Yamaha HS5 5" 70W Powered Studio Monitor

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 1350+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$200
Yamaha HS5 5" 70W Powered Studio Monitor

While the smallest of the Yamaha HS series, the HS5 still puts out clear and accurate sound with its 5" woofer and 1" tweeter.

The 5" woofer stays true to the heritage of the original Yamaha NS-10 monitor speakers.

The smaller form factor also makes Yamaha's brand of sound and build quality more accessible for smaller studios and those with limited budgets.

The unit's Room Control feature is designed for calibration in small (and usually enclosed) studio spaces.

Tech Specs

  • Driver: 5" Woofer, 1" Tweeter
  • Amplifier: 45W LF, 25W HF
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TRS
  • Frequency response: 54Hz - 30kHz
  • Crossover Frequency: 2 kHz
  • Enclosure: Ported
  • Controls: Level, Room Control, High Trim, Power
  • Dimensions: 11.2" x 6.7" x 8.7"
  • Weight: 11.7 lbs.

Yamaha HS5 Frequency Response Chart

Yamaha HS5 Frequency Response Chart

Supporting Documentation

Manual | Warranty

Pros

The Yamaha HS5 continues to get favorable reviews, mostly from home studio owners impressed with the improvements it brought into their production process. Sound quality gets praise, along with reliability and value for money. The neutral response, which is a hallmark in classic Yamaha monitors, is liked by many users who have grown used to the sound of the original NS-10.

Cons

Lack of volume and low-frequency punch came up a few times in user reviews, while some advise that you save up for the bigger HS7 or HS8, or get the matching Yamaha studio subwoofer.

Overall

If you're looking to mix with monitors with a brutally honest upper midrange like the original Yamaha NS-10 monitors, The HS5 is for you. Look elsewhere if you want low-end punch without a subwoofer.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Studio Monitors.

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