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Sony announced two new pairs of speakers at IFA 2014 in Berlin, set for release alongside a new Walkman, smartphones, TVs and more

The new speakers come in the form of the SS-AC3 three-way, six-driver floorstander (above) and the SS-AC5 two-way, four-driver bookshelf speaker – both of which aim to bring concert-quality sound into the home.

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An "immensely strong" 30mm baffle board joined to the rear enclosure is at the heart of the SS-AC3 in a bid to reduce internal vibrations, while a 13cm woofer with aluminium diaphragm is also found inside.

Mid-range and tweeter units have their own "acoustically isolated" enclosures, separate from the woofer cabinet space with their own reflex port in a two-part design that reduces the effects of air pressure.

Meanwhile, Sony's I-ARRAY System is on board to supplement a 25mm soft-dome main tweeter with two 19mm soft-dome assist tweeters to increase the "sweet spot" at higher frequencies.

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With the SS-AC5s (above), you also get a specially shaped baffle board to help reduce vibrations and resonance – as well as a 13cm woofer that's partnered by the I-ARRAy triple high-frequency driver set up.

Two rear-firing bass reflex ports are designed to enhance low frequency power in your living room. Both the AC3s and AC5s are due on sale in "autumn 2014" at a cost of £1000 and £600 respectively.


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standup_steve's picture

Interesting headline

In the light of the headline I was wondering what made these speakers high resolution?

ultraminiature's picture

Hi-Res - meaning?

Does this imply that all their other speakers have been low res? Or that they have extended their range of hi-res speakers?
Certainly they look outstanding but what is their performance like?

Joe Cox's picture


Fairly sure that's just marketing spin that slipped through our filters (unless there's something Sony isn't telling us). Removed the reference now to avoid confusion Smile