Sony SS-B1000 Bookshelf Speakers: Review

May 23, 2012 | By admin | Filed in: Audio.

Despite being an audiophile, I found myself without a stereo system and on a limited budget, so I bought these Sony SS-B1000 bookshelf speakers (in conjunction with a 100 Watt Sherwood RX-4105 Stereo Receiver) with the intention of building a decent sound system.  Overall, I would have to say that I couldn’t be happier with the speakers – given their very affordable price, they were definitely excellent value for money.

These Sony speakers are very compact, which means that they take up hardly any shelf space (something that pleases my wife especially).  Despite their small size, however, they deliver a big sound that is sharp, crisp, and clear, easily coping with the power of my 100 Watt Sherwood receiver.

My wife, who is certainly no audiophile, was skeptical about my purchase at first, but now she talks about how “thin” the TV sounds when it’s not going through the Sherwood stereo receiver and Sony speakers.

As far as the specs go, the SS-B1000 speakers are 8 ohm with each of them having a 1 inch nano-fine balanced dome tweeter and a 5.25 inch H.O.P. cone woofer.  The frequency response is 80-50,000Hz and they have a maximum input power of 120 watts.

A word of advice, regarding the amplifier that you use to power these speakers.  Sony themselves warn that failure to use a sufficiently powerful amplifier may well lead to tweeter burnout.  I personally would advise against using an amp with less than 40 Watts with these speakers.

Pluses

Very affordable price for speakers of this quality.

Audio quality is crisp and clean.

Despite having a big sound, they are very compact and take up hardly any shelf space (which pleases my wife especially!)

Minuses

My only qualm would be that I wanted more bass – this is really a personal misgiving about bookshelf speakers generally, rather than the Sony SS-B1000 speakers which are actually very good for low end as far as bookshelf speakers go (I’ve even read some reviewers complain that they thought they gave out too much bass!).  The truth is that realistically bookshelf speakers just don’t have enough woofer size to deliver the full low end that some of us desire.  (In the end I resolved the problem through buying a Sony SA-W2500 Subwoofer and now I’m completely happy.)

Conclusion

I hope that you enjoyed reading my review of the Sony SS-B1000 bookshelf speakers.  I am more than content with these bookshelf speakers and I would have no problem with recommending them.  They fulfill the role of bookshelf speakers very well, putting out a big sound, despite being very compact and they deliver excellent audio quality that way exceeds what I could have expected, given the low price that I paid for them.


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