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Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black)

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  • 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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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony
Color NameBlack
Frequency Response Curve50-50,000Hz
Speaker Driver Material TypePolypropylene
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers120 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SSB3000
  • Color Name: Black
  • Speaker Connectivity: Wired
  • Width: 21 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 10.4 x 9.4 inches ; 14 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 34.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000OG6I6A
  • Item model number: SSB3000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,628 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2007

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Small speakers, big sound: the SS-B3000 performance bookshelf speakers may not be large, but they pack a high-resolution audio punch. With their highly-advanced 8" woofer and stellar reproduction qualities, these durably-constructed speakers will refresh your appreciation for your music collection.

Product Description

Small speakers—big sound: the SS-B3000 performance bookshelf speakers may not be large, but they pack a high resolution audio punch. With their highly-advanced 8-Inch woofer and stellar reproduction qualities, these durably-constructed speakers will refresh your appreciation for your music collection.What’s in the box: Sony SS-B3000 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair), 2 x Speaker Wires and1-Year Limited Warranty.

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Customer Reviews

I bought these for my recording studio and the sound is amazing! The bass is just phenomenal. Read more ›
Anyone considering them, I highly recommend buying them. They sound and look great. Read more ›
I had just these four speakers hooked up for quite a while just to see what they…The sound is amazingly clear and accurate even when I push the receiver toward max volume. Read more ›
Pro: Less expensive Speakers that sound and look great. May buy more for future 5.1. Read more ›
First I would have to thank Amazon for their excellent business efficiency for getting these to me so quickly! The sound is rather good from these speakers. Granted the… Read more ›
They also look great on the shelf too. The sound quality is excellent and clear. These speakers are a very good buy for the money. Read more ›
While the B3000 put up more bass they were noticeably lacking in the mids, with the NHT's sounding the best over all, and the CB-5's showing in the middle (impressive for… Read more ›
In comparison these Sony's outperform those oldies 1000%. These Sony's have depth and the bass is FANTASTIC. I was thinking I might need a sub woofer but after hearing… Read more ›
And, still they keep on working. The bass is pretty good as well due to the large port in the back (you can feel the air moving in and out). If you have a really good ear… Read more ›
the bass is crisp and has a noticeable presence, the highs sound clear and compliment the bass and the mids tie it all together quite well.and the free shipping arrived 2… Read more ›
They are still an $80 pair of speakers but…Most importantly the non-existent mids appeared, the highs are cleaner and more discreet, and the lows are smoother and punchier. Read more ›
I was…I even find the bass response to be pretty good -- I'm listening to Abbey Road right now, and the bass is full and "present" without sounding too boomy or loose. T… Read more ›
The quality and price are perfect for an AV system on a budget Read more ›
A good value, sond is very good. Read more ›
they came well packed and had good sound no regrets and the price was very reasonable for the quality I would buy them again Read more ›
I'm not an expert soundophile expert, however these give decent clear crisp sound…The price was very good and the reviews were good so I took a chance on them, glad I did. Read more ›
I had some gigantic kenwood speakers that took up tons of space and wanted to downsize.....these are fantastic speakers and the price was great! They arrived well packed… Read more ›
Overall: Incredible speakers for the price, they arent as incredible as some very good klipsch's or Heco's but they knock down any other bookshelf system on the market. Don'… Read more ›
HOWEVER - no one will ever mistake these for high fidelity. treble is not clear, midrange is also a little mushy, actually everything is a little mushy. why do i like them? Read more ›
They sound pretty good ,the lows are present but not overdone and the highs are clear and not harsh. But they will be easily blown away by an older, higher quality speaker… Read more ›
I rated these at 3 stars based on performance, the highs are quite clear but the bass is minimal. I rated them 3 stars for construction quality as the box is made of cheap… Read more ›
These are by far the best speakers you can get for the price. The highs are amazingly good...smooth, natural and completely fatigue free. The lows are very good too. Read more ›
This pair of Sonys is GREAT! The clarity is not screechy, but the highs are clear and true. The lows aren't so low that my condo neighbors are complaining, either. Read more ›
I can hear subtleties in music from CDs that…The highs are crystal clear, and when there is silence on a CD, there is silence from the speakers, no hum or air sound at all. Read more ›
I have these paired with the Sony 270-Watt 2-Channel Receiver…These guys get very loud, which is good, as I use them to practice drums with my covers/originals metal band. Read more ›
The frequency response curve on them is alarmingly even,…The sound does get a bit flat when the volume is low, which is normal, and they really shine when they get LOUD. Read more ›
I let the speakers break in for a couple of hours with just low volume television. I'm not sure whether breaking in a speaker actually works or not, but I figure it can't… Read more ›
If you like a nice crisp sound with lower volume then these are great speakers. Do not expect to rattle the windows with these as they just don't go there. Read more ›
After playing with…On my amp, at lower volumes they sound weak (this is pretty typical and something a dynamic volume adjusting EQ (music optimizer crap) will address). W… Read more ›
The sound quality is better than I expected. I'm using them in my family room for the receiver that pumps out low volume CDs, radio, etc. Perhaps a slight bit muddy, but I… Read more ›
They sound amazing and…I will note however that their mids aren't too strong, however, for the average person, this won't be too noticeable (I'm used to my M-Audio BX5s) Read more ›
I have these speakers coupled with a Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Model:TA2020A+and…Highs are crisp and clear, bass is deep and distortion free, mids are incredibly rich. Read more ›
Cons: Tiny speaker wire inside, no crossover for the 8" sub, tweeter doesn't seem as lively as it should, midrange is slightly lacking Read more ›
The bass leaves some to be desired but the highs are soaring. The midrange is great for watching movies. Concerts are rockin'! Read more ›
This is ultimately a…And compared to the b1000s, while a much bigger cabinet, the slightly wider soundstage and the added (if sometimes over-boosted) midrange are nicer. Read more ›
Midrange is excellent. The higher frequencies are pretty good. Read more ›
For their size they are terrific, not the bass of larger floor speakers, but a very good product for the price. Read more ›
These are just too big to be bookshelf speakers, but not big…As a result, they have become glorified (and I do mean glorified, their size is incredible) computer speakers. Read more ›
bookshelf speaker so be sure to review the dimensions before ordering. The size works great for our situation and we can't believe the great quality for such a small price. Read more ›
These speakers have great sound and performance. They are a nice medium size, fit almost anywhere. Read more ›
I just got these june 6th, 2012 and I LOVE THEM! They are a perfect size, they are not small, sound great, especially for the price, and am considering buying two more. I… Read more ›
Seems everything is…These are decent sized speakers with a great sound for this price range, and fit what I needed that I couldn't find in local shops including Best Buy. Read more ›
they are a great speaker to hook up to surround system, the 2 ways are also nice but if you have the money buy the 3 ways for the front and rear and then hook up the center… Read more ›
I recommend these speakers for the sound quality and especislly the price. Easy to hook up and sound quality is very good for these small speakers. Read more ›
When I opened the box, I was shocked at how big these…They were very easy to hook up (I used a higher quality wire because the one included in the package was very thin). Read more ›
3.) Easy installation, speaker wire ports on the back are easy to hook up and very secure. 4.) Read more ›
I wall mounted them by using a short strip of metal fastened to the back, wire them to my amp, and the jo was done. Good sound and easy install. Read more ›
I personally use mine with a Technics turntable,…It's a simple setup but you'd be hard-pressed to hear the difference between it and something a lot more expensive. Read more ›
After tweaking them out through my receiver settings they are sweet. The 2 way fronts I had been using were a great, warm sounding set of speakers. Read more ›
They sound great for what they are, although the bass response is a little too aggressive…If the bass is a little much for you, it's easy enough to adjust on your receiver. Read more ›
The mids and highs are good too. Make sure you work out the best settings for your receiver. It might take some adjusting to get them right to your ear. Read more ›
The Sony bookshelf speakers have a much deeper bass sound and a clearer treble sound than the JBLs and the Sony speakers are louder as well even when set on the lower… Read more ›
The woofers are made of Kevlar, normally strong material designed to handle high energy levels, reduces woofer shape/movement thereby helps to maintain better accuracy. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

424 of 437 people found the following review helpful By R. Trimble on April 1, 2008
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I'm in the unfortunate position of having audiophile ears but a small budget. So I shop carefully for audio equipment. I purchased a pair of Sony B3000s here recently ($84), and while I auditioned them I was also testing a pair of Klipsch B-3 bookshelf speakers ($329). I only use my system for audio, by the way, in combination with a 100w Sony subwoofer, and I listen mostly to classical music.

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.
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121 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Mal-2 on January 5, 2008
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The first thing I thought when I unpacked these speakers was "these are not bookshelf speakers". The first thing I thought when I hooked them up and gave them a spin was also "these are not bookshelf speakers!" They are not terribly heavy and could easily be placed on a shelf or hung from the ceiling, but they really sound best on stands by themselves.

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.
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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Old tech on May 24, 2007
I bought these to replace a pair of Infinity 2-ways. The old speakers were 6 ohm, and seemed fine driven by an old JVC stereo receiver. Later, a co-worker sold me his old pro-logic reciever. I picked up a set of 8 ohm Sony center, subwoofer, and surrounds. We listen to music a lot, and using the crossover in the sub, keeping keep the receiver on stereo, I thought the music sounded pretty good. However, with the old fronts being 6 ohm made it really hard to balance the sound levels when we watched a movie in surround. Just today, I got these as part of an overall system upgrade to full 7.1. These speakers arrived first, and I couldn't wait to see them on my stands. What an amazing difference. We haven't changed anything else in the set-up yet, and the music is SO much richer and clearer. I paid more for those little Infinity's way back when. These are a real bargain at Amazon's price. Don't let the "bookshelf" description fool you; on a pair of 14" stands, these sound as good as many floorstanders I've heard.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Sam on December 10, 2011
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For the novice who doesn't have high expectations they will make a great addition to any home theater. They are pretty good all around and nothing for the price comes close. However, the biggest problem I had with these speakers out of the box is the lack of mid range. Speech especially didn't sound where it should be and was improperly placed in the frequency range. The other problem was the low range. A lot of people say they have earth shattering bass, I wouldn't say so. Its certainly very good, but if you listen to music or watch movies with a lot of LFE's then you will definitely need a sub. Don't get me wrong, they aren't bad, in fact they are very good, just not as spectacular as other reviews will have you believe.

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.
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