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Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:52 pm
by zqcebtmu
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?

Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:16 pm
by blinddrew
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.

Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:52 pm
by zqcebtmu
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.

Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:38 am
by Sam Spoons
HS5 in your room, definitely without the sub (check the bass on headphones). But I would buy the KH80s.

Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:46 am
by John Willett
blinddrew wrote:Disclaimer, I own a set of KH80s so you might consider my opinion to be biased.

Or more knowledgeable ;)

Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:49 am
by John Willett
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:

Re: Yamaha HS5 or HS7 for 8' x 12' Room

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:50 am
by blinddrew
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.