Top 6 Floorstanding Speakers for 2016
As all audiophiles know, floorstanding speakers are an excellent way to fulfill, or exceed your home audio and theater system requirements.
Whether they are employed in a main room, family room, bedroom, kitchen, or a study, floorstanding speakers can play a vital role in delivering high quality audio.
It doesn't matter if it is listening to music or watching a movie drama, a full audio experience is vital for full entertainment.
The technological advancements that have been made in recent years with regard to speaker design and performance, as well as the resulting improvements in audio fidelity are really quite remarkable to an audio old-timer like myself.
Here is my top 6 list for the best floorstanding speakers available in 2016. I have deliberately included a range of products in order to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.
#1 Best Affordable Floorstanding Speaker: High Resolution Audio for an Inexpensive Price: The Sony SSCS3!
For those seeking high resolution audio for an affordable cost, this SSCS3 speaker by Sony offers a quality that is very difficult to beat at the more affordable end of the price range.
The speaker incorporates a 3-way, 4-speaker bass-reflex system, 5-1/4" Foamed-Mica Cellular Reinforced Woofer, and 1" polyester main tweeter. A 3/4" Sony Super Tweeter provides immersive sound staging, and sound reproduction to 50kHz (for High Resolution Audio), 6 ohm Speaker Impedance.
A pair can of these beauties can handle up to 145 W-watt input power per channel and will fill a large room with pure treble and deep bass..
Understanding the Speaker Specs: A Basic Guide
Understanding the specifications for speakers can help you to buy the right ones for your needs. Below are the main specs that you are likely to encounter and a brief explanation of what each of them means.
- Power Handling Capacity. This is the maximum sound signal that a speaker can deal with and it is measured in watts. If the speaker is overloaded, the sound will be distorted and the speaker may suffer damage. Speakers with a high handling capacity often require a powerful amplifier to sound their best, however. You should therefore try to match your amp and speakers to get the best results.
- Sensitivity. This measures how much volume a speaker can give out, relative to a specific amount of power, and it is measured in decibels per watt. The more sensitive the speaker, the louder it will be with the same amount of power. A high sensitivity speaker measures at around 100 decibels per watt, whereas a low sensitivity one is about 88 decibels per watt.
- Frequency Response. This basically refers to the range of sounds that a speaker can deliver and is measured in Hertz. The human ear can typically hear frequencies ranging from 20Hz up to 20KHz, so the more of that range that it covered, the better your experience. Ideally a speaker's volume level should also be consistent at different frequencies and the better speakers come closer to achieving this.
- Impedance. This refers to the amount of electrical resistance that an amplifier encounters when it attempts to drive a speaker and is measured in ohms. Most speakers have an 8 ohm rating. All speakers in a system should match, however, so that you get a consistent response, so be sure to check the impedance when replacing or adding speakers.
Deep Bass and Crisp Treble for a Competitive Cost: The Pioneer SP-FS52-LR!
Another best-selling speaker at a relatively inexpensive price, this Pioneer SP-FS52-LR Loudspeaker was created by internationally respected engineer, Andrew Jones.
Whether you require accurate sound fidelity for listening to music or home theater purposes, this loudspeaker will deliver high performance audio.
The 3 structured surface woofers deliver a bass sound that has depth as well as accuracy, while the 1 inch soft dome tweeter puts out crisp and thrilling treble.
Well-designed and attractive, as well as high quality, the cabinet has gold 5-way binding posts and a curved construction to minimize vibration.
Powerful, Stylish and Accurate: The Cerwin Vega SL12!
With its stylish appearance and high quality sound output, the Cerwin Vega SL12 3-Way Tower is impossible not to love.
These speakers are solid and powerful, with a pair delivering up to a maximum output of 300 watts and a frequency response of 29 Hz - 26 kHz.
The 5-1/4 inch midrange cone, 1 inch soft dome tweeter, and 12 inch woofer for a punchy bass that is full and deep without being overwhelming, and high frequencies that are crisp, clear and accurate.
The cabinet is has an elegant black ash look, which adds a sense of style to any room.
Rich and Superior Sound: Fluance XL7F High Performance Three-ways!
Simply superior, these Fluance XL7F High Performance Three-way Floorstanding Loudspeakers deliver audio of outstanding quality at every volume level.
The 1" neodymium balanced pure silk dome tweeters put out high frequencies that are clear and controlled, while the mid-range sounds are delivered by dual 6.5" polymer-treated drivers.
Rich and sexy low frequencies that don’t distort are ensured by the down-firing 8" long-throw subwoofer.
The high quality construction of the cabinet enclosures and the rich mahogany wood grain finish make a loudspeaker pair that look as cool and stylish as they sound.
Elegance and Fidelity: Polk Audio RTI A9!
Polk have well deserved reputation for producing classic, top of the range loudspeakers, and their RTI A series is difficult to beat in terms of audio excellence.
This A9 Floorstanding Speaker, with its state of the art design offers visual elegance as well as premium audio fidelity across the frequency range.
Featuring "Power Port Plus", an upgraded version of Polk’s patented Power Port technology, to minimize chuffing and resonance free enclosures.
Dual 5.25-inch polymer composite cone drivers, plus three 7-inch polymer composite subwoofers, and one 1-inch silk/polymer composite dome tweeter deliver an effortless mid-range, full and clear bass, and thrilling high frequencies.
Crystal Clear Audio: Definitive Technology Mythos ST 120v Supertower!
For those who require the best, this Definitive Technology Mythos ST 120v Supertower Speaker has to be experienced to be believed – the sonic detail that this speaker can deliver is simply mind-blowing.
The speaker features two 4.5-inch high definition mid-range drivers, plus one 1-inch pure aluminum dome tweeter, and one 5x10-inch long-throw racetrack subwoofer coupled to two 5x10-inch long-throw racetrack radiators giving you definitive fidelity across the entire range.
Integrated subwoofers don’t just save you floorspace. Two subs mean more bass output and perfect integration with the mid-range and high frequencies.
Styled in a parabolic form, the speaker incorporates advanced design technology and superior construction materials, as well as exuding class and beauty.