Rated 4 out of 5
by Steve2649 Impressive Little Speakers
I am using these speakers as the surround left and right components to a 5.1 system complemented by the SS-7000 towers and SS-5000 center channel.
These speakers perform well for this function: surround effects are distinct and dramatic. When listening to Rush's R30 concert on blue-ray, the ambient effects produced by these little speakers offers a breathtaking experience.
Better speakers for less money do not exist. Pure and simple, the entire sony SS-#000 series offers the best value in Hi-Fi speakers.
As a replacement to any pair of HTIB speakers, these are a fantastic improvement that anyone from the tech-ignorant to the audiophile-on-a-budget can appreciate.
The only fault I can find in these speakers is that they do not produce an earth-rattling bass, but this is to be expected with a 5 1/4" cone handling a broad range of frequencies. If you plan on using these as your main stereo speakers, you might find the performance a bit underwhelming especially without a subwoofer. Theyre good, but they wont produce the same sound as the towers in this line (SS-F5000, 6000, and 7000)
Also the 20 to 22 gague cable that comes with it is fairly wimpy and at approximately 6 feet doesnt quite reach far enough for typical surround applications. I threw this out and ran 16 gague wire to fix the problem.
March 9, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by nameless Performance and value
These speakers play some serious music! When I first got these speakers I connected them to the front output on my Sony 5.1 receiver...they can really fill the room.
I am currently using them as the rears in combination with the SS-F5000s. I have the crossover set to 100Hz, and these speakers have been great - haven't been disappointed yet.
March 21, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by pinballer Solid li'l rockers
I've had 3 pair of these in their various cosmetic iterations for about 6 years. They are hands down my faves in the world of affordable bookshelves. I have a pair in my gameroom and with an old Sony receiver, they will indeed rock the house with good detail. Front firing port gives these things plenty of low-end. Tweeters in one pair are dead- a bit disappointing but again they have been pushed hard. I replaced the tweets with silk-domes, and they sound every bit as good as my far more expensive Energy bookshelves.
November 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by dougie62 Amazing Sound From Small Speakers
I think these speakers are the best bookshelf speakers, on the market and there at an amazing price. These speakers take and put out plenty of power,I have the sony sscn4000 sony's and there also great,And I have a pair of John Blue custom tower speakers and the ones I'm most pleased with are the sony ss-b 1000"s just a really good speaker sony could have asked much more for these.but there priced at a great price.
December 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by flowerlady SS-B1000 speakers
have had these speakers for a monthand I am overall pleased with them, they provide quality sound from a compact speaker that is very crisp and enjoyed fully. I use them as my primary speakers for my TV and my husband just loves them! He wanted stero sound, as the speakers on our TV just didn't get it the way he wanted. They sure make movies sound awesome! Great speakers!
January 9, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Drumolator Great for My Bedroom Stereo
Yes, you can buy a better speaker, but you will not be able to find a better speaker for the price. I use them in my bedroom for the stereo and computer sound. I listen to jazz, instrumental rock, prog rock, and smooth jazz on these speakers, and I can hear all of the instruments and vocals very clearly. No, they do not have ultimate bass, but neither does anything else this size or this price. I enjoy listening to them very much, and I am rather picky about sound. Thanks Sony.
April 29, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Uzair Amazing Speakers.
Bought these speakers to use with Sony receiver DH-520 7.1, using as front left and right channel, cranked it up yesterday on 2 channel stereo setting, the sound of these speakers just blew me away, i even had my sub-woofer turned off, don't need that with these speakers. These are some powerful little things.
Buy them, you can't go wrong with them. Great work Sony.
May 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Evildude Another Great Pair Of Sony Speakers
I bought this bookshelf speakers to replace an old pair of Sony floor stand speakers, and the first thing that got me it was the sound I couldn't believe that kind of high quality sound was being delivered out of that pair of "small" speakers, their performance is outstanding...I use them with an old amp and a 12" subwoofer, clear and crisp sound even at high volumes.
January 7, 2009