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I am running a Schiit jotunheim with balanced dac on Presonus e5s using the balanced output for the monitors and the se for a sub. It’s not a big difference but it Is better than just using line outs from my PC. I can connect both at once and switch using the PC‘s settings. I expect the difference would be larger with the Yamaha HS8 and was planning to upgrade soon.

Point is, a balanced dac/pre had noticeable benefits at a lower price point so it’s probably worth having for these.
If only these shipped to New Zealand
How can we get a pair?
tatouine01
At checkout you can select it.
I got these "used" for $230 each a little over a year ago on Ebay from Unique Squared. When they arrived, they were factory sealed.
They are superb reference monitors. They are rear ported, and it is recommended that they have ample space away from a wall.
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Nope, on a completely different outlet they had the same white noise at the same level. Must be the amp in the monitor or something like that.
You may have some ground loop issues, you can try buying a 200W 1:1 isolation transformer to plug the monitors in order to safely float the ground. In addition, I found the speaker is prone to 2.4 GHz wireless signal, especially when the antennas are parallel to the speaker at a close distance, it meant the builtin Wi-Fi antennas on the screen of a laptop.
Literally bought mine for 213€ per piece in Muziker (in EU) few weeks ago, instant delivery. Not sure if this price on Massdrop is that much competitive.
CamperIV
I agree. In Sweden we can get them for exactly 280 USD. And they have been that price for at least 3-4 years.
Why would I need to purchase "an additional monitor for a stereo setup" after my blasting cap accident at the Mutating Wildlife Refuge?

Next, I'll be picking up a metrosexual monocle for my extant peeper.
Varholiaglimp
swing and a miss
xformulax
The "miss" would be Massdrop's odd suggestion that anyone might be interested in picking up a single speaker without "an additional monitor for a stereo setup." But gee, I sure am glad you're here to rate other people's responses, since I was kind of wondering what you thought and junk like that!
Just got them in. GF wanted to kill me when she saw how big they were, but she's grown to love them xD

Really nice monitors.
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https://www.massdrop.com/buy/abs-double-shot-keycaps

I got the green caps from this drop in 2015. They're not shinethrough though, but still pretty nice.
LED can be unplugged so cutting the wires is unnecessary.
Yamaha has a rebate on new Yamaha speakers. These have a $45 rebate on each. Is this rebate available on these brand new speakers? I can't see why not.
bootster1
Wondering that myself, the fine print reads 'from authorized retailer', so im not sure if massdrop is one or not.
This is just Ridiculous! every time you resell those speakers, you go up with the price!! that suppose to get down...
last time you sold those at 259, now its gone up to 279, are you kidding me??
seriously Massdrop I expected a better price this time, you disappoint Us.

secondly, why don't you offer an International Shipping? why??

Massdrop, Please let a qualified supervisor take into consideration your costumers complains, to do better next time,
(check out the other comments below) you are loosing costumers.
MattB.D
https://www.thomann.de/intl/yamaha_hs_8.htm

They are only 240 euro here.
MattB.D
It's not like they're made in America, and not like MD is the only place to buy them--do some research!

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