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
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