Sony isn't usually considered a bargain brand, but when it comes to the company's SS-B1000 Bookshelf Speakers, it's hard to complain that they're overpriced. They carry a list price of $70 per pair, but you can find them online for closer to $60 shipped online. (In weeks past, they were going for under $50 on Amazon.)
The caveat -- if there is one -- is that these are good old-fashioned passive speakers, so you'll need to connect them to an amplifier, such as an AV receiver. But bargain hunters can rest easy: pair them with Lepai's $25
The Sony speakers' build quality seems decent enough and their design is straightforward yet elegant, with a faux wood-grain finish and removable speaker grilles. Each speaker measures 10.7x7x6.7 inches (HWD) and weighs 6.4 pounds.
Remove the grille and you'll find a 5.25-inch polypropylene cone woofer and 1-inch Nano Fine balanced dome tweeter. There's no bass port on the back, just a set of plastic spring-clip wire connectors. The speaker's impedance is rated at 8 ohms.
Sony throws in some standard speaker wire, so you can link the speakers up to your amplifier of choice (as mentioned above).
Budget speaker comparison
In a mini shoot-out, we put these Sonys up against the