Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

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rasmusklump
KVRian
866 posts since 13 May, 2004 from Germany

Post Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:45 am

I have the HS80 with sub since they came out.

I am completely satisfied. These aren't harsh in my not too big room.

Passing Bye
KVRian
803 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:50 am

LoveEnigma18 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:44 am
My ideal monitors would be < $600, which I think is a decent budget.
Yes, it's good budget, it's amazing what we can acquire these days for that amount of money, remember when my ex musical partner got HS7 when they first came out, there was nothing in that price range to compete, now, KRK stepped up their game, Mackie also, Presonus, there's affordable Adam's, JBL's, there's new great brands like Fluid, Kali, you can't go wrong with any brand really.
Aside from monitoring, are they good for decent music listening?
Sincerely Yamaha monitors would be my last choice for music enjoyment, I really don't like their signature.
Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

JCJR
KVRAF
2687 posts since 17 Apr, 2005 from S.E. TN

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:11 am

I don't know even how beneficial it is to be able to audition monitors in a store. Useful at least to rule out "emperor's new clothes" systems that somehow got good reputation or reviews but do not sound very good to oneself.

Last time I auditioned a few monitors in a store was able to decide which seemed best in the acoustic environment of the store but still hadn't a clue if it would sound "enough improvement to be worth the money" in the home studio acoustics.

For what it is worth, purely luck of the draw matter of individual taste, the jbl lsr sounded a little truer more transparent to my old ears than the Yamahas IN THE STORE. If I were to test an lsr 8 at home for a few weeks then test a Yamaha equivalent at home for a few weeks I haven't a clue which would be preferable after long term comparative testing.

From one view it seems silly. If all the "good" monitor systems really are truly flat and clean as advertised then all the "good" models ought to sound so similar that you can't hardly tell one from the other in a blind listening test. In that case it shouldn't matter which "good" model you buy if they are all flat and clean. :)

I suppose some are flatter cleaner than others because they don't sound the same. OTOH sometimes people do not really want flat and clean even if they say they do.

Some monitors sound fairly similar. When I got some passive 8" jbl 2 ways about Y2K, it was amazing how similar they sounded to my 8" EV Sentry 100 made circa 1980. Ain't saying either is especially flat/clean but maybe the engineers were aiming for similar target in both cases for the sound to turn out so similar between different decades and companies?

Since the whole thang is risky, and I like experimenting anyway, I finally ended up taking a purt big risk and building some 12" coax monitors. Was overall pleased with the result but it could have as easily turned out an expensive mistake.

I mean they measure purt flat and low distortion in the small treated room and after several years I haven't been tempted to go shopping for something "better" to replace them with so I guess it turned out ok.

Maybe it is just psychological effect but even if I had bought some real expensive store bought monitors then I would probably have continued to wonder whether shoulda bought some other brand that would have somehow sounded better.

Not saying they are better than some pro factory speaker but I know what's in em and they turned out flat and clean enough for the purpose.

lajosuti
KVRist
123 posts since 25 Jan, 2014

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:18 pm

Hi,

I have a Yamaha HS7 pair, and I like them. Although - in retrospect I should have chosen something with a bass reflex in front, because of my room. And it's way too (mix error-)revealing for some music, so to just plain listening I would choose something else.

But I A/B tested them with JBL Lsr, KRK and Mackies in the same price range, and the sound quality difference made it a very easy decision (I was testing with Joni Mitchell tracks, like this but with flac https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT4MmbiIox4).

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tehlord
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7749 posts since 22 Sep, 2008 from Windsor. UK

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:10 pm

Passing Bye wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:50 am


Sincerely Yamaha monitors would be my last choice for music enjoyment, I really don't like their signature.
You previously said your opinion was based on reality, but the reality is you just don't like them.

Which is cool.

Monitor choice is about as subjective as it gets, but you not liking them doesn't equate to Yamaha 'resting on past glory'. They're damn fine speakers, mixes translate well from them, and they are still dirt cheap compared to the alternatives.

I've never found them to be harsh btw (directed at OP).

chk071
KVRAF
21157 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:13 pm

tehlord wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:10 pm
Monitor choice is about as subjective as it gets
I feel the same. I never really warmed up with my M-Audio, and, still haven't fully warmed up with my JBL's as well...

Maybe a good idea drive to the shop next time, and listen to some on site.

Passing Bye
KVRian
803 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:48 pm

tehlord wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:10 pm
You previously said your opinion was based on reality, but the reality is you just don't like them.
I wouldn't choose them for casual listening because of their signature, that's what you quoted, that's what I said, there's nothing more to it than that, so no, it's doesn't apply immediately that they are bad speakers or whatever.

Yamaha didn't released anything after HS series which back than was one of the best thing you can get for your money, so hype around them was justified at that time, but in the meantime competitors did improved and some new ones arrived, so now after 6 years in 2019 hype isn't justified anymore and they are just another good option, nothing to scream about like back than considering today's market, that's all I'm saying, nothing more and nothing less, so I advised OP to take a look at competition too, because there's really great options these days and that's reality.
They're damn fine speakers, mixes translate well from them, and they are still dirt cheap compared to the alternatives.
Did I said they are bad, they are good speakers with lot of even cheaper competition in 2019, that's reality, you like it or not or whatever speakers you like or not, if you think they have no competition like back when they were released, than I disagree and have nothing to say more.
Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

Passing Bye
KVRian
803 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:29 pm

chk071 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:13 pm
tehlord wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:10 pm
Monitor choice is about as subjective as it gets
I feel the same.
Me too, there are so many amazing speakers to choose from these days choice mostly comes down to preference more than anything else.
Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

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LoveEnigma18
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869 posts since 12 Jan, 2018

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Post Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:30 pm

Sorry everyone, I missed replying to this post. Thank you so much for your valuable suggestions, I appreciate it. I will get in touch via PM if needed, hope it will be OK.
tehlord wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:10 pm
I've never found them to be harsh btw (directed at OP).
Great to know that. I am leaning more towards HS7 now.

Vleker
KVRist
61 posts since 8 Jun, 2019

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Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:01 am

Dont own them but ive heard great things about them!

fster
KVRer
25 posts since 25 Sep, 2003

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:59 am

I own a pair and am very satisfied with them. Have a pair of original M-audio BX-8's and use them for jamming. They work fine but sometimes come across as a little colored when comparing to HS7, not necessarily a bad thing... Use the HS7's for mixing/mastering.

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Tappistry
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1508 posts since 3 Aug, 2017 from San Diego, CA

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Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:51 pm

BertKoor wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Who said $1000 budget?
A pair of HS-7's is abt $400 (quite cheap)
That would be on pretty serious discount. The only time you can grab that is either used or on discount. They're normally $299 each.

There was a killer deal in 2018 with a mail-in rebate that coincided with a Guitar Center sale. GC was selling all the HS series for BOGO 50% off. Combined that with the additional Yamaha rebate I picked up a pair of HS7's for about $380 brand new.

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LoveEnigma18
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869 posts since 12 Jan, 2018

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Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:06 pm

Great to know more positive responses. I think I will be going with HS7 when the time comes. :tu:

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BertKoor
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11188 posts since 8 Mar, 2005 from Utrecht, Holland

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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:57 am

Tappistry wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:51 pm
BertKoor wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Who said $1000 budget?
A pair of HS-7's is abt $400 (quite cheap)
That would be on pretty serious discount. The only time you can grab that is either used or on discount. They're normally $299 each.
Quick google says in Euro's they're from €175 up to €275 each, average €200. Without discount or special deal, in regular big shops like Thomann & BaxShop.

Last time I looked €1 was $1, within 10% margin or so. :shrug:
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anttimaatteri
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272 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: Do you own Yamaha HS7 monitors? Do you recommend them?

Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:40 pm

i used them for now 3 years paired with tannoy 802. i went for the tannoys a few month ago, but the hs7 have quite a good "neutral" clean sound. i would have bought the hs8, but they were too expensive at that time.. and the tannoy have the open front. on a slightly bigger, means more flexible, room i would go for the hs8/7.
as i said it took me 3 years to decide between them.
and the hs7 were more often on sale at thomann or elsewhere.
i recommend the yamahas.

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