CCB-8 Bookshelf Speaker

"sounded far better than speakers many times their price"

James Larson, AudioholicsApril 27, 2017


HSU Research is proud to introduce our first constant directivity coaxial loudspeaker. It combines the HB-1's excellent micro dynamics with the added advantages of a point source - no lobing, smooth response vertically, horizontally or diagonally, and even greater sensitivity and higher power handling.

As a point source, it's perfect as a center channel with no lobbing even when you sit off center. Simply lay it on it's side.  

The woofer pole piece and cone acts as the constant directivity horn for the tweeter mounted behind the woofer magnet. Additionally, the crossover design takes into account the acoustic center differences between the woofer and tweeter. No matter where you sit or stand, you are always equi distant from the woofer and tweeter.  


Industry Reviews

"I'm willing to bet you've never heard a speaker this size sound this good. .. the results achieved are incredible. Great products, great company, great value. What else is there to say?"

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Jim Wilson, Home Theater Shack, July 2017


"From the first moments of my initial listening session, the CCB-8 confidently exposed its most potent strength: detailed sound... In fact, new details nestled within some of my favorite albums sprung to life – which, frankly, shocked my ears."

"...musical detail was simply off the charts, magnifying every breath, string squeak, lip smack, and recording imperfection. It also exhibited beautiful depth of sound (especially in the bass region)..."

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Todd Anderson, AV NIRVANA, July 27, 2017


"..each strum sound like six strings vibrating separately to produce an overall chord/note sound. Cymbals had a very realistic shimmer, with a great detail within each “tsssshhhhh."

"With good recordings, the warmth of the wood body and rosined bow are nicely balanced with the sharper sound from the strings giving the violin a lifelike sound quality. Decay of sounds was quite nice also, and even with these low-level sounds I could hear more detail in the decays than I’m used to hearing"

"The CCB-8 does a very good job of making each element in a complex sound mix clear and distinct."

"Pitch and accent differences of each actor/actress were clear and distinct, revealing the quality of the sound mixing beyond what is possible with less-capable loudspeakers."

"The acoustic environment for each different space in the movie was easy to hear and accept as being “real.” Subtle sounds, even when other louder sounds were going on, remained clearly audible."

"The CCB-8s also do something I don’t encounter very often. The center image remains centered when your listening position is well to the left or right of center. Last time I heard this effect, it came from a very expensive pair of German MBL Radialstrahler loudspeakers that featured three omni-directional drivers."

"On the CCB- 8s the sound is B---I---G, as it should be, with a very good sense of depth. Other tracks in my collection and from a CD-R provided by Dr. Hsu also confirmed that depth effects were present."

"The CCB-8 loudspeaker, as with other Hsu Research subwoofers and loudspeakers, provides an awful lot of performance for a modest amount of money. Those who value wide and uniform dispersion, an easy-to-drive combination of sensitivity/efficiency and impedance, fantastic transient performance, lots of detail, excellent value for money, and that seven-year warranty should seriously consider the CCB-8 loudspeaker."

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Doug Blackburn, Widescreen Review Issue 217, June 2017


"I overheard other guests comment that the CCB-8s sounded far better than speakers many times their price; a sentiment which I heartily agreed with."

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James Larson, Audioholics, April 27, 2017


"Amazing sound, the 2.1 package (CCB-8 plus VTF-1 MK3) totals only $1100. One of the budget leaders among the uber showings here at the 2017 AXPONA"

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tesseract, AVNirvana, April 2017


"For me, the most exciting introduction at RMAF was the Hsu Research CCB-8, a new stand mounted speaker that works for stereo or for any channel of a home-theater system."

Brent Butterworth, Soundstage October 2016


"The new CCB-8 speakers were a real treat to listen to, sounding very clean and balanced as you move around the room."

Cynthia Johnson, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, October 2016


Customer Testimonials

"I received my CCB-8 for my center channel and it’s great!  Much, much better than my previous center I’ve had for 12 years, Paradigm CC-270.  The clarity of the dialogue is so superior to my paradigm it’s not even close, as well as sound overall.  I just love it."
Jason, Aug 2017


"I thought your demo was a breath of fresh air. You did not have to use exotic electronics or overpriced cables to achieve what I considered to be the best sound I heard at the whole show. Just a common Onkyo receiver and lamp wire were sufficient to deliver high quality sound to your amazing speakers. I could have listened to your CCB-8 all day. I will certainly put them on my list when I am ready to purchase a new pair of speakers."
Jim, Audiophile at AXPONA 2017


"I was fortunate to hear the new CCB-8 speakers at RMAF and IMHO they absolutely stole the show. It was the only room I returned to, because I couldn't believe how good they sounded. I wasn't alone. Several others also returned to the room for the last 20 minutes of Friday, and everyone was raving about the sound. I've auditioned a lot of speakers, and I can say these sounded better than any $2,000 bookshelf speaker I've heard -- and at less than half that price. The sound was incredibly musical, with lots of dynamic range, detail, and imaging. I really don't need another pair of speakers, but I am very anxiously awaiting their launch, because I can't wait to get pair."

Webster, Hsu Forum


"I listened to a lot of speakers at RMAF 2016. To be honest, I was not really that impressed with any of them until I came into your room and heard the new bookshelves. I was particularly impressed with two things: 1) the imaging and 2) the beauty of the music. That piece that you played of a choral and pipe organ piece in a large room (maybe a cathedral) was astonishingly realistic. You could close your eyes and almost be there in the room with the choir. Very impressive. Wonderful.

So many of the speakers at RMAF were very edgy, strident, harsh. My ears would get fatigued very quickly. When you attend a live acoustic performance whether a small group or a large symphony the sound is not strident. The strings are beautiful, not edgy. I believe Sandy Gross of Goldenear calls it "zingy." You, of course, know a lot more about speaker design than me, but I am not sure why your bookshelves are so much more musical than many of the other speakers on the market today. And to think that some of these speakers are over 80 times the price of yours!"

Dean, Colorado Springs


Satin Black with Black Cone (Each)


Product At a Glance

Frequency response
50Hz – 20kHz +/- 2 dB at 15 degrees off axis
Sensitivity 94 dB / 1m / 2.83V in Half Space
Recommended Amplifier Power 10-400 W RMS Per Channel
Woofer 8 Inch
Enclosure Type Vented ; 34” MDF
Recommended Impedance setting 8 ohms
Enclosure Dimensions 15” H x 10 12” W x 12” D
Dimensions with Grill 15” H x 10 12” W x 1212” D
Weight 22 lbs
Warranty 7-years
Designed and Engineered in the U.S.A.


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