Amazon.com: Sony SSCS8 2-Way 3-Driver Center Channel Speaker - Black: Home Audio & Theater
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2-way, 3-speaker bass-reflex system, 4 inches Foamed-Mica Cellular Reinforced Woofer 1 inch Polyester Main Tweeter, 6 ohm Speaker Impedance Optimized Crossover componentry for a clear audio path, 145 W Maximum Input Power Frequency Response:55 Hz–25 kHz
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Just hooked it up to my 8 year old LG Home Theater system &#40; Haven't bought my new Sony receiver yet&#41; and it still sounds fantastic! I just popped on the first Underworld movie and it was so loud and clear I could hear every one of Selene's footsteps and every drop of rain with absolutely zero distortion. The build quality is very impressive as well this thing is super heavy and huge compared to my old LG center channel which was made of plastic and feels cheap and small in comparison (The Sony is made of a sturdy wood). Very impressed with this Center Channel speaker for the $73 price tag, I felt like I stole this lol. Can't wait until I get the towers tomorrow to try them suckers out if this is any indication of what to expect quality wise.
This speaker sounds great and has very nice bass. It is elegant and compact on top of my TV. Its only problem is that, out of the box, it sounds a little dull. This is remedied by turning up the treble control to the 2 o'clock position. This opens up the sound and makes it very transparent. This is also true for the sister side speakers. I have confirmed this with acoustic measurements.
Purchased this on sale to match my sscs3 towers. Before I purchased this, I was using the micca mb42x-c center channel. Out of the box it sounded pretty terrible compared to the micca. Boomy voices and over emphasized treble making S's sound obnoxious. After running room calibration and applying some EQ it sounds allot better. Compared to the micca voices are easier to understand at low volumes, but I feel the micca more closely matches the timbre of real voices. Voices have more bite in the mid range and more extension in the low male voices compared to the micca. Only reason I got this is to match esthetically better with my towers. Bang for buck, the micca is the better deal with a more natural sound. But this one has a better enclosure build quality and a more aggressive, dynamic sound. I will be keeping it.
Although I purchased this as a significantly lower price than is currently listed during holiday sales, I can definitely say this center channel is worth the money. I do not consider myself an audiophile however I have been tinkering with surround sound systems and stereos since the early 1990s. I place the sound quality as good as any klipsch, Jensen or polk that I have owned. The home we purchased had a prewired in wall surround system however the center channel did not work and I did not feel like troubleshooting this so I went to Amazon and found this speaker and I am very glad that I did. It made watching the Mandalorian all that much more enjoyable. This is the way.
I bought this to complement the SSCS5's that I love. The highs are replicated well but the mid and low range suffer from the smaller 4" woofers. They really should of matched the SSCS5's 5.25 inch woofers. I was watching Captain America: Civil War and noticed how all the voices of the male actors sounded hollow - similar to the sound of a cell phone's speakers. I've done listening tests on music and can notice the difference between the two pretty easily.I'm at a loss whether or not to keep these. I expected the speaker set to coordinate better but then again, it's hard to get high quality at this price range.