Hey fellas! Did you come here looking for the best studio monitor that not only sound better but also brings together your studio setup? Then this is it guys as here, we are offering you a battle between the best. So, today it’s comparing between Yamaha HS8 and Adam A7X. ADAM Audio is a well-reputed company known for their studio monitors and not only that it has earned a worldwide reputation as the finest tool for sound engineers based on our technological innovations. Meanwhile Yamaha needs no introduction as it is a well-known and well-reputed company known for the production of their quality products. So, buckle up guys as this is going to be a spicy one.
Plus, here’s another one the fierce battles of the best sound system we had before, the comparison of Logitech Z407 and the Logitech Z623. Now back to the battle.
In a nutshell, the Yamaha HS8 is the winner according to our opinion but it’s not the same for everyone as everyone’s requirements are different and maybe the Adam A7X suits most of you better. But in order to find that out you have to continue reading.
In terms of design, Yamaha already knows how to build their speakers and the Yamaha HS8 is as solid as they come. The dense MDF board that it comes with makes the speaker more durable and add resonance reduction. These studio monitors are quite heavy and big. It is a bass reflex type speaker, dimensionally it is W 250mm (9.8″) H 390mm (15.4″) and D 334mm (13.1″). The Yamaha HS8 weighs 10.2 kg. The Yamaha HS8 comes in a package with a user’s manual. These are pretty hefty, have a simple look and are perfect for studios however they are recommended not to be used with your mobile setup.
Adam’s most famous nearfield studio monitor, without any doubt, is the Adam A7X. The A7X’s versatile and active two-way design provides a balanced sound with superior transient response, clear midrange, and transparent high range frequency. The front baffle bass reflex ports of the A7X are precisely matched with the bass or midrange drivers which makes the speakers much more powerful with a much-controlled low end. The subwoofer has a 100 PWM amplifier and a 50W class AB tweeter amplifier. The combination of these enables the A7X to achieve the maximum SPL. The AX series of Adam features some of the best cutting-edge technology which include handcrafted X-ART accelerated ribbon tweeter.
In the battle of the best design, both the Yamaha HS8 and the Adam A7X are quite similar and even though HS8’s backlit logo on the front panel counters the A7X’s utilitarian looking green status LED. The Adam A7X takes a slight advantage because of its front panel which looks better build and solid.
For the sound quality, there’s a lot of low-end difference between the Yamaha HS8 and other smaller models like the HS5. The HS8 sound quality is much better than the other models. It handles bass very well and the low end has a thump and above all you can comfortably use them without a subwoofer. If you like heavy bass music then the Yamaha HS8 is perfect for you. But it’s not all about the bass and the low end, the high ends are very clear and crisp while the mids have plenty of depth and are ultimately great. Yamaha knows what they’re with this as the balance across the frequencies is solid and give a nice flat response and it’s perfect for those who are mastering to mix their own music.
The first thing that stands out after critically listening to a mixture of mastered track and unmixed sources are the exceptional details. The extent of human hearing is only 20k hertz but one may wonder what’s the extent point of the A7X’s ultra-high frequency response? the accuracy of the sound justiﬁes Adam’s approach. Transients are reproduced with incredible clarity; they create an extremely detailed and precise sound. Imaging is also seriously impressive which makes it easy to place sounds around the stereo ﬁeld. The main and only criticism about the A7X was that the tweeters were a little too bright, it came to the point of being fatiguing to some listeners but simply a bit too prominent for others. The highs are noticeably a little less clear on the A7Xs. The transition from mid-woofer to tweeter is almost the same and barely noticeable.
In the battle of the better sound quality the Yamaha HS8 takes the lead. Even though the HS8 is not all perfect, but the overall balance and sounds are more open and precise in the mid-range then the Adam A7X.
In terms of price, the Yamaha HS8 costs $374.99 each and the real question is, is it really worth buying? It really depends on the size of the studio and your needs. If your studio is small then the Yamaha HS8 is way too much. It’s ideal for those who loves bass and a great option for people with larger studio space. In this price range this active studio monitor is unbeatable. It’s a perfect choice for professional sound studios, and it’s especially great for sound mixing, but also for recordings. With good price, it is a clean and tasteful speaker and we recommend these if you have enough space. The Yamaha HS8 are very comfortable and perfect as they give a great response.
As for the Adam A7X, it costs $749.99 and is it worth it? The Adam A7X was and still is a pretty decent studio monitor. It looks pricy but given its features, the price looks pretty decent. The updated version of the Adam A7X sounds significantly much more refined. It’s quite a challenge for a two-way speaker to get such a strong transparent sounding mid-range. However, as for the Adam A7X it seemed quite easy as it managed to coax a three-way performance from a two-way audio box. It did so without sacrificing the high-frequency or the perfect bass end. It is relatively compact and even though the Adam A7X costs a little more than the other monitors from the AX series, if your requirement matches its qualities then it’s totally worth it.
The Yamaha HS8 is half the price of the Adam A7X.
Today, we took a closer look at both the studio monitors, the Yamaha Hs8 and the Adam A7X. Both of these studio monitors have great reputation among the music producers because they have been in the market for a while now. Speaking honestly after taking a closer look at both the candidates, we have come to the conclusion that the Adam A7X has disappointed us a little. From the AX series, the AX3 and AX5 would have been much better competitors for this battle as they both are much better studio monitors then the Adam A7X. If you are in search of a precision tool that will give you an honest and reliable representation of music then the Adam A7X is most definitely not a fit for you. We strongly recommend Yamaha HS8, as it does a much better job and cost half the price then then A7X while doing so. So, it’s very much okay to say that Yamaha HS8 is the clear winner in the battle of the best studio monitor.