Yamaha introduces HS-I studio monitor range

Yamaha has announced the launch of its new HS-I range of powered speakers.

The range adds mounting points to the popular HS Series nearfield studio monitors, making them suitable for a significantly broader range of monitoring, sound reinforcement and installation environments.

The HS-I range features three models – HS5I, HS7I and HS8I – all available in black or white finish. With three optional bracket types available – Wall, Ceiling and Baton – installation in studios or commercial environments with space or surfaces that might otherwise present a challenge is ‘greatly simplified.’

“We continually listen to feedback from our customers and it is always our priority to provide requested solutions as quickly and effectively as possible," said Yoshi Tsugawa, pro audio business unit director, Yamaha Corporation. “HS speakers are trusted by countless audio professionals throughout the world for studio monitoring applications. Our primary goal with the HS-I models was to respond to the many requests that we have received for flexible mounting options, allowing these new models to be used in commercial and professional spaces where superior sound quality and cost efficiency is a priority.”

HS enclosures are constructed from resilient MDF, with a dampened acoustic response, and employ a traditional three-way mitred jointing technique, improving durability and eliminating any unwanted resonance. Designed using advanced noise reduction technology and visual sound analysis, they feature an ideal port design that reduces audible noise by up to 6dB.

All HS models feature a proprietary Yamaha transducer. A one-inch dome tweeter considerably extends the usable frequency range, while the ultra-responsive woofer utilises large magnets to deliver well-defined low frequencies at any output level with low distortion.

The amplifier features a biamp design with separate, dedicated units for both the woofer and tweeter. This ensures that each HS Series speaker consistently delivers high-resolution sound with a flat response across the entire sound spectrum.

HS full-range models also 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.

The HS-I series will be available during the third quarter of 2016.