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Sony - Core Series Dual 5" 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker (Each) - Black

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Enjoy room-filling sound with this Sony Core Series SSCS3 floorstanding speaker, which features dual 5" woofers, a 3/4" super tweeter and a 1" tweeter to precisely reproduce instruments and vocals in robust detail.

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    What's Included


    • 4 foot pads
    • Owner's manual
    • Sony Core Series Dual 5" 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker (1 speaker)

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (352 out of 357)

    Features


    Handles up to 145W maximum power

    For robust and controlled audio.

    Dual 5" dual-layer, foamed-mica-reinforced cellular woofers

    Feature an upper surface that delivers supple, faithful sound quality and a bottom layer that provides powerful bass response.

    3/4" polyester super tweeter

    Along with a 1" polyester tweeter offers natural-sounding vocals and ultraresponsive, high-frequency tones with wide directionality.

    High-quality crossover networks

    Utilize specially selected components, ensuring minimal signal loss for energetic, true-to-life vocal response.

    3-way speaker system

    Sounds like 1 source rather than several separate sources.

    Wood, bass-reflex enclosure

    Along with a clothe grille net provides durability.

    45Hz - 50kHz frequency response

    Offers accurate tonal representation.

    88dB sensitivity (2.83V, 1m)

    For crisp audio.

    6 ohms impedance

    Efficiently conducts power through the speaker.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 357 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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    Cons

    • 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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      Amazed by how great these sound!

      Posted
      Luvnewgear
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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 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 speakers for music and video sound

      Posted
      Gerry
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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