The best floor standing speakers 2019

The best floor standing speakers are designed to enhance your listening experience and make the most of your music. We round up the top pick for music buffs and party throwers

The best floor standing speakers

When it comes to sound quality, the best floor standing speakers we've picked out can't be beaten. They project different sound frequencies separately, making highs sharp, mid ranges clear and lows deep and full; meaning they're a must-have for music buffs, party throwers and anyone who appreciates a good piece of kit.

With brands including Yamaha, Dali and more, we've narrowed down our pick of the best floor standing speakers to make the job of choosing a quality piece of kit easier.

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What are the best floor standing speakers?

In our opinion, the best floor standing speakers are the Monitor Audio Silver 300 Black Oak Floorstanding Speakers, which come as a pair. Offering no compromises when it comes to style and sound quality, these are the best all rounders and deserving of the top spot.

Three way configuration ensures that each frequency receives the respect it deserves, enhancing the sound quality of your favourite films and music.

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How to buy the best floor standing speakers

When it comes to buying the best floor standing speakers to suit your needs, there are a few important factors we'd recommend bearing in mind. These include:

Three way design

The best kind of floor standing speaker will feature at least a three way design, which covers a tweeter, a mid range speaker (important for dialogue) and bass drivers for a deep, powerful sound.

Exterior finish

Floor standing speakers are best placed in large setups and as such, you may wish to pay some attention to their appearance. They can feature a traditional wooden exterior, or a modern black exterior, we'd recommend opting for something that suits the overall style of your scheme. That said, sound quality should be the overriding factor.  

The best floor standing speakers you can buy right now 

Monitor Audio Silver 300 Black Oak Floorstanding Speaker (Pair) an example of the best floor standing speaker

1. Monitor Audio Silver 300 Black Oak Floorstanding Speaker (Pair)

The best floor standing speakers: perfect, for all-around looks and sound quality

Specifications
Dimensions: H100cm x W18.5cm x D32.9cm
Power watts: 200
Weight: 20kg
Reasons to buy
+Best-in-class mids+Stylish looking speaker
Reasons to avoid
-Big piece of kit that may not be to everyones taste

Described as being stylish and delivering the wow factor when it comes to sound, these floor standing speakers are well deserving of our top spot.

The three way configuration will ensure each frequency band receives the respect it deserves, ensuring your favourite films and music tracks sound true to how they’re meant to be heard.

Those who find it hard to decipher speech in film tracks should take note of its ‘class leading mid range’ which will help to hear even the most dialogue heavy scenes.  

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Dali Opticon 8 Speakers an example of the best floor standing speaker

2. Dali Opticon 8 Speakers

Best floor standing speakers for movie buffs: with more of a focus on bass and a striking presence, the Dali speakers a close second place

Specifications
Dimensions: H114cm x W24.1cm x D45cm
Power watts: 300
Weight: 34.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Huge bass

Compared to the Monitors, the Dalis will have much more of a presence due to their striking size. But with that additional size comes a big, powerful bass, which is ideal if you love your movie soundtracks.

Thanks to the combination of a ribbon tweeter with a dome tweeter, they deliver dynamic sound just as well on the higher frequencies as the lower frequencies. With techies awarding 10 out of 10 on value for money, when it comes to size vs sound quality, there probably isn’t much better.  

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Yamaha NSF51 Floorstanding Speakers an example of the best floor standing speaker

3. Yamaha NSF51 Floorstanding Speakers

Best budget floorstanding speakers: when pockets are tight, these speakers are probably the best when it comes to budget

Specifications
Dimensions: H97.35cm x W25.4cm x D23.3cm
Power watts: 80
Weight: 13.7kg
Reasons to buy
+Excellent value

You only have to look at the string of 5 star reviews these Yamaha speakers receive from users to realise that these are pretty up there when it comes to sound quality for your budget.

While the significant drop in price means you’re not going to get the three-way sound system that the frequency spectrum really needs, the configuration has been worked so you still receive great highs, great lows and a pretty decent mid range.

You can choose from either a black or walnut finish, while their sizing is certainly more favourable for the average size living room.

Klipsch RP-260F Reference Premiere Floorstanding Speaker an example of the best floor standing speaker

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4. Klipsch RP-260F Floorstanding Speaker

Best floor standing speakers for powerful sound: another great speaker that sits comfortably in the under-£1,000 bracket

Specifications
Dimensions: H101cm x W22.89cm x D44.83cm
Power watts: 125
Weight: 22.45kg
Reasons to buy
+Clear, precise and powerful sound

While they won’t quite match the Dalis or the Monitors when it comes to sound performance, thanks to the Tractrix® Horn technology, this speaker should deliver the right combination of precision, clarity and power.

It also features a titanium tweeter, which Klipsche promise will deliver open, natural sound, while the bass should be elevated by the cone shaped woofers.

Techies say there’s some struggle in the mid-range area, but for execution of sound and volume, they’re worth the spend.  

Dali Spektor 6 an example of the best floor standing speaker

5. Dali Spektor 6

Best floor standing speakers for treble and bass: affordable, and promising a big, smooth sound, these Dalis take our 5th place

Specifications
Dimensions: H97.2cm x W19.5cm x D31.3cm
Power watts: 150
Weight: 32.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Well-balanced treble and bass

If bass is your priority, Dali suggest that these speakers are perfect for bass-heavy tracks, thanks to their twin woofer cones. They should also deliver on the treble front, too, thanks to their high performing treble unit.

If you’re looking to create the ultimate sound system, Dali suggest that you pair these speakers up with their others from their Spektor range

 In terms of appearance, choose between black or walnut for a look that matches your current style.  

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