The 12 Best Floor Standing Tower Speakers

Photo: Dynaudio Focus 60 XD

It’s starting to seem like there is no limit to the number of speaker types there are on the market. Wherever you plan to spend time, there’s a speaker to suit — whether you want to blast tunes in the shower, rock out in the great outdoors, or even have your music follow you around your house. But if you’re a dedicated audiophile or media maven, you’re probably going to want a dedicated system for enjoyment in the comfort of your own home.

Even for use solely within the walls of your abode, there are a number of different speaker varieties. These include things like standalone smart speakers, bookshelf speakers, and more. But the mother of them all might just be the floorstanding speaker. Known by several different names — tower speaker, floor speakers, floor-standing speakers, standing speakers, etc. — these big, comprehensive audio devices are still the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to home audio. And the following guide is comprised of twelve of the absolute best.

Why Choose Tower Speakers?

Benefits & Drawbacks

As mentioned, there are a huge number of speaker categories that are suitable for in-home use. But there are some very good reasons you might want to forego all the others in favor of floorstanding speakers. Albeit a bit pricey (especially when you get into the higher end of the spectrum), these speakers offer a comprehensive range of sound you might otherwise only get from a cumbersome multi-speaker surround sound setup. You see, most tower speakers do not contain a single wide-range driver (the part that projects the sound), but rather a collection of them all housed in the same large unit. The more drivers a tower speaker has, the louder the speakers can get. And while volume isn’t everything, a wide range of driver types will also create a wider soundstage — allowing for better hi-fi audio. Of course, the price of most high-quality floorstanding speakers isn’t for the faint of heart, so you’ll want to be prepared to drop a hefty sum if you want the benefits therein. As a secondary note, the prices in our guide reflect pairs of speakers — not individual ones.

Sony SS-CS3 Floor-Standing Speakers

Don’t let the low price of these tower speakers fool you — they’re actually an excellent bang-for-your-buck option if you have an extremely tight budget. That’s probably got to do with the fact that Sony has been perfecting and driving down the price of their audio equipment for years and years. In fact, despite the low cost, these speakers have some fairly premium materials — like Mica Reinforced Cellular fiber cone woofers (most budget speakers use paper cones), a precision-tuned polyester tweeter, and an all-wood cabinet for superb acoustics. With a pair priced at just $400, you’re not going to do much better without a heftier investment.

Frequency Response: 45Hz–50kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 2 Woofers
Height: 36.3″

Purchase: $400

ELAC Debut F6 Floorstanding Speakers

If you can handle an extra $50 over the price of Sony’s SS-CS3’s, we’d definitely suggest having a gander at the ELAC Debut F6 floorstanding speakers. These towers offer a better soundstage — thanks to the inclusion of a mid-range driver alongside the tweeter and woofers — for just a bit more scratch. ELAC is so proud of these audio devices, in fact, that they’ve made the claim that they sound as good as competitor offerings that cost several times more. It is worth noting, however, that a complete range of sound necessitates the addition of a powered subwoofer. But, even then, this system will still cost you a good deal less than other, similar options while sounding just as good or better.

Frequency Response: 39Hz-20kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 1 Midrange, 2 Woofers
Height: 43″

Purchase: $450

Fluance Signature Series Floorstanding Speakers

Obviously, the Fluance Signature Series floorstanding speakers are a bit of a jump up from the more budget-friendly options on our list — but they’re also worth the scratch if you can swing it. Handsome and sleek in their appearance, they’re built from premium materials and come with a pair of powerful 8″ woofers for growling bass and neodymium tweeters that have the high-end clarity covered beautifully. Mate that with acoustically-sound solid wood cabinets for a distortion-free sound and you can start to see exactly where the value is found in these slightly more expensive offerings.

Frequency Response: 35Hz-20kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 1 Midrange, 2 Woofers
Height: 47.24″

Purchase: $1,400

MartinLogan Motion 40 Floor Speakers

When one-hundred customers review a product and it still ends up with a near-perfect 4.9-star score, there’s probably a good reason for that. Or at least that’s the case with the MartinLogan Motion 40 floor speakers. These monolithic 150-watt towers are equipped with dual cone woofers for booming bass, a folded motion tweeter for crisp and clear high-frequency tones, and more. Capable of handling all your favorite music, as well as the audio of your favorite big-budget blockbuster movies, these speakers are somewhat of an investment — but they’re worth every penny.

Frequency Response: 40Hz-25kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 1 Midrange, 2 Woofers
Height: 48″

Purchase: $1,700

JBL Studio 590 Floorstanding Speakers

JBL has been making studio-quality audio equipment for a long time now. And, as you might expect, they’ve taken those years of experience and expertise and pared them into equipment for home use, as well — like their Studio 590 floorstanding speakers. As the name suggests, these speakers are practically professional-quality and were made to work in conjunction with the brand’s other Studio 5 Series equipment — like the matching bookshelf speakers, in case you want a setup for your whole home. With a tweeter mounted on a glass-filled Bi-Radial horn — the very same tech used in their concert-quality tech — and dual woofers with PolyPlas cones complete with Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet assemblies, these speakers might make you forget you’re not actually in the studio yourself.

Frequency Response: 35Hz-40kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 2 Woofers
Height: 49.75″

Purchase: $2,000

Polk Audio LSiM707 Floorstanding Speakers

If contemporary styling and high-end audio are concerns of yours, then you might find something you like very much in the Polk Audio LSiM707 tower speakers you see here. Apart from sharp good looks, these audio devices have some pretty major benefits courtesy of Polk’s long-running audio expertise. That includes separate chambers for the tweeter and midrange units — ensuring better response and overall sound — as well as oval subwoofer drivers that offer greater surface area for more booming bass. Furthermore, the Klippel motor optimization paired with distortion-reducing patented Dynamic Balance technology makes absolutely certain that these speakers sound phenomenal at any volume. Finally, they’re available in your choice of handsome cherry wood or rich mahogany.

Frequency Response: 20Hz-40kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 1 Midrange, 1 Mid/Woofer, 2 Subwoofers
Height: 50.81″

Purchase: $3,200

Klipsch RF-7 III Floorstanding Speakers

Klipsh has been at the forefront of high-end audio devices pretty much since the day they were founded back in 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. Since then, they’ve worked diligently to offer up devices that magnificently combine superb good looks and top-tier sound. Their Reference Series floorstanding speakers are certainly no exception to that. If anything, in fact, they’re just another example of this brand’s greatness. Complete with an all-new titanium compression driver, the brand’s signature Tractrix horn, a redesigned bifurcated cabinet, and a complement of premium drivers — both on the high and low ends — these legendary speakers will have you coming back again and again and again. You’ll wonder why you ever went without them.

Frequency Response: 32Hz–25kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tractrix Horn Tweeter, 2 Woofers
Height: 49″

Purchase: $3,598

Bowers & Wilkins 804 D3 Floorstanding Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins’ 800 Series Diamond speakers boast some of the most advanced drivers the brand has ever put into speakers, but the 804 D3 improves on them with a slimline cabinet that, while lighter, still offers up the same top-quality acoustics you’d expect from a legendary audio brand of this pedigree. Beloved in the audio world, these speakers boast the fabled Diamond dome tweeter — that device on top that looks like a microphone — along with a Continuum cone mid/bass driver, an Aerofoil bass cone, and advanced bracing in the cabinet to ensure it can handle the full range of sounds these beautiful speakers pump out.

Frequency Response: 24Hz-28kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 1 Midrange, 2 Woofers
Height: 40.12″

Purchase: $9,000

Dynaudio Focus 60 XD Floorstanding Speakers

Dynaudio has made the claim that their Focus 60 XD loudspeakers are the new standard in the active high-end market — and we’re inclined to believe them. Besides the fact that they’re done up in one of five different wood finishes — perfect to match the styling in any home — these 600w speakers feature proprietary MSP material in both their tweeter and midrange drivers alongside a soft-dome tweeter that, together, can handle both smooth and clean sounds, as well as sonic thumps. Even better, on top of their top-of-the-line sound, these are some of the few tower speakers that are equipped to play wirelessly — adding another level of convenience to your aural enjoyment.

Frequency Response: 18Hz-24kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 1 Midrange, 2 Woofers
Height: 43.11″

Purchase: $13,000

KEF Reference 5 Floorstanding Speakers

In case you are unfamiliar, “reference” is a term used in the audio world to describe a given brand’s best-in-class product. And while you could take or leave the claims of lower-end brands, when the folks at KEF use the term, it’s definitely worth heeding. Such is the case with these Reference 5 floorstanding tower speakers. Their clean aesthetics fit a variety of in-home styles and do not betray the sheer power and range these audio devices have to offer. From their quartet of bass drivers — with enough boom to knock your socks off (perhaps literally) — Uni-Q array, and vented aluminum dome tweeter, these produce the kind of sound the brand describes as “spine-tingling.” Of course, you don’t have to take their word for it — you can experience it for yourself. That is if you can afford it.

Frequency Response: 40Hz-35kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Tweeter, 1 Midrange, 4 Woofers
Height: 53.1″

Purchase: $19,000

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 90 Floorstanding Speakers

Bang & Olufsen offer a huge variety of audio devices — some of which are extremely reasonably priced. The Beolab 90s, however, are most certainly not what anyone other than the hyper-rich might call “affordable.” That being said, they also might just be the best the brand has ever built across their long and storied history. In fact, at the time of their unveiling, Bang & Olufsen was pretty sure these were actually the most technologically advanced in the world — and if they’ve been bypassed, it’s not by much. Boasting a unique and beautiful space-age design, these speakers are all made to order — meaning the utmost of care is put into each and every single one — and feature 18 state-of-the-art “Scan-Speak” drivers placed with pinpoint precision, the capacity to deliver up to 8,200-watts of sound, and they’ve got Active Room Compensation — meaning they can detect their surroundings and shape their sounds to suit.

Frequency Response: 18Hz–35kHz
Speaker Units: 7 Tweeters, 7 Midrange, 4 Woofers
Height: 49.3″

Purchase: $84,990

Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic Speakers

With styling that looks a lot like it was ripped right out of an ’80s science fiction film, the Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic Speakers are the culmination of literal decades of engineering — combining the best that Wilson has learned from their time building speakers. Not only do these devices literally tower above the competition, but they’re actually the world’s most time-domain correct loudspeaker in the brand’s history — making them perhaps the most accurate in the world. In fact, before these were created, the technology housed in them was only thought to be theoretical. Precise down to five-millionths of a second, these aren’t just the best tower speakers ever built — they’re the new benchmark by which to judge literally every other speaker out there.

Frequency Response: 20Hz–33kHz
Speaker Units: 1 Forward-Firing Tweeter, 1 Rear-Firing Tweeter, 2 Upper Midranges, 2 Lower Midranges, 1 Woofer, 1 Subwoofer
Height: 84.4″

Purchase: $850,000

The 12 Best Multi-Room Wireless Speakers

If you don’t have a center room in which you want your audio equipment because you never stay in one play for too long, then floor-standing speakers might not be for you. Rather, you should look into the best multi-room wireless speakers.