Yamaha has launched the HS-I range of powered speakers, adding mounting points to the manufacturer’s HS Series studio monitors, thereby making the range suitable for a significantly broader range of monitoring, sound reinforcement and installation environments.
Available Q3 2016, the HS-I range comprises the HS5I, HS7I and HS8I: all available in black or white finishes. By adding mounting points, HS-I models speakers can be used for a much wider range of applications. With three optional bracket types available (wall, ceiling and baton), installation in studios or commercial environments is simplified.
“We continually listen to feedback from our customers and it is always our priority to provide requested solutions as quickly and effectively as possible,” explains Yoshi Tsugawa, pro audio business unit director, Yamaha Corporation. “HS speakers are trusted by countless audio professionals throughout the world for studio monitoring applications. Our primary goal with the HS-I models was to respond to the many requests that we have received for flexible mounting options, allowing these new models to be used in commercial and professional spaces where superior sound quality and cost efficiency is a priority.”
HS enclosures are constructed from dense, resilient MDF, with a dampened acoustic response and employ a traditional three-way mitred jointing technique, which anchors the corners of the enclosure.
Designed using noise reduction technology and visual sound analysis, they feature a port design that reportedly reduces audible noise by up to 6dB.
All HS models features a proprietary Yamaha transducer, while a one-inch dome tweeter extends the usable frequency range. Meanwhile, the woofer utilises large, high quality magnets to deliver well-defined low frequencies at any output level, with low distortion.
The amplifier features a biamp design with separate, dedicated units for both the woofer and tweeter. This ensures that each HS Series speaker consistently delivers high-resolution sound with a flat response across the entire sound spectrum.
The HS full-range models also feature two response controls with detailed settings that allow them to adapt to the surface acoustics of rooms of varying shape and size; ROOM CONTROL and HIGH TRIM, as well as XLR and TRS phone jack inputs to accommodate a wide range of balanced and unbalanced sources such as mixers, keyboards and audio interfaces.