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Floorstanding Speaker Reviews

When you picture the traditional audiophile speaker, you probably imagine a large, floorstanding speaker. The floorstander is designed to produce a full-range sound and generally offers better bass performance than a smaller bookshelf speaker. Today’s floorstanding designs feature a variety of driver types—from the traditional dynamic driver to the electrostatic panel to the horn to the ribbon. Each design carries its own strengths and weaknesses; you can learn more through the Resources presented below. Today's floorstanding loudspeaker isn't the boxy black coffin from days of old; many are streamlined pieces of art featuring finishes that rival some of the world's most exotic cars.

Types of Floorstanding Speakers
What’s the Ideal Speaker Driver Configuration?
What Is an Active Loudspeaker?
Picking and Placing Your Display, Speakers, and Subwoofer by THX
First-Order Crossovers: Panacea or Problem?
How DSP Can Take Audio to New Heights

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Emotiva Airmotiv T1 Tower Speaker Reviewed

Emotiva Airmotiv T1 Tower Speaker Reviewed

By Bob Barrett

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Bob Barrett reviews Emotiva's Airmotiv speakers--including the three-way T1 tower ($699/pair), the C1 center channel ($249), and the B1 bookshelf speaker ($299/pair). Read More

 
Ohm Acoustics Walsh Tall 5000 Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

Ohm Acoustics Walsh Tall 5000 Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

By Greg Handy

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Greg Handy auditions the Walsh Tall 5000 tower speaker from Ohm Acoustics, which uses a Coherent Line Source (CLS) full-range driver developed by Lincoln Walsh. Read More

 
Monitor Audio PL200 II Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

Monitor Audio PL200 II Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

By Brent Butterworth

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Brent Butterworth reviews the PL200 II tower speaker from Monitor Audio's Platinum II Series, which incorporates a new Micro Pleated Diaphragm tweeter, among other improvements. Find out what he thought of the PL200 II's performance in this week's featured review. Read More

 
Paradigm Persona 3F Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

Paradigm Persona 3F Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Dennis Burger auditions models from Paradigm's new Persona Series, including the Persona 3F floorstanding speaker, Persona C center channel, and Persona B bookshelf speaker. Read More

 
Tekton Design Double Impact Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

Tekton Design Double Impact Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

By Terry London

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Tekton's new Double Impact speaker features a patented design that uses 11 drivers in a four-way configuration. Find out what Terry London thinks of the new speaker in this week's featured review. Read More

 
Revel Concerta2 F36 Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

Revel Concerta2 F36 Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

By Brent Butterworth

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Brent Butterworth reviews the F36 speaker ($2,000/pair) from Revel's Concerta2 line. This tower speaker combines a one-inch aluminum dome tweeter with three 6.5-inch aluminum cone woofers in a 2.5-way design. Read More

 
Role Audio Enterprise Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

Role Audio Enterprise Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

By Terry London

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Five years ago, I had the great pleasure of reviewing a pair of PSM Super Monitor speakers from NSMT, which is an affiliate company of Role Audio. I was sad to part with the speakers because they were beautifully made... Read More

 
Fluance HFF Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

Fluance HFF Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

By Brent Butterworth

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Brent Butterworth reviews the $699/pair HFF tower speaker from Fluance, which features a one-inch silk dome tweeter, a five-inch glass fiber midrange, and two eight-inch polypropylene cone woofers. Read More

 
MartinLogan Expression ESL 13A Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

MartinLogan Expression ESL 13A Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Brian Kahn reviews MartinLogan's Expression ESL 13A, a hybrid floorstanding speaker that combines an electrostatic transducer with a pair of powered 10-inch aluminum cone woofers, driven by a 300-watt Class D amp. Read More

 
MarkAudio-SOTA Viotti One Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

MarkAudio-SOTA Viotti One Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

By Brent Butterworth

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Brent Butterworth reviews the $2,995/pair Viotti One from MarkAudio-SOTA. This two-way bookshelf speaker combines a 5cm tweeter/midrange driver with an 11cm woofer in a well-built cabinet that comes with a matching stand. Read More