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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must hear these to appreciate! Excellent speakers!

    Posted
    Jonathan56

    After months of frustration, I was finally able to hear these SSCS3 speakers along with the SSCS8 center channel and SACS9 subwoofer in a properly arranged setup with a good sound source at a local Best Buy. I opted not to include the excellent SSCS5 bookshelf/surround speakers, as I had heard them previously, and my audition with the other (tower, center, and sub) speakers was enough to convince me to buy them all for my home theater with the excellent new STR-DN1070 avr. I had been genuinely skeptical regarding other reviewers' comments that the bass extension of the SSCS3's is very good even without a subwoofer to fill out the middle and low end of bass. The small size of the woofer drivers surely would prevent really good extension into the bass frequencies, I thought. The Best Buy setup allowed me to finally hear for myself, and push the volume up on action and dialogue scenes from two good test movies, Oblivion and Pacific Rim. I also listened back and forth in 3.0 and 3.1, switching the sub in and out while listening from low to very loud volume levels. After cranking it up awhile, a BB salesperson walked up ready to intervene and end my fun. Too late. The high and mid levels of the towers, which I had previously heard in other sessions were still excellent, even better. The treble and midrange blended perfectly down to the bass frequencies. When the subwoofer was included, that even balance and blending continued nicely down further or deeper into fairly low bass, as one would want for the full effect from very low to very high frequencies of varied music and home theater. Even with the sub off, the towers still sounded great with solid and satisfying bass - just less deep than with the sub on. The bass was definitely deep from the towers without the sub. By the way, the SACS9 is an overachieving sleeper worthy of your serious considration. The center channel also did its job very well, providing seamless and clear dialogue and bridging loud action sounds between well-separated right and left channels. Dialogue was not overly forward or "boxy" and was not ever lost in the simultaneous mayhem. The overall effect was outstanding, given the limitations of Best Buy's "Speaker Canyon." Whatever BB has done to improve the source, signal, or connections to these Sony Core Series speakers since my previous auditions that left me uncertain of their true sound, I have now heard them produce some really excellent full range sound and am no longer a skeptic about them. I prefer them with the excellent and very capable SACS9 sub, especially for realistic explosions, etc. and powerful, low rumbling movie effects, but I now completely agree with many other reviewers that the SSCS3 towers do indeed have sufficient low end extension (per specs, down to 45 Hz +/- 3 db) to sound really great even without a subwoofer, e.g. would work well in apartments where subwoofers are problematic with neighbors or to suit more subdued and sublime musical tastes that tend to not require the lowest frequencies of a subwoofer to sound perfectly full and rich. These sound really nice - rich and powerful from low to high with great detail that is not boxy, harsh and forward. I highly recommend these for anything from a 2.0 to 7.2 or more setup. The prices are definitely great, especially during BB's frequent sales, and the level of quality sound these deliver is punching far above the regular and sales prices. I personally prefer the detailed yet rich and full range sound of these over comparable and very capable, but "differently flavored" Klipsch and Pioneer speakers, including the famed Andrew Jones Pioneer models, and am confident that other skeptical shoppers like me who need to hear good demos before buying will appreciate these Sony Core Series speakers when fairly auditioned in the limited but apparently new and improved BB "Speaker Canyon" setup that I finally experienced. Check these out on an even and proper playing field. The most glowing reviews are on the mark, in my personal opinion. Respectfully, perhaps some of the other reviewers with reservations or criticisms may be lacking something in their sources, hardware, connections, room acoustics, or simply prefer either more laid back or forward sound from their speakers. To each his own. If they sound really good to you, then they are really good. You be the final judge with your own ears and personal tastes versus someone else's ears and tastes that may just differ.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound and Value

    Posted
    Aldo

    I was looking to replace my large vintage Mach I speakers with some smaller towers. After reading many positive professional and user online reviews, it looked like the Polk T50s would fit that sweet spot of price versus performance. I bought a pair on sale at Best Buy and connected them to my 80W receiver so I could do an A-B comparison with my current speakers. I fully expected that the Polk T50s may not sound as accurate as the Mach I speakers (15" woofer, multicellular mid horn, bullet tweeter) but was disappointed to find that the Polk T50s didn't even sound as good as some smaller bookshelf speakers I had, or even my desktop computer Altec system. I listen to vocal music and the Polks made the vocals sound hollow. Being an audio engineer, I measured the Polk T50s and found a nasty peak around 1kHz. Such a peak makes the vocals sound behind the music, as if the singer was singing through a hollow tube. To verify my "ears" and measurements, I asked my wife to listen to a few A-B comparisons and she easily found the Polk t50s to sound worse in each comparison. I went back to Best Buy and bought the Sony SSCS3 towers (almost twice the price of the Polks) and connected them to my system for a comparison. The Sony SSCS3 towers sounded much better than the Polk T50s and almost as good as my Mach 1 speakers. Vocals sound up front where they belong and the music is free of any peaks or coloration. To me, the Sony SSCS3 towers were well worth the difference in price. I kept the Sony SCCS3s and returned the Polk T50s. I wish Best Buy would set up the Sony, Klipsch and Polk speakers so you could do a direct comparison with the same source material. I found such a setup at one Best Buy, but it wasn't working correctly and didn't have the Sony towers hooked up. In all the other stores, they have separate displays for the three brands. Even better would be for Best Buy to include the Sony, Klkpsch and Polk speakers in their Magnolia rooms. Being able to properly audition speakers would have saved me the trouble of buying the Polks only to return them and get the Sony SSCS3 towers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good speakers at a great price

    Posted
    TuneDoctor
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    I recently upgraded my home entertainment system from a 5.1 to a 7.1. I had 6 Paradigms (4 wall mounted, a center and a sub). I did a lot of research, I mean a LOT in order to get the best value for the money. I checked all the big names (Bose, Klipsch, Paradigm, JBL, you name it). Although there are vast differences in prices, excluding unconventional systems) a speaker is a speaker. I've bought many, re.coned, repaired/replaced drivers, replaced surrounds, upgraded crossover networks, horns, subs, everything, The specification sheet will tell you everything about a speaker except how it sounds in a given cabinet. Different speaker configurations require different cabinet configurations. I wanted a tower that was relatively small but had a big sound with rich low end. These filled the bill and then some. At the time I was looking, Best Buy had just put these on sale for $199 apiece. Suffice to say, they sound as good if not better than speakers at 3 times that price. No disappointments here. They sound as good at low volume as they do at higher gain. These cabinets and speakers are very well matched and sound great in the entertainment room. If you can get them at a good price...DO IT! Added bonus...the plants seem to really like the music and are growing nicely!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality Speaker with Nice Soundstage

    Posted
    DGuy
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    OVERALL I purchased two SS-CS3 towers to fill a room (15' x 20') with music; they do the job admirably. WHAT I LIKE Sound quality is pleasing to my ears. These towers reproduce high-pitched voices and instruments (tambourine, violin, triangle) splendidly. They're also smooth with equal volume output across their rated frequency spectrum; which makes the SS-CS3 a versatile performer across multiple musical genres. The detail that these speakers produce is also pleasing. It is not the best detail I've ever heard, but nice enough to feel realism in the music that I'm listening to. For example, they do not provide as much definition as my Sennheiser HD558 headphones. I also like the build quality and look. The enclosures are handsome enough, skinny by comparison to other tower seakers, come with decent speaker covers, and include high-quality binding posts. WHAT I DON'T LIKE Low frequencies sound more compressed and lack detail compared to the high frequency output. After purchasing a subwoofer (Klipsch P-100SW), and setting the crossover to 80hz, the lows are nice. CONSIDERATIONS These speakers are rated at 6 Ohms impedance. Make sure that your amplifier is compatible before purchasing. MY SETUP I've got these speakers hooked-up to an old but nice Onkyo receiver that processes digital (toslink) source audio from my computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazed by how great these sound!

    Posted
    Luvnewgear
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    I don't believe there's a better pair of small towers available for a similar price. I own several sets of much more expensive tower speakers, and I think Sony is really punching above their weight with these. In my opinion, the super tweeter does something very beneficial to the top end of the sound. They are open, detailed, and airy with lots of sparkle. This is all without a hint of harshness or sibilance. Midrange and vocals are just astonishing as well, especially at this price point. The bass is adequate for small to mid-size rooms, but for a larger room, you'll definitely need a subwoofer. I've compared these directly to my Klipsch RP-280FA, Energy RC-70, and B&W 683 S2 speakers, all of which cost significantly more. I'm a bit of a speaker junkie, and I'm truly amazed at how well these Sonys compare. The only thing I think they lack in comparison is their total output. They can't fill as large of a room before distorting, but that is obviously due to the size of the cabinet and drivers. I have them in a 15' x 12' spare bedroom, and at reasonable listening levels, I enjoy these Sonys as much as the others. I've also listened to these against similar sets from Pioneer and Polk Audio. In my opinion these Sonys have a much better high end, more balanced sound, and better clarity. Overall, I truly love what Sony has accomplished with these speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful speakers for a smaller home theater.

    Posted
    nrau91
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    I decided to buy these open box during a sale, and was very happy with the condition of the speakers. Both arrived in original packaging, just re-taped. On to the speakers... I came from a HTIB(Home theater in a box) by pioneer that treated me well for 10 years. I have always appreciated good sound, and finally decided to up my sound game. I am glad I did. I watched Rogue One and every scene beautifully bathed me in sound. Even with night mode on receiver I was in bliss. I heard every detail and subdued dialogue scene with clarity and ease. My ears were not the least bit fatigue with this. It truly was a noticable change from little HTIB speakers. I felt every part of the movie and could feel the room fill up with sound, not just my ears. I paired them with the Sony STR-DH550 5.2 receiver and have been happy with that purchase as well. I connected the speakers via 12 AWG cables from amazon that were pre terminated with banana plugs. Able to hook up to receiver and speakers just fine. I am a noobie when it comes to floor standing speakers so I cannot tell how good they are compared to other floorstanders. Compared to any HTIB I would say no comparison, leagues ahead. Spent a good while comparing spec sheets for speakers in this range and decided the Sony's were the best for this range, so far I feel justified in this. Will update with any issues but none so far. Thanks Sony and Best Buy for this awesome addition to my home!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Mids and Highs on these speakers Speakers

    Posted
    Ramjet1964

    Like so many speakers including mid-range quality towers these do not produce a good bass. I have a need for good sub-woofer for such things. The mids and highs are very good on these speakers. They are clear and the 3 way cross-over does the trick nicely. Here is something to consider: 6 Ohms. Most newer model amplifiers systems have auto-settings that handle this. Make sure after hooking up to do a sound and system re-configuration. These speakers will greatly change the way the room sounds. Run the auto-setup and then tweak it to your desires. I did this on my system and love the results. Some people use these in center mode and others use them in Left/Right mode. I have a 5:1 system. I use them in Left/Right mode. I have 7 speakers and a sub-woofer. I have Martin Logan ceiling speakers (5). The center speaker for me is in the ceiiling. If you are familiar with the high quality of Martin Logan you can guess I am a picky audiophile. Why would I not spend 1500.00 for some nice Electro-statics then? There is always the need. I don't have 3K to spend right now. I have a decent home theater system. Almost everything is Sony. These speakers are 5/5 stars for price and quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for music and video sound

    Posted
    Gerry
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    I bought these as my now ancient Radio Shack speakers finally died. My Onkyo surround Amp is.100 watts x 7 channels so I needed more powerful speakers. I tested the Klipsch ,Pioneer ,and Sonys. The pioneers were ok but not much in the high range, and lacked presence and overall bass, whereas the Klipsch sets were best sounding overall but more expensive. The Sonys were a good choice for my budget,and actually sound much better at home on my systen than in store. The highs are still not as crisp and pronounced as the Klipsch but is much better than the Pioneers. Midrange is very prominent on the Sonys. For audio playback the highs are better with the EQ settings boosted . But when watching surround sound videos its too "bright". That being said, I was stunned at the bass quality with NO SUBWOOFER. No you dont get that chest thumping bass punch, but its almost like having a subwoofer on low when watching movies. As for bass when listening to music from CD not.mp3....there is noticeable lack of that punch,even at 70% volume setting. By then its just loud and the midrange dominates. Overall Im very happy with the sound and build quality. Still want a subwoofer eventually but these speakers make the wait easier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the money ...

    Posted
    GonzarTheGreat

    Great tower for the money. The mids to highs are excellent - great dynamic range and good snap response in that range. Lows at about 70hz and less compress and not as good, pair with a great subwoofer and you have a beautifully balanced system that really shows its value. These have more dynamic range than the Pio Andrew Jones, easily worth the extra money (180 on sale). In fact, not even in same category - these hold their own and then some even compared to the Klipsch r-26f's next to them that cost $100+ more per tower and easily the Sony core tower is the better value (move up a level on the Klipschs to the 28f's at about $500 per tower and you get finally get better quality). These aren't MartinLogans, but for the price they are arguably the best value in the store when on sale. Knocked a star off due to Sony quality control - one connector lead from posts on rear was clearly never connected on assembly. Took it apart and about 5 mins later was able to fish it out, crimp, and fix.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound at that price point

    Posted
    OneshoeSam
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    I will need to start this off by informing you all that I own home theater and sound equipment in almost every room of my house. My media room has a Klipsch Reference 7.1 system using a pair of RF-26. While my family room uses a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2. The Sony Core speakers does create solid sound for highs and mids, but the bass does not go very deep. This means for most music and as part of a home theater setup there will be a need for a sub. I tested these speakers with a mix of music from country, R&B, EDM, and jazz. Vocals come through clearly, instruments are distinct, but without the added on subwoofer, the drums and bass guitar did not reach the listener very well. This is a very good entry floor standing speaker. The entire Sony Core set plays very well with the other parts and can be purchase for less than $500 when everything is on sale. I wished they had a smaller bookshelf speaker for back surrounds for people without a large space to fill or have to put them next to their seating. I bought them for an entry level set up for a friend who wanted to upgrade from a HT in a Box. I would recommend them if you find them on sale with the matching subwoofer for around $300 to $350.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speakers for the Price

    Posted
    DarthNeyehilus
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    I can't think this enough: I'm in love with these speakers. When I walked into Best Buy this morning I was going to get a soundbar product to boost my TV experience. I walked out with these two Sony floor speakers and a Denon receiver (also, an Excellent product for the price). I couldn't be happier either. With just the two speakers, every sound is fuller, every high is higher, and every low is lower. They even have enough bass with the subs in them to give enough boom to satisfy most people, without a separate sub woofer. I also decided to go this route because in the future I'd love to add 2 more shelf speakers and a center to fully complete my system. Probably a sub at some point too, but alas I'm rambling. This two speakers are great. I'd wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking into improving their entertainment center to consider going receiver and speakers, rather than a simple soundbar. The experience is so much better. And these speakers are some of the best to build upon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speakers for Home Theater

    Posted
    GStealth
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    I bought these to replace an aging but well serving set of bookshelf 10" speakers. The Sony set was not as punchy/crisp as the Klipsch next to them, but at almost $200 cheaper I settled for the Sonys. Im using a 700 watt Onkyo receiver with DTS and THX surround. The Sonys sound great as standalone pair with good high end response, midrange is good for vocal presence, bass is surprisingly good for 5 inch speakers. I wouldve rated them as a 5 if the.speakers could handle bass better. I had to reduce bass output on the receiver to reduce the pops that happened during heavy bass sounds either from.misic or from movie sound effects. Doing this reduced.the punch I desire when listening to rock music or jazz fusion wherr bass and drums are most prominent. I waited a year before reviewing so I could break them in and give fair.time for an accurate review. I just ordered . the Sony subwoofer which I am hoping will add the bottom end that the speakers cant handle. I will review the subwoofer when it comes in this Thursday. I dont like muddy / boomy bass, so I will get a better aense of performance versus the terrible in store.demo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Used to owning “hand me downs.”

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    Viele
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    So after owning second hand and hand me downs, I finally decided to let loose of some money and buy a new system. I was originally going to go with Klipsch, but I’m glad I made this choice instead. I enjoy the mids, and highs the speakers produce (The sound fills our space with no problem. We live in a 1400 soft Townhouse). I spent multiple hours with the “burn in”, and there is a great quality of sound that they reproduce. I purchased four of the towers, a couple bookshelves, and center (I already had a nice subwoofer). I married them up with the Onkyo TX-NR656 (7.2 ch) receiver. As of yesterday I finished off our entertainment area with the Samsung UN65MU8000 television. Everything looks and sounds great!! I would definitely purchase again, and recommend to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish and they sound great, too!

    Posted
    Deezul
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    I bought this along with the bookshelf, center, and Atmos Core speakers. Sony continues to put out great products that don't break the wallet. Not top of the line blow you out of the water, but not bargain basement Theater in a Box quality either. If you just want a pair of good speakers to go with a decent receiver, these are great. If you want to set up a nice home theater system but aren't sure you have the room just yet for a dedicated sub, these are great. I watch movies, play video games, and stream music, and I've not been disappointed with the quality coming from these speakers. I continue to be a Sony home theater fan because I know for the price I pay, I'll get a quality product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bargain in the whole country

    Posted
    RobertAVCA
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    I’m a big fan of Klipsch and Martin Logan. Also KEF and B&W are in my wish list. But after hear several times these little towers on my local Best Buy, I had no choice. Are there better speakers ? Yes, there are. I got four towers for $100 each on Black Friday. For $100, you won’t find any other tower speaker in the world with the sound of these one’s. Does Klipsch sounds better ? Maybe but for four times more money and you won’t get four times better sound. For movies, you don’t need more than these speakers. They sound amazing. For music I added two subs from the same series with the front towers. They sound good, not awesome but enough for enjoy my musics. For the price range, these towers are the best speakers in the world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pair with subs and you're golden

    Posted
    Audiodude28
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    These are very good speakers, no questions asked. While I had some Definitive Technology speakers in the past (they were lent to me) - and these Sony's are not in the same league of price and capability, the Sony's sound great. These speakers provide a great range of sound (except for the deeper lows), but you are not going to get that from speakers without larger subs built in. The highs sound crisp and there's no volume I have found where these don't put out good sound. I'm not a legit audiophile, but have years of experience with different home and car audio setups and installations. These speakers hold their own and will give you good quality sound in the high and mid range - simply adding a good sub (or two) gives you a very nice system at an affordable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

    Posted
    Jeepfreak997
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    I bought out a whole system for just under 1k I bought an upper quality yahmaha receiver with all the bells and whistles and got the Sony tower speakers and center speaker and sub. To the review about the speakers... right out of the box one speaker works great and the other not so great I hear static. Needless to say I’m going to return the one and get another tomorrow. But over all they do exactly what I want them to do other than that small hiccup. I bought them for music tv and movies. It all sounds great but that one tower speaker that I’m going to replace/return which is the only reason why I dropped a star. Overall I’d buy them again.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Better Speakers in Price Range

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    Erion929
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    Not an audiophile, just wanted “good, solid speakers” for the family living room. Auditioned some of the better rated speakers in the price range (Polk T-50, Pioneer Andrew Jones, Onkyo 4800) and they didn’t sound any better than these. Best Buy had these Sony SSCCS3 Core Series on sale for 50% off, so it was a no brainer....$100 ea, Hooked them up, very happy with them.....clear, spatial, room filling sound, with a nice presence. They are in the family room of an open, two-story house and clear sound can fill the whole house. Did not need to spend $500+ for very good sound. Amazon reviewers are at 92% for combined 4*/5* reviews.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Mid range towers

    Posted
    NokiaSam
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    First off wow! When you hear these speakers for the first time you'll notice how crisp and clear they are. The mids and highs are excellent. Theirs a lot of detail and clarity. The bass is great for their size. Theirs a good kick to them. But don't expect a huge boom. Remember these speakers are 5 inch's not 8 or 10 inch's. I would recommend these for movies, but for playing music a subwoofer would be nice for that little extra kick. But overall these speakers are a step or two above a starter/ beginner set. If you are looking for that perfect mid range tower speakers these are a must have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    starter towers better than tv speakers

    Posted
    dave
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    They were giving them away so i bit.Got them on sale $99 each.Underwhelmed but kept them ,and found a use for them at that price.After they break in ,the soft dome tweeter isn't too bright/harsh but adds crisp dialogue for tv voice audio.If you're looking for serious 2 channel stereo Mains you'll need to look in the $700 each range to start.These are ok if you listen at low to moderate levels.I use them as rears to compliment my bose 501 front mains when watching tv. 14 days (60 days for ELITE members)to take them back if they play too small for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend