By theJman on Apr 19, 2017 at 7:48 PM
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    Hsu Research CCB-8 Speaker Preview

    Manufacturer & Model:
    Hsu Research CCB-8
    MSRP:
    $369 each Satin Black, $449 each Rosenut Wood Veneer
    Link:
    http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/ccb-8.html
    Highlights:
    Concentric drivers in a budget system with a big sound!
    Summary:
    The Hsu Research CCB-8 offers an interesting alternative for the speaker buyer; concentric drivers. Often referred to as coaxial, the driver used in the CCB-8 has a tweeter imbedded in the midrange where the center dustcap would normally be. Designed to work as a waveguide, this bit of engineering ensures the output from the tweeter and midrange sum together and form a blended soundfield. Concentric speakers have an additional benefit as they naturally time-align the individual drivers, virtually assuring their respective contributions arrive at your ears simultaneously.There are reasons why so few companies make speakers with concentric drivers though, and one of them is it's very hard to get the design right. Was Dr. Poh Hsu successful? Stay tuned for the review in order to find out.
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    1. Todd Anderson

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      Great looking speaker... I love the simplicity that a concentric driver brings to the table.
       
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      It might be interesting to compare the design against a similar offering from KEF, whose speakers also employ concentric drivers.
       
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      I had occasion to spend a good deal of time listening to some of Dr. Hsu's speakers and I was completely surprised by how well they preformed. I would bet that these will sail through any tests and make the reviewer smile. I can say with confidence that he makes some excellent products, one of which I own. :T
       
    4. theJman

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      I've come to know Dr. Hsu as the master of minimalists. He takes what appears to be average components and creates some very impressive products from them. That requires brilliant engineering.
       
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      I definitely want to get some listening time with these after hearing them at AXPONA.
       
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      Is this about what his room looked like only with the new speakers ??

      hsu.jpg
       
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      Go check the the AXPONA thread... you're pretty close! ;-)
       
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      That speaker looks pretty interesting, can't say I'm a big fan of the yellow driver though. Looking forward to the review.
       
    9. theJman

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      I suspect the driver color will be controversial for some. They do come with round metal grills so you can partially mask them, but I tend to run speakers with their grills off.
       
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      There were amazing... he had them farther out into the room than above. I have already ordered some of the music he was playing as well... good demo stuff in addition to just being plain good music.
       
    11. theJman

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      Dr. Hsu sent me a disc with some of his preferred audition material, so I wonder if it's the same thing you're talking about. One passage in particular gets highlighted in my evaluation.
       
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      And I already have the Roger Waters album he uses... Amused to Death.
       
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      I heard these at Axpona in Chicago and was very impressed especially given the price. I ended up buying a VTF-15H MK2 show demo while I was there.
      I'm getting it "dialed in" and like it. I had it running too hot so have backed it off a bit and it seems more integrated and less obvious.
       
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      Very cool... no doubt you will enjoy it. :T
       
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      Looking forward to your thoughts, Jim. The CCB-8 system is a welterweight powerhouse, for sure, very impressed when I heard them.
       
    16. theJman

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      The delay with posting the article is due to a slight change Hsu Research wanted to make in the crossover to smooth out the response even further. I now have the modified speakers back so I can put the finishing touches on my eval. It should be done shortly.
       

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