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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Roger B. a hobbyist user from Vienna & Switzerland writes:
I owned a OB-Xa ten years ago and it was a big mistake to sold it. This week I boght a OB-8 and I´m sure I will be very happy with that great machine. Especialy for working togehter with an Jupiter 8 and an Juno 60.

posted Friday-Dec-14-2001 at 08:56
Richard Hilleman from sanfran writes:
This is the source of one of the toughest choices I have ever tried to make: OBXa or OB8? There is absolutely no doubt that the Xa has a more powerful voice. Much closer to the sound I associate with the SEM base 2-4-8 voice synths. The filter is key, but frankly, the machine just makes better levels. I think the S/N is worse, I think the tune is worse, I think the control system is less flexable and interesting, and man is it heavy (this is a guy who ones both a Wave and a Polymoog, trust me, it is too heavy).

The 8 is smoother, more flexable, more refined. It has terrific performance features (I still hate the paddles, but the arpegiator rocks). It gets close to, but not quite to the 4 voice sound and it weighs about 20% less than the Xa.

They are both great, and I couldn't decide, so I now have both. I guess it is the difference between a Shelby Cobra and a 300SL Mercedes. It depends on who else is riding along......

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-24-2001 at 18:36
Rick Jones a part-time user from Bay Area, California writes:
This boards is simulair to having that one love in your life get away if you sell it. I owned a OB-8 for 5 years and my ex-wife sold it. Oh to own another would be my cry. I would recommend to any serious synth lover to hold on to it or buy one if you can. One of the best synths ever made.. and I have been playing synths for 20 plus years.The bottom end of this syth is to die for.. I have yet to find a sythn that could duplicate the bass end of a OB-8

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-25-2001 at 15:03
xpriton from usa (but I'd rather be in paris) writes:

If you need a manual (owner/service) please refer to the aforementioned website and you can download for FREE!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-30-2000 at 16:04
Ryan Day a part-time user from Denver writes:
By what you read from most synthesizer websites, the OB-8 lags behind in every category--it's not as "phat" as the OBXa, more software features but thinner sound,lethargic envelopes, Tom Oberheim said it sucks, etc.


The OB-8 is a goldmine of lush, beautiful sounds. Page-two features are what really brings this expensive and classy looking synthesizer to life. If you're in the market for an OB-8, try to find a later model ('84-85). These instruments sport the latest software revision (B-5), page-two silkscreen on the front panel, and factory MIDI jacks on the rear.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-29-2000 at 11:32
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