Onkyo X-B8/FR-B8


Name FR-B8
Manufacturer Onkyo
Released 2005/03
Device type bookshelf
Recorder Recorder
NetMD No
Hi-MD Yes
Radio No
Dimensions 155w x 241h x 354d mm
Weight 5.1 kg
Battery No
Sidecar battery No
Voltage 100
Power cable AC
Price (launch)
¥84 000
Inputs RCA in, Digital optical (TOSLINK), CD
Outputs 3.5mm headphone, RCA out, Digital optical (TOSLINK), Speaker amplifier

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. A cost reduced version, the FR-B7 was also available.

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-N7 and FR-N9, and 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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