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8260 vs 8351

cloak, modified 5 Years ago.

8260 vs 8351

Youngling Posts: 6 Join Date: 8/30/12 Recent Posts
I have owned the 8260a for over 4-5 years now. is there any reason to get the 8351? what can the 8351 do better than the 8260?

I've read that 8351 have newer better class D amp, better soundstage/imaging, and better Autocal due to newer DSP hardware. is this true?

and If I do replace 8260 with 8351, what will I lose?
ilkka-rissanen, modified 5 Years ago.

Re: 8260 vs 8351

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
Hi there,

I'd say they are more similar than different. 8351 has Class D amps vs. Class AB amps on the 8260. Output power levels are almost identical though. Many users have reported improved imaging due to larger and uniform waveguide and better directivity characteristics. AutoCal/DSP is identical between them.

You would lose approx. 10 Hz of LF extension as well as maximum LF output due to smaller woofer(s), cabinet and higher Helmholtz tuning frequency.

I would not even consider swapping them without a thorough listening demo.