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Floor Standing Speakers - KEF 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 advice on speakers or amplifier matching, please call or e-mail. We can also demo most of these in our showroom by prior arrangement.


KEF is a British speaker manufacturer developing industry-leading products for over 50 years. KEF has received a host of awards and stellar reviews and currently offers a wide range of hi-fi speakers and AV speakers. 

The flagship KEF Blade and smaller KEF Blade 2 speakers are renowned for their excellence and superb reproduction, and their advanced pioneering technologies and Uni-Q Driver Array designs have filtered down into lots of KEF’s consumer-end products, such as the KEF LS50 wireless speakers.

In 1961, KEF was founded by Raymond Cooke OBE an ex-BBC Electrical Engineer and headquartered the company near Maidstone, Kent. The company was set on the banks of the River Medway in the premises of a former metal working company, Kent Engineering & Foundry. Overtime by experimenting with new technologies and materials, Cooke aimed to produce superior acoustic quality with recordings reproduced to the exact nature of the original performance. 

KEF became the first company to utilise the stability of Bextrene as a cone material, which has since been incorporated in many drivers for many leading audiophile speakers. Another major breakthrough a few years later, KEF became the first to design and test loudspeakers with computer modelling leading the industry in the digital analysis of speakers. Their revolutionary work resulted in KEF being able to match speaker pairs to within half a dB for flawless audio reproduction. 

KEF eventually went on to produce their signature technology, the Uni-Q point source driver array in the next decade using NASA-developed magnets that were ten times more powerful than conventional ones. KEF stayed ahead of the game in the nineties with the advent of 5.1 home cinema recording by creating the first dedicated centre speaker in the UK, the Model 100 benefiting from Uni-Q. 

Through the years, they have been developing impressive expertise in the use of advanced acoustical, magnetic and mechanical modelling techniques such as Finite Element Analysis resulting in an accuracy that was not previously achievable. Kept under wraps since the 1980s, KEF revealed their ACE technology in 2005 demonstrating the advantages of activated carbon inside a compact speaker enclosure and its effect on internal volume and bass extension.

Now five decades from the company’s inception, KEF's scientific innovation and hands-on experimentation cements their ultimate audiophile reputation and allows them to continue to lead in developing products ahead of the market. We stock the complete KEF range, from the multimedia range (that includes active speakers, headphones and earphones) to the Q series range, LS50 range, both the wired and wireless LS50, R series range, KEF Reference range and KEF Blade, along with custom install speakers and 5.1 speaker packages for a home theatre experience.

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.

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