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Yamaha Expands on HS Series Studio Monitors

April, 2013

Second Generation Models Launched

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the launch of the second generation of its HS Series powered studio monitors. The new lineup adds a 6.5" full-range speaker that brings more depth and flexibility to the Series, making it easier to select the ideal monitor for an even wider variety of applications. By combining Yamaha's acquired knowledge and expertise in studio monitor design with advanced sound analysis technologies, the HS Series provides stunning accuracy and exceptionally flat response, ideal for nearfield monitoring.

The new HS Series consists of the 5” HS5, the 6.5” HS7, and the 8” HS8, along with the HS8S subwoofer. The monitors come equipped with newly developed transducers featuring an advanced magnetic field design that regulates the flow of magnetic response to provide natural, seamless sonic transitions. Each component's materials have been optimized to significantly improve the accuracy of signal reproduction throughout the audio spectrum. All HS Series full-range models are 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified and feature a new high-resolution 1” dome tweeter designed for extended high frequency response with very low distortion up to 30kHz. Also equipped with a newly designed, high power woofer, HS Series monitors deliver clearly defined bass even at the highest output levels. Amplifier units are perfectly matched to each model's dedicated transducer, delivering accurate frequency response across a wider range of bandwidth.

Yamaha HS Series enclosures are constructed from a dense and resilient MDF material with a damped acoustic response that is perfectly suited for reference monitors. A traditional three-way mitered-joint technique firmly anchors the corners of the enclosure to dramatically improve durability and eliminate unwanted resonance.

By adopting advanced noise reduction technology that incorporates a thorough analysis of a visual representation of the sound, Yamaha's engineers have been able to reduce unwanted noise caused by a vortex that generates air vibrations inside the port. Through this in-depth analysis, it has been determined that the ideal port design results in a reduction of audible noise up to 6dB.

HS Series full-range models feature two frequency response controls, HIGH TRIM and ROOM CONTROL, allowing for adaptability to the surface acoustics of rooms of varying shape and size. For inputs, HS Series full-range speakers feature XLR and TRS phone jacks that can accommodate a variety of balanced and unbalanced input sources.

HS8S subwoofers come equipped with a HIGH CUT control, PHASE switch, LOW CUT control and LOW CUT switch adding flexibility for easy system optimization. These subwoofers also feature XLR and TRS phone jack inputs and for outputs XLR for L and R and EXT SUB out.

With the addition of a 6.5” full-range model and optimized performance throughout the series, the HS Series can accommodate an ever wider range of applications to meet the requirements of the most discerning professional audio engineer.

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