A terrific sound in your house can convert a good movie into an awesome movie or an average song to your new favorite tune. And the best part is that upgrading your sound system is relatively easy and cheap, at least in most cases.
The tower speakers present the perfect opportunity to produce an unmatched high impact sound. And they don’t even take up space while at it. Need I mention the elegant look that they add to your home? With that being said, It can be a difficult task making a purchase decision when it comes to Floor Standing Speakers, especially for novice buyers. Fret not, as this article is going to help you make the perfect purchase decision for your Ultimate audio needs.
Andrew Jones is no new name to the audiophiles. He is known to come up with award-winning speakers and the Pioneer SP-FS52 floor-standing model is no different. The speakers stand at about 35 inches and the RF moulded wood cabinets put its weight at around 25 pounds.
It features 4 drivers, one soft dome tweeter and three woofers, measuring about 5.25 inches. As a result, the speaker is lacking in terms of bass and will need a boost with a dedicated subwoofer. Nevertheless, one area that the speaker shines is reproducing midrange frequencies.
Given that all the important audio information exists at this range then you will have a great time listening to songs and movies since the vocals and instruments are projected very clearly. The 87 dB sensitivity rating on the SP-FS52 may sound like a bad thing when you factor in sound interferences by power but it is adequately compensated by the 6-ohm load which translates to low resistance to power.
The refined 8 component crossover ensures the perfect distribution of the frequencies to the proper driver resulting in a smooth and somewhat seductive sound.
Whether you are just starting building your home entertainment system or a veteran, you will find this line of Pioneer a great fit for you. It presents a great opportunity to create a high-performance sound system at an affordable price.
2. POLK AUDIO MONITOR 60 SERIES 2
- A Neodymium magnet reinforced tweeter
- Crossover through Mylar bypass capacitors
- Great damping
- Double amping
- Low performance on low frequencies
Number of Drivers: 6 | Sensitivity: 90dB | Impedance: 8 Ohms | Frequency Response: 48 Hz – 24 kHz
Polk is known as having set the standards of affordable excellent quality speakers at a time when you had to part with big bucks for the same kind of quality. Although the general design is a bit dated, the Monitor 60 will give you great sound performance.
It features a 1-inch polymer composite Dynamic dome tweeter that is reinforced by a powerful neodymium magnet to properly translate high frequencies into coherent audio. The sound drivers measuring 5 ¼ inches produce admirable base and the good damping ensures the sound runs on minimum interference. The use of Mylar bypass capacitors has seen that the crossover is actualized in an unflawed manner.
The two sets of wire inputs at the back of the speaker may be confusing to some but it’s actually a concept to make the sound even better. It’s known as double amping. Unfortunately, the Monitor 60 does not do very well with low frequencies but whatever it does produce is loud and uncoloured.
The Polk Audio Monitor series is guaranteed to improve the quality of your sound. Nevertheless, we sort of feel that it will do much better as part of a home theatre system. And the best thing, you don’t have to part with a lot of money to do it.
Introducing one of the most versatile tower speakers on the market. A 3-way floor-standing speaker that will easily synchronize with all your other audio components. The Sony SS-CS3 speaker features a 0.75-inch super tweeter with the ability to reproduce frequencies of up to 50 kHz which means HD digital audio files with wider bandwidths can be reproduced into more refined sound.
Below the super tweeter is a 1-inch normal tweeter made of a polyester fabric dome. It is then followed by two dual-layer foamed mica woofers. The material is strategically made to be light and stiff to avoid sound distortion. The drivers are covered by a removable grill but honestly speaking, the speaker sounds and looks better without the grill.
The matte-black finished cabinet is a great plus to the general speaker aesthetics and gives the SS-CS3 a more elegant look.
If you are looking for a crank-up speaker then I would not recommend this speaker. However, if what you want is a sound that illuminates your soul, then you will not be disappointed. With the SS-CS3, you feel as every guitar string is strung, you feel the piano transcend to its top octave and the vocals sound so natural. The experience is just magical.
This is one of the best value tower speakers you can purchase. It features a one-inch soft dome tweeter that reproduces the high frequencies in remarkable clarity to perfectly blend with the awesome bass from 6.3-inch woofers.
The black wood grain finish on the SKF-4800 is sure to look beautiful anywhere you place it. The bass on this speaker is so great that you might actually not miss a subwoofer. Standing at 40 inches, this speaker forms for a great listening experience in a sitting position. It also features an MDF stabilizer to avoid the distortion of audio and a woofer equalizer.
On the downside, the low and high frequencies overshadow the mid-range frequencies. As a result, you may have to constantly turn the volume down and back up again when watching movies and miss the vocals to your favourite song.
Also, the rear port lacks a plastic reinforcement as is the case with most of the other speakers which leaves the MDF exposed. Although this should not be an issue if you are not constantly moving the speakers.
If you are looking for a quick upgrade of your sound system then the ONKYO SKF-4800 will do. If you could connect it to an entry-level receiver then the better. And what’s better is it’s self-sufficient. You don’t need a subwoofer to boost the bass.
True to its name, the Art+Sound AR1004WH is a flawless combination of beauty and great sound with the highlight of its design being the blue lighting. When you are in the mood for relaxing you can just put on some beautiful songs dim the lights and let the blue light seduce you into a musical utopia.
However, if the blue light is not for you, you still have the option to turn it off. Also, you have the ability to stream music and videos from your phone, tablet or any other device but play the audio through the AR1004WH speaker thank you to the Bluetooth support.
This piece of beauty features 4 active speakers for a crisp clear sound and for its price, you will not get a better sounding speaker.
The problem is it’s very light which gives it a wobbly effect. Also, the announcements as you switch between modes will be as irritating as they are funny. Especially since they carry a very clear accent.
With the Bluetooth support and remote controller available, the AR1004WH is guaranteed to make your life a whole lot easier.
You may not get the same quality as the other speakers we have reviewed but it’s expected since it is the cheapest of them. That said, this speaker will be perfect for a living room-sized space since it does not have the lungs for very high volume sounds.