Sony SS CS5 Review
Sony SS CS5 Review
Hey everybody, sincerely hope you’re all doing well. As you’ve probably already surmised from the title, this will be the Sony SS CS5 review, a quick look at a set of bookshelf speakers that quite frankly, ending up surprising me more than I thought they would.
Was that a good thing though?
More importantly, should you consider them?
Let’s find out
When it comes to the appearance of the speaker, at least when the grille on, things look pretty unassuming admittedly. There’s a small Sony logo towards the bottom but besides that, there’s nothing really that stands out from first glance.
However taking a closer look, you’ll notice that the edges of the cloth grille are actually chamfered, giving the speaker an ever so slight aerodynamic look.
These are actually what Sony calls tapered edges, and is apparently done to reduce unwanted noise from the baffle board and cabinet; ultimately giving you a much higher quality sound.
Whatever the case, I personally think they look pretty cool and gives the speaker a slight edge to it (quite literally)
When removed, you’re then greeted with a double tweeter and woofer display that looks pretty nice.
I wouldn’t say it’s the most inspired design in the world, but for what it is, I like it. It definitely blends in when it comes down to looks.
The color of the woofer is also pretty nice and kind of shimmers when light hits it which is a nice touch.
As for the cabinet itself, it has a smooth matte black wood finish that luckily doesn’t pick up finger prints which I’m a really big fan of.
Now while definitely not gigantic, these also aren’t the smallest speakers in the world by any means, so you’ll definitely want sufficient space to house them. We’ll get into why in just a minute, but overall, it’s a really subdued yet refined design that quite frankly, looks good.
Features & Specs
In regards to features, one of the most notable ones immediately apparent is its build. Unlike most speakers, this one is actually a 3 way design.
3 way speakers usually add an additional driver, but what makes this one even more unusual is the fact that Sony has opted to add an additional tweeter instead.
This “super tweeter” as it is dubbed, is responsible for handling the the extremely high sound ranges, well over 20kHz and up to 50 in fact — in order to provide a much higher fidelity of sound.
Then what’s also unusual is that for the 5.12 inch bass reflex woofer, they’ve also decided to go with a foamed-Mica Reinforced Cellular variant.
The reason I say this is because you really don’t see this material being used too often. It’s typically either paper or even some kind of plastic.
What’s great about it though is its ability to remain firm even under great stress. The implication of it being included here is that it should deliver a much cleaner and distortion free sound.
Further augmenting that is the port over on the back that’s included to help further eliminate any kind of chuffing or unwanted noise.
As for the normal tweeter, it’s a .98 inch polyester soft dome variant that uses sound absorbing felt to eliminate rear sound pressure, ensuring that things are as clear as possible.
Then there’s also Sony’s own propriety audio codec which offers support for high resolution audio by improving bitrate accuracy as well as frequency of the audio sample.
In terms of specs, the speakers have a noted peak wattage of 100 watts. They measure 7.01 x 13.19 x 8.66 inches (W x D x H) and have an impedance of 6 Ohms.
They weigh about 9.92 pounds each, and have a frequency response of 53 Hz – 50 kHz.
They also have a screw type binding post.
Well in regards to setting these up, since there’s a screw type post on the back, pin plugs are definitely the way to go.
Of course you can also use the wire as is by stripping and then twisting it, but for a really solid connection, I’d highly recommend going with pin plugs.
Other than that, these connect just like any other speaker would to the receiver. Once that’s done, that’s pretty much it. Simple.
Hows it Sound?
With all of those features, surely it has to sound great right?
Well you’d be correct.
These things sounded absolutely fantastic – more so than I was expecting to be honest. I’m not sure if it’s the extra tweeter, or the support for high resolution and lossless audio, but these speakers seemed to perform better than a lot speakers I’ve actually I’ve tried which is crazy.
Things were clear and crisp, but not too sibilant to the point where you’d get ear fatigue after an hour or two. Everything just sounded right.
I was honestly expecting these to lean more on the treble side of things, but really I’d say they’re actually pretty neutral, at least from what I’ve noticed.
So for people who mix sound, this might be an attractive reason to go with these too. But these really could work for anyone given how versatile they are.
Everything, be it movies, video games, you name it just sounded crystal clear and realistic.
Music especially; I don’t think it can be stated enough how good music sounds with these. It’s pretty incredible really. With a lossless media source, (Tidal & Spotify for example) music sounds downright transformative.
Now I know it can of course be argued that human hearing doesn’t exceed 20 kHz so a second tweeter that targets that might be pointless, but ehh..I don’t know. There has to be something to it because I was noticing new sounds that I hadn’t heard before.
Not saying I have supersonic hearing or anything (I wish) but there was a new sense of depth that these things had for whatever reason. I will say though that while the CS5 does go down to 53 Hz, I wouldn’t say that the bass is low enough that you’d want to forgo a subwoofer all together.
I mean for stereo applications they’re more than adequate, but if you’re planning on running these in a home theater then I’d still stick with a dedicated sub.
The mids are really good though, with vocals coming in loud and pronounced. This could be attributed to the optimized crossover which allows changes in sound and frequency ranges to be nice and smooth.
In any case, sound quality is definitely there, and they really do everything you can ask for in a speaker.
Well almost everything.
The one thing that’s really worth pointing out is how low the sensitivity is. With its sensitivity rating of 87, you’ll likely need more power to actually get these things loud so that’s something to note beforehand.
These would be excellent nearfield monitor speakers for that very reason, especially as desktop speakers since you wouldnt need to turn the volume up as loud.
But for home theater proposes, having a good pre amp/receiver is highly recommended so you get the same awesome experience as one with a higher sensitivity.
But overall, I’d have to say I’m impressed with the sound quality CS5 and give these 2 giant thumbs up. You’ll absolutely love them.
- 3 way dual tweeter design provides ridiculous sound clarity
- Support for high resolution audio through a proprietary codec
- 5.12 inch woofer provides a solid midrange with depth
- Vocals & dialogue are represented beautifully
- Wide soundstage gives a greater sense of immersion
- Tapered faceplate edges allow for a cleaner sound
- Fits in aesthetically with any contemporary setting
- Work great as computer speakers
- Low sensitivity requires decent amount of power to get loud
- No 5 way binding post, only screw type
- No keyhole for wall mounting
Well that’s about it for now. Hopefully you enjoyed this review on the Sony SSCS5 bookshelf speaker and now have a better idea of whether or not they’re for you.
I personally think they’re a great set of speakers, and work well with pretty much everything content wise; provided you have the adequate power to make them work.
But let me know if you have any questions, and certainly let me know what you actually think of the speaker in the comments below. I love to hear from you guys.
Until next time my friends, make it easy, keep it simple. 😉
Hey everyone it’s nice to meet you. I’m Jasmere, the founder of Easy Home Theater. I’ve been with this hobby for many years now, and decided to create this site to share everything that I’ve learned from personal experience with you. I also happen to be a huge gamer, lover of all things tech related, and a major fitness buff. Feel free to say hey!