- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: SSB3000
- Color: Black
- Speaker Type: Bookshelf
- Speaker Connectivity: Wired
Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black)
- Small speakers engineered for big performance
- 8" kevlar H.O.P. Woofer
- 1" Nano Fine balanced dome tweeter
- 120 watts maximum input power
- Sound reproduction to 50kHz for high-resolution audio
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I noticed a big difference in sound right away- the Sonys seemed to be accurate up and down the frequency range while producing a very even, smooth ensemble sound in full orchestral passages. To my ears the Klipsches did none of these things well. I'm an orchestral musician and I know what different instruments sound like- the Sonys reproduce all the instruments very accurately. The Klipsches, on the other hand, were so bright and lively that I found them harsh and difficult to listen to. They're more efficient, so they produce louder sounds at the same volume setting, but that's not a consideration for me. All that I want is accurate reproduction.
I compared both pairs side-by-side with a wide range of recordings, for about 50 to 60 hours each, and ultimately, for my tastes, the Sonys far outperformed the Klipsches. And at 1/3 the price of the Klipsches they were a heck of a bargain. They're not high-end speakers so they're not going to blow your doors off, but for the money they're a great value.
I also own a pair of SS-B1000 speakers, and those are also impressive for their size (which truly is bookshelf), but the difference in the clarity of the bass is just astonishing. Even at low volume levels, the bass has a presence and realism lacking in the 1000s, though it isn't any louder in the mix, and transients are palpable as much as they are audible.
The look is nothing out of the ordinary, but the performance and price certainly merit giving these your consideration. The size is small enough to be able to hide among the furniture if you are so inclined, though they really deserve a clear path from speaker to ear. My only (very minor) gripe would be the spaghetti-thin speaker wires included in the box, which are best replaced immediately.
EDIT JANUARY 2010:
I finally have something to compare these to -- I got my hands on a pair of Tannoy SRM12Bs (aka "Little Red Monitors"). Needless to say, the LRMs alone blow away the SS-B3000s alone, which is why they still fetch $800 a pair even though they're 30+ years old. The SS-B3000s have been relegated to the support role, where they are more than adequate.
If you're looking to upgrade a bookshelf stereo, these will definitely do it. They are a massive upgrade from the SS-B1000s that came with mine. But if you're expecting them to go toe to toe with speakers costing five times as much (or more), they won't.Read more ›
After using them for a month I opened them up and unsurprisingly discovered they have no crossover. Just some capacitors to cut off the low frequencies on the mid and tweeter. The woofer gets the entire signal. I didn't want to invest to much time and effort into these as they are temporary so I just picked up a stock crossover from parts-express.com. Their store branded version was $18 each. I wired them in and found the mid range I was looking for. They are still an $80 pair of speakers but they sound so much better. Most importantly the non-existent mids appeared, the highs are cleaner and more discreet, and the lows are smoother and punchier.
I know this is not the ideal way to setup speakers but its better than nothing. I am not going to waste my money and time by calling Sony for specs on their junk drivers and building crossovers from scratch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I owned the speakers i also had the Sony sub woofer and they sounded great . Nice highs , smooth bass and a terrific mid range.Published 27 days ago by Celia A.
These were great while they lasted. They unfortunately gave out on me a year and 2 months into my purchase.Published 1 month ago by crishhh
Not terrible but really lacking on low end. But I gave these as a gift and they serve there purpose.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I know there are better speakers but these still work and sound great to me.Published 3 months ago by Kevin M. Klein
I love these speakers. They sound great and look more expensive than they are. They should be paired with the right amplification to get the most out of them.Published 3 months ago by Al F