equipment:onkyo:bookshelf:fr-b8

Onkyo FR-B8

name FR-B8 (X-B8 with speakers)
device class Bookshelf Mini Hi-Fi
released March 9th, 2005
price (launch) ¥84,000
inputs RCA Stereo analog x3
Digital optical
outputs RCA Stereo analog x2
Digital optical (CD only)
3.5mm Stereo headphones (front)
power 100V AC
ATRAC version Unknown
dimensions 155w x 241h x 354d mm
weight 5.1 kg

The FR-B8 is Onkyo’s flagship Hi-MD bookshelf system from early 2005. Sold exclusively in Japan with piano-black or paint-white speakers as the X-B8 (B) and X-B8 (W) respectively, and full integration with other Onkyo RI-compatible components.

Onkyo FR-B7

name FR-B7 (X-B7 with speakers)
device class Bookshelf Mini Hi-Fi
released March 9th, 2005
price (launch) ¥73,500
inputs RCA Stereo analog x3
outputs RCA Stereo analog x2
Digital optical (CD only)
3.5mm Stereo headphones (front)
power 100V AC
ATRAC version Unknown
dimensions 155w x 241h x 354d mm
weight 5.1 kg

The FR-B7 is a cost-reduced variant of the FR-B8, which does not include optical inputs, and can only record in 44.1kHz. It was sold exclusively in Japan as the X-B7 (Y), with wood-grain speakers. It can also be distinguished by the metallic plastic, rather than brushed aluminium, volume knob.

User Notes

The FR-B8 is, sadly, not compatible with CD Text, making it less than ideal for easy CD dubbing. It is capable of high-speed CD to MD dubbing, however. It is, however, a highly capable and beautiful little machine, if you can get your hands on one.

This unit appears to share components with many of Onkyo’s Hi-MD devices from 2004-2006, including its late-2005, slightly more premium siblings the FR-N9 and FR-N7, the DVD/MD combo units FR-UN9 and FR-UN7, so spare parts appear to be available in reasonable number.


Content adapted from: https://www.minidisc.org/part_Onkyo_X-B7+B8.html

Additional information from Onkyo’s mini-site (Web Archive link): http://www.jp.onkyo.com/more_emotion/frb/index.htm

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