Floor Standing Speakers
Floor standing speakers, also known as “floorstanders” or sometimes "tower speakers", are an alternative to bookshelf speakers, a full height hi-fi speaker designed to be placed directly on your floor (onto carpet or wooden floors with suitable floor protectors). Floorstanding speakers are often regarded as the best hi-fi speaker option as they offer greater bass response and scale (thanks to the larger cabinet design) and unlike bookshelf speakers that require dedicated speaker stands to sound at their best, aren't affected by a type or height of stand. Like bookshelf speakers, these hi-fi speakers are all passive, so must be used with a suitable hi-fi amplifier. If you need further advice on speaker choice or amplifier matching, please call or e-mail us. We can also demonstrate most of these speakers in our showroom by prior arrangement.
Floor Standing Speakers also make excellent stereo hi-fi speakers, as the scale and soundstage can make music more holographic and lifelike. The added bass performance eliminates the need for an additional subwoofer, and adds weight and authority to your favourite music.
One benefit of Floor Standing Speakers is that they are instantly ready for setup and positioning, whereas a bookshelf speaker will require a speaker stand as well as positional tweaking and varying amounts of stand filler used in the stand to tailor bass performance. Just as adding mass to a speaker stand will improve the scale and authority of bass performance, a weighty Floor Standing speaker cabinet can also improve the dynamics, depth and authority of the bass.
Much like a speaker stand, the cabinet of a floorstanding speaker achieves a greater bass depth and authority, as it uses the entirety of the wooden cabinet to create bass resonance. Floorstanding speakers are then isolated and decoupled from the floor by floor spikes, which act to minimise the surface area in contact with the floor. If you have a wooden floor or are worried about damage, there are floor protectors available which stand between the floor and the spike and prevent any damage.
Floorstanding speakers also tend to be more sensitive than bookshelf speakers which, in turn, makes them easier to drive and power. This means that a Floor Standing speaker is suitable for use with a much wider range of amplifiers and power outputs, and an amplifier with a much lower power output may be sufficient. Floor Standing Speakers tend to perform better when given a little bit of space in the room, to prevent interaction with back walls or the bass booming. Some speakers feature front ports or downward-firing ports, enabling them to be utilised closer to a wall, but generally speaking allowing some space can result in optimum performance.
If you're looking for large speakers for a home cinema set-up, the added size of floorstanders results in greater soundstage and improved imaging, giving the impression that movie soundtracks or music are tangible and presented directly in front of you. It is for this reason that many enthusiasts choose Floor Standing Speakers to act as the front channel in an AV Surround Sound Speaker System. These users benefit from a greater, more impactful soundstage and dynamics – which results in a more impressive and immersive home cinema experience.
Don't forget, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and there is no point investing in a new pair of performance speakers if you use them with poor quality speaker cable. The rule of spending around 10% of spend on cables rings true, so make sure to select some good speaker. Please call or e-mail us for any further assistance.