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on April 22, 2009
I agree with previous favorable reviews. These speakers may not equal the sound quality of much more expensive models, but they come close enough to make the price difference to step up unreasonable for most people. The following review is intended for those trying to select between Sony models. In January 2008 I bought a pair of Sony SS-B3000 speakers from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised with their sound quality when use with a subwoofer and center channel speaker. I used them as floor standing speakers with homemade stands. Today I received a new pair of SSF-5000 speakers and I've spent over 4 hours doing A/B comparisons with the SS-B3000 units. My conclusion: the SSF-5000 wins out narrowly by placing the tweeters higher (closer to ear level). Otherwise, both excellent pairs of speakers produce similar sound: clear, crisp and with more volume capacity than my 18x30 ft. family room requires. I am particularly impressed with the tweeter quality during classical (Beethoven and Tchaikovsky) instrumentals and folk vocals (The Irish Tenors, Nana Mouskouri). You won't go wrong with either the SS-B3000 or SS-F5000. Choose according to your spacial preferences. The SS-F5000 is about a foot taller with virtually identical sound, width and depth. Either pair is an excellent buy.
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on November 11, 2007
First, I am an average listener - let me repeat that: I AM AN AVERAGE LISTENER - and I believe that the Sony SSF-5000 floor speakers are very loud, with good crisp highs, strong mids, and the bass response is absolutely great. If you need earth-shaking bass, you need a subwoofer, but these speakers will kick out a fair amount of bass - enough to feel through your floor. There is no distortion that I can hear, even when I have the system cranked up. Speaker connections were easy, even when I used fat 12-gauge oxygen-free copper wires. The black finish is nice. The cloth grills look great. These speakers match all the other Sony speakers in my system. I hope this review helps you.
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on August 2, 2007
Forget all other audio companies. Sony will always have the highest quality products for the best prices. 3 foot high towers for $50 each??? They must be pretty mediocre right? Wrong. These speakers are wonderful.

They have a full, bright sound and can get as loud as you possibly want (and louder) if you have a decent receiver. There is a great distinction between the tweeter, mid and sub. These are the best speakers I have ever owned.

The only thing wrong with them is if you love extreme, rumbling bass, they might not meet your standards. But a good active sub woofer is a must for any good sound system anyway.
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on November 22, 2007
These Sony speakers are just the right price and sound just like the way more expensive ones. You can have the look of them covered or without to show the woofers, great look. Play some Led Zeppelin on them and judge for yourself. They sound way better than my surround sound system I had and cost much less. Turn em up and rock out
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on March 26, 2009
I been waiting to write this until I got some use on 'em. Well. I was watching Jazz At Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis tonight and realized I had waited long enough. I am completely pleased with these speakers. For the price. I did not wait until the end of the program to write this review. The Jazz at Lincoln told me every thing I needed to know about these speakers. Sounds just great.

I listen to allot of Classical, even more Jazz and then Rock, Country and others. The violins, cellos, stand up base etc bring out the best in these speakers in my opinion. Vibes also.

Plenty of base ! Sounds great at low volume. I had it fairly low and my girl friend kept turning it down because of the excellent punch these speakers have. She loves Wynton so it isn't like she didn't want to hear more. I don't even have them hooked to the larger receiver that I bought to use with them. At the moment they are on a Harman Kardon HK3385 High Current Stereo Receiver that we use for the TV. Not suround.

The receiver I bought to use with these is the Harman Kardon HK 3490 2 x 120W Stereo Receiver. More power. Not really needed unless you are playing them at party levels.

The speakers came to me in perfect condition, box in good shape. I ordered them with the hope that they would arrive for my birthday. The shipping estimate indicated that they would arrive the day after : (

Well they came the MORNING of my birthday ! ! ! Amazon you are the best . . .
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on November 10, 2008
I usually do not write reviews but these speakers blew my mind on sound quality for a small price. I have an Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver. I bought two sets of these speakers as my fronts and my Surround Speakers. Alongside I have two yamaha bookshelf speakers, an infinity C250 center speaker, and a JBL Venue 12" subwoofer. The blend with these speakers are phenominal. I listen to music all the time and these speakers compliment the mismatching speakers very well. These Sony speakers will take a punch as well. Don't be afraid of turning up your receiver and getting distortion out of these speakers. They will shock you!!! I am a musician and I love my music so all music lovers on a budget, you can't go wrong with these!
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on February 8, 2008
I ordered a Polk Audio 5.1 speaker system, with an Onkyo TX-SR705, then I got to looking and saw these for $99. Needless to say I was very apprehensive about how these would sound, well I tell you what for $99 you cannot go wrong, I could see people paying $300-$400 for a pair of these and not complaining.

I am no audiophile nutbag, but these sound amazing paired with the Polks, the bass is even nice and tight, so go ahead an getcha pull and grab some of these for the price you will not be disappointed.

I now have a complete 7.1 system, that plays all the new surround formats, and is THX certified for well under $1000 Guess how happy I am?
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on August 13, 2008
I ordered the SSF-5000 pair about a month ago and these speakers are amazing! I'm sure there are audiophile-grade speakers out there with better sound but you'll have to pay an arm and a leg to get any better than these. I use these mostly for music and as front speakers for my surround sound. I've got the Sony STR-DG710 6.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver,Sony SA-W2500 Performance Line 100 Watt Subwoofer,Sony SS-CR3000 Center and Rear Channel Speaker Package, and the Sony SSF-5000 pair. My living room looks great with the matching design of all of these speakers. My wife and I love watching Blu-rays with my Playstation 3 80GB and listening to the amazing sound through ALL of my Sony speakers. When I was testing these out I turned off my sub so that I can really hear them. Without the sub the bass is still powerful! It doesn't shake the walls or anything but, instead, packs a solid, bass punch. The mids are loud and the highs are very clear. I wouldn't mind having the Sony SSF-6000 Floor Standing 4-way Speaker Pair, but with my powered sub the extra bass from the SSF-6000 wasn't necessary. This package is a must-have!
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on February 25, 2010
I have been an audio engineer and musician for over forty years............I own a pair of studio monitors...Acoustic 626s, which are the envy of my friend's eyes...........yet these small Sony speakers really do the job in a small room. I use them for music and gaming from my computer..............they excell!..........for a near field experience, they are unparalleled. Once you listen off axis, or beyond fifteen feet, the sound dissapates, and becomes irregular...........but that was expected. These little guys are optimal from a couple of feet in front of your face........the bass is awesome...........the clarity crystalline...............overall experinece: superior! I have poured over one hundred watts rms into each speaker with no audible distortion..........they do the job. I paid about $140 per pair, but feel the price was minimal for the product. The quality was profound.
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on December 28, 2007
I'm no audiophile, but I do love movies and music, and these sound great to me. Movies, Eminem and Sublime all sound amazing. A classical violin player friend of ours complimented us on them while we were listening to classical music, and she has a better ear than I. I bought a sub at the same time but don't really need it, as these are bassy enough. I don't regret it, but if I did it over, I'd buy the SSF-6000 without the sub, to save space and a few bucks.

Update March 2013 -- these still sound great. I've noticed no degradation over the years. Sold the sub to a friend. You don't need one with these, especially if you have a wife who's not a fan of feeling the bass.
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