Sony SS-CS8 is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Center Channel speaker by Sony. Center channel speaker is an important component of a home theater system set-up as it delivers the listener significant part of the on-screen dialogue from your television. It features a 1" Soft-Dome Tweeter and 2 x 4" Mica Reinforced Cellular (MRC) Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 55-25k Hz and a sensitivity of 86 dB. Sony SS-CS8 has an MSRP of 169$ but can often be found around 119$ per pair.
What size of room is the Sony SS-CS8 speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the Sony SS-CS8 is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
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(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
What are the speakers in Sony's CS Series?
SS-CS8 is a member of Sony's CS series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
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What is the Frequency Response of the Sony SS-CS8 speaker?
Sony SS-CS8 has a Frequency response range of 55-25k Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of up to 145 watts. At a minimum frequency of 55 Hz, SS-CS8 will provide an average bass depth so depending on your use case, you may consider supplementing your system with a subwoofer.
To focus on the subwoofers that are in a similar price range with Sony SS-CS8, check out the Powered Subwoofers under $300. Alternatively, find the Full list of Powered Subwoofers regardless of the price.
Here we have a comparison of how SS-CS8's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
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What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the Sony SS-CS8? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
Sony SS-CS8's nominal impedance level is 6 ohms
and has a sensitivity of 86 dB
Center Channel Speakers
Nominal Impedance of 6 Ohms makes the Sony SS-CS8 a relatively difficult to drive speaker compared to more frequently found 8 ohms speakers from nominal Impedance perspective.
With a sensitivity level of only 86 dB, Sony SS-CS8 is a difficult to drive speaker from Sensitivity perspective, make sure to choose an amplifier with a high output if you like listening to your music at high volume levels. You may especially have a hard time using Tube amplifiers which are traditionally very low power compared to Class A/B or Class D speakers.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the Sony SS-CS8:
SS-CS8 features Post type connectors. Bi-amping and Bi-wiring are not possible.
Sony SS-CS8 External Dimensions and Weight
Sony SS-CS8 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 5.75 x 16.93 x 8.66inch (146.0 x 430.0 x 220.0mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of Sony SS-CS8 is approximately 946.0cm2 / 146.6inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of Sony SS-CS8, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
The Sony SS-CS8 weighs 5.00kg / 11lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how SS-CS8's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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Cabinet type and Materials
Sony SS-CS8 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and a MDF/Wood-veneer finish. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
Sony SS-CS8 is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe.
Sony SS-CS8 is available in Black.
Does the Sony SS-CS8 come with a Grille?
SS-CS8 comes with Removable Cloth grilles in Black color choices. The purpose of the grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound to pass as clearly as possible.
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the Sony SS-CS8.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Sony SS-CS8, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Sony SS-CS8
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Sony SS-CS8 speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Sony SS-CS8
2 years of parts warranty and 2 years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.