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Issue: Audio - Oct 19, 2005


By: Post Audio Newsletter

BUENA PARK, CA - Yamaha's ( new HS Series of powered monitors are designed to serve as true reference monitors. The line consists of three cabinet models, each of which is packaged and sold separately, allowing those configuring a surround set-up to choose the individual components they prefer, rather than a fixed package.

The 70-watt HS50M features a five-inch cone and 3/4-inch dome tweeter. It?s priced at $249.95. The 120-watt HS80M is priced at $449.95 and features an eight-inch cone and 1-inch dome tweeter. Both are housed in bass reflex-type cabinets and reproduce tight low end and smooth, high frequency response to beyond 20 kHz.

Inputs include a balanced XLR and 1/4-inch phone jack. In addition to master level controls, each speaker has trim switches that allow users to custom-tailor low, mid and high frequency response for different applications.

Priced at $599, the HS10W powered subwoofer contains a long-stroke, eight-inch 120-watt woofer and bass reflex design cabinet that maintains high efficiency and low distortion. Connections include dual XLR and 1/4-inch inputs, and three balanced XLR outputs (mix, L&R). Controls include master level, phase and low/high cutoff frequency. The HS10W complements the HS speakers, and easily handles today's bass-enhanced music or the most dramatic surround effects.

Enclosures are constructed of a high-quality MDF material and a multiple layer finish that minimizes resonance. Design elements include a black finish and lighted Yamaha tuning fork logo. White polypropylene woofer cones recall the look of the classic Yamaha NS10M monitors, and include low-damping rubber surrounds and full magnetic shielding