Sony SS-MF550H Floorstanding Speakers

3.71/5 (7 Reviews) MSRP : $110.00


Product Description

  • 3-Way, Floor-Standing 3-Driver Speaker
  • 8" Kevlar™ H.O.P.Cone - Bass Driver
  • 3-1/4" Kevlar™ H.O.P.Cone - Mid Driver
  • 1" Nano-Fine Balanced Dome Tweeter
  • Sound Reproduction to 50 kHz (for High Resolution Audio)
  • 150 Watts Maximum Input Power
  • Frequency Range 45Hz - 50kHz
  • Magnetically shielded
  • 8 Ohm Impedance
  • Bass Reflex Enclosure Type
  • Screw-type Binding Posts
  • Removable Grille Cloth
  • Black Ash Type finish
  • One pair per package
  • Includes Speaker Cable


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2014

Bottom Line:   
I have to disagree with some of the reviews on here which appear to have been written by either Sony employees or people with very low knowledge or experience with quality speakers.

I will start by saying that at a sub-500 dollar price point, these speakers represent EXCELLENT value for money. Sporting a large 8 inch woofer with separate midrange and tweeter, they outperform almost anything else available in the same price bracket.

Bass is punchy down to about 50-60 hertz where it tapers off, sadly losing deep rumbles in movies and some of the more liquid-sounding sinusoidal low bass (30-40hz) in dance and hip hop music. Midrange and treble are reasonable, although a little harsh and peaky at some frequencies (especially around 4KHz) but I suspect that this is due to them having no high pass filters on the woofer or midrange.

Another reviewer (possibly employed by Sony), started raving about the "crossovers" in these speakers. If you classify a crude 6dB/octave high pass filter on the tweeter and midrange (an inline, electrolytic capacitor on each) as a crossover, then you are easily pleased.

These speakers show excellent potential for upgrades as a quality 3-way 12dB/octave crossover and gold plated terminals would go a long way to improving their response and efficiency.

Regardless, the 8 inch woofer, 3.75 inch midrange and 1 inch tweeter, enclosed in an attractive 35 liter ported floor standing enclosure reproduce music and home theater with surprising punch and accuracy. They are packed with just the right amount of dampening material and the drivers appear to be constructed from decent quality materials.

Overall, I would recommend these speakers to someone who wants something a little better than the mainstream average without forking out large amounts of money. For audiophiles, they would make a decent set of speakers for the living/games room after a few small modifications to the connections and internal circuitry.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DEEP_NNN a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Well, my 30 year old 12" Cerwin-Vegas finally bit the dust. That should give you some idea of the type of music I listened to and the volumes. Now, much older and hearing impaired, I needed something with more clarity in the voice and higher ranges. Not so much for music as for movie and video game soundtracks.

I listened to several brands $500 and up. Just for the heck of it I listened these speakers too. I was pleasantly surprised. The deep bass of the CVs is certainly not there but the clarity was. I demo'd the speakers with a Michael Buble album and that was the kicker. None of the more expensive speakers sounded any better. At home, I was floored by the concussion coming from these speakers when the anti-aircraft cannon fires in Halo 3. Very realistic for something that is not real.

I'm so impressed that I'm going to replace all of my surround speakers with similar Sony speakers to eliminate tonal and efficiency differences.
SSCN5000 Centre Speaker will replace a perfectly fine PSB C100.
SSB3000 Bookshelf Speaker will replace small old acoustic suspension speakers.
SAW2500 10" Subwoofer will bring back some of the lost thunder of the CVs.

I would've spit on Sony brand speakers in the past.

The 2007 replacement speaker is a Sony SSF5000 and it sounds exactly the same.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Sony store



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DEEP_NNN a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Refer to the 5000 model for this speaker's replacement. Same specs and sound.

Well, my 30 year old 12" Cerwin-Vegas needed to be replaced. That should give some idea what kind of music and volume I used to listen to. Loud, in control but the highs were certainly lacking in quality. So now, 30 years later, I'm hearing impaired in the upper voice range. I was looking for a replacement that was cheap with reasonable voice and high range clarity. I can still hear bass very well.

The main use will be for movies and video games.

These speakers, which I would have spit on in the past, provide perfectly adequate sound for an AV system.

I tested them using a Michael Buble album and I loved the clarity and tone. While playing Halo 3, I couldn't believe the thunder that came out of them when the huge anti-aircraft cannon fired. Surprising!

I am about to replace all of my AV speakers with matching Sony versions. That includes my PSB C100 centre channel. That should even out any tonal or efficientcy issues.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Sony Store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Designed for maximum sonic and economic efficiency, Sony's ash-wood-finished SS-MF550H floorstanding speakers enhance your hi-fi or home theater listening stylishly and affordably. Optimal for either stereo or, using 2 pairs, full-resolution surround sound music listening, these 3-way speakers each employ one 3.25-inch midrange and one 8-inch Kevlar/HOP bass driver, as well as a 1-inch Nano-Fine balanced-dome tweeter. Nano-Fine tweeters extend the speakers' frequency response well beyond the 20 kHz limit of CD audio, all the way out to 50 kHz--perfect for today's high-resolution music formats like Super Audio CD (SACD) and DVD-Audio. The Nano-Fine design makes each tweeter extremely still and light--ideal properties for a tweeter.
The SS-MF550H's ported (bass-reflex) cabinets permit the larger drivers to move more air, significantly enhancing the speakers' low-end output. The speakers use precision crossover assemblies to ensure blending while recreating a seamless sound stage. Today's high-resolution stereo and discrete surround formats can reproduce the same sound out of all speakers. If a variance in drivers, crossover, or materials occurs, the pitch and surround illusion can suffer. Sony speakers are designed using matching driver compliments and crossovers to ensure blending from left to right and from front to rear.

The Kevlar fiber cone material offers an ideal mix of strength and low weight. Traditional driver materials must increase mass to provide greater amounts of rigidity, but these materials tend to be slow and inaccurate. Kevlar, combined with Sony's HOP (Highly Oriented Polyolefin), delivers extremely high strength and low mass. This allows for high power handling (up to 150 watts per channel) and ideal frequency response. HOP is a proprietary speaker-cone material offering high strength, low weight, and low resonance, contributing to the speaker's excellent transient response, high power handling, and flat frequency response. Frequency response extends down to 45 Hz, giving you all but the lowest audible octave of bass.

The balanced-dome tweeter represents a Sony refinement of the classic dome tweeter, which places the voice coil inside the tweeter's circumference for superb dispersion and reduced distortion than traditional tweeters.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $159.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by kermit_xc a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2006

Bottom Line:   
honestly, that was the stupidest purchase I've ever made ... It was an impulse while buying new TV and I was tempted with the low price and the looks ... but the sound is just as I was expecting from SONY, but - the reviews from this site made me buy it :) heh.

While they performed relatively well (a lot of booms and bams) in the 5.1 movies, still the high end was bit unclear. Redbook CD's sounded like a cat would throw up inside the speakers ... not that I ever had the pleasure to listen to speakers that a cat would ... but that was what I have imagined listening to them.

DO NOT BUY THIS SPEAKERS, unless an elephant has stepped on your ears and you dont care either way about the narrow stage, response all over the place etc.

Now I went with the Onix X-LS speakers, a little more $$$ but completely different league

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Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   BestBuy




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