Best Tower Speakers For Ultimate Entertainment

Best Tower Speakers

Best Tower Speakers For Ultimate Entertainment If you have the space, tower speakers—also known as floor-standing speakers—are great for getting the best sound out of your home theater system or even your record player.

Many consumers and designers might try to minimize the visual presence of speakers by installing a set in walls or ceilings, says Micah Sheveloff, a consumer electrics industry veteran and the founder of WIRC Media, a Florida-based marketing company specializing in audio and other consumer tech. Although built-in speakers can be outstanding, the detail and realism of good tower speakers is almost always preferable for music enthusiasts, not to mention free-standing speakers are easier to add to your living space.

Tower Speakers Features to Consider

Amplifiers: Depending on the type of speakers you get, you’ll also need an amplifier or receiver, which helps power your speakers. (For example, I use a Denon AVR-S540BT Receiver.) Make sure that the speakers you choose will work with your amplifier, unless you plan on buying another one. “If your amplifier doesn’t meet the minimum power requirements of the speaker, it can cause problems,” Prouty warns. You can purchase powered floor-standing speakers that don’t need an amp, but in most cases, he says they won’t provide the quality of sound you’d get from using a separate amplifier.

Audio Quality: Speaker sensitivity (or sound pressure level), as measured in decibels, is another factor to consider. But keep in mind that a higher sensitivity rating doesn’t guarantee the best sound. The combination of many features is what determines sound quality, including the size and shape of tweeters (like cones or domes), materials (such as silk or aluminum), woofer size, frequency response, and even the cabinet quality.

Sheveloff recommends manufacturers, such as Klipsch, Polk Audio, and others, that have been making excellent speakers for decades. “These brands are renowned for applying innovative solutions that improve the experience for the listener,” he says. “Driver materials, cabinet construction, port designs—these are all factors that engineers toil over to ensure best possible resolution.”

How We Selected

I’ve tested and written about tech and home products for a variety of digital publications, including Architectural DigestCNN Underscored, Tom’s Guide, Bob VilaPopular ScienceThe SpruceRealtor.comApartment Therapy, and The Daily Beast. This list includes floor-standing speakers that I’ve tested, as well as brand and individual speakers recommended by our experts, Carl Prouty and Micah Sheveloff, combined with extensive research on each of these products. I evaluated the speakers here based on their design, performance, and value for the money, and also included options at various price points.

Key Specification

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39.6 x 9.4 x 17 in.
49 lbs
97 dB

 

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We agree with Prouty that the Klipsch RP-6000F Floorstanding Speakers are the best overall option, combining quality, features, and value for the money. (I have the Klipsch RP-5000F model at home.) The speakers have a Hybrid Tractix Horn, which produces detailed high-frequency sound, and two 6.5-inch cerametallic cone woofers. The two-way speakers also have dual binding posts, removable magnetic grilles, and a frequency response of 34-25,000 Hz. “This model has great mids and highs, can handle 125 watts of continuous power, and can be bi-wired for more clarity of sound,” Prouty says. The Klipsch speakers are available in piano gloss, ebony, and walnut finishes.

 
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Key Specification

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Sensitivity

37 x 9 x 11 in.
32 lbs
89 dB

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If you’re looking for something a little more economical, we’d recommend the Polk Audio Signature Elite ES50; it’s the best choice when you want a step up from the budget picks. It features 2.5-way cascading crossovers, a 1-inch Terylene tweeter, and two 5.25-inch woofers that deliver incredible sound throughout an entire room. It also delivers 3 dB louder bass than conventional ported speakers. Even more, it can stream music online via Spotify, Apple Music, and more.

 

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The third option from Prouty’s top three picks, the Focal Aria 926 are high-end speakers that are worth the splurge. “I love the beautiful design with leather-effect coating, and the TNF tweeter handles high tones with minimal distortion,” Prouty says. “In addition, the Flax Cone midrange drivers provide smooth mids and low bass tones, extremely accurate sound reproduction.” The three-way design also includes 1-inch dome tweeters made of aluminum and magnesium, and dual 6.5-inch woofers. The Focal Aria speakers are available in black high gloss, brown, and prime walnut.

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Key Specification

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36.4 x 9.1 x 7.5 
20 lbs
86 dB

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The Polk Monitor XT60 Floorstanding Tower Speakers are wildly popular for a reason: They’re affordable speakers that aren’t cheap in quality and won’t eat up too much floor space. Each speaker has a 1-inch Terylene dome tweeter, 6.5-inch bi-laminate paper driver, and two 6 .5-inch passive bass radiators, which are designed to deliver great mid-ranges and bass. The black two-way speakers have a set of binding posts and a frequency response of 38 to 40,000 Hz, and they can support Dolby and DTS.

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Key Specification

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Weight
Sensitivity

40 x 17.3 x 9.5 in.
49 lbs
96 dB

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The Klipsch R-625A Floorstanding Speakers aren’t just floor-standing speakers. They also have Dolby Atmos speakers in the top that are aimed at the ceiling to reflect sounds and provide a more immersive experience. The speakers use Tractrix Horn technology for more accurate high-frequency sounds, and Linear Travel Suspension aluminum tweeters, along with two copper injection-molded graphic woofers. The frequency response is 38 to 21,000 Hz, and both the front and top grilles are removable.

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