PROS / The speaker system has dedicated speakers and tweeters covering the most dynamic frequency range in the category.
CONS / The crossover frequency for the subwoofer is high. This can cause unwanted boomy bass response.
VERDICT / Even though these speakers are inexpensive, they do not compromise quality. These speakers provide solid sound quality and have a sturdy build.
Fluance is a relatively unknown company to the home audio community. The Canadian company has been around since 1997 and is trailblazing a path for affordable, high-quality floor standing speakers. The Fluance XL7F is one of the least expensive floor standing speaker models available, yet the sound is unmistakably high end.
The XL7F surround sound speakers have a 1-inch neodymium-balanced silk-dome tweeter, dual 6.5-inch polymer-treated midrange drivers and a down-firing polymer-treated woofer on the bottom of the speaker. This design helps the speakers reproduce full dynamic range and emphasize low-end frequency response. The low 30Hz frequency response makes an additional subwoofer unnecessary. The bass is prominent but can become boomy at times. This may be due to the high crossover frequency of 800Hz. The high crossover means that the 8-inch woofer handles much higher frequencies than it should, which causes unwanted tones. You can solve this problem by bi-amping the bottom woofer to another amplification source, but that can require a lot of work and extra equipment.
Speaker placement is important for achieving optimum sound with these Fluance speakers. They have a more unidirectional sweet spot when compared to other speakers. Aiming them directly at the listener will provide the best sound quality. The 1-inch tweeter sounds clear even at high volume. The tweeter and dual midrange drivers provide vocal clarity and separation from unwanted frequencies.
On the back of the speakers you will find the five-way gold-plated binding posts. These inputs have bi-wiring and bi-amping capabilities, which can improve your speaker’s sound by providing ample power and signal to specific speakers. You won’t find many speakers within this price range that have binding posts with these capabilities.
This sturdy home stereo system stands 45.8 inches tall, making it one of the tallest speaker systems we reviewed. The Fluance XL7F is available in dark walnut and cherry finishes, both of which are aesthetically pleasing. When you purchase these speakers from Fluance, the company will ship them to you for free, and the speakers are covered by a lifetime warranty. No other speaker we reviewed offers these benefits.
Fluance may be the new kid on the block, but the company is taking the correct strides to make a name for itself. The XL7F floor standing speakers have great sound and a solid, sturdy design. The speakers are covered by a lifetime warranty so you can feel confident in your purchase. These speakers are reasonably priced and worth owning.