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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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AdamT a part-timer user from UK writes:
Everything is subjective, I sold My Prophet 5 and bought an OB-Xa and to me was a vast improvement in the warmth, grunt and punch departments, I always wanted an OB-X for its sheer organicness and having the SEM sound (or as close as you get). I don`t agree with the first guy who says the Xa is gritty, ok it ain`t as refined as the OB-X, but it`s one hell of a fine synth.. I`ve now got an 8-voice OBX and never suffered any of Z-Man`s difficulties (most of which were probably down to dirty contacts), but you DO have to pamper OBX`s and the Xa to a certain extent. I had more problems with the P5 than either Oberheim, and neither suffered `heat` problems (I think you`re getting mixed up with MemoryMoogs, CS80s or Chromas Dude). I`ve now sold the Xa and kept the X!.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-12-1999 at 17:51
OB8 Kenobie writes:
I`ve yet to see a Prophet 5 with Voice layering, Arpeggiators or Midi! "Z-man". That`s the OB8`s field which is also streets ahead in most other respects too most notably Power!. I`ll give the OBX five for the sound but I`ll stick to the OB8 for practicality and the wonderful page-2 facilities.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-12-1999 at 17:39
z-man from usa writes:
I owned an OB-X 4-voice not to long ago but got rid of the beast. Too much is made of that "Oberheim' sound and not enough about what you have to go through to get it. It had of course, tuning problems, and at times when I used the pitch-bend wheel it owuld throw the voices out of tune (again). No midi, no arpeggiator, no voice layering, and the spring lever modualtion controls do add to it's annoying personality. I sold the big 40-pound brute, bought a Prophet-5, and have been in analog heaven ever since.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-12-1999 at 13:51
a professional user from Italy writes:
The best of the OB series, makes the OBXa sound like the boxfull of gritty Curtis chips it is and the OB8 sound weak and lifeless. the OBX sounds like true Oberheim, not like a "Jump"ed up Prophet 5. It is not a reliable machine but then what american polysynth is, unfortunatley it also suffers from the same heat based tuning problems as the FourVoice.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-11-1999 at 16:33
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