Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors and HS8S Subwoofer
I've been mixing on headphones for many years. Many, many years. I'm not really sure why I suddenly thought that having studio monitors was something I needed, but I did and it was.
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I also got the Yamaha HS8S subwoofer and I'm hoisting the monitors up with proline monitor stands.
I got my monitors at Guitar Center and picked them up after work the Thursday before the week of Christmas. It was a madhouse. It's a madhouse everywhere these days. I know. I manage a printshop.
The monitors are solid and it was easy to get everything connected. I watched a couple youtube videos, but the clearest instructions were really a couple paragraphs in the user manual since it's quite straightforward.
I have an iConnectivity audio interface and use Logic Pro as my DAW. It only has 1/4-inch monitor outputs but the HS8's can do either 1/4-inch or XLR inputs and outputs so I went from the iConnectivity 1/4-inch outs to the subwoofer inputs and then out from the XLR outputs on the subwoofer to the left and right HS8 monitor inputs. You need 4 cables total.
I fired up my most recent Logic Pro project and everything worked. Love it when that happens.
I do not recommend the Pro Line monitor stands (the subwoofer sits on the floor). The bolt that attached the riser to the floor base was difficult to screw in on one and didn't fully go into the other so it is currently not entirely stable. I tried screwing it with a power drill and stripped the allen hole. Maybe it's just me. The stand itself is solidly well-made.
And the monitors sound great. I had a friend over Sunday and we recorded a song I've had jostling around my lyric book for probably a decade that we worked out basic tracks on. Monitors definitely make a difference.
So far so great and highly recommended. I hear Finneas uses the HS5's and loads of other people swear by the flat, unaltered sound of the yamaha monitors.