Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor
5″, 70W powered studio monitor
The Yamaha HS5 is a 2-way, bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 5″ cone woofer and 1″ dome tweeter
There’s a reason why we’ve seen monitors with those instantly recognizable, iconic white woofers on the consoles of top recording studios since the ’70s. Naturally we’re talking about the Yamaha NS-10M, which contrary to popular theories, became the standard for mix translation over a wide variety of playback systems because of their accuracy. The HS5 continues Yamaha’s tradition of building speakers designed to tell the truth, rather than flatter your ears with hyped frequencies—the bane of mix translation. The HS5 is the result of Yamaha’s considerable past experience and expertise in state-of-the-art monitor technology. Like all monitors in HS series, it’s designed to give you an accurate and solid sonic platform on which to build your mixes—with the most honest and precise reference possible at an affordable price.
Yamaha HS5 2-way monitor in one take:
- 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 5″ cone woofer and 1″ dome tweeter
- 54Hz-30kHz frequency response
- 45W LF plus 25W HF bi-amp system for high-performance 120W power amplification
- Room Control and High Trim response controls
- XLR and TRS phone jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals
INSIDE THE BOX—Yamaha HS5
It’s near impossible to compete with legendary gear, unless of course, you’re the one who created it. Starting, of course, with the legendary NS-10M, the HS5 inherits a design philosophy that emphasizes sonic purity. Yamaha studio monitors are designed to ensure that the sound emanating from your speakers is as true to what’s been recorded as possible—the only way to make informed mix decisions without having to run back and forth to the car stereo. Toward that end, the HS5 delivers a precise, high-resolution sound image and flat response throughout the frequency spectrum.
Newly developed transducers
The HS5 Series features newly developed transducers with an advanced design that regulates the flow of the magnetic field’s response to provide seamless, natural sonic transitions. All components and materials are meticulously chosen and optimized, to dramatically improve the accuracy of signal reproduction throughout the audio spectrum.
Tweeter—the HS Series features a highly efficient 1″ dome tweeter that extends the usable frequency range, delivering superb high-resolution sound. With a thick wave guide designed to minimize vibration, the HS tweeter is able to deliver smooth, distortion-free high end up to 30kHz.
Woofer—the HS series’ ultra-responsive woofers have large, carefully selected magnets, that output a well-defined low end with very low distortion at any output level. All of the components in these high-power woofers, including the woofer ring and the basket, contribute to the HS series’ stunning bass and clear, accurate mids.
HS Series speakers employ an amplifier that’s perfectly matched to the transducers in each model of the series. Featuring a bi-amp design with individual amps for the woofer and the tweeter, it ensures that each HS Series speaker consistently delivers high-resolution sound with exceptionally flat response.
HS Series cabinets are designed to eliminate unwanted resonance and increase the accuracy of sound reproduction. The enclosures are constructed from a very dense and resilient MDF with a damped acoustic response suited for reference monitors. Drawing from Yamaha’s over 100 years of piano design experience, HS Series engineers also employed a traditional three-way mitered-joint technique. This cabinet construction firmly anchors the corners of the enclosure to dramatically improve durability and eliminate unwanted resonance that can compromise overall sound.
Cutting-edge, noise-reduction technology
The reason that the NS-10Ms were so linear in their frequency response was due to the elimination of front-panel bass reflex ports. Not only can port turbulence cause noise, the waves they output can interfere with the direct sound up through the midrange, negatively affecting clarity and frequency response. However, bass reflex ports are an excellent means of providing deep low-frequency response beyond what the size of the cabinet would be otherwise capable of. Yamaha solves this problem by not only positioning the port on the rear panel to avoid waves combining with the direct sound of the driers, and also by adopting an advanced noise reduction technology that incorporates a thorough analysis of a visual representation of the sound. Through this in-depth analysis, Yamaha engineers arrived at the ideal port design, resulting in a reduction of audible noise up to 6dB. The use of this state-of-the-art technology allows HS Series studio monitors to meet the demands of more strict professional production environments.
OUTSIDE THE BOX—Yamaha HS5
Controls and Connectivity
HS Series full-range models feature two response controls with settings that allow them to adapt to acoustics of various room shapes and sizes. Room Control allows you to attenuate exaggerated low-end that occurs when speakers are placed next to walls. The High Trim control allows for more flexible control of high frequency response. HS full-range speakers can accommodate a variety of balanced and unbalanced sound sources, such as mixers, keyboards, and audio interfaces with XLR and TRS phone jacks.
When you’re selecting studio monitors for tracking and mixing, accuracy is the order of the day, and Yamaha HS5 monitors deliver the goods. For more information, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro Sales Consultant today.
Yamaha HS5 powered monitor specifications:
- Speaker type: 2-way, bi-amp powered studio monitor
- Frequency range (-10dB): 54Hz – 30kHz
- LF driver: 5″ cone
- HF driver: 1″ dome
- Crossover: 2kHz
- Output power: 70W (45W LF/ 25W HF)
- I/O connectors: XLR balanced, Phone balanced
- Others: LEVEL control (+4dB/center click) , EQ: HIGH TRIM switch (+/- 2dB at HF) / ROOM CONTROL switch (0/-2/-4 dB under 500Hz)
- Power consumption: 45W
- Shape: Bass-reflex type
- Cabinet material: MDF
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 6-11/16″ x 11-3/16 ” x 8-11/16″ (210 x 332 x 284mm)
- Net weight: 11.7 lb. (5.3kg)