Originally Posted by g011um
Interesting. You can definitely get both systems in Canada (I've been watching the prices of both, waiting for a sale) but the HF360 seems to come in about $200 - $250 more than the SS360. That seems like a pretty big difference for just a different "form factor" for the front and rear speakers, doesn't it? Could they actually be better speakers? Does anyone know for sure that the subwoofer and receiver are the same?
Yes they are the same, the receiver will be the STR-KS360 on both of them. Go on Sony Support and download the manual, it should be the same manual for both models.
I always imagined the taller speakers were slightly better, but the difference might not be that big in reality other than better looks and placement (the taller speakers always come with the stands I believe, the smaller ones I think you have to get the stands separately for them?).
I also made a mistake in saying it was just taller rears, in the SS/SF it seems all
the speakers are either small or tall. I was confused with the HDX/HDZ Bravia Theatres which often have tall fronts but the rears are either small or tall depending on the variant you buy.
Where are you seeing the SS360 for sale? At big box stores or small shops? Because I'm wondering if the SS aren't some grey market US imports? I don't think I've seen the SS at FS, Best Lie, etc. but I could be wrong.
You can get the SS360 new in the US, for about $250 right now, if you're looking for a comparison point. The replacement SS370 (which I haven't seen in Canada yet but may be on Sonystyle.ca?) is typically going for $350 in the States at most places, so I'm guessing the $250 is more a clearance price on the 360.
Cheapest I think I've seen the SF360 in Canada was $300 but I don't think that sale is on anymore and typically it's $350-$400.