Before we get into the JBL LSR 308 vs. Yamaha HS8 comparison, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you today
I’m going to simply compare the 308 with the HS8, and then give a recommendation towards the end. 🙂
Video comparison of LSR 305 and 308 (for clarity)
Things to consider
Similarities & Differences
Video comparison of LSR 308 and HS8
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
Introducing a pair of studio monitors into your set up is truly priceless. I’ve had the LSR 305’s since December of 2014, and they have proven to be a workhorse in my studio every day since then. Aside from the times I’m not at my apartment, the majority of their lifespan has been spent active, or on. What are studio monitors?
I turn them on and listen to music almost every single day, and they continue to impress me. I couldn’t imagine life without them!
The LSR 308’s are actually very similar to the 305’s, and don’t sound that much different. I guess the 308’s have more bass being that the woofer is larger, but you could probably get away with buying the 305’s and adding an amp later if you really need more “oomph.”
I don’t even have the dial turned up all the way on my 305’s (it goes from 1-10) and they blow me away at high volumes. The sound is incredible. The dial has been on 7 since 2014. Blowing out my neighbors is not a top priority, but if I was in a house rather than an apartment I would for sure be pushing these to the max.
Before I moved out of my parents house, I would blast them during the day just to see what they were capable of. They reach ear piercing levels with absolutely zero distortion. Go ahead, I dare you to play some Rage Against the Machine on them. It’s absolutely mind blowing how good they make music sound.
Basic difference: The LSR308 is a bit louder, and has more low end.
Check out this comparison video:
Aside from all that, let’s take a look at some things to consider before you purchase a set of monitors..
Things to Consider
Room Size. Generally speaking, the smaller your room is, the smaller your monitor should be. The LSR 308 will leave a bigger foot print, so if you have a small to medium sized room, the 305 is the solution. Learn more:JBL LSR305 Review!
Sound Treatment. In a smaller room, you can get away with not using any bass traps or acoustic panels, but it’s better to have them. In larger sized rooms you will most definitely need to employ some Acoustic Sound Treatment. Why is this? Simply put, the sound will bounce off the walls in unpredictable ways and prevent an accurate mix down. You may end up overcompensating on certain frequencies depending on the sound signature of the monitor in question as well. If you’re in a corner, you’ll probably want to invest in some bass traps as well. Bass tends to be at it’s most muddy in this area. Not only can it become wildly unpredictable, but there will be an over-exaggerated amount that won’t translate well to an accurate final mix.
Placement. Nearfield monitors should be pretty close to you, but placement is important. First off, they should form an equilateral triangle towards your head, at about ear level. This is when you’ll notice they sound the best and with the most amount of Soundstage. What is Soundstage? Any subtle movements outside of this zone will effect how they sound to a greater degree than you would think! They shouldn’t be too close to you or too far away. Once you experiment you’ll understand the subtle fluctuations in sound that can occur from even just moving your head a smidgen.
Now that you have a general idea of some logistics, let’s see how the 308 and HS8 stack up against each other..
Both are rear ported. Be careful not to place them too close to the wall!
RMS power rating. The HS8 has a rating of 120 vs. 112 for the 308.
Warranty. The HS8’s have a 3 year parts and labor warranty, while the 308’s have a 5 year parts and labor warranty.
Weight. The HS8 weighs 22.5 lbs. vs. 22 for the 308.
Frequency Response. The HS8’s are 47Hz – 24kHz vs. 37Hz – 24kHz for the 308.
SPL. The Maximum peak SPL for the HS8’s is not given, while the 308’s is 112. What is SPL?
Sound. To my ears, the Yamaha HS8’s sounded more accurate and flatter than the 308’s, but the difference is very subtle. I thought the HS8’s had more life to them, but your opinion may vary. Just ignore the KRK’s. Lol. You’ll find out why in the video.
Mid-range. The 308’s have a spike at 2k which would explain why I thought the HS8 sounded a bit more accurate. The 308 also has a brighter treble than the HS8.
Check out the sound test for yourself!
So I guess the unintended purpose of this article was to steer you in the direction of the 305’s, but I didn’t think it would unfold like that when I sat down to write this. 😀
That said, I would recommend the HS8 if you’re going to be working in a larger room. The 305’s aren’t quite powerful enough for that, though they work wonderfully well in small to medium sized rooms as mentioned before.
I would also never take an HS8 and stick it in my own bedroom, as the sound would be way too intense and end up bouncing all over the place (even with treatment).
If you need a fantastic monitor for a smaller room, the 305’s are the solution. They have plenty of impact, but still remain flat enough to mix on.
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.