The 8 Best Floor Speakers to Buy in 2017

Turn your home into a movie theater or concert hall with these floor speakers

If you’re looking to add audio to your bedroom or living room, you'll notice that floorstanding speakers are some of the most popular speaker types. Their general design offers the unique opportunity to fit more speakers into a smaller space without sacrificing the audio experience. Shop carefully with our list as your guide and you can bring the best parts of a theater-going experience right into your home. Floorstanding speakers are the heart-pumping anchor of any good sound system and with the right purchase, you’ll have a great experience that will have your friends and neighbors jealous for years to come.

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Best Overall: ELAC Debut F5

ELAC Debut F5
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The ELAC Debut F5 stands above the rest with a price tag that isn’t out of this world and performance that will have you wanting to stay in and watch movies every weekend. Standing around 36 inches tall, the F5 offers a one-inch silk dome tweeter and three 5.25-inch drivers, the top of which is housed in a separate chamber offering up its own bass port. The fiberboard design offers a black vinyl finish, which doesn’t stand out as being particularly attractive but feels solid and well-built. One notable add-on is the addition of a black metal clip in the rear that is designed to secure the speaker to a wall to prevent it from tipping over on children, falling in an earthquake, etc.

When it comes to sound, the F5 offers up an experience that hits well above its mid-range price tag. Mid-range and low-frequency dynamics perform admirably while bass lines are more than adequate to fill up a small room. The F5 almost creates a feeling of being in a concert hall for a live orchestra performance, which is impressive for its price point. Still, if you’re looking at trying to fill a larger room, you’re likely going to want to pair the F5 with a dedicated subwoofer for increased bass. We’d like to see a little more open on the upper harmonics, but for the cost, the F5 may be near faultless.

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Best Sound: Definitive Technology Mythos STS 120v

Definitive Technology Mythos STS 120v
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If sound is the absolute most important thing to you (and, really, who can blame you?), then the Definitive Technology Mythos STS 120v supertower speaker might just be your new best friend. Don’t let the lengthy name scare you away. If words like “sonic detail” are second nature to you, you’re going to love this system. Featuring two 4.5” high definition mid-range drivers, one 1” pure aluminum dome tweeter and one 5”x10” long-throw racetrack subwoofer that’s paired to two 5”x10” long-throw racetrack radiators, this system is ready to play hardball.

Integrating the subwoofer will do more for you than just save you space. Integration means if you pair it with an additional subwoofer externally, you’ll not only receive more bass output, but also better sound in both mid-range and high frequencies.

At 47.5" tall, the design is both modern and solid, with a granite base that helps support the wider stance for all the internal equipment and an aluminum exterior. The curved shape “reduces diffraction contribution to the Mythos’ remarkable imaging,” according to Definitive Technologies' own product description. The Mythos truly sounds like you’re in the middle of a movie theater. Pair it up with a top of the line receiver and a full surround sound system and, again, you’ll likely find yourself deciding which wall in your house is least important to make way for a bigger viewing space.

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Best Budget: Pioneer SP-PK52FS

Pioneer SP-PK52FS
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Looking at floorstanding speakers might have you thinking that in order to get the best possible sound, you’ll have to spend a fortune. But Pioneer, the makers of the SP-PK52FS, would beg to differ. Their budget-priced speakers offer outstanding sound and performance that will have you kicking back and enjoying movies and music without any buyer's remorse. The 35” (25 pound) speaker offers a one-inch soft-dome tweeter and three 5.25” “structured surface woofers." Whereas most budget offerings include just one or two woofers, the extra woofer is supported by two ports on the back, which means you’ll want to keep it some distance from the wall. The molded wood cabinet design is nice, but you can have the speaker in any color you want as long as it is Ash Black veneer.

Between audio and movie performance, you’ll find surprisingly good bass performance, as well as clean treble that sounds good enough to be on a speaker with a far higher price tag. We wouldn’t mind seeing a little tweaking of the treble since it could be a little harsh during typical playback but, at the Pioneer price, we’re accepting a little tradeoff for a speaker that punches well above its pay grade. There’s little question you’ll feel immersed in the soundscape, especially when pairing floorstanding speakers with a complete home audio surround sound system.

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Best Design: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9
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It won’t come as much of a surprise to say that when we typically conjure up the idea of a floorstanding loudspeaker, it’s usually of a rectangular shape and design. There’s a method to the design madness, as it allows for condensing speakers for maximum sound and minimum space. Well, Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 is going to change your vision of floorstanding speakers forever. There’s no question this unique design comes with a jaw-dropping price, but at the same time, you’ll receive some features here that you won’t get elsewhere such as streaming audio wireless via AirPlay and DLNA.

The price also means a powerful sound that is well-balanced and offers terrific bass response for normal-sized rooms. The A9 stands just 35.8” tall and is 27.6” wide and 8.4” deep. In fact, we’d almost say that it looks a little like a satellite dish, but prettier. Setup is easy: just screw all three legs into the back, which houses the power cable, USB port and an Ethernet connection. You’ll also find a switch that can offer three different modes for speaker placement: wall, corner and free for placement anywhere in a room. These modes will help optimize sound delivery, but unlike other options on this list, you don’t need two speakers for maximum delivery. There’s no saying you can’t add a second speaker offering up both a left and right channel, but the A9’s room filling sound doesn’t require it.

Inside, you’ll find a 5 1/8” bass driver, two 3” midrange drivers and two ¾” tweeters. The convex surface offers angled sound with some additional bass response coming out of the back panel. You can choose from a variety of grill cloths direct through Bang and Olufsen, but black and white options are generally available through direct retail. The volume control is particularly unique: there’s no volume knob, so you just have to slide your hand across the top for up/down volume and hold over it to mute. Unfortunately, for the price, there’s no included remote control.

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Best for Small Rooms: Yamaha’s NS-F210

Yamaha’s NS-F210
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Finding lean and compact floorstanding speakers that are perfect for smaller rooms is quite a challenge. In this particular category, larger is often better, as it means more room for more powerful equipment. However, Yamaha’s NS-F210 super-slim design manages to fit a great sounding budget-priced floorstanding speaker package together that’s perfect for smaller rooms. To maximize space, Yamaha squeezed in undersized drivers in order to offer something lean and small-room friendly. The modern design may or may not be for you, but it certainly feels right when placed next to a flatscreen TV.

Yamaha’s slim 41" tower offers dual 3-1/8th” woofers and a 7/8” balance dome tweeter which, unfortunately, doesn’t produce huge bass notes thanks to the aforementioned undersized drivers. However, given that you’ll be in a small room and not looking for earth-shattering sound at this price range, the sound is more than good enough.

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Best Splurge: Klipsch RF-7 II

Klipsch RF-7 II
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For the audiophile who wants to get as close as you can to a movie theater experience, the Klipsch RF-7 II has you covered. The titanium tweeter paired with two monstrous 10” woofers offers you plenty of audio power. At 48.5” high and 87 pounds each, there’s no question this is a big speaker, but with great height comes great sound. Klipsch offers what they call their “Tractix Horn technology,” which works to reduce distortion and offers increased audio detail.

If you’re looking for a floorstanding stereo that combines audio power, size and a musical sweet spot, you’ve found exactly what you’re looking for here. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a different set of speakers that can keep up and challenge you to go louder and louder. If you’ve never listened to a stereo speaker with larger than 6” woofers, your jaw will drop when you hear the Klipsch sound. The big horn tweeter is well worth the price of admission, and for those who just want to rock out, these Klipsch RF-7 II floorstanding speakers are exactly what the doctor ordered. 

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Runner-Up, Best Overall: Klipsch RF-82 II

Klipsch RF-82 II
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If superior sound quality is at the top of your list, the Klipsch RF-82 II floorstanding speakers are well worth a look. Featuring a one-inch titanium horn-loaded tweeter and dual eight-inch high-output woofers, the RF-82 focuses on a unique combination of sound precision, clarity and effortless power. The vinyl woodgrain exterior build won’t stand out in a room, but the sound sure will with Klipsch’s proprietary Tractix sound technology. The end result is loud sound that doesn’t consume a lot of power combined with fantastic dynamic peaks and crisp listening. And one of the best highlights is just how well the RF-82 performs at very high volumes. The claw-style feet stand nice and easy on the floor at 43.6 inches tall, 9.5 inches wide and 16.25 inches deep. Overall, they’re not terribly slim or short, so you’ll want a good-sized room for placement.

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Runner-Up, Best Budget: Onkyo SKF-4800

Onkyo SKF-4800
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The Onkyo SKF-4800 two-way bass reflect floor-standing speakers feature fantastic sound at a wallet-friendly price. Sold as a pair, the 40-inch tall, 11.1-inch wide and 12-inch deep speakers can be used to complement an existing stereo system or as the basis for an entire surround sound system. Featuring twin 6.3-inch cone woofers and a one-inch soft-dome tweeter, the maximum input power of 130W is more than enough to offer a great audio experience. Each Onkyo speaker weighs 28.7 pounds. They feature a rear panel that houses a bass port, and even have connector ports for banana plugs, pins or stripped bare wires (like the 11.5-feet long speaker cables that are included right out of the box). As for the sound quality, it's both clean and detailed, without feeling warm or overcompensated.

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