So close Sony. Good speakers that could be great.
For lower end speakers, you are unlikely to find a better deal than these Sony speakers. The sound is quite surprising for the price you pay and they easily match up to speakers that cost double what you normally pay for these. For the non-audiophile on a budget, I highly recommend these speakers over the competition for the sheer price to performance ratio.
Sonically, these speakers are very even across the spectrum, however I feel that the tweeter on these speakers is exceptional. highs are very crisp and clear. The 8" woofers are also quite good, being able to produce fairly low frequencies (below its rated 50hz) and hits the low notes with authority producing smooth even bass. In my opinion, the weak link in this speaker is the 3 1/4" mid-driver. I feel it's not quite large enough to reproduce the lower-mid frequencies properly. I'm thinking they should have went with a 4" driver instead. Vocals are slightly muddy as there seems to be a bit of a gap between how low the mid-driver can perform and where the 8" woofer is capable of taking up the slack. Owners who are using these speakers in a 3.1 or more configuration probably won't notice because the problems are usually found in the vocal range, which would pretty much go away with the use of a center speaker.
Overall, these are very nice sounding cheap speakers. True enthusiasts will look elsewhere of course, but for the lay home theater fan, these will do nicely to fill out your HT setup at home.
Two thumbs up (just please, in your next speaker line, put in true crossovers and a more robust mid-driver, please Sony. Then these guys will be perfect!)
January 25, 2013
Double Up and blow the house down!
I have a 7.1 Sony receiver, and for the side, and surround speaker channels. I made a combination of two Sony # SS- B 1000, and two Sony# SS- B 3000. HOW? One SS - 1000 in series, with a SS - 3000. Then the same, with the other two. Then connect both series in parallel to the output channel. This brings an 8 ohm impedance total. Plus I am still old school, the more the speakers, the more sizes, the better quality. Most of "today's" speakers do not include mid-range speakers. No matter what you listen to. There are mid-range frequencies included. First always go to Sony, for your choice. Research the electronic math required. Then have fun!!! I hear a pin drop, to the biggest blasts. It also helps to have a couple of Sony subs hidden about.
October 18, 2012
Great Home Theater Speakers
I added these with a center speaker (also from Sony) to complete my surround system. I was amazed at their bass and mid-range reproduction, very powerful. I don't have a sub-woofer and I don't feel like I'm missing anything. Without a center though, vocals and highs are quite muddy, so I would not recommend these for a music/stereo system (I have a dedicated audiophile set-up, these cannot even compare.) As part of a surround system though, I can't imagine there being much better for the price.
January 10, 2012
These speakers are an overall good to above average speaker. I am running them through a Pioneer SX-680, which produces some very good sound. They sound better mounted on a pedestal or table, rather than on the floor. You just aren't going to get better sound buying a cheap iHome system for the same price.
January 8, 2012