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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|Item Dimensions||10.37 x 20.87 x 9.43 in||10.5 x 13.2 x 16.2 in||10.65 x 17.81 x 16.16 in||7 x 10.2 x 11 in||6.5 x 7.25 x 10.63 in||14.25 x 8.87 x 9 in|
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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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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.
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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.
If you want to be critical (which you shouldn't be at this price) the highs are a little bright (fatiguing to listen to for long periods), bass isn't too well defined, and things like imaging (pinpointing the instruments) and transparency aren't going to impress, especially if you're a jazz or classical fan.
If you have had higher end speakers, have been called an audiophile, or are looking to set up a system just for critical music listening, do yourself a favor and spend a few more bucks. I have listened to just about everything from vintage Advents connected to tube amps, to electrostatic and planar, $30,000 boutique systems, and generally have bothered hi-fi shop employees around the world spending a lot of time listening to various speakers, and this is my recommendation:
For around $200-300, I would look into getting a pair of Wharfedale Diamonds, which do everything right and get you 99% of the enjoyment as far more expensive systems, as diminishing returns are serious in the speaker world. Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Bookshelf Speakers (black)
Find a cheap tube amp, like an Onix SP3 or Yarland, Yaqin, Cayin, or anything coming from China (which is of sufficient to excellent quality these days) and you will have a great system for under $1000.