Floor standing speakers can really enhance the experience of your home, weather you're listening to music or watching your favorite shows really good floor standing speakers can bring your experience to the next level. It can literally change the atmosphere from average barely holding attention to electric! If you love viewing movies/tv shows then it is important to have one of the best floor standing speakers on the market today.
Below you will find a list of my recommended floor standing speakers for under $1000.
Q Acoustics 3050
- Beauitful finish
- Light and easy to move
Wharfedale – Diamond 240
- Excellent all round
- Great construction
- No resonances
- Great all rounder
- Fantastic value for money
Polk Audio Monitor 60
- Great value for money
- Uncolored sound
- All round quality
- Low cross over point
Factors you should consider trying to find the best Floor standing speakers:
There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a speaker
If you're not mega passionate about music, or watching movies and you're not a surround sound fanatic like me then I would be reluctant to spend too much money on a floor standing speker. However that is not the only price factor to consider, obviously there are personal spending limits(or maybe none) which will influence you too. Also even if you're not a music fanatic you should still consider buying one of the more high end floorstanding speaker because generally they are of higher quality and last longer which equals better value for money on the long run.
The way a speaker fits into your living space is important, you want your speaker to compliment the room not stick out like a sore thumb. For that reason the appearance of your potential buy is a factor worth consideration. In my experience any product that doesnt fit into the interior design of a room usually doesnt last long no matter how useful it is. When making space, removing clutter or giving the room a make over these stand out items are the first to go. So by picking a speaker that will be aesthetically pleasing usually results in a longer life span which means more bang for your buck. So in short, if you like the way it looks = getting more value for money!
So over the last few years every manufacturer have done lots of research and testing on cabinet construction. Some companies claim to have decades worth of research to base their opinions on. Either way the cabinets get better and better. If you're wondering why the construction of the cabinet is important, I can tell you it is because all the best floor standing speakers have significantly reduced or in some cases totally eradicated resonances in recent years. This is done by lots of different forms and designs of internal bracing, they are still experimenting with different amounts/designs of internal bracing and you will see more more arrangements and architecture in this section in coming years. Another construction detail most manufactures are experimenting with is the actual material the cabinet is made from. The company that I am most impressed with is Wharfedale who have developed a cabinet made from a combination of particleboard and MDF which has made a great cabinet with almost no resonances even at mega high frequencies, check out my review of the Wharfedale Diamond 24 here.
Your Favourite Genre of Music:
Depending on your favorite genre of music, different speaker models will suit you better, for example if you are going to purchase a great set of speakers because you love listening to opera music then it is especially important for you to look for speakers with a high quality high-range. Your primary focus when checking out speakers is your primary concern. However if you're like me and you have no particular favorite genre of music or movie then you should look for the best all round speaker. All the speakers I have reviewed are good all round speakers with some of them having stronger points than others. Check them all out up the top of this page.
The crossover design:
So each speaker has two or three "drivers", these are the tweeter, woofer and sub-woofer. Different drivers will handle different sounds depending on what frequencies they are. Generally the tweeter handles the high frequencies and the woofers handle the low-range frequencies. The job of the crossover is to determine when each sound is sent to each driver. The crossover point is a huge factor in determining the quality of the speaker. The Kilpsch i reviewed has a particularly low crossover point, it is an individual preference weather you like a low, medium or high crossover point. I like the low crossover point in that particular speaker because the tweeter is a high quality one. There are always a lot of factors to examine before you decide you like a low or high crossover point. It is not always straight forward. It depends on the quality of the drivers.
Quality of Drivers:
This refers to the quality of the tweeter, woofer and sub woofer. Not all speakers contain all three, some of them just have the a tweeter and woofer. As explained above the ideal crossover point depends on the quality of each driver. In my experience the less expensive range tends to have one driver way better than the others, this causes a "strong point" for that particular speaker. Depending on the strong point of a speaker, or your perceived strong point that will decide on your ideal crossover point. For example in the Kilpsh review I did I particularly liked the tweeter so therefore I would like a low crossover point, luckily for me this Kilpsh has a particularly low crossover point which makes it ideal for me. If the woofer was of a particularly high quality then I would want a high crossover point. This is more a concern in the less expensive speakers because the higher end speakers usually have a good all round quality. So as you can see the quality of each particular driver is of concern to you when deciding which speaker you're going to buy.
This factor really depends on your living room and what type of property you live in. Questions you should ask yourself are, do i have space for this? will these particular speakers look ridiculous? will eventually have to remove them to make space for inevitable future products? will the people I live with accept these? Despite plenty of women saying size doesn't matter. I assure you when it comes to floor standing speakers it does matter.