There’s no denying that Atmos is becoming much more mainstream. More and more media is becoming available to stream in Atmos. Our recent post on the best Atmos-enabled Netflix movies to watch goes to show that this immersive audio is available to the majority of people, as long as you’ve got the equipment to play it…

Dolby Atmos enabled headphones and soundbars are becoming more common, but the 4” Atmos Enabled Elevation Speakers by Sony provides people with a slightly different option.

Sony's SS-CSE Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers can be added to your existing speaker setup and mounted with incredible simplicity. This means that you can add immersive audio to your existing speaker setup easily, and affordably. These speakers are one of the best-priced methods to create a full Atmos speaker system, rather than using a soundbar or headphones.

The Concept

In order to create a fully immersive soundstage and support Dolby’s Atmos functionality, sound needs to have the ability to fire downward. This is achieved by these speakers without ceiling mounts, as the clever angular design fires the sound to the ceiling, bouncing it downward to create a 360-degree feeling.

Sony's SS-CSE Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers – Spec and Features

Specifications of these speakers include:

  • Max Input Power: 100
  • Impedance: 6 ohms
  • Dimensions: 178 mm x 145 mm x 180 mm
  • Weight: Approx. 6 lb 10 oz (3 kg)
  • Frequency Response: 70 Hz – 32,000 Hz

Features include:

  • Versatile and simple setup, these are some of the easiest speakers to add to your existing speakers.
  • Rigid components and a well-built set of speakers.
  • Compact design, built to match with the rest of the CS series.
  • Cinematic, immersive sound supporting the Atmos platform.
  • Excellent value. This is one of the most affordable ways to build an immersive audio system at home without breaking the bank.

Room Calibration

To get the most out of your speakers, we recommend using room calibration. This is especially helpful with adjusting volumes and getting the most out of your speakers if you are “mixing and matching” by adding these upward-firing speakers to your existing system.

You can read more about the benefits of room calibration here.

The Bottom Line

Sony's SS-CSE Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers are a budget option, and this should be remembered by the true audiophiles.

While they lived up to our expectations when it came to the rumble and surround sound of watching a movie, the speakers struggled when we tested with some high fidelity music.

It depends on the speakers you pair these with. Some will add the bass rumble that these speakers lack on their own, others will leave you with tinny audio that is far from perfect.

In the majority of situations, if you want speakers for listening to music in Dolby Atmos and experiencing the full spectrum of audio frequencies in all their glory, you may need to spend more than the $200 that these speakers cost.

For ultra high end systems, it might be worth looking a level up from these. For those who are looking to give their home movie-watching a boost, without spending a fortune, these speakers can be a perfect accomplice.

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Ben is a writer and musician from the UK with a background in music technology. He writes about engineering and production, musicianship and music equipment for a number of publications including his site, Subreel.