Before we get into the Yamaha HS5 vs. HS7, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you today
For the purposes of this article, I will compare and contrast the HS5 and 7, and then give a recommendation towards the end. 🙂
Similarities & Differences
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The Yamaha HS5 is an entry level monitor that sounds very clean and pristine, with a clear mid-range but not a lot of bass to speak of. Because of this, it does very well for it’s intended purpose though some people may not like the lack of low end. What are studio monitors?
That said, because they have virtually no bass, you might end up over compensating and the mix could turn out muddy on other sources. We want to avoid that.
Because of this, you’ll probably need to pair them with the HS8S sub-woofer if you were to go this route. The problem is that it becomes pretty expensive to do that. We’ll get into the alternative towards the end. 🙂 For now:
How do the HS7’s compare? Do they have more bass? Are they the better buy? Let’s find out!
The HS7 will provide more low end than the HS5. The HS5 is going to roll off at around 54Hz, which isn’t nearly enough bass for most peoples needs. The last thing you want to be doing when it comes to bass is guessing.
While the HS5 will need a sub, the HS7 does not. The HS7 provides what the 5 is missing.
With the HS5’s, there’s also a peak at around 1k that could make a mix sound hollowed out if you ended up under compensating.
The HS5’s have a 5″ woofer vs. the 6.5″ for the HS7.
Total power. the HS5’s have 70W of power vs. 95 for the HS7.
Frequency response.43Hz-30kHz for the HS7 vs. 54Hz-30kHz. As mentioned before, the bass drops off considerably after 54Hz which will likely cause you to over compensate in your mix.
Weight. The HS5’s are 11.7 lb.s vs. 18.1 for the HS7.
Room Size. Generally speaking, the smaller your room is, the smaller your monitor should be. The HS5’s are most definitely meant for a smaller space with no treatment.
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.
Placement. Being that these are nearfield monitors, you’ll want them pretty close to you, but not so close that they’re suffocating. If you have a desk, try to situate them far enough away from the wall (especially since both are rear ported), but close enough to you where you can actually hear what’s going on. This will ensure the sound doesn’t bounce off the wall too much. You get the idea. Just experiment a little as well. Also remember that they will sound best at around ear level, and should form an equilateral triangle towards your head.
If you’re mixing in a smaller space, The HS5 would be a good option if not for the lack of bass.
What do I recommend?
Of course I’m going to steer you in the direction of the JBL LSR 305. I’ve had them sitting in my studio since December 2014, and they’re absolute workhorses. They are much livelier, and work better in treated as well as untreated rooms. The bass digs deeper, but it’s never too much. The sound is amazingly crisp, clear, and accurate for mixing. You won’t need a subwoofer, and they’re more affordable than an HS5. Interested in learning more?
While the 305 is the entry level solution, the HS7 provides a nice upgrade. It’s got more bass than both an HS5 and 305, and should be sought after if you have a medium to larger sized room, need a bit more treble/detail, need a bit better imaging, or simply need more power. Interested?
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