Yamaha has expanded its HS Series powered studio monitor line with three new models of speakers—HS5I, HS7I and HS8I—that incorporate mounting points to meet a broader range of monitoring and sound reinforcement installations, including environments outside of the recording realm. The new bi-amped, 2-way models can be used in conjunction with three optional bracket types—wall, ceiling and baton—which greatly simplifies installation in studios or commercial environments with dimensions or surfaces that might otherwise present a challenge.
Yamaha HS-I models powered studio monitors will be available in black or white finishes and will ship in September; prices are to be determined.
The HS enclosures are constructed from a dense and resilient MDF with a dampened acoustic response and employ a traditional three-way mitered-joint technique that firmly anchors the corners of the enclosure to dramatically improve durability and eliminate unwanted resonance.
The HS Series features proprietary Yamaha transducers that promise smooth response over a wide bandwidth. A highly efficient 1-inch dome tweeter considerably extends the usable frequency range, while the ultra-responsive woofer uses large, carefully selected magnets that produce low distortion sound with a well-defined bottom end at any output level. The amplifier features a bi-amp design with a separate dedicated amp for both the woofer and the tweeter, promising that each HS Series speaker consistently delivers high-resolution sound with a flat response across the sound spectrum.
Engineers at Yamaha harnessed an advanced noise reduction technology that incorporated a thorough analysis of a visual representation of the sound, to arrive at an ideal port design that resulted in a reduction of audible noise by up to 6 dB.
HS Series full-range models feature two response controls with detailed settings that allow them to adapt to the surface acoustics of rooms of varying shape and size; Room Control and High Trim, as well as XLR and TRS phone jack inputs to accommodate a wide range of balanced and unbalanced sources such as mixers, keyboards and audio interfaces.
As with the original models in the series, the new HS-I models can be used in conjunction with the HS8S, an 8-inch bass-reflex powered subwoofer that delivers low frequencies down to 22 Hz.