Deciding on where to put your money when buying studio monitors is always tough, mainly due to the fact that both your music and reputation are on the line. It’s common knowledge that a bad pair of studio monitors can make a professional recording end up sounding very amateur in the end mix.
That’s why you’re here, right? You know that you need quality monitors and so now you’ve got two popular and quality options in mind, the ADAM T7V and the Yamaha HS7, and you want to know which one is worth buying and adding to your studio setup. So, let’s take a closer look…
Side by Side Comparison
|ADAM Audio T7V||Yamaha HS7|
|LF Driver Size||7"||6.5"|
|LF Driver Type||Polypropylene||Cone|
|HF Driver Size||1.9"||1"|
|HF Driver Type||U-ART tweeter||Dome|
|LF Driver Power Amp||50W||60W|
|HF Driver Power Amp||20W||35W|
|Maximum Peak SPL||≥110dB SPL @ 1m|
|Input Types||1 x XLR, 1 x RCA||1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TRS|
|Enclosure Type||Rear ported||Rear Ported|
|Weight||15.7 lbs.||18.1 lbs.|
If space is an issue then there isn’t much to differentiate between the two, the ADAM monitor is only half an inch taller than the Yamaha design. Plus, Yamaha’s HS7 is a couple of lbs heavier than the ADAM T7V so again there is no need to worry much about the weight difference.
The features that distinguish these two monitors come down to the frequency response range and overall power. The HS7 comes with 43Hz-30kHz as opposed to the 39Hz-25kHz of the T7V meaning that you get a lot more bass control in the ADAM and ultimately more flexibility.
The T7V also comes with an overall 70W power with a 50W driver and 20W tweeter, compare this to the HS7s 60W driver and 35W tweeter and you can see the power sits slightly with the Yamaha. So, at the moment it comes down to the HS7 offering the added power and the T7V offering the wider frequency range.
ADAM Audio T7V
ADAM Audio’s T7V rewrites the definition of entry-level studio monitors with a design spec worthy of a mid-range price tag. The features and components clearly show that ADAM is looking to take control of the budget studio monitor market. It looks like they’ve got a clear winner in the T7V.
No matter where you read about the T7V, you’ll always hear about the smooth and deep audio range that the monitor manages to deliver. The quality is achieved through the use of ADAM’s in-house premium components such as the unique U-ART tweeter and precise HFP waveguide.
The result of years of research and deciding to implement these high-end components, including the use of rare-earth magnets and powerful diaphragm foils, is a sound quality that is low in distortion and a lot more efficient than any other entry-level monitor in today’s market.
Audio experts from around the world have all chipped in with their opinions on the ADAM T7V and there is always only one outcome – world-class audio at an unbelievable price, where you can set up your studio with a pair for under $500 if you find the right deal. Serious value for money!
Pros of the ADAM T7V
- 2-Way Monitor with U-ART Tweeter
- Premium HPS Waveguide
- Rear-Firing Bass Port
- 70W Class D Bi-Amp
- Extended sweet spot of 39Hz-25kHz
- Analog XLR and RCA inputs
Yamaha’s HS7 is a popular entry-level studio monitor that has been continually developed over the years. The 6.5” woofer and 1” tweeter combination serves up enough audio power for both beginners and more experienced music producers to create professional mixes.
The black and white design has long been a strong attraction for users because when you’re spending all of that time looking at them, you want them to look good! The construction is what you come to expect from Yamaha with a clean and no-fuss monitor design and build.
The frequency response and room control features give you detailed audio performance no matter where the monitors are set up, this helps you to reach optimum audio levels at the touch of a button. The HS7 delivers a total of 95 watts with a 43Hz-30kHz frequency range.
Yamaha always produces dependable studio monitors and the HS7s are the most valuable in the HS Series. Home spaces and small studios will suit these monitors perfectly and you’ll be able to buy a pair of these for just over $500 – great value for a reliable studio monitor brand.
Pros of the Yamaha HS7
- Active/powered monitor design
- Works well in different sized rooms
- Dynamic 54Hz-30kHz frequency response with great mid-range
- Bi-amped drivers for pure high and low frequencies
- Room Control and High Trim features for sound optimization
The HS7 from Yamaha and the T7V from ADAM are quite well-matched for the most part, however, the one or two differences that we’ve noticed should be able to help you in your final decision. The thing is, both monitors come well recommended and are already popular amongst all levels of musicians and producers. The frequency range in the T7V is much more rounded and offers more flexibility but the HS7 slightly edges in front when it comes to power. The features on the HS7 are especially useful for beginners and being able to optimize the room levels is a huge benefit to achieving your best mix.The T7Vs come without these features but the components inside are of a higher quality so naturally offers the richer sound. It’s a tough call between the two and especially so when you consider the price tags are very similar.
In our view, a pair of HS7s seem like a great overall mixing partner for your studio with enough power to mix and the extra features to help with levels, however, it’s the ADAM T7V that offers the better clarity overall. The wider range in frequency and the unique tweeter design both help to give more of a professional sound, and that essentially results in what we are buying monitors for… to make the best music mix possible. Go for the T7V and you won’t be disappointed.