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Review Summary For : Sounds Sweet Communications Speaker
Reviews: 121MSRP: 160 USD
Speaker designed for use with amateur and two-way radio, shortwave and scanner listening.
Product is not in production
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KI4GAQ Rating: 2005-11-29
WOW!!!! What a Speaker Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Saw this speaker at the Dayton Hamfeast 05, they had one left and my buddy grabbed it, but I have one now and this speaker is the GREATEST!!! I am going to purchase another one for my TS 870. Great audio.
KB5SCK Rating: 2005-08-10
great Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
this speaker has nice sound, reduces hiss, great bass response, has good construction...IT'S BIG
KD5OCZ Rating: 2005-07-02
I used to doubt, no more! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I looked at these speakers at Christmas time for $99 and put off the purchase for doubting the value and if my smallest radio would be capable of powering it. The more I listened to the tiny one inch speaker on a hand held scanner the more unhappy I became. The portability was great, but the small size means more compromise than my old ears can accommodate for very long. I would rather keep it in the shack and listen to it than have it gather dust. Now when I want it outside it will go as designed, but once back in the shack it is once again connected to the Sounds Sweet.
I ordered the Sounds Sweet at $119 in June and after trying it on my Bearcat scanner, a Yaesu receiver as well as the hand held, I couldn't be happier. I did not think that the handheld could possibly power the speaker, happily I was wrong. The previously posted reviews finally overcame my doubt. Now it is time to go shopping for a mixer.
N5AX Rating: 2005-02-03
Deluxe Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I have tried many speakers here in the shack, but this one is the best..
It, It, "Sounds Sweet"
N2JSG Rating: 2005-02-03
The antedote to hissy reception from modern receivers Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
The sounds sweet speaker is housed in a large, black monster of a case. Its size might be a concern to you if you are space-limited. If its size is not critical, you will be a happy hobbyist when you listen to it! I have used the speaker for about a year on the following HF receivers:

1. Ten-Tec RX-340
2. Drake R-8
3. Lowe HF-225
4. Lowe HF-150


With all of the above-mentioned radios, the SS Speaker gives superb listening performance. It reduces "trebly hiss" which, unfortunately, is a commonly-encountered byproduct of today's high-end--not to mention low-end---synthesized wonderboxes. The results are borne out of an A/B comparison to two other decent speakers, namely a two element RCA AV Bookshelf speaker and a Kloss 5" Bookshelf speaker. Not only does the SS eliminate hiss, which the other two speakers do not, it also enhances the bass frequencies making for a pleasing near-hi-fi experience whether listening to an AM broadcast signal or SSB. And best of all there is no apparent loss of treble, so crucial to HF communications audio recovery. THIS is what makes the speaker worth its high price tag!! Besides the large main speaker element in the black box, it contains a bass port element and its sound is great.

Anything I don't like about the SS Speaker? Well, it would be nice if it had proper feet to nest it securely on the radio desk, table or shelf. Also, the box looks "unfinished" and somewhat "primitive" in its design. It looks Spartan to say the least, in my opinion. BUT, and this is a big but :)), at the end of the DX/SWLing day, it is the SOUND that counts, and, in my experience, the Sounds Sweet Speaker lives up to its name!

P.S. At the time I purchased my SS, I encountered superb customer service: fast delivery, excellent email communications which included rapid responses to some queries I had prior to and after delivery. (I just wish I could experience this with all businesses.)

73 and hope my review was helpful.


W3PH Rating: 2005-01-31
Results depend on placement and what you use it for Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I postponed writing a review on the Sounds Sweet speaker because I really didn't like it at first. I have a good-sized collection of speakers, some salvaged from defunct modular stereos, etc. and my favorite has been the SP-940 that I've used for years with my TS-940. That speaker has a phone jack on the front, and two high cut and one low cut filter settings, which have been quite useful.

My first reaction to the Sounds Sweet was "where am I going to put this thing?" - my operating position really didn't have that much available space, so I put the speaker up on a shelf, and it really didn't sound good from there. I went back to the SP-940, but recently decided to try the Sounds Sweet again, moving it to a position right in front of me, where I'm looking right into the speaker cone. Verdict: it does sound quite good in that position - nice, full audio, no hiss. The downside for me is that if I plug my hi-fi phones directly into the rig, I hear hiss that I'd normally kill with the filters in the SP-940. Life's full of tradeoffs ...

I guess the bottom line is that it's a speaker, and like stereo speakers, the room they're in, what you use them for, and your particular ears are big variables, and speakers that sound great in the store sometimes sound awful when you get them home. Same here. YMMV
K2KOQ Rating: 2005-01-30
All I care about is the SOUND Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I knew there must be one out there, a ham who actually cared more about the look of his station than the sound (G)

Performance is King in my shack.

Never had a better speaker.( and it looks good too)

KB9JHH Rating: 2005-01-25
Sounds Sweet to me Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I used to get listening fatigue also prior to the purchase of the Sounds Sweet. The warm sound of the speaker makes it a joy to listen to. Mine is placed on a shelf at about ear level which gives the best sound for me.

VE3RPF Rating: 2005-01-11
Sounds OK but not Sweet Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I bought this speaker based on the hype. It works well but it certainly does not live up to the hype. I compared this speaker to a bookshelf speaker I bought for $30 and there was no decernable difference.
It's an expensive speaker that really is not much better than a good bookshelf speaker.
Yes it does sound better than the speaker in the radio that's because it's large. So would any large speaker.
The speaker is overpriced and does not live up to the hype. Save yourself some money and get a nice bookshelf speaker.
This is my opinion so if you disagree, you have that right.
W7KPQ Rating: 2004-12-11
A Big Speaker that looks Great! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
The Sounds Sweet is great for SWL listening including AM broadcast listening. On SSB it depends. Generally, I prefer my Kenwood SP-23 speaker with its tighter frequency response characteristics. I have an audio switch box, so I’m able to instantly switch between the two speakers. On SSB, I generally listen with the Kenwood speaker as I feel its 300 – 5000hz frequency response is actually better than the wider response on the Sounds Sweet speaker for SSB. The Kenwood is optimally designed for audio response at the mid-range. The Sounds Sweet is a good speaker, but not for all occasions. It does have a deeper, richer base sound, but that should be expected from the 8-inch dual cone speaker with a tuned port. It looks great and is well constructed!