Sony - Core Series 5" 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - Black

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Immerse yourself in room-filling sound with these Sony Core Series SSCS5 bookshelf speakers, which feature 5" woofers and 3/4" and 1" tweeters for precise instrument and vocal reproduction and dynamic acoustic depth.

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  • Owner's manual
  • 8 foot pads
  • Sony Core Series 5" 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)

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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (414 out of 423)


100W maximum power handling

Ensures robust, controlled audio.

5" dual-layer, foam, mica-reinforced woofer

Uses the upper surface to provide faithful, supple sound and the bottom layer to deliver powerful, tight bass response.

3/4" wide-dispersion super tweeter

Along with a 1" tweeter offers ultraresponsive high-frequency audio, so you can enjoy crisp, natural-sounding vocals and other tones.

High-quality crossover networks

Minimize signal loss to ensure energetic vocal response, reproducing even the most delicate emotional nuances. The networks are mounted directly to the cabinet for efficient vibration isolation.

3-way speaker system

Sounds like 1 source rather than several separate sources.

Wood, bass-reflex enclosure

Along with a cloth grille provides a durable, sturdy design.

53Hz - 50kHz frequency response

Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.

87dB sensitivity (2.83V, 1m)

For rich, crisp audio.

6 ohms impedance

Efficiently conducts power through the speaker.

Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New to Best Buy - A Better Budget Speaker


    Five years ago I bought a pair of Sony B-3000 large 3 way bookshelfs with an 8 in, woofer for $75.00 on sale that my daughter now owns. Now for the price they were quite the rage and Sony was selling a lot of them. I mean, you hear these things and say, "How can I walk away from these nice speeks at this price!" Well, back in 2010, Pioneer's Andrew Jones upped the ante with his curved-side line of speakers with a bookshelf, a center-channel and a small floorstanding models. Andy then reworked them with better drivers and crossovers and these too sold like hotcakes. My opinion of the upgraded model was, "They look great and sound good but where's the detail and depth I was accustomed to hearing with speakers like the original $200 Paradigm Titan? Now, I'm always curious when a monster company like Sony or Pioneer kicks out a new series so I noticed last week online that Sony had a new line of budgets out and since they were in stock at my local store, I picked up a pair fo $219 + tax. I had also listened to the B&W 685's and the gloss rosewood Martin Logan Motion 10's in the Magnolia corner of the store just to update my recollection of the sound of these 2 speakers pairs in their demo room. The 'Motions' were clear and imaged really well but the B&W's just seemed too warm in the vocal range What I liked about the old Sony B-3000's was that they did indeed sound balanced. So did the Andrew Jones'! I listen to a lot of live music and know what a piano and an acoustic guitar should sound like but for some reason the B&W 600's just sounded too warm in the critical midrange frequencies. Actually my Energy RC-10's also have a bit of midrange bloom but not as bad as the B&W's. The Sony Core Series SSCS-5 bookshelves are a 3 way design with the bass port in the rear of the box. They are roughly 13 X 7 X 9 (HWD) with a frequency range of 53-50,000 Hz. Rated sensitivity is 87 db at 1watt/meter @ 6 Ohms, not the most efficient boxes you can find out there. Actually, like the Pioneer AJ's they like a little brawn from a receiver or amplifier. I have the Core 5's hooked up to an older Sony ES DA-555 that can handle difficult loads. I have them mounted on 24 in. metal stands on the long wall of my 16 X 11 daddy's den sized garden-style apartment living room. What Sony refers to as a midrange driver is actually a 1 inch dome supplemented by a 3/4 inch super tweeter. The foam woofer is 5 inches. So, what are you getting for your 220 dollar pair? I'd say much more than can be expected. No 'disappearing speaker' tricks and a huge sweet-spot to wow your friends with. What you will get is a smooth, accurate sound, adequate bass, and midrange and a clear treble. In this case Sony gives you plenty of good sound for a budget price and a sound that doesn't sound budget in the least!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5 Stars based on price + Sound

    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I figure most people looking to buy speakers in this price range are like me, looking for an excellent sound quality in an entry+ home theatre without dropping $1000 per speaker. I would also guess that like me the choice between the Sony and the Klipsch can be a tough one. The big difference between the two speakers in my opinion come from what some people call brightness. This is basically the sound of the higher frequencies being more distinctive than from a pair of speakers that are more neutral. I chose the Sony set (these are the surrounds in my 7.2 setup) because they bring excellent detail while creating an "atmosphere" where everything works together more than the brighter Klipsch, which at first sound great and detailed but sound a bit disjointed after awhile and can be harsh to my particular set of ears. While I was watching the Revenant on UHD it was amazing how much that emersive sound added to the movie, as opposed to a different set of speakers that would sound like noise coming from 7 different directions. The one thing I will say: if your receiver has the ability to bump the dialog just a hair, it would be worth doing that. Since the speakers strength is making things sound more like a symphony than a rock concert, the vocals can be swallowed up as part of the atmosphere. Giving a bump to the vocals or a slight boost from the center channel on movies gives it just enough separation to add the desired effect of the mix.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Totally Amazed!!!


    I decided to purchases a pair of these while on sale, just to test if my cats would mess with bookshelf speakers, knock over, damage, etc. before spending big money on a real nice pair. After unhooking my Monitor Audio Bronze towers and hooking these up, I was dumbfounded.. Right out of the box, no real difference in sound. Had the same airy, sweet highs of the MA's C-Cam tweeters as well as the smooth, uncolored mids of the MA's midwoofer. Bass was surprising as well being taught and full without the cheap cabinet, boomy, muddy bass I was expecting. My jaw dropped to the floor as I sat there just after a few hours of run in time. I couldn't believe my ears.. I have them paired to a couple of Emotiva mono blocks with a Rega Cursa 3 preamp. All Straightwire cabling. If you're on a budget and want a really good pair of bookshelf speakers, try a pair of these. You will not be dissapointed. I don't think that I will be looking for replacements anytime soon..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Speakers I've ever owned for HT use

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm using these speakers as an upgrade to the tiny satellite speakers found in my Yamaha Home Theater System YHT-399UBL. I also got the Sony Core center speaker and together they now make up the front left, center, and right of my 5.1 speaker setup (other speakers are still the Yamaha supplied ones). The sound quality from these speakers is excellent for the money, size, and for my purposes (watching BD movies, Netflix streaming, console gaming, and some HD cable TV watching). Music also sounds great, though I don't use it much for that (unless you count music in movies and games). One thing worth mentioning is right now the sub woofer I'm using is not able to compete with these speakers too well and so the low end seems to be lacking vs. the mid range and high end. That's not a fault of these speakers, just the sub woofer's limitations (50 watts RMS, 8-inch driver). So, I'll need to upgrade the sub woofer so that the low end can match the great mid range and high end these Sony Cores can provide. For that, I'm looking at the Dayton Audio SUB-1200, which sells for around $125 and has 120 watts RMS and a long throw 12-inch driver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Used to have “hand me downs.”

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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


    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The engineers at Sony Corporation have been on a roll lately. I just finished reading the review of their STR DN1050 receiver in Sound & Vision magazine. The reviewer concluded that article saying that based on its features and its unusually good sound quality, the Sony was now his number one pick for receivers in its price bracket. I purchased these Sony speakers on a whim having read good things about them on the net. Let me just sum up by saying that the makers of other affordable audiophile speakers just got some major competition (think PSB, Paradigm, Music Hall)!. This is no joke friends, these speakers are the real deal. Like the reviewer said in that online review, this is one of the rare affordable speakers capable of conveying the "texture" of music. Audiophile speakers can now be purchased brand new for $220 a pair. Unbelievable but true!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional clarity


    After trying several different brands of speakers for my Onkyo A9050 integrated amplifier, I decided to try the new Sony hi-res bookshelf speakers. The result was full range sound with good detail and dynamics. Somebody had posted a comment online saying that these are an answer to Pioneer's Andrew Jones series of speakers targeting the budget oriented buyer. These speakers are way better than the Pioneer SP-BS41 that I own. Sure, I paid twice as much for the Sony but it was worth it. The pioneer speakers I can describe as dull, missing detail. The Klipsh speakers I also own just sound harsh, no matter what amp I use. The sony speakers have a balanced sound. You simply need to hear it. I highly recommend these speakers , especially with a better amplifier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound in a small package

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    For all of my adult life I have been a fan of Sony products. These wonderful little speakers are my latest purchase and are deeply discounted for Black Friday 2017. My living space is small and bookshelf speakers are a must. These deliver crisp, dynamic sound and make my whole music collection -- everything from cassettes and LP's to MP3's and streaming -- sound brand new. They have removable grilles with the distinctive Sony badge and are unremarkable in design, just a black box but one good feature are the screw terminals where you feed the wire through a hole in the bolt and screw the red or black cap down onto it. This is much better than the ones where you either curl the wire around a screw and tighten it down or push a spring-loaded black or red button and then must feed the wire through a hole. So, if you're like me and you like great sound but are short on both space and funds, these SSCS5 speakers are an outstanding value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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