Sony SSCS5 Upgrade

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mkrawcz

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Sony SSCS5 Upgrade
« on: 26 Jun 2022, 01:46 pm »
A few weeks ago, I happened to see that the Sony SSCS5s were on sale for $113 on Amazon (now they are $228), so I bought them. I saw Danny's upgrade video on them and the measurements were really impressive, so I got the upgrade for them.  I listened to the stock speakers for about a week while waiting for the kit. The moment I heard the stock speakers for the first time, I could tell what the upgrade was going to do to these speakers. Stock, they sounded really good for the price and it was like they were being held back from their potential. Sure enough, upgrade completed, these things sound impressive. They image as good as any boxed speaker I've heard. The detail and soundstage are about as good as it gets for a speaker this size. With all soft driver material, they always sound very natural. If you can get them at a low price, these are definitely a speaker worth buying just to upgrade.









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Re: Sony SSCS5 Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: 26 Jun 2022, 03:01 pm »
I bought them for $113 too!  Thanks to thecheapaudioman.  I haven’t cracked them open yet because life keeps happening and I’m still getting settled into a new place.  I also noticed the upgrade kit price went up since the video came out which I wasn’t prepared for.  I’ll get to it eventually. 

I appreciate the pics of your work.  Nicely done!

mkrawcz

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Re: Sony SSCS5 Upgrade
« Reply #2 on: 26 Jun 2022, 04:59 pm »
I bought them for $113 too!  Thanks to thecheapaudioman.  I haven’t cracked them open yet because life keeps happening and I’m still getting settled into a new place.  I also noticed the upgrade kit price went up since the video came out which I wasn’t prepared for.  I’ll get to it eventually. 

I appreciate the pics of your work.  Nicely done!
Thanks! You're going to love those speakers, they're a real stunner.   

DAY4201

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Re: Sony SSCS5 Upgrade
« Reply #3 on: 1 Jul 2022, 05:01 pm »
Nice work! Very neat. I found a pair for $88 at Best Buy at the end of December 2001. I too was impressed with the sound of the stock speaker but was interested in seeing how much better it could sound.  I ordered the update kit in January 2022. As it was the first crossover I had ever built I had some difficulty but received a lot of help from E-Zee and Hobbs. Very grateful to both. I was able to mount the woofer section across the back bottom. I was a little tight but worked out. I had to remove some of the bracing to fit it. I later added more bracing and No-Rez plus fiber glass.

I mounted the tweeter section much like you but I made a small shelf to help secure it. I also added tube connectors and upgraded the existing binding posts with ones I purchased from Parts Express. I replaced the only ferrous metal part on the replacement biding post (a washer) with a nylon one. I split the wiring to the tube connectors and binding posts be able to use one of the other. I did it partly to test to my ears if the tubes connectors were better. I would say they were but I think for this pair of speakers the binding posts are good also.  My photo was taken before the No-Rez and the wiring for the binding post was added.

I think the kit was a good value considering the improvement in sound quality over the stock speakers plus the addition of the No-Rez and tube connectors. 


mkrawcz

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Re: Sony SSCS5 Upgrade
« Reply #4 on: 1 Jul 2022, 06:20 pm »
Right now, I am listening to this setup: Sony CS5 ->GR Research GK10 prototype ->Holo Spring3KTE w/preamp -> Ifi Zen Steam. These speakers really are a force to be reckoned with.

mkrawcz

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Re: Sony SSCS5 Upgrade
« Reply #5 on: 9 Dec 2022, 12:55 pm »
Did another Sony upgrade and thought I’d share the new crossovers. Came out a lot cleaner this time and man do these speaker sound good.