The 10 Best Floorstanding Speakers

Updated April 06, 2018 by Sam Kraft

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We spent 46 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you love large-scale sound and have room for a tower of power in your living space, then one of these floorstanding speakers should become an integral component of your music system, home theater, or gaming center. Since you simply place these directly on the floor, no pesky installation or mounting is required in order to enjoy high-quality audio. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best floorstanding speaker on Amazon.

10. Onkyo Reflexes

A smart addition to a home theater system, the Onkyo Reflexes are a stylish option with 16-centimeter cone woofers, and equalizers to find the ideal balance of frequency levels. They create a sound that's rich and natural, whether you're gaming or playing Mozart.
  • 130-watt maximum input power
  • easy plug-and-play setup
  • not ideal for large rooms
Brand Onkyo
Model SKF4800
Weight 69.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. KEF Q500

The KEF Q500 come in interesting colors, like black ash and rosewood, so you can find a pair that really enhances the overall character of your room. They have stable bases with floor spikes that extend out from the units to reduce rocking.
  • height is adjustable
  • bass never gets muddied
  • lower sound quality at high volumes
Brand KEF
Model Q500B
Weight 41.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Sony SSCS3

The Sony SSCS3 has two tweeters: a primary one-inch polyester tweeter, and a slightly smaller one that allows for immersive sound staging and reproduction. Together, this produces a balanced energy and creates a nice listening atmosphere.
  • generates limited vibrations
  • sturdy base provides stability
  • good value for the quality
Brand Sony
Model SSCS3
Weight 28.8 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Polk Audio TSi400

If you’re showcasing and reproducing rich-sounding vocals and complex instrumentals, the Polk Audio TSi400 are a shrewd choice. With a steady bass output and minimal distortion in the sound, diehard audiophiles will likely come away satisfied.
  • resilient vinyl finish
  • minimalist and sturdy design
  • slim build to save space
Brand Polk Audio
Model TSI400B-PR
Weight 74 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. JBL Studio 280

Good luck finding an option that can produce the same level of vocal clarity as the JBL Studio 280. You’ll get dynamic high and mid-range coverage with punchier bass than you'd expect from a model that is this sleek and compact.
  • cabinet has smooth rounded edges
  • forty-eight inches tall
  • can handle 200 watts of power
Brand JBL
Model Studio 280
Weight 52 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Cerwin-Vega XLS-28

It might be a little pricey for a single speaker, but after listening to the Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 for a few moments, you'll know you made the right choice. If features powerful excursion woofers, a quality mid-range driver, and a one-inch dome tweeter.
  • generates extra-deep bass
  • ideal for rap or heavy rock music
  • weighs a hefty 43 pounds
Brand Cerwin-Vega
Model CWV XLS28
Weight 50 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Klipsch R-24F

A sleek black cabinet makes the Klipsch R-24F an elegant model, but don’t let that distract you from the performance. Its dual woofers produce impressive low frequency response, generating a clean, natural sound when paired with its advanced acoustic horn.
  • just over 6 inches wide
  • ideal for medium-sized rooms
  • attractive copper-colored cones
Brand Klipsch
Model R-24F
Weight 32.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Fluance XL7F

Designed to provide the clearest sound possible, the Fluance XL7F feature superior cabinetry to minimize unwanted resonance. Their tweeters are capable of producing high frequencies that maintain smoothness and control no matter the volume.
  • 2 color options available
  • eight floor spikes
  • down-firing subwoofers
Brand Fluance
Model XL7F
Weight 113.1 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

2. Pioneer SP-FS52

Designed by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the Pioneer SP-FS52 offers exceptional performance and surprising affordability. It produces more volume using less power than a lot of similar speakers on the market.
  • 1-year warranty
  • no distortion at high volume levels
  • removable grill for protection
Brand Pioneer
Model SP-FS52
Weight 56.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Boston Acoustics CS260

Whatever your sound preference — from classical to jazz to heavy rock — the Boston Acoustics CS260 will handle it with flair. These generate a deep, nuanced sound with easy-listening frequencies for a first-rate audio experience.
  • stylish finish on the cabinets
  • sound is extremely detailed
  • attractive contemporary style
Brand Boston Acoustics CS260
Model M350BPAIR
Weight 167 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

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 06, 2018 by Sam Kraft

Sam is a marketing/communications professional and freelance writer who resides in Chicago, IL and is perpetually celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

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