There are plenty of people who wonder if there are any stark differences between sound systems such as the JBL LSR 308 and the popular Yamaha HS8. By the way, it might also help you to check out the product comparison I did for
It’s safe to say that both products are equally good studio monitors. However, if you have a comparably smaller room, I would strongly suggest sticking to products that are small and portable in size. But you’ll have to admit that takes away part of the fun!
That’s essentially why in this edition of my studio monitor guide I suggest going for bigger studio monitors if you have the room. So without further ado, let’s see what both the innovative and awesome sound systems have to offer.
The Sound Factor
Understand that it isn’t easy to write about the quality of sound of both these products or any other sounds systems for that matter, which is why I recommend that you do a sound testing when you are shopping for the product. However, there are still some things that will help you make your decision in this area.
Also, don’t forget to take into account the fact that virtually all sound monitors come with Equalizer settings so that you can custom tune your system and sound and make it more in line to your specifications. You also have to consider the acoustics inside your room, they matter. Hearing the quality of the sound at the shop and listening to it in your room will be quite different because of the acoustics.
The same goes for every other product out there, don’t just go on what you read online, it is always better to test the sound personally at the store. However, when you talk about the JBL LSR 308 and the Yamaha HS8, it is vital to understand that there aren’t any world of differences between the two in terms of sound. But the LSR 308 has a 2K bump, which is something you will need to consider if you want to mix different sounds.
The 2K feature can be a bit sensitive – and if you aren’t cautious mixing sound, the end result will come out quite dull. Listening to the LSR 308, you will also notice that the system make huge upper spikes in sounds, that is all thanks to the tweeter insider the sound monitor. The HS8 sound monitor has incredible bass by far. That is because the device has a larger in-built subwoofer. The bigger the subwoofer the more sound waves it will push over – giving you that pleasurable thump and punchy sound.
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When you talk about features, both the JBL LSR 308 as well as the Yamaha HS8 have the same features from their cabinets all the way to the EQ and inputs. Both products have cabinets that are made for smooth bass-reflex, and both have a rear port designed of MDF.
Both studio monitors have a nice, balanced TRS and XLR signals, which enables the products to provide high frequency and low frequency sound adjustments. Both products have an on/off switch located at the back. However, it is wise to consider how you place the monitors taking into account their back ports, if you stick them too close to the wall; it is going to affect the sound. You can also check out my Polk Audio Atrium 4 Review.
This aspect of the studio monitors is purely up to your preferences. For example, I consider how the studio monitor looks and matches the surrounding in my room, which is primarily why I did not go for the LSR 308, if you are like me, you will make the same choice. The Yamaha HS8 has a great, boxy design with a large in-built subwoofer. The HS 8 has a metal mesh design and both products are made of plastic.
But when you talk about visual aesthetics, the Yamaha HS8 takes the cake – solely because it gives of you a 3-shade look and has that legendary white cone, but more than anything, the HS8 comes in white – and that is a great color option.
Yamaha HS8 Specs
- One-inch tweeter with a frequency rate of 45-watts
- 8-inch LF Driver with a low frequency of 75-watts
- Bass port located at the rear
- 38-Hz to 30-Hz frequency response
- XLR and TRS balanced inputs
- HF +/- 2dB, Room Control 0,-2,-4 dB (EQ options)
- (H x W x D): 15.4″ x 9.8″ x 13.1″
- Weighs 22.5-lb
JBL LSR308 Specs
- High frequency of 56-watts with 1-inche tweeter
- Low frequency of 56-watts with an 8-inch LF Driver
- Bass port located at the rear
- 37-Hz to 24-Hz frequency response
- TRS and XLR balanced inputs
- HF +2,0,-2dB, LF +2,0,-2dB (Equalizer options)
- (H x W x D): 16.5″ x 10″ x 12.1″
- Weighs 18.9lb
The Final Verdict
When you talk about affordability, the LSR 308 is a good option. I personally believe that, although, the Yamaha HS 8 is phenomenal, it is a bit overpriced and just a bit overhyped. The difference in price between the two products is incredibly noticeable, and normally you may consider the price factor as a vital element in making your final decision.
Assumingly, if you are new to studio monitors and mixing sounds and producing music, it is important to understand that for an all-encompassing experience, you will require a lot more components than just a studio monitor. For example, you will also require cables, a sound interface, good music software, stands for the studio monitors, etc.
Moreover, I say this too often, but it’s worth mentioning that studio monitors can also be used to mix sounds if you don’t want to use traditional headphones.
Is there something you’d like to add? Let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to get back to you. Better yet, let me know what products to review next time. I published this post about the best laptops for music production so be sure to read it.