verdict: Since the HS7 has a far less low-frequency extension its sound quality is much better. Also, the HS8 might also not be enough when mixing a stronger base so you will also find yourself getting a subwoofer here as well.
Secondly, chances are that you have a bedroom studio or a small-sized studio if you are going to consider the Yamaha HS7 or the HS8. Since there isn’t that huge of a difference in the sound, you may want to save and get yourself the HS7.
The Colors and Finish
Whether you decide on either the Yamaha HS7 or the HS8, you will have two options when it comes to colors -white or black.
The speaker cones on both monitors are white. This means that you can either choose a white on white studio monitor or white on black.
Both speaker cabinets have a veneer covering. It offers grip as opposed to a smooth and sleek finish.
The verdict: as far as finishing and colors go, both the Yamaha HS7 and the HS8 are identical. You can choose either a white on white or a white on black based on your color preference.
That said, there are also some marked differences in terms of weight and size as well as sound output.
The Yamaha HS8 has a larger output and offers more bass. It is a more powerful studio monitor. However, it’s important to remember that both these monitors are designed for a small studio such as a garage studio or a bedroom studio.
More base also doesn’t necessarily mean better sound quality and you may find that you are better off with the HS7. Not to mention that the HS7 is also much cheaper than the HS8.