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    Reference 8b

    After over a 18 months of moving, consolidating 2 houses in to a significantly downsized empty-nester home.. and then renovating. I FINALLY have some of my gear back up. Right now just a MA3 -> Bryston 4b3 -> KEF Ref 5's.

    During the downsizing I got rid of my 2 JL 212's because I knew I wouldn't have room for them, and given my gear is now in the main living room there was zero chance my wife would've been ok with keeping them.

    As I'm sitting here listening for the first time again, I'm realizing that I need to find a sub. I want something compact, that'll still get low frequencies.

    Has anyone heard the Reference 8b? Seems like a good compact solution.
    Preamp/Digital: Meitner MA3
    HT Processor: Bryston SP3
    Amps: Bryston 14b3, Bryston 4b3
    Speakers: Kef Reference 5, Kef Reference 4c
    Sub: REL Carbon Special
    Power: Shunyata Denali, Bryston BIT15
    Wires: Wireworld Silver Eclipse XLR & SC, Ethernet - WW Platinum USB
    Other: Stillpoint Ultra SS, ISO-Acoustics ISO Pucks

    -Kyle

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    Re: Reference 8b

    Have you played with placement of the Ref 5? My friend had a set driven by Levinson monoblocks and they were far from bass shy.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB, Esoteric N05xd
    Mark Levinson #526, 534 & JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    Clarus Concerto & their Crimson cables

    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP
    Parasound P6, MBL 8006b, Artisan speakers/subwoofer

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    Re: Reference 8b

    I've never gotten great low end response from them. Had Bryston 28b3's powering them at my house up north.

    Great mid-bass. Not great low end.


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    Preamp/Digital: Meitner MA3
    HT Processor: Bryston SP3
    Amps: Bryston 14b3, Bryston 4b3
    Speakers: Kef Reference 5, Kef Reference 4c
    Sub: REL Carbon Special
    Power: Shunyata Denali, Bryston BIT15
    Wires: Wireworld Silver Eclipse XLR & SC, Ethernet - WW Platinum USB
    Other: Stillpoint Ultra SS, ISO-Acoustics ISO Pucks

    -Kyle

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    Re: Reference 8b

    Check this one out, SVS SB-2000 PRO. SVS SB-2000 Pro Subwoofer | 12-inch Driver | 550 Watts RMS
    We used the even smaller brother (SB1000) for our show at Lone Star Audio Fest and it worked great with the KEF LS-50 Meta, in our hotel room and it's only 12 inches square. I think the 2000 is 15 inches square.
    Regards,
    Steve


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