If you’re in the market for a new floorstanding speaker, you’ve come to the right place. In this comprehensive buying guide, we’ll cover everything from what is important when looking for an excellent speaker to how much they cost and where to buy them. We’ll also give our picks for the best floorstanding speakers Australia has on offer!
Best For Most People: KEF Q550 Floorstanding Speaker
The newest iteration of the award-winning Q Series, KEF’s Q550 Floorstanding speaker is sleek and powerful. The Uni-Q Driver Array in this floorstander has been improved to reproduce cleaner bass at all volumes while also smoothing out treble frequencies for a purer sound experience.
This tower speaker features new internal upgrades such as new Surrounds and rear Suspension with updated crossovers that provide immaculate bass no matter what volume you’re listening at.
These speakers excel when space is limited. Featuring the signature KEF Uni-Q driver array, these easy to install and highly functional speakers will deliver detailed natural sound with high clarity and tight bass at all times of day or night; whether you are entertaining friends, watching a movie in bed on your tablet or listening to music while getting ready for work.
Perhaps what we like most about these speakers is the reasonable price tag. At only a touch over AUD $600 per speaker, these speakers are a bargain for what they offer.
Runner Up: KEF Q950 Floorstanding Speaker
The Q Series is an excellent choice for those with limited space. If you enjoy a no-compromise sound experience. It offers incredible clarity of natural sounds while still being able to deliver on bass performance when needed.
Audio buffs will love how this speaker stands out from the crowd by providing tight control over dialogue at loud volumes without distortion or shrillness so that they can hear every word clearly during movies or TV shows as well as any genre of music played through them.
The Q950 has a big bass driver, twin ABRs and Uni-Q driver array that deliver music in full effect. KEF’s signature Uni-Q midrange and treble drivers are paired with a 200mm (8 inches) long throw bass driver to bring high resolution sound with extraordinary depth and clarity.
This is coupled with new speaker cones tuned by computer simulation giving you clearer mids and treble frequencies for a purer sound experience too.
Best Looking: Fyne Audio F302
If you want speakers that deliver both in the audio and aesthetics department then the F302 is for you.
It features a larger cabinet volume and increased power handling capacity to provide you with an immersive sound experience from any type of listening situation, even if at low volumes.
The enhanced depth of bass provides listeners more detail than ever before without becoming overbearing as they enjoy their favorite songs or movies on your home theater system.
The 25mm polyester dome tweeter and 15cm multi-fibre mid/bass driver, housed in their relatively sturdy cabinets provide an audio experience that won’t break the bank.
Available in walnut, black ash and light oak finishes – described by Fyne as “superior vinyl” finishings offset with glossy black headbands framing the tweeters for a touch of class without being ostentatious – these speakers will be at home anywhere from your living room to professional studios.
Upgrade Pick: Polk Audio RTI A7 Floorstanding Speaker
Polk are well known in the audio world for their high-quality products, and this is a perfect example of one.
The new Polk Audio RTI A7 Cherry Floor-Standing Speaker is the latest and greatest in speaker technology. The incorporation of Dynamic Balance Cone drivers and 1 inch tweeters makes for clear, crisp sound while its elegant restyling will keep it stylishly modern with any decorating scheme you decide on. Polk’s patented Power Port Plus gives those deep lows a resonating punch.
These speakers feature Dual 7″ Polymer Composite Cone Drivers With Rubber Surround, a 6.5″ Polymer Midrange Driver, and a 1 inch Silk/polymer Dome Tweeter.
Upgrade Pick 2: Wharfedale Evo 4.4 Floorstanding Speaker
Wharfedale’s latest EVO 4 has been the result of years of research and development. The speaker incorporates many features that made the ELYSIAN (Wharfedale’s flagship loudspeakers, awarded as “Best Sounding Loudspeakers” at CES 2016) great, with a focus on delivering true-to-life sound in any setting.
With all the same technologies found within the ELYSIAN plus some new ones created specifically for this model, it delivers stunningly detailed audio performance wherever you use them – whether your goal is an immersive home theater experience or just enjoy listening to music while cooking dinner!
Wharfedale’s Evo 4.4 speakers are packed with an incredible amount of technology, compared to similarly priced options on the market. For example, they feature an Air Motion Transformer tweeter, normally only found on more expensive models.
The AMT technology in the EVO 4 provides a radically different way to produce high-frequency detail efficiently and accurately.
Similar cabinet design to ELYSIAN creates a stable foundation for drive units with radiused edges that help integrate driver output into room acoustics; this is made possible by incorporating the SLPP bass reflex system, as developed from ELYSIAN.
We recommend these speakers for those who demand nothing but the best.
Floorstanding Speaker Buying Guide
A floorstanding speaker typically sits on the ground and has a vertical orientation, as opposed to working with a shelf or mounted on the wall. These speakers are often fairly large and made out of wood, but they also come in all shapes and sizes.
The main advantage of floorstanding speakers is that their size means they offer excellent sound quality since there can be more space inside them for bigger drivers (elements which push air creating sounds) and larger subwoofers (which produce lower frequencies). On top of this, these kinds of products will usually have extra features such as HDMI inputs so you can connect your TV easily.
Here are the most important things to keep in mind when choosing floorstanding speakers:
– What room size is the speaker going in? If you have a small to medium sized room, then it’s worth investing in speakers with smaller drivers and subwoofers.
– Are these floorstanding speakers for home or professional use? Floorstanding speakers that are designed for pro musicians need an extra level of durability because they’ll be more likely to be bumped during performances or in transportation.
– Will you want some features such as HDMI inputs or Bluetooth streaming capabilities? These kinds of features can make your life much easier but there is often additional wiring involved so ensure you’re prepared before purchase!
– Do you want a floorstanding speaker with Bluetooth compatibility? If so, make sure it is compatible to your phone or tablet.
– Make sure you choose a brand that has a reputation for producing high quality audio equipment. This includes the likes of Wharfedale, ProAc, Q Acoustics, Klipsch, Polk, and KEF.
– Wire or wireless? If you’re looking for the best sound quality possible then wired connections are always your best bet.
– A high RMS power output is important if you want to fill a big room with sound! Consider speakers like JBL’s LSR305 which has an excellent 300W of total power.
– What colours do you prefer? Think about what will blend in well with your personal style so that it doesn’t clash with any furnishings in their current home decor.
– Consider what type of music they enjoy listening to, and find speakers that are designed for those specific genres.