Floor Speakers

When you are making your initial decisions about speaker choice for your home theater, one of the primary considerations will be just how much space you have to fit everything into your lounge room. Fortunately, speakers come in various styles and sizes, allowing you to use as much or little speaker as will be practical in your space.

The main choice will be between bookshelf speakers, whether mounted on wall brackets or standing on a cupboard or shelf as the name implies, or floor standing speakers. Floor speakers are larger in size than other types of speaker, and can stand over a meter tall. Modern floor speakers can feature novel designs, with the models in some of the range of Mordaunt-Short speakers being excellent examples.

Mordaunt-Short Aviano Floor Speakers

The larger size is an obvious drawback in some situations, but with more size, comes more space and in this space can be lots of audio goodies! Expect any decent set of floor speakers to have multiple drivers, usually with one or more midrange drivers working together with a tweeter to deliver excellent sound. Larger floor speakers might even offer built in subwoofers, giving a complete speaker setup in one package. If you are looking to buy floor speakers, the usual considerations apply in terms of speaker quality. Make sure you listen to a good range of models and brands, as how the speakers sound to you is the most important feature of all! If you are planning on using your speakers to play much music, try to take a favorite CD out shopping for you to get an idea how your tunes will sound with the speakers.

If you are buying floor speakers for a 5.1 surround sound setup and money is tight, keep in mind that it is better to spend more on the front speakers than the rear. It is better to have louder and clearer sound coming from the front and letting the rear speakers add to the surround effect as this will seem more natural than vice versa – otherwise it will seem like the action is all happening behind you! Another tip for home theater use is that you usually want your speakers to be around the level of your ears, when you are seated. Depending on the model you choose, you may need to look for some speaker stands, to raise them slightly. Some speakers will come with stands in the pack, so if this is a feature you need it may pay to look for a bundle with matched stands.

Although they can be bulky, floor speakers provide the opportunity for breathtaking audio quality, without making any compromises to take less space. If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated home theater room, or just a large lounge, these are an obvious first choice.

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