Several listening enthusiasts have asked us our impression of a recent addition to our hobby’s accessories – the Sounds Sweet speaker. No question about it, original-equipment speakers inside the cabinets of our receivers and scanners leave a great deal to be desired!
At our listening post, we installed a toggle switch between the Sounds Sweet and a typical stereo bookshelf speaker formerly sold by Grove (Grove SPK03: CSI/SPECO DMS-3P) and connected it to an ICOM R8500 wide-frequency-coverage receiver. The Grove is a small bookshelf unit measuring roughly 7 x 4 x 4 inches, while the Sounds Sweet occupies a substantial 12 x 10 x 10 inches.
Tuning in a classical music station, we weren’t surprised that the bass register was better in the much-larger Sounds Sweet, and the sound had more “massiveness.” But the vibrancy of upper-register harmonics of the strings was muffled compared to the Grove unit. But the Sounds Sweet isn’t advertised for high-fidelity FM broadcast reception, it’s intended for shortwave listening and VHF/UHF communications monitoring.
The Sounds Sweet web site is punctuated by advertising claims; let’s separate the facts from the hype:
“Dense, solid, tongue and groove construction, tuned port, bass reflex speakers optimized for communications, scanners and shortwave with an EXTREMELY EFFICIENT dual cone driver.” (Emphasis theirs)