Plenty of music lovers prefer to go with floor-standing speakers. Like the name says, you can just place them on the floor so there’s no complicated installation procedure. They’re also able to contain several speaker drivers, which gives you a higher range of frequencies. When you have the best standing floor speakers, you can enjoy music at its finest while also get into your movies more deeply.
It’s not always easy to determine which floor standing speakers are the best. Even audiophiles can disagree among themselves regarding this subject. For newbies, the technical complexities can be rather confusing and unintelligible.
It’s easy to just listen to an expert you trust. But if you want to pick for yourself, then you may have to delve a bit deeper into understanding what makes set of floor standing speakers better than another.
Sometimes the best way to determine the quality of the speakers is to listen to what comes out when you use it to play music. You can bring your music with you and then hook it up with the speakers, so you can judge the quality for yourself.
However, it’s admittedly more difficult to do when you’re ordering online. But that’s why you should get one with a generous return policy, so you can use it for a week at home and then return it if it doesn’t provide the results you’re looking for.
In general, floor standing speakers are tall and thin. But some are bigger than others, and the size determines the loudness of the sound. However, the size of the room will also be a factor, and it’s best if you get bigger speakers for bigger rooms. Just make sure you have the space for the speakers you’re getting.
This is the factor that involves picking a 2.1, a 5.1, or a 7.1 system. The “.1” refers to the subwoofer part of the system. The first numeral denotes the number of speakers. A 2.1 system means you get a basic 2 speaker system very common with PCs. A 5.1 system means there are 2 speakers in front, another 2 at the rear (or at the sides), and a single center channel. With 7.1 systems, you get speakers at the sides and at the rear.
The number of speakers will improve the sense of being in the middle of the music. If you’re getting the speakers for your TV, then a 7.1 system can make you hear sounds coming from the rear or from a particular side.
Some interior designers like to pick speakers based on their cabinet appearance, but aesthetics shouldn’t be the only reason why cabinets are important. Still, go for wood finishes if you’re concerned about how the speakers will fit into your room’s interior design.
But the cabinet also has to be sturdily made so that it’s anti-resonant. This means that the sounds it produces shouldn’t cause vibrations in the cabinet that will result in sound distortion.
The footing of the speaker cabinet should also suit your floor surface. If you have wood or linoleum flooring, you need padded or rubber feet to keep the vibrations to a minimum. If you’re placing the speakers on your carpet, see if the speakers have carpet spikes.
You have a choice between 2-way, 3-way, and 4-way speakers. The “way” in these configurations refers to the number of drivers it contains.
The way your drivers are made can determine the quality of the sounds and music your speakers produce.
Tweeters. The best ones are dome tweeters made from thin strong materials like silk, Mylar, or various metals. These offer terrific sound dispersion and range. Planar-magnetic tweeters are also direct radiators of sound, but they may not fare as well in terms of power handling and sensitivity. Horn tweeters provide lots of high frequency detail, with a sharp and focused sound. Cone tweeters aren’t as good, and that’s especially true with paper cones that usually offer distorted sound.
Midrange drivers. The material used can affect the quality of the midrange sound as well. These drivers produce the sounds within the 500 to 2,000 Hz range, and that’s the range where human voices and most musical instruments fall.
Woofers. You need a solid sound in the lower frequencies.
Subwoofers. These are the drivers that magnify the bass sounds. When you have a subwoofer, you can go with smaller speakers to get the usual bass you want.
Here are some crucial specs you should look at to help you determine if a set of speakers can suit your needs:
In the end, however, all these details fade into the background. What’s important is that when you use the speakers, you’re pleased with the results—and the price you’ve paid for the speakers. You need to get the best value for your money, which means that price is a factor as well. Of course, you may want to consider times when everyone’s asleep when you should switch to the best wireless headphones instead.
This Pioneer SP-FS52 merits the first mention on this list, based on the huge number of rave reviews it has received. In fact, numerous industry experts have conferred a number of awards for this speaker.
If you find any info regarding the Pioneer SP-FS52, you may find that it’s invariably described as the “Andrew Jones-designed” floor standing speakers. Pioneer makes it a point to name-drop this particular name because quite a few audiophiles know of Andrew Jones as the lead designer for TAD (Technical Audio Devices Laboratories). These TAD audio devices are extremely expensive, and some of these high end speakers can cost as much as $80,000.
With the Pioneer SP-FS52, Andrew Jones had taken the challenge of designing great audio speakers for the masses. That’s why so many audiophiles are enamored with these speakers. They’re good because they were designed by an eminent expert and craftsman.
Even just on sight, the Pioneer SP-FS52 looks good. The true curved cabinet design looks elegant and stylish. But its looks were also due to how the design aspects affected the music. For example, its height has been increased by 3 inches, and this change improves the perceived sound quality because it’s nearer to the usual level of your ears.
Then there’s the crossover you find here. The speaker crossover breaks up the sound signal into the low, mid, and high frequencies. For most speakers (especially the cheaper ones, the crossover is made of a single capacitor and inductor. But for the Pioneer SP-FS52, you get a more advanced crossover with 8 distinct components to do the job properly. Now it’s able to blend the audio with greater accuracy between the woofer and the tweeter.
The woofer design of the Pioneer SP-FS52-lr is also a marvel of ingenuity. The three 5.25-inch woofers now have an added structured surface. This improves the speaker’s rigidity, so you don’t suffer from sound distortion due to movement. The bass accuracy is also improved. The pole piece in the woofer also has a vent that boosts the bass response.
This also sports the 1-inch High Efficiency Soft Dome tweeter, which smoothly reproduces higher frequency sounds even when you set the volume high. The increased efficiency is due to the newly engineered custom wave guide. Now you can play louder music, but you use up less power.
All these features explain why these speakers are terrific. It’s been obvious to a lot of people when they’ve added them to their home entertainment systems. These speakers are so clear and detailed that you play a favorite track and it’s like hearing the song for the first time.
The same is true when you use this with your TV and watch shows, movies, and console games. The sounds and music offer more details that boost the atmosphere of whatever you’re watching or playing.
What really takes the cake with the Pioneer SP-FS52 is that nowadays, they’re extremely affordable. It helps that they’ve been on sale for several years now, but its quality remains great.
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These R-26F speakers aren’t nearly as big as you need if you have a large hall to fill with sound. But if you’re using them for small to medium-sized rooms, then it’s all good. Klipsch is a well-regarded brand among audiophiles, after all. It’s been around since 1946.
One of its main features is its use of Klipsch’s 90x90 Tractrix Horn technology. This technology makes up the foundation of what makes Klipsch speakers great. It’s their own secret weapon that gives you a unique mix of clarity, precision, and easy power in your audio.
This also features the Dynamic 1" aluminum Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeter. It enhances the audio performance and boosts the details by minimizing distortion.
Mix the Tractrix Horn with the Dynamic 1" aluminum Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeter, and you get unbelievably clean and natural sound. The high end response is terrific, with a boosted extension, improved imaging, and strong dynamics.
Then you have the dual 6.5-inch copper-spun Injection Molded Graphite (IMG) woofers. These are incredibly lightweight, yet they’re also remarkably rigid. This gives you the terrific low frequency response you want while it also reduces the cone breakup and distortion. Its pairing with the horn-loaded tweeter makes it highly efficient.
You also get Dual 5-Way Binding Posts. These terminals are versatile and sturdy, and they allow for bi-wiring and bi-amping.
Once you get these speakers, you’ll probably like its looks, as they’re so impressive. You may want to take off the grille to maximize the effect. But it’s the clarity of the sound that will really wow you.
Because of the high sensitivity levels on these R-26F speakers, they can match up to a large number of different amplifiers. It shouldn’t be all that hard and it won’t take long to set up. Just keep in mind that these speakers tend to occupy a lot of floor space. They also weigh more than 41 pounds each.
It’s easy enough to install and calibrate, and then afterwards you’ll go wild with the solidity of the bass. The low and midrange sounds are fantastic. It feels like the sounds are somehow engulfing you. Yet it’s not a muffled sound either, as it offers great detail.
Play some rock with these floor speakers, and you’ll be amazed at the realistic sound of the vocals and the guitars. It’s a lot like hearing music live.
With the movies, you can expect the same quality of sound. The highs are clean and crisp and you’ll hear details that your other speakers may not have produced.
Play your music or movies loud with the right amp and you’ll definitely enjoy yourself. It’s said that the unofficial Klipsch slogan is Pissing off the neighbors since 1946. Today, your neighbors may just as likely ask you about your R-26F speakers so they can get them for themselves.
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Now if you have a bit more leeway in your speaker budget, then you should seriously consider getting a pair of these Klipsch RP-280F speakers. Numerous satisfied customers who have bought them and wrote Klipsch reviews sing them to the heavens. You’ll probably join their chorus as well.
These speakers are the largest in the Klipsch Reference series. Each speaker weighs about 62 pounds, so you better be careful when you try to move them around. These are 43 inches high, so they’re right near ear level when you’re sitting down.
The look of this Klipsch RP-280F speaker is a bit more modern, with the use of premium wood grain polymer veneer along with brushed polymer veneer. The design lines are seamless and clean, and overall it should fit right in with any interior design style.
The grille is also magnetically removable. You can take it off to show off the drivers, or you can let the grille stay to make it look more discreet. The grille also reduces the high frequency diffraction.
Perhaps the main (though not the only) difference is that here you get dual 8" Cerametallic woofers. It’s an upgrade on the 6.5-inch copper-spun woofers. The ceramic metal composite actually reduces the weight, while it also gives the speaker the extreme rigidity needed.
So you get a rich deep bass, and these 2 drivers work up to about 1.5 kHz. Above this frequency, The Tractrix Horn technology takes over and provides basically distortion-free sound dispersion. The Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) Titanium Tweeter is featured here too, as it’s a hallmark feature in the brand’s best speakers.
The Tractrix port has a new design and geometry, though. The changes in the new Reference Premiere ports let the air move from the cabinet faster and more efficiently. This change contributes to how the low frequency response is both powerful and detailed.
So what does these things all mean in the practical sense?
Put in a DVD or download a movie and watch this with your TV and a sound system with these speakers. The audio you will get will be breathtakingly fantastic. It’s basically getting the same cinematic audio experience you can expect from a high end theatre, and yet you enjoy this privilege without getting a second mortgage.
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It’s true that not everyone has the budget to afford ultra-luxury speakers that cost $80,000 each. Indeed, for most of us the goal is to get great-sounding speakers for a reasonable price. You can easily achieve such a goal simply by going with the Polk Audio T50.
It’s not really fair to draw up a Klipsch vs. Polk direct competition with the Polk T50. After all, this is the brand’s budget model. It’s meant for small budgets and small rooms for which the Fluance signature series aren’t suitable. Yet many consider this as one of their favorites, because the T50 delivers great sound, and in the end that’s what matters most.
That sound comes from 4 distinct cones. These start with the 1" silk dome Dynamic Balance Wave Guide Tweeter. It offers treble frequency notes with such transparent clarity you’ll marvel at the details. The quality of the audio is very rare at this price range.
Then there’s the 6.5" extended throw composite Dynamic Balance Driver that helps separate the midrange. That’s followed by the pair of 6.5" mass loaded composite sub bass radiators that gives you the powerful bass you generally want for your music and movies.
Its look gives you a hint of its performance. Not its size though; it only measures about 36 inches high with a width of 7.75 inches and a depth of 8.75 inches. Those are the dimensions that tell you it’s only for a small room.
But it looks great nonetheless. You have a nice-looking black grain, wood vinyl finish over the medium-density fiberboard cabinet, while the drivers are covered by a detachable curved black cloth grille. The pedestal base is small and flat with an attractive fit and finish. In other words, the T50 may be an entry-level speaker, but it sure doesn’t look like it.
It doesn’t sound like a cheap speaker either. Even at the beginning, the sound it offers is clear and bright, while the bass is nicely defined.
Now if you’re looking for 5.1 home channel experience, this can make up your 2 front speakers. Polk can then give you other components of the Polk T series. You can get the T15 bookshelf speakers for the rear and the T30 for the center channel speaker. You can also get either the PSW10 or the PSW11 for your subwoofer.
But even in just stereo mode, the quality of the Polk T50 is quite evident. Even when you watch action movies filled with all manners of explosive sound effects, you won’t really miss having a subwoofer. Gunshots will ring brightly, explosions will be immensely satisfying, and the speaker wont strain or have sound distortions. Plenty of customer Polk Audio T50 review comments confirm these.
The same excellent experience awaits you with your music. The bass definition is superb and the treble sounds will be lively. All these confirm what every typical Polk T50 review says—this is ridiculously good for its price. It’s a worthy rival to the Pioneer SP FS52.
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You know what’s better than getting a home theater speaker package or a mid-level sound bar? It’s going for a pair of good but affordable speakers along with even just an entry-level AV receiver. It’s compatible with many of the best AV receivers under 1000 dollars. The speakers you can go for include the SKF-4800 from Onkyo, which is a brand that’s renowned for its low-priced yet good-quality audio equipment.
The excellent value of these Onkyo SKF-4800 speakers begins with the 2.5 cm (1-inch) soft-dome tweeter. It projects high-frequency sounds that are sharp and clear, and they aren’t drowned out by any deep rumbling bass that the speakers may also let out.
The bass response isn’t all that bad either. It’s only rated for 55 Hz for the lower end, but that should suffice for most rooms. You don’t really need a subwoofer unless your TV room is huge. In general, the bass can be deep, impressively impactful, and nicely balanced for both music tracks and movie sound effects.
It’s highly recommended, however, that you don’t just get 2 of these Onkyo SKF-4800 speakers and call it a day. These speakers work best as part of a set, because its midrange performance isn’t as good.
You can hear this for yourself when you watch movies, because you can get details in the sounds of both high and low frequencies. But the midrange performance isn’t up to par, which means that it’ll harder for you to understand the dialogue. So you need a center channel that can take care of your midrange effects, and the SKF-4800 takes care of the rest.
This Onkyo SKF 4800 comes with a large footprint, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It keeps these speakers standing securely even on carpet. The semi-gloss finish on the cabinet also looks great, as it even disguises fingerprints and dust.
One annoying design flaw is found on the rear port. For some reason, there’s no wood or plastic insert reinforcing the port. Instead, there’s just this exposed section of the MDF. So when you’re moving the speakers around the room, this section will get chipped.
To summarize everything here, these speakers offer surprisingly good sound. The price is especially wonderful. They’re generally good enough for music, though they need a center channel to give you the best home theater experience.
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Do you have a medium or large room to fill with music or with movie sound effects? If that’s the case, you may be worried about having to choose between speakers that are either expensive but good or affordable but bad.
But then you can get R-28F speakers from Klipsch. They’re not bad at all, and in many ways they’re excellent according to numerous Klipsch r 28f reviews. The good things start with the look, which is great with the brushed black polymer veneer cabinet.
Its understated elegance is always a good fit for any home interior design. If you want the speakers to look more modern, just remove the grille. The gold woofers look great and they can make the room look new and high tech.
Just don’t forget that these Klipsch R-28F speakers are large speakers. They’re 42 inches high, which is a common height. But they’re also 9.5 inches wide and 15.7 inches deep. They need enough space, and they’re also heavy at 56 pounds each.
Once you get them in position, their performance is outstanding. Listen to songs from various music genres, and the Klipsch R 28F offers consistently great results. The excellent audio is particularly evident in songs that have deep synthesized bass. In lower-quality speakers, hard-hitting bass can sound muddy and also overpower the midrange. That’s not a problem with this speaker.
You have two 8-inch IMG woofers and one 1-inch tweeter, and together they work very well indeed. The low frequency drivers are larger than the usual 6-inch versions, and they produce better bass response. That’s often mentioned in a typical Klipsch r-28f review.
The R-28F speaker also performed well for movie sound effects. It can offer the high zing of bullets, the midrange dialogue, and the deep bass of revving cars. You can discern the various sounds without one overpowering another.
The 98dB sensitivity rating is also fantastic, as this means that its power efficiency is exceptional. What you need to realize is that power efficiency tends to correlate to speaker durability, and this means that the Klipsch R-28F should last you for a long while. It even has a 5-year warranty.
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The original ELAC Debut F6 was a revelation when it came out in 2015. If you’re still using them at home, then you have nothing to be ashamed of. This is still among the speakers with the best value for money, if you happen to write an Elac Debut F6 review about the first-gen. Its midrange and woofer drivers are 1.25 inches than the Elac F5, and it shows.
So the first gen F6 is still one of the best floor standing speakers under $1000. It’s just that those who are opting for the second-gen ELAC Debut 2.0 F6 are getting a better deal. That’s because ELAC somehow improved just about every crucial aspect of the first version, and yet the price of this new one is about the same as the price of the old one!
What has changed? The cabinet is not a lot more rigid. The internal bracing has been enhanced. The tweeter is much better as it’s been upgraded with a wide-roll surround and wide dispersion waveguide. The aramid-fiber mid-bass cones now have better damping and stiffness, thanks to small changes to the shape of the cones.
The design lines of the F6.2 are now tighter and cleaner. You now have ports for your grill attachments, instead of the previous cabinet posts. Floor spikes are included if you need them. Still, the general overall look is nice but not exactly awesome. What’s awesome is the sound you get from these critters.
If you buy these, you may want to refrain from just suddenly blasting them to full volume. They need to be broken in gently, but after a few days they should be able to give you the audio performance you need.
Listen to music with these Elac Debut F6 speakers, and the performance is great. Vocals come with realistic timbres, and the clarity can be so startling that even the dampers of pianos seem lifelike. The bass performance gives you the rich rumble that resonates. Basically, it’s like you have the instruments themselves playing in the same room as you.
Play your movies, and the quality shines through as well. You just need to add a subwoofer so you can get the 2-channel performance you need to enjoy the cinematic performance.
What’s really startling is that the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 offers truly exceptional clarity for the dialogue. You notice this especially when you don’t have a dedicated center speaker.
On the other hand, the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 is great, but it can be too good. So if you’re playing poorly recorded music, all the imperfections will be highlighted instead of muted.
In addition, this speaker doesn’t really like going at high concert-like volumes. The balance falters as the woofers are unable to match the tweeter dynamics.
Overall, this is a spectacular speaker at any price range. At its midrange price, it’s downright fantastic when it comes to value for money. If you don’t have a large budget, you can still get speakers like this to give you amazing sound detail with spectacular depth and imaging.
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If you’re looking for the best floor speakers, then our list should have one that should suit your preferences or budget. However, it all depends on your particular ear buds. Determining the best floor standing speakers for music depends on the kinds of music you play and the specs of your room. Everyone has different circumstances.
Hopefully though, each floorstanding speaker review we’ve included here has shed some light as to which floor stander you should buy.
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