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Sony SS-B1000 5-1/4-Inch Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)
- Newly developed 5.25" H.O.P. cone woofer
- 1" nano-fine balanced dome tweeter
- 120-Watt maximum input power
- 80-50,000Hz frequency response; 8 Ohms impedence
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- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: SSB1000
- Color: Black
- Speaker Type: Bookshelf
- Speaker Connectivity: Wired
5-1/4 Newly Developed H.O.P Cone Woofer 1 Nano Fine Balanced Dome Tweeter Frequency Response 80-50kHz 120W Maximum Input Power Sound Reproduction to 50kHz (for High Resolution Audio)
From the Manufacturer
Enjoy your favorite music in any room of the house with quality sound from the SS-B1000 performance bookshelf speakers. With 120 watts of power and an advanced woofer and tweeter design, they deliver high-resolution audio so you hear the music just as it was recorded. Connector Type 1 x speakers input (click-fit x 2).
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as with most bookshelf speakers, to get the most out of these i highly recommend 1) a strong receiver (80-100+ watts) and 2) a decent subwoofer. having a lot of power will ensure you get crisp, accurate sound at all volume levels. having a subwoofer will help fill out the low-end (these speakers bottom out at 80Hz and dropoff comes much sooner).
i benchmarked these speakers with my existing HTIB satellites and the Bose 161s. the Sonys are (mostly) full range and very accurately reproduce sound, so of course my satellites sound like little tin cans compared to them. with the Bose 161s, i originally expected them to be amazing, but the truth is they sound quite hollow and weak. only when the 161s were paired with a subwoofer did they seem to be ok. but even then, they didn't do very well when playing music. meanwhile the Sonys produced tight, accurate sound that was full and very warm.
classical music test: these things absolutely blew me away. from opera to concertos to piano and cello, the Sonys delivered impressively with full and accurate sound. classical music's range actually doesn't require a subwoofer; i turned mine off and found the Sonys to be more than capable standalone. if you're a classical music lover, these will blow you away without breaking the bank.
pop music: when listening to more bassy/percussive music, you really will need a subwoofer. otherwise, your music will be missing that punch and rumble in the low-end you're probably used to. and that's ok with me because i know these were designed to be accurate and full, not to be bass-heavy. without a subwoofer, they make soul, jazz, and vocals shine. add a subwoofer and they make rock, hip-hop, R&B, and techno sound like a dream. and since i like my music slightly bright, i added just a touch of treble boost to get those hi-hats to really spark.
overall, i am absolutely thrilled with these speakers. they were dirt cheap, but delivered beyond all my expectations. i have spent the last three days sitting in front of my system rediscovering my music collection. i'm having so much fun just sitting here listening to my music in a way i've never heard it.
if you're willing to assemble the proper system for these speakers and spend the time to tweak the settings to your preferences, i guarantee you will enjoy tight, accurate, warm, and beautiful sound for years to come. the best part is that you'll have plenty of money left over to buy more music or movies.
So, these SS-B1000 are a real big surprise. First impression is they sound like more expensive speakers. No kidding. They are bright, and fairly clear, even when driven near their max. Yes, they are lacking in bass, but what are you expecting from a 5.25" two way speaker? By themselves, they sound good and do have a nice little base kick, but their mid-range and high end are their best attributes. I set the yamaha sub crossover frequency at 100hz to overlap a bit on the SSB1000 low end of 80 hz. This allows the sub to cover the weaker low end of the Sonys and sounds really nice.
I have a feeling these little Sonys can perform better, especially seeing as they have the same drivers used in more expensive Sony speakers. So first the speaker was opened up and there is no sound dampening inside. By adding some dampening, the base can be improved, and reflected sound from the back wall of the case can be dampened improving clarity and presence in the mid range and give the speaker a warmer sound. That would be nice because although I think they are clear, they do sound "cool" and "crisp". Could use a little "warming up". I also think a good 2-way crossover would improve sound quality too because I think vocals and cymbals should have more presence. Regardless, these sound better right out of the box than the $100-150/pr similar size 2-way speakers I listened to at Best Buy.
After playing around with the equalizer on the receiver, I felt the best setting was just simple flat line. No boost and no cuts. They sound nice as is.
The speakers arrived undamaged and well packed. The fit and finish of the simple black faux wood grain MDF cabinet was good. No glue runs, no rattles and uniform finish. And its nice the cabinets are a dense MDF and not fiber board (MDF gives better sound). Grills are easy on/off and fit tight. They look nice, but I don't like the open sides of the grills because the gap lets dust settle on the cones.
I specifically was looking for a small bookshelf speaker with good mid-range and high end. Bass was not important because of the 12" subwoofer they are paired with. More expensive speakers in similar size have better bass, something I did not need or want to pay for. So these fit the bill perfectly. I'm happy, and at $55 a pair, its hard to go wrong.
Update 11/10/2012: Warm up and clarify the SSB1000 by adding acoustic sound dampener: Used 1" thick by approx 4x5" high density open cell polyester foam (commonly used as sound dampener in speakers) or poly fiberfill. Placed this right behind the 5.25" woofer to dampen reflected sound off the back of the cabinet. This enhances clarity, and gave the speaker a warmer sound commonly associated with better grade speakers. Bass was enhanced too.
The foam was added by removing the 5.25" woofer. To remove the woofer, carefully pry the plastic trim ring from around the speaker. It is held on by 6 "studs" that extend into the cabinet and have a little glue on them. Once removed, the screws holding the speaker on are exposed. Remove the screws and carefully pry the speaker free of the cabinet. Now the foam can be installed. I cut a square just big enough that it fit snug and covered the lower half of the back below the port.
Update 11/31/2012: Install a real crossover: The speakers have no real crossover. The tweeters do have a 1.2 uF capacitor to cut low frequencies. But a 1.2 uF capacitor means the speaker is crossed at about 16,500Hz. WAY too high!!! Tweeters are commonly crossed at 3000 to 5000Hz. So the result is the woofer is making most of the upper mid-range and lower highs that are typically done by a tweeter. And there is no choke coil to limit the high end the woofer is handling, so its straining to reproduce high end sound.
This was fixed by installing high quality crossovers from Infinity Reference 2000.5 two way speakers (they originally sold for about $400/pr) These Infinity crossovers cross at about 3000Hz (lower voice range) and are a superior design (3rd order Butterworth) over commonly used crossovers. Found these brand new on Ebay for $4.75 each. eBay item number is 370556341686 or use any 2way crossover with similar specs. These were installed in each speaker and the results are truly amazing. There was a huge "hole" in the upper mid-range and highs caused by the lack of a proper crossover. Now vocals really jump out and cymbals sizzle. Also, less watts are going through the 5.25" woofer, and that has effectively raised the power handling of the speakers. The difference between the OE Sony and my custom modified Sony speakers is like night and day. Warmer, brighter and clearer. The mods really bring the speakers from a $55/pr speaker to a $200/pr speakers easy!
I know most people won't customize their speakers like I did. But at the price of these speakers I felt comfortable experimenting with tried and true modifications/upgrades.
Update: 12/26/2012. I noticed at high volume the tweeters were breaking up. Probably because the 3000Hz crossover point is putting more watts into the tweeters than with the OE capacitor. So a new set of tweeters were ordered for all 4 speakers. I wanted a tweeter that could handle the wattage its getting with this crossover, and still have a flat response from 3000 to 20000 Hz. Found this Tang Band 25-302SH 1" Shielded Neodymium Dome Tweeter that has an amazingly flat response curve to over 20,000Hz. At $21 apiece, they are half the price of these speakers! But I thought it was worth it. (found a retailer that sells them for $25 a pair). The result is truly amazing. The presence is right there in front of you. Clarity is way beyond anything in this price range. But that is to be expected of a tweeter that is used by many speaker companies in $600 and up speakers. So the bottom line is all these mods bring the price to $47 each speaker. Not bad, and I have one heck of an amazing book shelf speaker for less than $50 each.
I just ordered a second pair!
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