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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?
How to Pick the Right Amp for Your Speakers (and Vice Versa)
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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Magnepan MMG Floor-Standing Speakers Reviewed

Magnepan MMG Floor-Standing Speakers Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The Magnepan MMG is the smallest and least expensive speaker in the Magnepan line, priced at $599 per pair and coupled with a very generous 60-day return policy. Magnepan also offers the option of trading in your "Maggies" for full... Read More

 
Paradigm Monitor 7 Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

Paradigm Monitor 7 Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

When it comes to affordable, quality loudspeakers, it is possible that nobody does them better than Paradigm. Their Monitor 7 loudspeakers, reviewed here, may be the best value in their class, mating superb performance to an extremely affordable price of... Read More

 

Ruark Epilogue Loudspeakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

The Epilogue "is a clever, 'grown up' package, with no visible compromises." The midband is "clear and detailed, with hints of warmth that might be used to tame aggressive solid-state amps of the budget variety" while the upper frequencies were "imparting a delicious sense of coherence, the join between the mid/bass driver and tweeter are impossible to detect..." Read More

 

Opera Platea Loudspeakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Plateas creates a sound with "a lot more weight and impact...while retaining the light touch and speed." This model also "has more bass to call upon" but is still "well-rounded and non-aggressive" but still allows the Plateas to cope with rap or techno music. It also has excellent sound with "subtle harmonies and textures..." Read More

 
Ruark Solus Loudspeakers Reviewed

Ruark Solus Loudspeakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

It was only a matter of time before Ruark added an entry-level model to its flagship series. I'm completely puzzled as to why this brand needs as many ranges as it has, but, hey, I'm just a reviewer. What the... Read More

 
Sonus faber Amati Loudspeakers Reviewed

Sonus faber Amati Loudspeakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

In 30 years as an audio casualty, I must have played with over 4000 different components. Some have been forgettable, some memorable and some so nigh-on-perfect that I've toyed with unspeakable, nay, inenarrable plots for acquiring them. So delicious is... Read More

 
Quad 989 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Quad 989 Loudspeaker Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Few products are of such great consequence that reviewers both covet and fear them. Imagine the impact of a Linn LP-13 or an LS3/5b. Magazines and reviewers would fight for the scoops, and the resultant articles would enter audio lore... Read More

 
Quad Electrostatic Speakers (ESL 55) reviewed

Quad Electrostatic Speakers (ESL 55) reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

If the title doesn't say it all, then let us remind you: The original Quad ESL. That display of genius which makes Peter Walker something of an audio deity. The most cherished hi-fi product ever. The cause of a... Read More

 
MartinLogan Script, Scenarios and Cinema Speakers Reviewed

MartinLogan Script, Scenarios and Cinema Speakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

One of the minor dilemmas associated with audio reviewing is the need to keep a number of systems on the go. It's necessary if one cares enough to review products in context: you need to use high-end partnering components for... Read More

 
DynAudio Contour T2.5 Speakers Reviewed

DynAudio Contour T2.5 Speakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

DynAudios feature a "sweet, smooth top end and superb retrieval of fine detail." But what made the DynAudios so special "is their capacity for sounding huge." The imaging has a "deliriously wide sound stage and better than average depth." The Contour T2.5 reminded our reviewer of Read More