Floor Standing Speakers Review

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Why Should I Buy Floor Standing Speakers?

Stereo speakers are getting smaller and smaller. Sound bars and boxed 5.1 stereo systems are easy to install in order to boost your home entertainment systems sound, but if you are a true lover of strong audio quality, you will build your home stereo system a little differently. A quality pair of floor standing speakers will bring true sound quality and clarity to your home entertainment system.

The reason quality floor standing speakers are so important is that they play the key role in audio, being the front left and right channels in your system. In a surround-sound setup, although there are other speakers, the front two channels are still the main driving force of your system. When you want to shut off surround sound and use your system for stereo audio, such as for listening to music, floor standing speakers really show their prowess. The multiple speakers built into a single channel produce a wide range of frequencies, and therefore clear, accurate sound.

Tower speaker systems have a far more dynamic frequency range than boxed stereo systems do. Tower speakers provide the speaker setup for deep bass, warm midrange and crystal-clear highs. A quality set of floor standing speakers such as the BIC Acoustech PL-89 II, Klipsch Reference Series RF-52 II and Klipsch Icon Series KF-26 can raise your home entertainment system to pro audio standards. Keep in mind that to power a tower speaker system, you need an amplifier or A/V receiver. For more information on this topic, visit our learning center to find articles on floor standing speakers.

Floor Standing Speakers: What to Look For

There is plenty to keep in mind when searching for a good pair of floor standing speakers. You want speakers that are highly efficient, have a dynamic frequency range and look good too. We evaluated the best floor standing speakers using the following four criteria:

Performance
The overall most important things when choosing the right floor standing speaker are sound quality and speaker efficiency, otherwise known as speaker sensitivity. Speakers with high sensitivity ratings are more efficient, which means that they need less power to drive them. Generally, the less a speaker has to work, the better it sounds.

Drivers
We looked at what the drivers are made of, but that had a minimal influence on their actual score. We mostly based this section on the number, range and size of drivers. These factors affect the performance of your floor standing speakers the most.

Design
Smaller and lighter speakers are favorable because they give you more options on where you can place your speakers within your home. Five-way binding posts give you more bi-amping and bi-wiring options so you can get far more specific with your sound. Multiple color options are a bonus for finding the right set of speakers to match your home decor.

Help & Support
The longer your speakers are covered by the manufacturer's warranty, the better. Most companies offer a downloadable manual as well as telephone and email support. Look for companies that are accessible, with several easy ways to contact them or research your questions.

We let the solid attributes carry each product. The best floor standing speakers have high-quality drivers that give you a broad frequency response range and a suitably high sensitivity level. Tie those into a well-engineered build, and you get audio like you've never heard before.

 
 
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5-4    Average
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1-0    Bad
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Performance
Sound Quality Score 95% 95% 90% 88% 85% 82% 82% 80% 80% 75%
Sensitivity (dB) 98 96 97 91 89 89 89 89 94 91
Lowest Frequency Response (Hz) 25 36 38 33 20 30 40 38 110 25
Highest Frequency Response (kHz) 23 24 23 25 27 20 22 25 25 30
Minimum Amplifier Power (Watts) 10   20 20 20 80 20 15 20 20
Maximum Amplifier Power (Watts) 250 400 400 150 300 200 200 200 140 175
Nominal Impedance (ohms) 8 8 8 8 8 4, 8 8 8 4, 6, 8 8
Crossover (Hz)   1,700 1,800    800, 3,500 800, 3,200 800, 2,700 2,600 50
Drivers
Number of Low Frequency Drivers 2 2 2   1 1 2 2 4 2
Low Frequency Size (inches) 8 5.25 6.5   7 8 6.5 6.5 4 5.25
Low Frequency Type Poly-injected Cerametallic IMG Woofers   Dynamic Balance Driver Polymer Composite Cone Down Firing Polymer Treated High Excursion with Butyl Rubber Surround PolyPlas Low-frequency Tansducers Ceramic/Glass Fiber Polymer Paper Cone Polymer
Number of Midrange Frequency Drivers     3 1 2 1 1   
Midrange Size (inches)     6.5 6.5 6.5 4 3.5   
Midrange Type     Dynamic Balance Bi-laminate Cones Dynamic Balance Driver Polymer Composite Cone Polymer Treated Butyl Rubber Surrounds PolyPlas Midrange Transducer Ceramic/Glass Fiber Polymer   
Number of High Frequency Drivers 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
High Frequency Size (inches) 6.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.4 1
High Frequency Type Aluminum Titanium Aluminum Diaphragm Compression Driver Silk/Polymer Dynamic Balance Dome Silk/Polymer Dynamic Balance Dome Neodymium Balanced Silk Dome CMMD Lite High Frequency Dome Kortec Folded Motion Transducer Aluminum
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Design
Enclosure Type Bass Reflex Bass Reflex Bass Reflex Bass Reflex Bass Reflex Bass Reflex Bass Reflex Sealed Sealed Bass Reflex
Height (inches) 43 36.9 39 40 42.5 45.8 44.5 41.7 25.3 35
Width (inches) 11 6.8 7.8 8 9 8.5 9.33 13.6 6.4 7
Depth (inches) 10.25 14.4 13.5 14 17.9 13.4 11.20 10.7 1.83 11
Color Options Black Black Ash Woodgrain Vinyl Black Black, Cherry Black, Cherry Dark Walnut, Cherry Black Black, White Black Black
Weight (lbs.) 55 38.5 43 39.2 55 45.2 45.2 43.9 6.5 42
Gold-Plated Binding Posts
 
 
Inputs (Binding Posts) 3-way 5-way 2-way 5-way 5-way 5-way 3-way 5-way 2-way 1 Pair
Help & Support
Warranty 8 years 2 years 2 years 5 years 5 years Lifetime 5 years 5 years 5 years 5 years
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