Selling a pair of SONY SS-NA5ES as new. Honestly this speakers sounds better than anything i had tried around 6K including Harbeth monitor 30.1, C7, KEF reference 1 etc. They sound huge for their size and with extreme precision and timing, zero fatiguing and they do well with any type of music. I have too many speakers so i am letting go a few to be part of someone else main system. At my asking price there is nothing that even get close to their performance.
The Overall Picture (Absolute sound)
pment report by Robert E. Greene | May 11th, 2016
I was an admirer of the Sony designs by Kaku from the start. The SS-AR1 in particular seemed to me a speaker at the forefront of dynamic-driver floorstanders, at a price far lower than its ultra-high-end competition. I still find this to be true. But in the presently reviewed NA5ES, designer Kaku seems to have moved to an even higher level of excellence, almost completely defying the intrinsic limitations of smaller speakers. The NA5ES is something of a marvel—one of those speakers that seems possessed of almost magical properties. No, it is not a “monitor,” and to make it sound like a monitor, its frequency response would need to be moved around a little to make it more nearly flat. But in musical terms, the NA5ESes as they are do a superb job of bringing out the best in recordings. I really liked these speakers, just to be perfectly clear!
Incidentally, the best listening axis for these speakers is rather lower than normal ear height for a seated listener when one is at all close to the speakers. Try a low seat—or even sitting on the floor if you want to hear what they can do at their best. Or you could use high stands or tilt the speakers up. They sound agreeable when the listener is above the axis, but the real sonic glory is on the right axis.
The Sonys do not sound exactly like ordinary speakers. But I can promise you that if you grant the design the premise of its balance, you will find them hugely rewarding. With a subwoofer system added—either Sony’s dedicated one or some other that suits the speakers—you would have a full-range system that in a room of ordinary domestic size, is truly extraordinary at any price. To my mind, the word “masterpiece” applies.
Type: Two-way, four-driver stand-mount loudspeaker
Drivers: Two 5.25" aluminum-cone woofers, two 0.75" textile-dome tweeters, one
Impedance: 4 ohms
Sensitivity: 86dB (2.83 V/1m)
Max. input power: 70 watts (instantaneous)
Dimensions: 8.13" x 14" x 12.88"
Weight: 22 lbs.