Summary: I inherited these towers from my brother and WOW! I can't believe Sony's price point on these! With a powered sub these speakers have been the reason for hopping dance parties, killer movie nights and amazing music jam sessions. I have loved every minute of owning them. The only downside would be that they are big... but what decent floor speaker isn't?! I would recommend these or similar newer models for any audio enthusiast with a budget!
Summary: My original review of this speaker was removed with no explanation. Let me reiterate that although the speakers are fine for the price, that there is practically no useful output from the tweeters - all the highs are coming from the midrange. This is true for the model SSM F400H too (which I set up for a friend). No, I did not burn out the tweeters - in these or any other speakers I have owned.
Summary: In a word "wow". These speakers are awsome. I originally bought them to run second audio in my bedroom. That project has been lagging so just out of curiosity I replaced my mains with them in my home theater. I loved the way they sounded in the store. But once I hooked them up to my reciever I was amazed. I mean, yeah there are alot of speakers out there that would blow these out of the water. But you have to keep the price in mind.
Summary: These are great speakers and very underpriced for floor speakers. Anyone who says they don't have enough bass isn't driving them hard enough. You get a decent amp on these speakers and drive them hard enough they WILL give out some nice bass.
Summary: I bought these babies in Sears, because I want a pair of floor standing, instead of satellites in the main speakers area. These towers rock! I have them connected to a STR-K502P receiver (the one that comes with the Sony satellite speaker package 800W) and a pair of Monster Cables. I put on my Ottmar Liebert CD, and you can hear every string because of its superb tweeter. The soundtrack and sound effects in movies and videogames are great!
Summary: These are remarkable speakers for the price and give good justice to most of the audio frequency range. I don't really find them deficient in the bass region as some other reviewers, but the treble is another matter. The tweeter seems to have almost no output. Brushed cymbals on Gerry Mulligan's Night Lights practically disappear and the sleigh bells on Delius's Sleigh Ride seem a couple of extra hills away.
Summary: got these from etronics.com for 170 shipped. only had em for a few hours but what ive heard so far is awesome. have a sony STR-DE475 reciever. have these speakers hooked up thru 18 gauge wire. then to the reciever, i have the playstation2 hooked up via digital optical cable. the tv is also hooked up to the reciever thru standard gold plated RCA jacks. the speakers just rock. i listened to the incubus cd thru my ps2 and the sound just kept on goin.
Summary: I wanted a speaker system to go with my new Kenwood VR-509 receiver that would express Dolby Pro Logic II, and I was on a budget. I couldn't be happier. Dolby Digital II is still the best kept secret in the audio industry, probably becuase some major companies failed to come out with the product in 2001. (I expect all major receiver manufacturers will offer it in 2002.) That aside these speakers perform exallant for the money.