Every good turntable needs a set of speakers to pump out the jams. Floor speakers are a great way to not only decorate a listening area thanks to their high cabinets and fine finishes. They also have amazing output when it comes to sound.
This article is going to not only talk about floor speakers, but how to buy them on a budget. For a guide to the 7 best floor speakers under $500, look no further!
And to better help you, please take a look at the table below, where you can view some of the more popular speakers (both bookshelf and floor standing) on the market today:
|Audioengine A5||$$||50 watt per channel RMS|
|Audioengine HD6||$$$||Wireless bookshelf speakers|
|Dayton Audio B652-AIR||$||6-1/2" woofer|
|ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2||$$||Max Power Input- 120 Watts|
|KEF LS50||$$$||Amplifier: 25 - 100W|
|Klipsch RP-600M||$$$||1” Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Tractrix Horn|
|Pioneer SP-BS22||$||4" Structured Surface Woofer|
|MartinLogan Motion 15||$$||Folded Motion Tweeter|
|Pioneer SP-FS52||$||Three 5.25" Structured Surface Woofers|
|Polk Signature Series S55||$$||20 - 200 Watts/Channel|
|Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2||$$||New Woven Aramid-Fiber woofer|
Why Choose Floor Speakers?
A lot of people who maybe have $400 or $500 to spend on speakers often think that they will not get quality floor standing speakers for that price. Luckily, that is not the case, as this article will go on to show with 7 great options. The question that shoppers must consider though is why choose floor speakers? There are plenty of quality bookshelf style cabinet speakers, so what does a vinyl collector get from floor speakers?
In short, the power and output inside of a floor speaker can do much, much more. On average, a floor speaker can have anywhere from 75% to 100% more power than a bookshelf speaker. The drivers in floor speakers are quicker and more precise, making for a better sound as well. In terms of range, a lot of floor speakers feature more than one tweeter or woofer.
While woofers handle low noises, tweeters handle the high pitches. Being able to stack two of each in the cabinet of a floor speaker provides a more diverse range of sound. Between that and the output power, floor speakers are great for specific rooms that require more sound:
- Living rooms/areas
- Dens with high ceilings
- Long rooms, such as a basement
- Waiting rooms for offices
- Listening areas that may host a larger amount of people
Floor speakers, because of their increased quality and parts, can cost much more than bookshelf speakers.
If you’re in the market for a new turntable as well, then please check out some of the best selling turntables on Amazon below, which range from cheap and affordable to more end up players:
|1) Audio-Technica AT-LP60X|
|2) Fluance RT85|
|3) Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB|
|4) Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC|
|5) Crosley CR8009A|
Without further ado, let’s take a look at these some of the best floor speakers under $500 that will really make your vinyl collection sing!
A lot of vinyl collectors have owned a pair of these at some point. The Polk Audio RTi A9 Floor Standing Speakers look absolutely incredible, showing off a real wood veneer finish with one of a kind sound output. High quality is in high demand for vinylheads, and it is bountiful with these Polk speakers.
The brand’s uniquely designed drivers undergo laser testing to find points of weakness, and once corrected, ensures smooth, accurate response from needle drop to the end of side B. The cabinet removes rigid playback through its asymmetrical shape, equipped with the brand’s PowerPort technology that reduces noisy air turbulence and increases low-frequency output.
With an accurate sensitivity to low lows and the highest of highs, the Polk Audio RTi A9 Floor Standing Speakers are a top contender for anyone looking to find floor speakers under $500.
Wharfedale Diamond 230
A research based project ended up giving way to the Wharfedale Diamond 230 Tower Speakers Ongoing research into new cabinet materials and loudspeaker drivers helped make these Wharfedale speakers a pinnacle of the latest acoustic technology.
The idea was to produce an involving listening experience that utilized Crystalam, a substance that reduces the audibility of panel and cabinet based distortion. This addition damps annoying high-frequency resonances, and blocks internal sound leakage.
As far as more of the specs, Wharfedale implemented increases in magnet sizes, where applicable, as well as beget higher-sensitivity systems that both make the speakers easier to drive and boost transient acoustic power. At the price point, the brand wanted to be the best.
Put these in a living room or large listening area, and you’ll be sure to agree. These are some of Warfedale’s most successful speakers, and the Diamond 230 Tower Speakers are a great fit for anyone seeking floor speakers.
A classic look with some modern features, the ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2 is a favorite for the budget minded vinyl shopper. These speakers feature a three-way design with a 1″ cloth dome tweeter, a 5.25″ woven aramid-fiber cone mid-woofer, and two 5.25″ woven aramid-fiber cone woofers. Like mentioned above, cabinet style floor speakers allow for multiple woofers and tweeters.
Even though the design makes these look somewhat thin, they pack a punch, doing well for parties or large gatherings. The ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2 can utilize up to 140 watts of power from the amplifier connected to a turntable, and produces a frequency great for every genre of music.
The design of these cabinets is also meant to allow zero distortion due to stiffness. Usually, stiffness is not what you want to hear for music. Nevertheless, the stiff and sturdy cabinet design allows to reduce vibrations that cause unnatural sounds and blips in the playback.
Another great thing about these speakers is the ability to tuck them away due to their thin shape. They can either be a forefront of the listening area you design, or blend in nicely. Either way, the ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2 are wonderfully designed and fit nicely in any room.
It’s funny to follow the ELAC speakers with these, because the Jamo S 807’s are flashy and fun for those looking to make more of a statement. The S 807s are a middle ranged size, followed by a larger cabinet in another series of the Jamo lineup. While some may use these for a high tech surround sound experience for a TV, they do wonders for a turntable, and that’s all thanks to their configuration and Dolby Atmos capabilities.
Each tower sports two 5″ woofers and a 1″ soft dome tweeter for clear, natural sound that rings out throughout a medium sized room. The magnetic grills can be removed for a cleaner look, eliminating the extra padding for a more stereo look.
Utilizing binding post speaker terminals for main and Atmos channels, the Jamo S 807’s offer clear sound, but are not the best in this list. Their sound quality starts to waver when you listen for the clearer highs and lows. That being said, if you don’t consider yourself too technically minded, these are a great price for great speakers.
The easiest way to intro the Monitor Audio Bronze 5 speakers is to say that they are quite perfect in achieving what you want from a floor standing speaker. With a black wood finish that gives the a 90s quality of style without feeling dated, it’s slim design makes them a great fit for any room or space.
Two sets of input terminals allow for double the amplification if you want to push its limits, and make no mistake, they can handle it. For its performance level, the price point on these is quite impressive.
The Bronze 5 Floor Standing Speakers are mirrored after the more high end Monitor Audio designs of their higher priced lines. The cool thing about this is that you get the look of the Monitor brand with a more appealing price tag. For comparison, the differences are slim between these and the more expensive ones, so it delivers great performance for the money. It has a 1″ gold dome tweeter for clear, detailed highs that make instrumentation sound like its in the room with you.
A bolt-through driver attachment mechanism that is found in the Silver and Gold lines is also included. With a pair of 5-1/2″ C-CAM woofers, the Monitor Audio speakers, for their price, are a favorite on this list for performance.
We end things the way we started: a popular brand offering a piece of tech in the speaker game. The Sony SS-CS3’s are a little less flashy than other options, but great nonetheless. Believe it or not, some collectors like everything to be the same brand, so if you have a Sony turntable, this is a good fit at a good price. Equipped with two 5″ woofers, a 1″ tweeter, and a 0.75″ super tweeter, the speakers hit their top performance at 145 watts of power.
The integrated super tweeter has a wide-dispersion design for a high-frequency audio response up to 50 kHz. That means even though they look unassuming, these can crank out tunes at a party throughout an entire level of the house. This speaker’s woofers use mica-reinforced cones for optimized bass performance down to 45 Hz. Plus, the speaker’s crossover is engineered to minimize signal loss.
They were saved for last because they’re is less to say about these, but they are a good option. At the end of the day, the Sony SS-CS3’s get the job done.
Klipsch Reference R-620F
This brand is no surprise to anyone on lists for best speakers. The Klipsch R-620F is a great example of the quality that comes with the Klipsch name. The brand is known for products that fill a room with high quality sound. Vinyl fans have bought their products for years.
Use a pair of these towers for a turntable area in a bedroom or living room and sound will ring from every corner. The presence and authority in these speakers far outkicks its price point as well. Klipsch delivers detail and deep, rich bass thanks to its two-channel system, and these are a great set of speakers.
The power comes from the Tractrix horn-loaded tweeter. This design is a Klipsch specialty that produces crystal clear sound from every frequency. The R-620F uses this tweeter along with two 6-1/2″ copper spun woofers to hit the full range of pitches and sounds with solid bass response. Power is not something that is needed in heaps with these speakers either, keeping input sources from overworking themselves.
If Klipsch has ever seemed out of your price range, the Reference R-620F’s give you high quality for an affordable price.
Floor standing speakers are an attractive way to pack more sound into a confined amount of space. For years, these speakers were used to show off home audio systems, and now with vinyl back and bigger than ever, floor standing speakers are the way to go if you want to impress, entertain, or enjoy records at a higher quality.
With a list of options for turntable floor speakers to choose from, all under $500, shopping should be made easy thanks to this guide. Good luck finding the perfect fit, and happy spinning!
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