Cheap $88 Sony SS-CS5 Speakers - Awesome


I have been working on refreshing the power supply on my 1979 vintage EAR 509 amps.  Found cracked/bulged caps and wanted be proactive.   Absolutely stunning amps. Lifetime keepers.

Wanted a cheap set of workbench speakers for trialing so I didn't blow my main speakers if made a mistake.  Vintage amp repair/update what a pain with bulged caps/ broken wires, undersized fuses from past owners and non-stock circuit changes.  Shout out to Dan Meinwald and EAR UK for absolutely superb customer support. 

Anyways picked up a cheap set of $88 Sony sale speakers at my local to me ABT electronics.  SS-CS5 3 way bookshelf.  One ebay LX5 speaker i got either blew or had a bad woofer during my testing.  So I needed something. 

What a surprise, the cheap Sony's just sound great.  They don't even break down on bass drum kicks.  Sweet, detailed sound and are just rocking.  They go fairly loud though I don't listen loud.  I am listening through a Linn Axis with Ittok/Sumiko Talisman (superb table, really) EAR 868PL and the vintage EAR 509.   They are on stands 4 feet apart nearfield (cause amp burn in).

The speakers are incredible bargain for what they are.  Enjoying my burn in session immensely. Maybe I found a sleeper. To some of you maybe I didn't.  These are too good for bench test speakers I think.  Might want to give them a try.
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Ha!!!  I just got a pair yesterday, nice timing.

I haven't listened to them yet, they are sitting her on my desk as they will be a nearfield desktop setup.  Got a cheap class D amp that's coming in today that I will feed straight from my iMac for now or might hook up a topping D50 that I have.  Can't wait to test them out.
Thanks for the "heads up". I always have friends asking me about inexpensive speakers. I now have a good option for them.
I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about with these things so I stopped off at Best Buy on my way home from work tonight. I missed the $88 sale, that ended last night, but I picked them up for $119. What the heck, if I don’t like it I’ll just take them back. Darn if these little things aren’t good. Listening to them right now. It’s positively impressive. Of course no deep bass but man within their range they are pretty astounding. Imaging is as good as anything. Smaller sound stage of course but much bigger than expected. I think my speaker cables are heavier than these things LOL. Well, no need for them but I guess I’m keeping them.
@arch2 take them back and get them on Amazon for $88!

but yes, they are outstanding speakers. Mine are breaking in right now. I would put these up against anything under $300. 
I tried them. They were too bright and crisp for me in near field. A lot more clarity than Pioneer BS-22, but I enjoyed the Pioneer’s warm tone more. 
In far field I think I would have liked them more. Still impressive for $100 any way you look at it.