Tower speakers are tall, loud, and often very impressive speakers that people typically use in their home theatre systems. Many of them might look similar to each other, but if you think they’re all made of the same cloth, you might want to think again. There are various types of speakers, each with their defining characteristics and intended uses.
Designed for amplifiers up to 300W and with a genuine sensitivity of 88dB, the SVS Prime Pinnacle tower speakers are all about power and detail.
The combination of 1” tweeter, a 5.25” midrange driver, and three 6.5” woofers delivers excellent articulation and a lot of power. What makes the soundstage unique is perhaps the balance between lows, mids, and highs, with each register getting the detail it deserves.
Another defining feature is the wide sweet-spot, courtesy of the three-way crossover design. That allows for an expansive soundstage with accurate spatial imaging and exceptionally immersive experience. The fact that each driver features its own unique fine-tuning is also worth mentioning.
The only minor downside is that the SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers depend a lot on the quality of the amplifier. Cheap amps won’t give you the best audio quality, even if they provide the desired wattage.
- 3-way crossover.
- Individually tuned drivers.
- Well balanced and immersive soundstage.
- Superior bass and midrange definition.
- It has high-performance acoustic chambers for minimal resonance.
- Slightly expensive.
- Dependent on the quality of the amp.
The Klipsch RP-8000F speakers are not new by any means. However, they have stood the test of time thanks to their deep tones, rich sound, and very clean and detailed harmonics. The speakers are perhaps more suitable for medium to large rooms.
98dB is a high sensitivity rating, especially at this price point. The high power handling is impressive too, with the speakers working best with amps between 150-600W. The speakers feature 1” tweeter and two 8” woofers.
The large woofer helps deliver outstanding bass performance, even though it comes at a slight cost of midrange articulation. When it comes to the crossover, it’s not the best fit. That’s because the sweet spot is on the narrow side. That only limits the speakers in particular room arrangements.
But, Klipsch is also known for having some compatibility issues with other brands. A poor pairing could significantly diminish the high sensitivity.
- Dynamic soundstage.
- Large woofers.
- Hybrid Tractrix Horn Technology that reduces artificial reverb.
- Modern and stylish finish.
- Superior vented tweeter design.
- This model works best in 100% Klipsch configurations.
- Narrower crossover sweet spot.
Although the Polk T50 doesn’t typically come in twos, a pair of T50s is still going to be one of the best budget choices for a home entertainment system.
The speaker features Dolby DTS Surround Sound technology for an articulated soundstage. Each speaker has a tweeter, one midrange driver, and two 6.5” bass radiators. The radiators help create a warm and natural sound of far-reaching potential.
Due to the detail of the sound, you can use these speakers for your movie night, music, and for all your console gaming needs. The cross-brand compatibility that comes with Polk is also a prominent selling point. In the case of the T50 model, affordable pricing is also among the main selling points.
- 3-way crossover.
- 38Hz to 24kHz frequency response range.
- Reproduces all frequencies in good detail.
- Compatible with almost all AV receivers.
- Affordable and with a modern finish.
- Not suitable for more spacious rooms.
- Peak power handling of 150W.
These high-performance floor standing speakers have graced many home entertainment centers. The TSi500 owes its soundstage, the high degree of articulation, and impressive bass definition to the dynamic and wide frequency response range.
The speakers have four 6.5” woofers made with bi-laminate organic fiber. The cone woofer design, the diameter, and the choice of materials create impressive acoustics, minimize the resonance and distortion, even at high volume settings.
Although the TSi500 speakers have a rather bulky design, they might not have the best overall durability. That said, they reproduce high-fidelity audio nonetheless and add a bit of flair to any home entertainment center.
- Four large cone woofers.
- Wide frequency response range.
- This model has deep bass and rich midrange.
- Very loud.
- Minimal artificial resonance and distortion.
- Bulky appearance.
- It might be too loud for some rooms.
If you want inconspicuous speakers for your console gaming station or with your wall-in TV, the Martin Logan Motion 40 speakers can be a good fit. The slim design doesn’t compromise output and detail.
In fact, due to the unique folded motion tweeter design, the speakers don’t need as much excursion as most models. Therefore, they have even less distortion and faster response time. Along with the high-performance Vojtko crossover and aluminum cone woofers, the Motion 40s put out a very immersive soundstage with a surprising level of depth in the low and midrange register.
The overall audio clarity is noticeable, and the price to performance ratio is not bad, either. That said, these aren’t the cheapest brand name slim speakers.
But, the combination of rigid aluminum drivers, polymer baskets, and the overall simplistic design makes for some mighty and stylish speakers.
- Can deliver good 5.1 audio experience.
- Slim build profile.
- Accurate crossover to maximize volume and clarity.
- Superior bass definition.
- Straightforward initial setup.
- Slightly expensive.
- Somewhat heavy.