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Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

Postby zqcebtmu » Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:52 pm

Hi everyone, lurker here and recently moved to a new home where I finally have space for a studio. My room is 8' x 12' and due placement of the window and closet, I currently have my studio desk along the long side of the room which I know is not ideal. I plan to put in some sound treatment in the near future and was wondering if you guys would recommend the HS5 or HS7? Also, any recommendations to treating windows in a room? Would heavy curtains work?
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Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

Postby blinddrew » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:16 pm

Looking at a local retailer's online price at the moment, the HS5 + HS8S combo is about £620. For about £660 you can get a set of Neumann KH80s. If it were me, I'd be finding the extra £40...

Disclaimer, I own a set of KH80s so you might consider my opinion to be biased.
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Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

Postby zqcebtmu » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:52 pm

blinddrew wrote:Looking at a local retailer's online price at the moment, the HS5 + HS8S combo is about £620. For about £660 you can get a set of Neumann KH80s. If it were me, I'd be finding the extra £40...

Disclaimer, I own a set of KH80s so you might consider my opinion to be biased.

I researched the KH80 and KH120 and was seriously considering the 120s. I should have included in the original post that I am able to pick up a pretty good deal for a pair of HS5s for $275 CAD or pair of HS7s for $475 CAD which is why I am choosing these two.
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Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:38 am

HS5 in your room, definitely without the sub (check the bass on headphones). But I would buy the KH80s.
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Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

Postby John Willett » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:46 am

blinddrew wrote:Disclaimer, I own a set of KH80s so you might consider my opinion to be biased.

Or more knowledgeable ;)
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Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

Postby John Willett » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:49 am

A few years back I won a pair of Yahama monitors (worth over £ 1,000) in a pro-audio raffle.

I sold them and bought a pair of K+H O110D (the forerunner to the Neumann KH 120). :thumbup:
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Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

Postby blinddrew » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:50 am

zqcebtmu wrote:
blinddrew wrote:Looking at a local retailer's online price at the moment, the HS5 + HS8S combo is about £620. For about £660 you can get a set of Neumann KH80s. If it were me, I'd be finding the extra £40...

Disclaimer, I own a set of KH80s so you might consider my opinion to be biased.

I researched the KH80 and KH120 and was seriously considering the 120s. I should have included in the original post that I am able to pick up a pretty good deal for a pair of HS5s for $275 CAD or pair of HS7s for $475 CAD which is why I am choosing these two.
Fair enough, that's a different price bracket. :thumbup:
But as Sam says, i'd definitely avoid a sub in a smallish room like that unless you can spend a lot more on it. Spend the savings on room treatment and you'll be better off.
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