Yamaha HS8 vs. HS7 | SMALL NUANCES!

Hi friend and Welcome!

There are some subtle differences between the Yamaha HS8 vs. HS7 that I would like to hit you with (I’m not actually gonna hit you though). 🙂 Before we get started, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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What I will bring you in this review

I will outline the HS8, and then go over the similarities and differences towards the end.

  1. Specifications
  2. Summary
  3. Pros
  4. Cons
  5. Video Review
  6. Who these monitors benefit?
  7. What you will need?
  8. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  9. Consensus/Conclusion
  10. Similarities & Differences
  11. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

Yamaha HS8


  • Powered: Yes
  • Power configuration: Bi-amped
  • LF Driver Size: 8″
  • LF Driver type: Cone
  • HF Driver size: 1″
  • HF Driver type: Dome
  • LF Driver power amp: 75W
  • HF Driver power amp: 45W
  • Total Power: 120W
  • Frequency Range: 38Hz-30kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 2kHz
  • Enclosure type: Ported
  • Input types: 1x XLR, 1x 1/4″ (TS). TRS vs. TS. Find out about your cables!
  • Height: 15.4″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Depth: 13.1″
  • Weight: 18.1 lbs.


The Yamaha HS8 studio monitor a pretty beefy son of a gun, to put it mildly. What are studio monitors? You may remember my Yamaha HS5 vs. KRK Rokit 5 article. The 8 is simply a bass heavier monitor, that also happens to be a lot bigger and heavier (physically) overall.

The HS8 has a very defined low end, and some people even argue that it may be too much. They, like the HS5’s work best as as monitors rather than easy listening speakers. The sound is very flat, neutral, and clean. You will be able to tell a bad mix from a good one almost instantaneously. With such a revealing set of monitors, if your mix sounds good on these, it will sound good on anything!

They also have a rock solid build, and will sound pretty huge overall. A ton of reviewers reported being able to pick out even the smallest of details, which comes in handy when you really need to dissect a mix and find flaws quickly.

Be aware the HS8’s have a lot more bass, and are preferred without an amp. They also require more room treatment because of their huge footprint and sound. These may not work very well in small bedroom studios, but Acoustic Sound Treatment goes a long way.

For clarity’s sake, the HS5’s bass response only reaches down to 54Hz, while the HS8’s goes all the way down to 38Hz! A huge difference indeed.


  • Tight, flat, and clean sound. Very neutral.
  • Lots of bass for the ol’ bass heads, but still very accurate.
  •  Very revealing. If your mix sounds good on these, it will translate extremely well to other sources.
  • Minimal changes required after initial mix-down. Very accurate and true. 
  • Solid construction. Built like the Rock. The Rock says.


  • Because the bass is so heavy, it may affect the quality and clarity of the mid-range.
  • Not as good in smaller rooms. Big rooms advised.

Check out the video review!!

HS8 vs. HS5!

What these monitors are good for

  • Hip hop production.
  • Audio/video post production.
  • Guitar performance (Critical listening).
  • Acoustic/Chamber music.
  • Keyboards.
  • Good with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and 2i4. Check out my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Review!

What you will need?

An audio interface is highly recommended with these. Generally you will want to invest in a good one because these really demand it. It will give you a good, clean digital to analog conversion, and will power the monitors with relative ease. Check out some of these helpful links on sound!

  1. Your audio interface
  2. Bit depth vs. sample rate (how your computer processes sound).

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

  • A big decision on which monitor to buy depends largely on your studio space. Do you have a small room or a large room? If you have a small room, you may consider the HS5 or JBL LSR305. Check out the best affordable studio monitors for more on those 2! If you have a larger room, the HS8’s may be for you. The HS7’s also do well in smaller to medium sized rooms.
  • Make sure to purchase balanced cables to avoid noise/ground floor issues.
  • If you don’t want a sub-woofer, the HS8’s are the go to option.
  • Never buy monitors with drivers larger than 5″ before your room is treated.


A great reference monitor with a rock solid build and a deep bass response. An amp isn’t needed, and you should really only consider these if you have a larger sized room. Mid-range may also be affected due to the big bass.

Similarities & Differences


  • Both are flat, accurate, and revealing. If your mix sounds good on either monitor, it will translate well to any source.


  • You won’t need an amp with the HS8’s at all, while you may opt for one with the HS7. Just know that the HS7 doesn’t necessarily need one, and will sound good regardless.
  • The HS7’s may be flatter overall than the HS8’s because the bass is leaner. It’s still deep and tight, but doesn’t hit quite as hard.
  • The HS7 is more even sounding across the spectrum and more balanced. The HS8 may fatten the sound a bit.
  • The HS8 has a more defined low end but less mid-range, while the HS7 has a better mid-range and is more even all around.
  • Using a sub-woofer with the HS7’s may extend farther than the HS8’s by themselves.
  • Frequency response. We talked ad-nausea about the bass, but for clarity’s sake: The HS7 goes down to 43Hz while the HS8 goes to 38Hz. A subtle difference there.
  • The HS8’s have slightly more power than the HS7’s.

Yamaha HS7 Specifications:

  • Powered: Yes
  • Power configuration: Bi-amped
  • LF Driver Size: 6.5″
  • LF Driver type: Cone
  • HF Driver size: 1″
  • HF Driver type: Dome
  • LF Driver power amp: 60W
  • HF Driver power amp: 35W
  • Total Power: 95W
  • Frequency Range: 43Hz-30kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 2kHz
  • Enclosure type: Ported
  • Input types: 1x XLR, 1x 1/4″ (TS). TRS vs. TS. Find out about your cables!
  • Height: 13.1″
  • Width: 8.3″
  • Depth: 11.2″
  • Weight: 18.1 lbs.

Final Word

It comes down to what sized room you have, and if you plan to employ treatment.

For small rooms:

The HS5 or LSR305’s are phenomenal.


For medium sized rooms, and a great all around monitor:


For larger rooms, and those who need more bass without an amp:


Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope I’ve shed some light on the Yamaha HS8 vs. HS7.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please leave a comment below or Contact me! I would be happy to help in any way..

Which of these are you more likely to go with? Let me know as well!!

All the best and God bless,





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