Reply To: Beolab 9 vs Beolab 18 as rears

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With the new bass-management system taking advantage of all drivers in the system my thinking is that the Beolab 9 would be the better choice over the Beolab 18 for rear speakers. This is because the 18’s are very limited on bass capability, below even the Beolab 17. The Beolab 9 with two 10″ bass drivers especially positioned on the opposite side of the listening space from the Theatre would give the net system a lot of capability to optimize bass output in the room. It will also give you MUCH more low frequency extension. Using the very similar Beolab 20 (still on the B&O website) bass capability is rated at 104 dB which is a massive leap from the Beolab 18’s 83dB).

Beolab 28 is a bit of a wildcard.