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Distorted Sound from Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitors #2312422 08/07/14 11:23 AM
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Hi,
I have a Yamaha P105 Digital Piano. Recently I bought a pair of Yamaha HS5 studio monitors and connected them to the P105. The high frequency tones in the grand piano mode are very distorted and do not come from the tweeter. All other modes(electri piano, strings, rock organ etc...) are crystal clear.

However when I connect my headphones to the P105 piano, all sounds in all modes(including the grand piano mode) are crystal clear for all the range of frequencies.

Can anyone suggest what might be wrong...?

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Re: Distorted Sound from Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitors [Re: Arnab] #2312784 08/08/14 02:40 AM
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Hi Arnab,

Originally Posted by Arnab
The high frequency tones in the grand piano mode are very distorted and do not come from the tweeter. All other modes(electri piano, strings, rock organ etc...) are crystal clear.


That is amazing to say the least.. the electrical connection between the instrument and the monitors is the same for the two cases, so there is absolutely no reason why the high frequencies should be reproduced differently.

Please note that some Yamaha grand piano samples do indeed sound _very_ mellow when compared with the above mentioned sounds, but that is absolutely normal. I can tell you that the same thing happens with my Clavinova.

Perhaps you are just noticing the difference more sharply when using the monitors.

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Re: Distorted Sound from Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitors [Re: Paolo70] #2313674 08/10/14 12:10 AM
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Hi Paolo,
Thanks for replying. The sound is not really mellow in my case. The sound comes only from the full range woofer and not from the tweeter and it is not at all good.

On the other hand, it is so clear on any cheap quality earphones too.
Is it supposed to be like that.......


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Arnab

Re: Distorted Sound from Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitors [Re: Arnab] #2313748 08/10/14 07:37 AM
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The difference between what comes out of the monitors and headphones can be night and day. Usually headphones, even cheap ones, will sound better.

I'm not sure what options the P105 has, but you will want to mess around with the EQ a lot to get the sound you want for piano. Hopefully the p105 allows you to save your settings, and ideally, save for different voices. If not, you will have to adjust each time you play a piano sound.

Also consider the position of your speakers, which can get boomy if on the floor. Room acoustics also play a part in the sound.

Lastly, something to consider is the DP itself. The P105 is considered entry level , and so that means the sound and action won't be top of the line. If after tweaking EQ and monitor position you can't get a satisfactory sound, then you may want to consider software pianos. Most DPs sound inferior to most software pianos out there today.


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Yes. The difference between reproduction from one speaker set and another can be striking even if both are working perfectly well. Headphones will sound very different, usually. The HS5 are reference speakers, so they should be giving you a very honest representation of the sound - telling it as it is.

It is interesting that you describe the sound as 'distorted'. There shouldn't be distortion as the term is normally applied. Are the speakers good on a range of other types of sounds & music? If so, it is probably a characteristic of that piano sample and you get to live with it, filter it out or use another piano sample altogether from a computer based VST, just as Morodiene suggests.


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