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Sony SSCS3 vs Polk Audio T50: Which Floor Standing Speakers are Better?

Tower speakers are there to be seen and heard. They are highly visible yet sleek and without being overly dominant in your home entertainment system. You can experience more depth and overall, a far better sound. With so many appealing options, we thought we would help narrow down the choice.

We will be discussing the Sony SSCS3 vs Polk Audio T50. We will go over all of their specifications like appearance, power, and value for money. After a detailed comparison, we will have a quick recap of the features and add some pros and cons before our final verdict.

Sony SSCS3 vs Polk Audio T50

There are a couple of features that are so similar that although they weren’t identical, we have listed them as shared features. We will begin here.

Sony SSCS3 vs Polk Audio T50 – Similarities

Quick Glance

Here are the specifications in a comparison chart.

Name
Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker (Single) - Black
Our Pick
Polk Audio T50 150 Watt Home Theater Floor Standing Tower Speaker (Single) - Amazing Sound | Dolby and DTS Surround
Image
Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker (Single) - Black
Polk Audio T50 150 Watt Home Theater Floor Standing Tower Speaker (Single) - Amazing Sound | Dolby and DTS Surround
Size
9.05 x 10.24 x 36.3 inches
8.75 x 9.25 x 36.5 inches
Weight
25.35lbs
20.35lbs
Speaker Type
Floor standing
Floor standing
Design
All-wood enclosure
Wide dispersion drivers, MDF cabinet
Drivers
2 5.12-inch woofers
1 6 ½ inch mid/woofer, 2 6 ½ inch bass radiators
Tweeter
0.98 inch
1 inch
Maximum Input Power
145W
150W
Frequency Range
45Hz – 50KHz
38Hz – 24KHz
Crossover
N/A
2 way
Nominal Independence
6 Ohms
6 Ohms
Binding Posts
N/A
5-way
Warranty
Limited
5 years parts and labor
Prime status
Name
Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker (Single) - Black
Image
Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker (Single) - Black
Size
9.05 x 10.24 x 36.3 inches
Weight
25.35lbs
Speaker Type
Floor standing
Design
All-wood enclosure
Drivers
2 5.12-inch woofers
Tweeter
0.98 inch
Maximum Input Power
145W
Frequency Range
45Hz – 50KHz
Crossover
N/A
Nominal Independence
6 Ohms
Binding Posts
N/A
Warranty
Limited
Prime status
Our Pick
Name
Polk Audio T50 150 Watt Home Theater Floor Standing Tower Speaker (Single) - Amazing Sound | Dolby and DTS Surround
Image
Polk Audio T50 150 Watt Home Theater Floor Standing Tower Speaker (Single) - Amazing Sound | Dolby and DTS Surround
Size
8.75 x 9.25 x 36.5 inches
Weight
20.35lbs
Speaker Type
Floor standing
Design
Wide dispersion drivers, MDF cabinet
Drivers
1 6 ½ inch mid/woofer, 2 6 ½ inch bass radiators
Tweeter
1 inch
Maximum Input Power
150W
Frequency Range
38Hz – 24KHz
Crossover
2 way
Nominal Independence
6 Ohms
Binding Posts
5-way
Warranty
5 years parts and labor
Prime status

Speaker Type

Both the Sony SSCS3 and the Polk Audio T50 are high-resolution floor standing speakers. They are sold separately but make a great pair if you invest in 2.

Tweeter

A speaker tweeter can be 0.75 inches to 1.5 inches with most being 1 inch. The Sony SSCS3 has a 0.98-inch tweeter and the Polk Audio T50 has a 1-inch tweeter. So, the fraction of a difference is minimal.

Maximum Power

The greater the power a speaker can handle, the more volume you will be able to appreciate before the sound begins to distort. The Sony SSCS3 has a maximum power rating of 145W. For the Polk Audio T50, this is 150W, so again, just a slight difference.

Nominal Impedance

The Sony SSCS3 and the Polk Audio T50 have a nominal impedance of 6 ohms, like the majority of speakers at either 4, 6, or 8 ohms.

That is all for the similarities so we will move on to what sets the Sony SSCS3 and the Polk Audio T50 apart.

Differences Between Sony SSCS3 and Polk Audio T50

Appearance

It isn’t much you can do with a floor-standing tower speaker in terms of appearance. Black is the usual color, and you can choose whether to leave the grille on or take it off.

Polk Audio T50 Comparison

Sony SSCS3

This speaker measures 9.05 x 10.24 x 36.3 inches. It weighs 25.35 pounds.

Polk Audio T50

It’s a little more compact at 8.75 x 9.25 x 36.5 inches. It weighs less too at 20.35 pounds.

The Winner Is- The Polk Audio T50

Design

The design of a speaker is more about acoustic quality than just looks.

Polk T50

Sony SSCS3

With an all-wood enclosure, a natural amplifier for a clearer sound. The faceplate edges are slightly tapered to suppress edge diffraction.

Polk Audio T50

The speaker is made of MDF, which reduces resonance and distortion. You can also benefit from wide-dispersion drivers.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Drivers

Working in conjunction with the tweeter, the drivers are going to allow for the mid to low frequencies.

Sony SSCS3 Review

Sony SSCS3

There are two 5.12-inch drivers. They use a foamed mica-cellular diaphragm that produces powerful bass and clear vocals.

Polk Audio T50

The first is a 6 ½ inch extended throw composite mid. It also has 2 6 1/5-inch bass radiators. All of the drivers use Polk’s Dynamic Balance technology for a more complete sound across the frequencies.

The Winner Is- The Polk Audio T50

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Frequency Range

The frequency range will help you to understand the abilities of the speaker in terms of the highs and the lows. The average human ear can hear from 20Hz to 20Khz. There isn’t much difference in the extent of the range but there is in the highest and lowest frequency.

Polk Audio T50 Review

Sony SSCS3

This speaker has a frequency range of 45Hz to 50KHz.

Polk Audio T50

Here, the range is from 38Hz to 24KHz.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Crossover

The crossover is a component that converts audio signals into the right frequency.

Sony SSCS3

All we know is that the crossover is optimized.

Polk Audio T50

There is a 2-way crossover for a clear audio path.

The Winner Is- The Polk T50

Binding Posts

The binding posts are the connectors for the power and the audio information.

Sony SSCS3

Though we know the speaker has binding posts, there is no information about them.

Polk Audio T50

To ensure the right connection, the speaker has 5-way binding posts.

The Winner Is- The Polk T50

Value for Money

Sometimes, with quality speakers like these, it might just come down to the value for money.

Polk Audio T50 Floor Standing Tower Speaker

Sony SSCS3

It’s Sony so you would expect it to be the more expensive speaker. It’s a shame that the only information regarding the warranty is that it is limited.

Polk Audio T50

You might be able to save around $50. Plus, the added advantage of a 5-year warranty on parts and labor.

The Winner Is. The Polk Audio T50

Pros and Cons

Before our final decision, here are a few pros and cons of the Sony SSCS3 and the Polk Audio T50.

Sony SSCS3

Sony SSCS3 Review

Pros:

  • Good build with a sturdy stand
  • Absolutely amazing highs
  • Ideal as left and right speakers in 5.1 setup

Cons:

  • Lacking midrange and bass is ok, not the best for certain types of music

Polk Audio T50

Polk Audio T50

Pros:

  • Excellent sounds across the different frequencies
  • Great bass sound for the price
  • There are some great bundles available

Cons:

  • They aren’t the best as stand-alone speakers

The Final Verdict

We have a clear winner today. The Sony SSCS3 is a great speaker, after all, it is Sony. But we felt that Polk has done a good job giving Sony a run for its money. The Polk T50 has style, power, and awesome sound quality. The extra driver really captures a superior sound and that is the most important aspect. The fact that you can save a little money and relax with a longer warranty is just more advantageous.


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