Sony’s SS-AR1 loudspeakers

Similar to the system we enjoyed at the California Audio Show, here we heard the beautiful Sony SS-AR1 loudspeakers ($27,000/pair) with Pass Labs X600.5 power amplifiers and XP-20 preamplifier, Parasound Halo JC3 phono preamp, Clearaudio Concept turntable, and an EMM Labs XDS1 SACD player. Speaker cables were Kimber Kable's KS-3033, interconnects were Kimber's KS-1111, and AC cables were Kimber's PK-10 Gold.

The system sounded rhythmically nimble and certain with big, fleshy images, a rich midrange, and warm, full bass. Easy to listen to and easy to enjoy.

COMMENTS
superaudiolistener's picture

The speakers seem to commit no sins, rich and natural, nothing out of place.

I could live with these speakers, too bad about the $27K, however I have heard many more expensive speakers that didn't sound nearly as good.

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