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What was Sonys best sounding speaker ever? Vintage and Newer

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Audioo, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Audioo

    Audioo Active Member

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    Sony made alot of interesting things in the past. Was there anything speakerwise worthy of note?
     

     

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  2. swechsler

    swechsler Frog Whisperer

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    The SS-M9ED may be the best speaker they ever sold in the US. It's possible that there were Japan-only models that were higher end.

    Also check the Vintage Knob for some other Sony high-end offerings over the years.
     
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  3. Ds2000

    Ds2000 All About every cool stereo component. Subscriber

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    The current AR1, the GR1, and the APM-6 would probably occupy the top spots for me.
     
  4. bberkom

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    I love my SS-3300’s. They aren’t going to blow you away like a more modern speaker, but they are really good at being big, high-efficiency speakers. Very smooth with excellent mids.
     
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  5. Tedrick

    Tedrick Infinity-phile Subscriber

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    The SS-Mx (M3, M7, and M9) have developed a near cult-status for a reason....they are damn good speakers that are beautifully made and also quite durable. Unfortunately, Sony put very little effort into marketing them here in the US, so they are somewhat rare, especially the SS-M9 and M9ED.
     
  6. Audioo

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    They made some interesting speakers in the early 70s one was SS 7335 if i remembered correctly
     

     

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  7. Audioo

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    I liked the sound of 7330
     
  8. swechsler

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    The ultra-rare SS-R10 from the late 1990s is also worth a look.

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  9. onwardjames

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    While I have zero Sony speakers in my stable, I personally believe Sony could do anything they wanted at the zenith of their powers. Some of their designs were staggering in complexity, scope, and execution.
     
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  10. SmitterDave

    SmitterDave Audio Preservation through Restoration. Subscriber

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    You are correct on a couple of things but... the Elcaset and Betamax almost bankrupted Sony twice, because of their unwillingness to share their product with others, they just needed to allow others to build their products, or allow them to produce the blank tapes.

    The SS R10's I have never seen but would really like a chance to audition.

    On another note, the Beta was what saved Sony in the broadcast world. They sped up the head speed and tape speed and was able to come up with a broadcast deck that was reliable for 7 to 8k hours before head drum replacement was needed.
     
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    I've read a lot of good things about the APM-4 and other similar vintage Sony APM speakers. If I could afford one i probably would get a pair; and also if Sony starts producing replacement woofers for them.
     
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  12. squirrelnest

    squirrelnest Addicted Member

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    I have a pair of Sony ssm3 speakers....they sound pretty good...I use a sub with them.

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  13. frankwood

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    my ULM-66 were good. the best cabinet construction i saw.
     

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