hi i just found this post, i have a nice set of the very same sony heritage G4 SPEAKERS, i payed rather too much for mine and also they were about a hundred miles round trip as well, anyway i quiet like mine i enjoy them for just the fact they play tunes from cds quiet nicely go very loud if you fancy they certainly play dynamics, etc i have over the years had, some rather more expensive and up graded speakers, atc scm 74, ?? had them a month then sold em? a bit of a story lost my shirt and trousesrs there, anyway , also martin logan panels with the little 8 inch bass units, they would have been the only onese to stay over the sonys, but i managed to bust the panel ?? i learnt a lesson that day , so alo had very nice dmt 12 professional studio monitors which were better but i sold them, , but honestly in the end i am fine with th sony G4 FOR hifi system listenning, even did a little bit of recording and mixing with these and things turned out ok, i tried several £1000 and a bit more sets of new speakers, and nothing tempted me in the slighteset , i like a little volume at times, ad honestly some fo the models i was trying in shops and at friends houses seemed to run out of puff quiet easily , yes i can get the sonys to hit the end stops but bloody hell its really quiet loud, not for normal listenning in domestic set up , . i am a professional bass player clasical and jazz shows that sort of thing, so i like a bass that sounds like a bass, which with propper recdings these sonys do , but they also have the open top end, if needed, i run mine in a very modest system with a used yamaha sa500, AMP I THINK ITS 75 watts or something like that , it drives the speakers ok, i also recently got a replacement cd nice and cheap a cambridge azur 350c which is ok, i have a older marantz cd9000 se that is a good it better to plug in , but i got the cambridge audio thing for £40 RECENTLY to see how it might be compared to the marntz re issue thing, , its not as good nothing like but the cambridge is perfectly listennable, .Ok, so I don't post on here much at all, but with the strong DIY crowd gathering here lately, I find myself visiting more often.
Now. I'm like mega DIY with speakers and have been for a long time, but before this I spent a long time and lots of money on buying up speakers and measuring them to try to figure out what I like, but more importantly- why!
My favourite 'regular' speaker was the larger focal electra be speakers ( without getting into silly designs) which many won't like I'm sure due to the treble balance-
In my opinion, the market value of many second hand speakers is probably about right for the vast majority. For instance, focal's have a strong second hand value, as do atc, but occasionally us collectors come across somthing that seams totally undervalued.
And I did that the other day.
A friend bought a pair of big old Sony SS- G4 speakers, and wanted me to take a look+ give opinions.
A quick sweep with RTA to check its working- and an unusually flat line is produced... Good start!
So a long afternoon of listening was had, accompanied by a shocked look on my face at just what this thing could do!
Now, it's not the best speaker in the world, and as expected, the wide baffle is a little 'wall of sound' compaired to modern uber slim offerings, however, somehow less-so than any other 12" wide cabinet I've come across. but in every other respect this thing is one of the best speakers for well under £1k. Leagues ahead of stuff like the JBL L100's of the era, and much preferred ( this is purely a taste thing) to the massive tannoy monitor golds IMO.
Driver integration is superb, distortion is obviously low, bass is tight, and the whole combines to make a speaker that is detailed and accurate without becoming fatiguing.
Many reviews say 'the best ever' etc, which is always BS, for instance- RAAL lazy ribbons and the jbl 2452sl or 476be ( ha- good luck!) drivers have the best treble- end of ( sorry everyone for the spoiler!) and either the 1500al or the td15m drivers are the best mid/ bass. But speakers using these are £100k. In the real world- I'm not sure you can appreciably beat the sonys without spending much more, and this is one of the very few speakers I could actually live with
So, How come I've never heard of them!