There are basically two types of speakers, bookshelf and floor standing. There are some other variations like soundbars, etc., but in the main, these are the two basic options. In this review, we are going to have a look at some of the Best Floor Standing Speakers.
In many ways, they are the best choice as they are designed for complete stereo output. They include the range of sounds from low to high and everything in between. When you want the fullest frequency stereo sound but only want two speakers, floor standing speakers are probably going to be the best bet.
You can stand them virtually anywhere, and they often have a bit more power. They also usually have a better acoustic range and are better for serious music listening.
However, they have their drawbacks. They are often heavy, and they tend to take up more space. But, those sins can be forgiven if the sound is good.
So, let’s go through the Best Floor Standing Speakers currently available and find the perfect pair for you…
- Top 10 Best Floor Standing Speakers 2020 Reviews
- 1 SVS Prime Pinnacle – 3-Way Tower Speaker
- 2 Klipsch RP-8000F Floorstanding Speaker Pair
- 3 Jamo Studio Series S 807-WL Walnut Floorstanding Speakers
- 4 ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker
- 5 KLH Kendall 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker
- 6 Aperion Audio Novus Hometheater Speaker (Novus Tower)
- 7 Q Acoustics 3050i Floorstanding Speaker Pair
- 8 JBL Stage A180
- 9 Onkyo SKF-4800 2-Way Bass Reflex Floor
- 10 Polk Signature Series S50 Floor Standing Speaker
- Best Floor Standing Speakers Buyers Guide
- Different Speakers For Different Uses
- So, What Are The Best Floor Standing Speakers?
Top 10 Best Floor Standing Speakers 2020 Reviews
1 SVS Prime Pinnacle – 3-Way Tower Speaker
This is a floor mounted speaker from the SVS Prime range. It is an impressive sight standing 41 and a half inches tall, just under 14 inches deep and 8 inches wide. It is made from MDF fiberboard with a one-inch thickness for the front baffle and ¾” for the sides. The internals of the cabinet are given a damping material.
One of the interesting design features is that internally each bass driver is given a separate enclosed section with a rear-facing port. There are three enclosures, so you get three separate bass ports. At this price range, that is an unusual feature.
It is structured inside with angled bracing to create solid rigidity. With the specially designed front baffle, SVS has managed to eliminate unwanted resonances. And underneath the cabinet, it has rubber feet.
The layout of the drivers inside is also worth noting. At the top, there is a 5.25-inch midrange driver and underneath it a one-inch tweeter with an aluminum-domed design. Below the tweeter, three 6.5 inch woofers. Placing the tweeter and its high-frequency reproduction below the mid-range driver is an interesting idea, but it certainly works.
The drivers themselves are also impressive in their build. The woofers use ABS-fiberglass composite baskets and polypropylene cones. The mid-range driver has a quality composite glass-fiber cone. The one-inch tweeter has its aluminum dome design as we said, and it is placed under a metal grille for protection. It incorporates an optimized diffuser that gives a wide dispersion.
On the rear of the cabinet, there are three bass ports and terminals for connections, which are gold plated. You can use banana plugs, pin connectors, or even bare wires.
This is a very impressive speaker, and it is difficult to find anything that is considered negative. If we were to find something, it is only that the front grilles are not magnetic. So if you like speakers with grilles off, you will be treated to some empty holes. It is sold as a single speaker, and the price is reasonably set.
- Great build and some innovative design features.
- An impressive sound.
- Front grilles are not magnetic.
2 Klipsch RP-8000F Floorstanding Speaker Pair
It is not difficult to recognize a Klipsch speaker. Either, by the way it looks, with its copper spun speakers and Tractrix horn, or the sound quality. The RP-8000F is one of their Reference range, which comes with a big reputation. They are sure to be considered as one of the best quality floor standing speakers around.
The cabinets have a two-way design. They feature two 8-inch Cerametallic woofers and a one-inch titanium tweeter. These are paired with the 90 by 90-degree Tractrix horn. The horn itself is a Klipsch specialty. Its silicone face helps to give a smooth frequency response and a very natural sound.
The tweeter is vented and is designed to eliminate any standing waves which can produce unwanted harmonics. Thus delivering an accurate and detailed high-frequency reproduction with minimal distortion.
The woofers are rigid but also lightweight in design. They are placed in a non-resonating steel basket and are mated to a copper-wound voice coil for increased conductivity.
Klipsch designed its Tractrix port to provide a fast transfer of air from the cabinet. It is designed with built-in flares that cut out any air turbulence from entering the port. This delivers a clean and crisp bass with a lot of natural depth. And they will produce a very impressive 150 watts of power.
The cabinet design is finished off with aluminum feet. They have a design that minimizes the amount of contact with the floor surface. The idea is that they give less resonance than plastic or MDF.
Unlike the SVS, the grilles attach magnetically and are easy to remove, and when not used, don’t leave any unsightly holes. The speakers measure 43 inches high by 11 by 10 inches. They weigh about 60 pounds each.
These speakers are very impressive sound-wise and also with their aesthetics. The copper spun speakers give quite a visual feature. The price point for two is very reasonable.
- Great sound and impressive design.
- Some innovative built-in features
- Very competitive price.
- Quite big and heavy.
3 Jamo Studio Series S 807-WL Walnut Floorstanding Speakers
If we were to say, “can you think of a Danish audio manufacturer?” most would say Bang & Olufsen. However, here is another one for the memory bank. Jamo was formed in 1966 in Denmark, and these speakers are very special, with that Danish tradition of excellence.
They have an elegant design and deliver excellent sound. They have a one-inch soft dome tweeter that delivers smooth, accurate high frequencies, to work perfectly with two poly-fiber five-inch woofers. These give you a powerful and balanced bottom end. The front-firing port extends the low frequencies to ensure the balance.
Having the port in that position allows the cabinet to be placed near a wall without interfering with the sound.
The design of the Studio series S cabinets looks plain and understated, but they have a chic, modern look. Made from a dense MDF, they are well-built and stable. This stability is emphasized by the design of the protruding metal feet. These have soft pads that are low profile and give good balance. The extended-length grilles are magnetic, and the speakers look great with them on or off.
There are some finer details included that set these speakers apart. There is some nice accented wood grain around the tweeters, and trim rings for the woofers add to the style. The speakers measure 36.02 inches high by 7.52 by 9.92. They have a power rating of 100 watts RMS and a frequency response of 42Hz – 26kHz. The speakers are Dolby Atmos ready.
In our view, these are exceptional speakers. Superb design and quality and a great sound and at an attractive price point that you need to check twice.
- Chic design with good materials and plenty of style.
- Great sound reproduction and Dolby Atmos ready.
- Very attractive price.
4 ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker
The British speaker designer Andrew Jones has had a glittering career designing speakers at KEF, Pioneer, and TAD. His TAD Reference One is considered one of the best speakers ever made. These days he is a VP for ELAC, and Debut 2 has received the Jones treatment.
This floor-standing speaker has a three-way design. There are two 6.5 inch woofers with aramid-fiber cones and a further 6.5-inch mid-woofer with the same cone design. The cone shape is designed to improve stiffness and the damping. This helps to give a smoother response within the lower frequencies. The mid-woofer and woofers have an over-sized magnet and vented pole piece.
Completing the line-up is a one-inch cloth dome tweeter. This has a wide roll that lifts the frequency response to 35kHz. The wave-guide gives the speaker control over the direction and reduces diffraction. There is a multi-element crossover and gold 5-way posts. The speaker has a peak power performance of 140 watts. The frequency response is 39 Hz to 35 kHz.
The cabinet is made from MDF fiberboard. It has an internal bracing that increases its stiffness and strength. Having a cabinet that is stiff reduces vibrations that will interfere with the sound performance. The cabinet measures 7.69 by 43.18 high by 10.55 inches. It has spiked feet for placing on carpet, but nothing included for a hard floor.
A good solid build and refined speaker design produce an exceptional sound. The price point is very attractive for such a quality speaker.
- Attractive MDF design with internal bracing.
- Well designed speakers that deliver a good sound.
- An attractive price.
- No cushioning feet for placing on a hard floor.
5 KLH Kendall 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker
Founded in 1957, KLH has been manufacturing quality audio for quite a while. They have built their reputation on innovative ideas at a reasonable price.
This speaker is a three-way system. It has two 6 ½ -inch drivers made from Kevlar. They have oversized magnets. There is a further Kevlar midrange driver that is 5 ¼ inches and also an aluminum 1-inch tweeter. If you use the speaker without its grille, it reveals the brushed aluminum around the drivers and the tweeter — a nice aesthetic touch.
The cabinet is made from a very dense three-quarter-inch MDF fibreboard and has internal sections to house the drivers. It has a Walnut veneer finish. On the back are two rear-facing bass ports, and the connection points are nickel-plated and have bi-amp capability. It has an MDF base and a choice between spikes or rubber feet depending on the surface where you place it.
The grille is a magnetic snap-on with no visible fixing points. The cabinet is 40 inches high and 14.75 deep and 7.75 inches wide. It weighs 50 pounds, which for its size you would expect.
As you might expect from KLH, the sound is very good with a deep but not overpowering bass presence. However, it cannot be placed too close to a wall because of the rear-firing ports, but if you get the positioning correct, the soundstage is excellent. It is great for music but also will sit neatly in a home cinema system.
Set at quite a high price point, it is still a good option.
- Nice attractive build with good materials.
- Well balanced sound.
- Quite expensive for one speaker.
6 Aperion Audio Novus Hometheater Speaker (Novus Tower)
The Aperion Novus Tower is a floor-standing speaker is excellent for music and movies, and, as we shall see, has all the right features.
It is a 2-way system that delivers up to 150 watts of peak power. The cabinet is well-built with some internal bracing that removes unwanted resonance. It has two 5.25 inch drivers with aramid-fiber cones which are given rubber surrounds. Firstly to conceal the speaker fittings and secondly to act as a vibration dampener. These are long-throw speakers with a low level of direction and a wide range.
In between these in the set up is a silk dome one-inch tweeter. This has a neodymium magnet and a voice coil that is ferrofluid cooled. They have quite a flat frequency response. They feature an attractive aluminum faceplate and have a metal grille.
The speaker has a frequency response of 36-30,000 Hz. There is a slotted reflex bass port located on the front of the cabinet, but this has a different design. Rather than being a round or square port, it is vertical. This has the result of spreading the low frequencies and increasing bass presence.
It is quite a large speaker but is still quite lightweight at just 35 pounds. And it has four feet that extend slightly from the body of the speaker.
The sound is nicely balanced with very good highs and stable mids. The bass, however, is not as prominent as some. If you are planning to use it in a home cinema setup, it might need an external subwoofer.
It is set at a decent price point.
- Interesting design using good materials.
- Well balanced sound at an affordable price.
- Some may not like the vertical port design.
7 Q Acoustics 3050i Floorstanding Speaker Pair
Established in the UK in 2006, Q Acoustics has come a long way since then. Based in Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire, they have excelled in cabinet design. They have made their speakers some of the most respected in the audio world. They continue to build their brand quietly on a steady stream of quality speakers. And the 3050i is a good example.
The cabinet has been designed to reduce unwanted resonance with its rounded corners. This is coupled with a bracing system that reduces unwanted vibrations. The result is a speaker that is rigid and tight and delivers a clean, pure sound.
Inside the cabinets are two 6.5 inch drivers, which are supported internally by thick baffles. The tweeter is 0.8 inches and handles all the high frequencies, while the two woofers that produce the mids and bass. It also features a rear bass reflex port, which is an open vent that, in theory, lets the speakers control the bass working in tandem with the rigid design.
The sound is certainly impressive at volume. However, we have to say that at low volumes, the bass does disappear a little. We were also disappointed in the overall bass sound. It sounds a little woolly at quieter levels and is not what you would call defined.
The overall sound is carried by the mids and high frequencies, which are excellent. In a home cinema situation, it excels, and the reproduction of the dialogue is especially impressive, but unless you turn it up, there will be a lack of bass frequencies.
It is a very good speaker when it is worked hard and is set at a decent price point for the pair.
- Well-made with innovative designs and good features.
- A very good mid and high-frequency sound and great at volume.
- Quality of sound, especially the bass, diminishes at lower volumes.
8 JBL Stage A180
We won’t dwell on the history of JB Lansing and his JBL speakers. The name is enough to conjure up thoughts of great and powerful speaker systems for guitar and bass, as well as fantastic classic studio speakers, which are still used to this day.
Not only that, but they are also known for their home audio. This speaker is the A180 from the Stage series by JBL. It is a lot of speaker at a very competitive price point, which makes it a contender for one of the Best Floor Standing Speakers.
It has a nice solid build with outrigger feet that give it a good balance. Supplied are spikes for using on carpet or rubber feet for hard surfaces. It has two 6.5 inch polycellulose woofers that deliver a tight and extended bass range. They also give you a very defined clarity for the mids making even the most complex of music sound very clear.
The aluminum dome one-inch tweeter is horn-loaded. It has HDI, High Definition Imaging. The frequency range is 40Hz to 40kHz, and the cabinet will handle up to 225 watts peak power. And they feature removable ¾ length grilles.
JBL has years of experience producing speakers for concert-level performance. It shows in the sound of this speaker. The highs are not shrill or piercing. Some might say they lack a certain brightness. But we would disagree because as the volume goes up, they certainly don’t hurt the ears.
The low frequencies go very low, without crowding out or taking over the sound. But it is the mids where these speakers score points. The sound is clean and defined, and vocals and drums sound prominent, just like they might do at a live concert.
We like these speakers because they can take you back to the environment the music was recorded in. Listening to Thin Lizzy and ‘Live and Dangerous,’ you were transported back to 1976 in London. One of our favorite live gigs. With these JBL’s you are there again.
Great speakers from a good manufacturer at a superb price point.
- Unassuming design but with good features.
- Great sound at a very attractive price.
- At this price, nothing.
9 Onkyo SKF-4800 2-Way Bass Reflex Floor
Anyone who knows their audio will know Onkyo. A family-run business from Osaka in Japan, who consistently put out quality speakers. This pair of speakers are great examples of how good but also how cost-effective their speakers are.
These are an ideal design for either music or home cinema use. They are 2-way bass-reflex speakers. They have two 6.3 inch woofers that create a big atmosphere in the low and mid-frequency ranges. This is complemented by a one-inch soft dome tweeter, which gives beautifully clear and concise highs. At the bottom of the rear of the speakers are the bass ports.
All combined, they produce a sound way above their designated price point. They have a peak power rating of 130 watts, and they have a frequency response of 55 Hz-35 kHz.
They have a good build from ½” MDF fiberboard and measure 12 by 11.6 by 40.7 inches tall, weighing 37 and a half pounds. Also, they feature an MDF stabilizer base to reduce any vibrations.
These are considered full-range, so effectively, they will operate as stand-alone speakers with either music systems or home cinema. However, if you want the really deep bass sounds, you will need a subwoofer to get the frequencies lower than the 55 Hz that these go to.
As we said earlier, these speakers punch above their price and demonstrate again that Onkyo can produce real quality at entry-level prices. If people are skipping through discounted products because of the price, they might miss this pair of speakers. That would be a shame.
- Well-built with a nice understated aesthetic.
- Quality balanced sound.
- Very attractive price.
- May need to add a subwoofer.
10 Polk Signature Series S50 Floor Standing Speaker
Polk is a well-known audio company that produces a range of speakers for a variety of uses. This floor-standing speaker can be used for either music or as part of a home cinema system.
It is bi-wire and bi-amp capable, courtesy of a couple of 5-way binding posts. There are two 5.25 inch polypropylene midrange drivers. They have butyl rubber surrounds and deliver a clean mid and bass sound with low distortion. The tweeter is a one-inch terylene domed design that provides a crisp frequency response.
At the bottom of the cabinet is a power port. This is designed to move the airflow to a wide area and extend the bass performance. The crossover array produces a natural sound at any point in a room. It has a power rating of 150 watts peak per channel.
The cabinet itself is well-made with a magnetic grille. It has a rigid structure to reduce any internal unwanted resonance. It stands 37.5 inches tall by 11 deep and 7.5 inches wide, and it weighs 32 pounds. However, it has some rather strange looking feet that don’t look like they belong to the unit.
For home cinema purposes, it is compatible with Dolby and DTS technology.
This speaker is not what you might expect from Polk. They have a reputation of sometimes blowing your socks off with over-emphasized bass. This speaker is not like that. It has a decent well-balanced sound across the 33 Hz – 40 kHz frequency range.
The price point is quite reasonable; however, remember it is for one speaker.
- Well-balanced sound across the frequencies.
- Good build quality.
Best Floor Standing Speakers Buyers Guide
Welcome To The High & Mighty
There can be little doubt that floor standing speakers with some height will deliver a great sound. Bit there is more to it than just a tall towering cabinet.
There will be several drivers involved covering high, mid, and low frequencies. If you want very deep and prominent bass, you will need good drivers and a bass port. This can be either front, rear, or even side-firing. However, if it is rear-firing, the speaker cannot be placed too close to a wall.
Normally the size of the speakers will determine the size of the cabinet. And yes, quite often, bigger is louder.
The construction needs to be high quality, preferably with internal bracing. Any design that reduces cabinet vibration is a must. As are decent feet that make contact with the floor surface. If it is a carpeted area, you will need spikes. These should be supplied with the speaker.
There are some other considerations like the wiring terminals. Spring clip terminals for bare wires are usually found on the budget ranges and are adequate. The building post terminals are more secure.
Go For a Heavyweight
You want a cabinet that is reasonably heavy. Lightweight cabinets might sound attractive, but they can move around a bit and are usually not as secure and stable.
Perhaps one final point is to make sure whether you are actually buying a single speaker or a pair. Choose wisely, and the sound is going to be great.
Different Speakers For Different Uses
If you’re looking for another good set of speakers as well as Floor Standing ones, it’s worth taking a look at our reviews of the Best Bookshelf Speakers under 500 Dollars, the Best Wireless Outdoor Speakers, the Best Wireless TV Speakers, the Best Solar Powered Bluetooth Speakers, the Best Home Theater Speakers, and the Best Tailgate Speakers on the market.
So, What Are The Best Floor Standing Speakers?
What Would We Choose?
As always, it is a difficult choice. There are some very good speakers on the list and some impressive manufacturers.
However, for us, one pair of speakers stood out, great sound, well made and that very special ‘Danish’ sound, they are, of course, the…Jamo Studio Series S 807-WL Walnut Floorstanding Speakers - Pair.
Our choice as the Best All Round Floor Standing Speakers you can buy.