Yamaha HS5 5″ 70W Powered Studio Monitor

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Yamaha HS5 5″ 70W Powered Studio Monitor

Gearank High Notes

Gearank Recommendation

The HS5 appeared on our recommended list for Studio Monitors Under $200 from April 2018 until we removed that category in February 2022.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Audio Science Review amirm 84/100
Music Radar Electronic Musician 90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Yamaha HS5 Frequency Response Chart

Yamaha HS5 Frequency Response Chart

Note that Stage Monitors are different from studio monitors.

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