When you think of Yamaha you probably think of high-quality instruments and music tech gear from Japan. The new Yamaha DHR and CHR active and passive PA speakers emerge from Yamaha’s new India division. Do these new speakers uphold the Yamaha tradition of quality manufacturing and design?
New DHR and CHR PA Speakers from Yamaha India
Without a doubt, when you think of the giant players in music tech, Yamaha is right up there as a “power brand”. Responsible for flagship products such as the Rivage mixing consoles, Yamaha is inexorably linked with its home country of Japan,
Importantly though, you may not know that Yamaha has factories all over the globe. In 2019 Yamaha set up its first plant in India, and now we’re seeing the first products to emerge from its business unit there.
The focus of today’s blog is the brand new DHR and CHR range of PA speakers. The DHR series are active loudspeakers whilst conversely, the CHR series is their passive loudspeaker counterpart.
Yamaha suggests the 10″ range for fixed installations and utility. I can easily see these making great bar and pub speakers, for example, for distributed sound. The 12″ models are in a wedge format and obviously ideal for floor monitors. Meanwhile, the 15″ models should be ideal as main speakers in an install PA, thanks to featuring rigging points, pole mounts and an LF extension down to 44Hz.
There are some nice design touches in the CHR/DHR series that caught my eye. For example, the DHR/CHR10 can be mounted vertically or horizontally and, it should be noted, has a rotatable HF horn to ensure proper dispersion regardless of how it’s mounted. Furthermore, the DHR/CHR 12M features a coaxial compression driver that should ensure an even frequency response as you move around the stage.
Whether you choose the CHR or DHR series will largely depend on personal preference. The DHR series features Class D output stages with 700 (DHR10) or 1000 W (DHR12M, DHR15) of output power. Additionally, the inbuilt mixer and DSP EQ curves may make the DHR series more attractive to those looking for a “PA in a box” solution.
Yamaha’s marketing places emphasis on the quality and pride put into the manufacture of the DHR and CHR series in India. The pricing seems entirely reasonable for a premium brand product with these specs. I see no reason to doubt that any of the speakers in the DHR and CHR series would fail to deliver on their promised utility or function.
Pricing and Availability
You’ll be able to grab the new Yamaha CHR and DHR series from October 2021.
- DHR10: 600 euros
- DHR12M: 720 euros
- DHR15: 816 euros
- CHR10: 444 euros
- CHR12M: 504 euros
- CHR15: 576 euros
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