Everyone here knows what a fan I am of the Philharmonic Audio AA speakers.\nAt the regular price of $220\/pr, I'd consider the Sony SSCS5 to be their closest competitor.\nOverall, as stereo speakers, the AA easily beats the Sony as the AA provides amazingly deep bass that I believe is sufficient to forego a sub (for standard music). The Sony needs a sub, IMHO.\nThe bass of the Sonys is not anemic, it is what you would expect from a 5.25" driver. The AA's are just more than you would expect from a 6.5" driver!!!\nThe Sony has a little coloration (but subtle) while the AA are exceptionally neutral at this price point.\nThe one advantage of the Sony is it has greater HF extension than the AA's (at least that is my perception from hearing them).\nIf you totally ignore the AA's substantial bass advantage, I'd consider these fairly equal speakers - very competitive and mainly up to individual preference.\nHowever, that is with both costing roughly the same!\nWhile Best Buy and Amazon are selling the Sonys for only $108 a pair, the Sony's are a tremendous value. That puts them below the normal street cost of the Andrew Jones Pioneer BS-22, and they are definitely much better speakers than the Pioneers!\nAmazon Prime has a 30day return and BetsBuy gives you 14 days.\nIf you need a good sounding budget speaker, these are a deal not to let pass by!!!\nhttps:\/\/www.amazon.com\/Sony-SSCS5-3-Driver-Bookshelf-Speaker\/dp\/B00O8YLMVA\/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1479834574&sr=1-1&keywords=Sony+Core\n\nNote that the Sony Core Tower is also on sale at $118 apiece. The standard price is $240 apiece. I have never heard them. Usually inexpensive towers have resonance problems with the longer panels on the cabinets, but if Sony put a couple of braces in the right places, that might not be a problem. Just something to look at if you are considering the towers.