10 Best Floorstanding Speakers | April 2017

We spent 34 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you have room for a tower of power in your living space, and you value quality sound, then one of these floor speakers will be the perfect complement to your music collection, home theater, or gaming center. We've included moderately priced models that still produce a great output through to high-end units perfect for true audiophiles. Skip to the best floorstanding speaker on Amazon.
10 Best Floorstanding Speakers | April 2017
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The Sony SSCS3 3-Way has two tweeters: its main 1-inch polyester tweeter, and a 3/4-inch Super Tweeter that allows for immersive sound staging and reproduction all the way to 50 kHz. Together, all the elements create wide dispersion.
  • 6 ohm speaker impedance
  • foamed-mica reinforced woofer
  • slightly overpriced option
Brand Sony
Model SSCS3
Weight 28.8 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0
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The Boston Acoustics Classic II CS260 has a Kortec soft dome tweeter that allows for crystalline high-frequency sounds, as well as a Deep Channel design for clearer bass using relatively little amplifier power. Its magnetic shielding prevents signal interference.
  • stable attached feet
  • graphite-injected polymer woofers
  • low end could be louder
Brand Boston Acoustics
Model CS260 II BLACK WALNUT
Weight 30.2 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
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A pair of Onkyo SKF-4800 speakers is a fantastic addition to your home theater setup. The stylish units feature twin 16 cm cone woofers and an equalizer for a fast response time. They create sound that's rich and natural, whether you're gaming or playing Mozart.
  • good balance of price and quality
  • easy plug-and-play setup
  • not ideal for larger rooms
Brand Onkyo
Model SKF4800
Weight 69.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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The KEF Q500 comes in interesting colors, like rosewood and white, so you can find one that really enhances the overall style of your room. Its cabinet has a unique base with floor spikes built into legs that extend out from the cabinet a bit to reduce rocking.
  • accurate sound reproduction
  • bass never gets muddied
  • have to buy each one separately
Brand KEF
Model Q500B
Weight 41.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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The Polk Audio TSi400 are a great option for showcasing and reproducing rich-sounding vocals and high-fidelity instrumentals. With their steady bass and minimal distortion properties, they are a great choice for the die-hard audiophile.
  • made with non-resonant enclosures
  • simple but sturdy design
  • mids can sound muddy
Brand Polk Audio
Model TSI400B-PR
Weight 74 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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They might be a little pricey for single speakers, but after listening to the Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 for one minute, you'll know you made the right choice. They feature dual 8" high excursion woofers, a 6.5" mid-range driver, and a 1" Ferro Fluid dome tweeter.
  • known for extra deep bass
  • great for rap or heavy rock music
  • sound better after a break-in period
Brand Cerwin-Vega
Model XLS28
Weight 50 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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The Klipsch Reference R-24F comes to you in a brushed black polymer veneer cabinet. Its dual copper-spun IMG woofers each measure 4-1/2 inches, and they couple with a dynamic aluminum linear travel suspension tweeter that's horn-loaded to provide a stellar range.
  • dynamic high-end frequencies
  • paired 5-way binding posts
  • attractive copper colored cones
Brand Klipsch
Model R-24F
Weight 32.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The Fluance XL7F features superior quality cabinetry to reduce unwanted resonance, and is designed to provide the clearest sound possible. It comes in a variety of different wood grain and color finishes, so you can match one to your decor.
  • stylish addition to any room
  • enough low-end to use without a sub
  • gold-plated connection terminals
Brand Fluance
Model XL7F
Weight 192 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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The Pioneer SP-FS52-LR was designed by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones and boasts exceptional performance at a cost in the range for consumers. It produces more volume using less power than most comparable units.
  • eight element internal crossover
  • no distortion at high volume levels
  • impressive bass reproduction
Brand Pioneer
Model SP-FS52
Weight 28.3 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0
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You won't find another model that can produce such perfect vocal clarity as the JBL Studio 280. It offers nice high and mid-range coverage with punchier bass than you'd expect from a floor speaker sans a sub-woofer. They are ideal for both music and movie watching needs.
  • cabinet has smooth rounded edges
  • rear-firing bass port
  • can handle 200w of power
Brand JBL
Model Studio 280
Weight 52 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Floored By The Sound

It was only a matter of time before people began to question the American aesthetic paradigm that directly correlates size with quality. In other words, "bigger is better" no longer holds sway over the land. Nowhere is this more evident than in those hallowed halls of IKEA, the hugely popular Swedish furniture outlet.

In their recent floor plans, IKEA has touted the improbable ergonomic wonder of squeezing a family of four into a 600-square-foot living space. Most Americans couldn't imagine occupying less than 500 square feet on their own, let alone with a spouse and two kids. The privacy issues alone are enough to have you burning down your tiny home and reverting to camping for the sense of space.

Whatever your living arrangement, the odds are that you value the space you have, and you want to make the most of it. If you also value your audio quality, you may find yourself at an impasse. One the one hand, you want to fill your room with delicious sounds, with the booming bass of a quality sub-woofer, with the chirping highs and clear, grounded mids of an array of bookshelf and satellite speakers. On the other hand, you don't have the space to shove all that hardware.

Fortunately, these floorstanding speakers make brilliant use of the most underutilized aspect of our homes: vertical space. Think about it; most of your furniture, from the bed and the couch, to the TV stands and tables, all cut off at about the waist, leaving you a ton of cubic feet to fill.

Floorstanding speakers take the depth of the sub-woofer, the punch of the more standard mid-range speakers, and the twinkling highs of the tweeters, and they stack them all up, one on top of the other. The woofer lives on the floor, where it can reverberate through the floor; the mains live in the middle, where they pump the most info through the room; and the tweeters live up top, popping out your highs as high as they can go, creating a totem pole of total audio.

Tiny Hands, Big Problems

I could never figure out why speakers came with grilles. On an aesthetic level, I always thought speakers looked better when you could see all of their workings, when the beautiful design of the silken domes was on full display. It also seemed silly to put anything between you and the audio reproduction that the speaker's engineers worked so hard to establish.

Then, I paid a visit to a friend with kids. I should note here that I don't have any children, so the following scenario never crossed my mind. My friend had purchased a very nice sound system as a house-warming present to himself. In addition to a few bookshelf speakers to create surround effects, the system had two lovely floorstanding speakers that lives on either side of his television.

I noticed that he kept his grille covers on the floorstanding speakers, but that he took them off of the bookshelf speakers, which were placed higher up in the room on ledges and bookshelves, so I asked him about it. Then, he removed the grill of the left floorstanding speaker and showed me where his curious little kid had punctured one of the speakers with his finger. He had left the covers off of the other speakers because his kid couldn't reach them.

There are plenty of variables to consider when purchasing floorstanding speakers. The number of included drivers is one important measure, and the fewer additional speakers you have set up in your space, the more you want built into your floorstanders. There's also size and color to take into account, to make sure that whichever speakers you end up with look comfortable wherever you place them. Whichever you do choose, make sure you keep those grill covers handy, even if you don't have kids around at the moment. I hear they can sneak up on you.

Needle Work

Audio amplification of any kind reaches way back to ancient Greece, where actors performing in amphitheaters wore masks that had little megaphones built into their mouths. These allowed the actors' voices to carry through the theater and all the way to the back row, thanks to the most rudimentary application of amplification.

It would be a very long time before that amplification design met with anything electronic, but the invention of the audio recording and its attendant phonograph started a revolution in human expression that continues to evolve (some might argue devolve) to this day. That was Thomas Edison, back in 1877, who wrapped metal cylinders in tinfoil and translated incoming sound onto grooves carved by a metal stylus. The same device could read those grooves and play back the vibrations.

Vinyl records work on much the same principal, and if you want to experience something a little crazy, disconnect a record player from any speaker system, put a record on and bring your ear up to the needle as it makes its way along the grooves. You'll hear the music playing in the vibrations of the needle head.

Of course, when you translate those vibrations into a voltage–and in the digital age, into zeroes and ones–you can send them through the wires wrapped beautifully around a speaker magnet and reproduce sounds with a clarity and accuracy that Edison himself may not have imagined.



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Last updated on April 24 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.