"During the review, I kept forgetting these are only $699 a PAIR. Their Hybrid 1 2.1 packages with the VTF-1 MK3 subwoofer is only $1,069. Given the fact some of us spend this much on a USB cable, the amount of value you’re getting cannot be understated. The HSU Research CCB-8s are dynamic monsters and image better than some much pricier speakers I’ve heard. There’s also a visceral impact and nuance I can’t experience with my own Omega Compact Alnico 6″ woofer. I also enjoy the thicker tone and warmer sound of these speakers.
Keep in mind, this incredible sound comes from cheap speaker wire from Home Depot, a 20-year-old CD-player, and a consumer-grade AV receiver. I think my current nearfield rig exceeds $40,000. Although much more resolving and textured, it does provide a moment of reflection. It also sparks a curiosity as to what it could do for the CCB-8s.
The CCB-8s are very sensitive (94 dB), which means they could technically be driven by the Chord DAVE (but isn’t something Dr. Hsu would recommend due to large impedance dips). I’ll probably try anyway. If these better sources and cabling could provide more acoustic clarity and air for the CCB-8s…they might actually replace my Omegas.
I’m in the middle of expanding my desk to accommodate these larger speakers. Seriously."
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