Floor standing speakers, or “tower speakers” have been the fundament of home audio systems for decades, as they deliver a big and extensive sound that is very hard to match. Even nowadays in the more complex sound systems, they are the most important component when it comes to the surround sound.
Good speakers can often be quite expensive, and finding the best speakers on a budget can be quite difficult as a lot of cheap speakers will often sound terrible. To help make things a bit easier for you, we’ve done the research and reviewed what we believe is the 5 best floor standing speakers under 500 dollars.
Things To Think About Before Buying Speakers
First, there’s a couple of things you should think about before you decide to purchase speakers, as good speakers on their own won’t necessarily guarantee that you will get the sound experience you want. Personal preference is a huge factor when it comes to sound quality, and people obviously will have different tastes of what sounds good and not, so it’s not a dead cert that the speakers with the best reviews will sound good in -your- ears.
Room size and acoustics is another big factor that you need to take into consideration. Small speakers may work if they are placed in a small room, but they might sound pale and weak if they are placed in a bigger room, like in a living room. Alternately, large floor standing speakers can easily overwhelm a small room. Room materials is also a factor, and rooms with a lot of large exposed windows and bare floors will reflect a lot of the sound, while having a lot of sound absorbing materials like drapes, carpets, cushions, etc, can soak up some of the sound and power. Having a balance between the two would be preferable.
If you’re a home-theater speaker buyer, you might also want to stick with having the same brand for the center, front and surround channels, for performance reasons. The speakers should also be matched with a receiver or an amplifier that will deliver the right amount of power. The amplified power range, specified by the manufacturers, gives an idea of what is needed to properly power the speakers.
The placement of the speakers is also important, to get the most out of your sound system. Some speakers will sound the best when placed near a wall, while others will be perform a lot better when given some breathing room. Most speakers will sound best when the speakers tweeters are positioned near the ear height of the listeners.
Specifications To Consider When Purchasing Floor Standing Speakers
The frequency response describes the range of frequencies that a speaker can play. Typically, 40 hertz on the low end to 20 kilohertz in the treble range will be the frequency response for speakers in this price range.
Sensitivity tells you how efficiently a speaker can convert power into volume. Speakers with a high sensitivity rating can produce higher volumes before distortion, and has better durability.
The impedance is another factor of importance when pairing the speakers with an amplifier or AV-receiver. The lower the impedance, the more power it will accept. Most speakers are rated either 6 or 8-ohms, while 4-ohms speakers requires a more specialized amplifier or AV-receiver.
Below, is our list with the top 5 best floor standing speakers under $500. Be aware that not all the speakers in our list comes in pairs ,and that the “under 500 dollars”-criteria counts for speakers that are sold as single’s as well.
1. Klipsch R-28F Floorstanding Speaker (Pair – Black)
Dimensions: 15.7 x 9.5 x 42 inches
Item Weight: 56,7 lbs
Impedance: 8-ohms compatible
Sensitivity: 98 decibels
Power Handling: Up to 150W RMS
2. Onkyo SKF-4800 Floor-standing Speakers (Pair)
Item Weight: 72,8 lbs
Impedance: 6-ohms compatible
Sensitivity: 86 decibels
Max. Output Power: 130W RMS
3. Polk Audio RTI A7 Floorstanding Speaker (Single, Black)
Dimensions: 17,5 x 43,7 x 7,8 inches
Item Weight: 55,1 pounds
Impedance: 8 ohms
Power Range: 20-300watts
4. Samsung TW-J5500 Audio Sound Tower (Pair)
Dimensions: 41,1 x 14,2 x 19,3 inches
Item Weight: 61,1 lbs
Impedance: 8 ohms
Total Power: 350W
5. Polk Audio Signature S55 Home Theater Speaker (Single)
Dimensions: 12,5 x 11,7 x 41,5 inches
Item Weight: 44 lbs
Impedance: 8 ohms
Continuous Power Handling: 200W RMS
Either of these best floor standing speakers under 500 dollars mentioned above are capable of providing you with a great sound experience. If you would rather add some speakers that takes up less space to your TV-set, you should check out our article on soundbars vs soundbases and our reviews of the best soundbars under 400 dollars.