Whether you’re an audiophile or not, everyone recognizes the name Dolby, which is why we like Polk’s T50 Floor Standing Tower Speaker which is Dolby compatible and offers great surround sound capabilities. Polk’s 150 watt system serves as a good basis for a complex system at a very competitive price. We find that it's a good starter system for its compatibility with most AV systems and home receivers, not to mention single or multi-room set up. Audio options are limitless with immersive 5.1, 7.1 or 9.1 setup
The T50 delivers a punchy resonance that is sure to match whichever movie or gaming experience you throw at it thanks to Polk’s proprietary Dynamic Balance technology. What we liked especially about this model was its impressive midrange performance which makes it perfect for movie watching. While most systems go heavy on the bass resonance, they neglect the importance of midrange frequencies which are used for voices and adds a warmer texture to the audio. The techs at Polk knew what they were doing because they've created a highly versatile system that accentuates all the audio details of our favorite movies, from dialogue heavy rom-coms to loud action thrillers. For an accessible movie experience, look no further than the Polk T60 Standing Tower Speaker.
- Powerful 150 watt system with 8 ohm output
- Compatible with most home audio systems including Dolby surround sound
- 5.1 audio system
Sony is another big name in the audio industry and its SSCS3 3-Way Floor Speaker lives up to the brand’s legendary reputation. Top to bottom, Sony’s thoughtfully designed SSCS3 is an exceptional system from its mica-reinforced cellular cones to its powerful 145 watt output. We give this system our seal of approval due to its ability to deliver sound at a stout 88 decibels without losing a modicum of clarity. You don't have to be some kind of AV nerd to appreciate these speakers, just put on your favorite movie and listen as these speakers transition perfectly from loud explosions to quiet whispers without any distortion.
The key to this is the SSCS3's combination of its 0.75" Sony Super Tweeter for the midranges and its robust 5.25" foamed-mica cellular reinforced cones for the bass notes. Together the two features create a system with a wide sonic range versatile for any home theater. Whether you're starting your first home theater system or need some classic bookshelf speakers to beef up your surround sound, the SSCS3s bring the volume with quality to spare. Get ready to take your movie collection to the next level.
- 145 watt output, 6 ohm impedance
- Mica reinforced cellular cones produce undistorted audio
- Features Sony’s Hi-Res Audio guarantee
Even if you don’t have a fortune to spend on an audio system, you can depend on Pioneer to give you the best sound quality money can buy. Pioneer’s SP-FS52 standing speaker delivers in both performance and accessibility. This system was made with resonance in mind, such as the molded curved cabinets designed to reduce internal waves and distortion. The end result is a well-thought-out speaker with a full-bodied sound and perfect harmonic blend. Though we are blown away by the sound quality of the SP-FS52, we were also impressed with the speaker's simple and stylish all-black design.
The cabinet's curved shape is not only chic but increases harmonics and resonance. Inside the tall cabinet you'll find three 5.25" woofers aimed at ear level for better sound quality. Working in conjunction with this is Pioneer's sophisticated Complex Crossover method, which aim the sound in a way to perfectly blend the audio between the woofer and tweeter for greater accuracy. When you listen to the swell of a soundtrack from your favorite movie you really feel the music hit you. We love the Pioneer SP-FS52 because its just so beautifully engineered. It's a design that is as innovative as it is elegant.
- 130 watt power
- Molded curved cabinets reduce distortion
- Ultra efficient bass reflex system
Klipsch RP-280F Reference Premiere Floorstanding Speaker with Dual 8 inch Cerametallic Cone Woofers
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Rounding off the list is the Klipsch RP-280F speaker, a professional grade system certainly reserved for those who are serious about their audio. Klipsch makes a promise to bring their customers even closer to the music and the RP-280F does exactly that. When you pay for a Klipsch, you pay for quality and innovation, and the RP-280F has no shortage of both. What impressed us most with this system was the new design Klipsch used for the speaker cones. Inside the housing you'll find their patented Tactrix Horn design which uses a circular horn throat to get the most quality out of its audio output. The end result is something to experience, delivering heightened clarity in the midranges and rich, deep tones in the bass range.
Topping off the pristine audio quality were the RP-280Fs classic look. You'll enjoy the seamless black wood grain cabinet and brushed ebony shimmer of the speaker cones. Whatever your home styling, the RP-280F will bring a modern touch to your decor.
Crystal clear to the ear and pleasing to the eye, these Klipsch speakers were a sure pick.
- Tactrix horn cone design improves sound clarity and sonic details
- Dual 8" Cerametallic woofers produces cleanest sound on the market with minimal distortion
- System comes with Klipsch RP280F Ebony Reference Premier Tower Speakers.
Most of us know good sound quality when we hear it, but not everybody knows all the jargon when it comes to audio systems. We realize you want the best your money can buy, so we compiled this guide to help you better understand all the audio lingo and make the best decision for you.
Ohm: An ohm is the measure of electronic impedance to the speaker. So in simple terms, the lower the ohm, the more signal can travel from the amp to the speaker which means a louder system.
Watt: This is the measure of a speaker’s electrical output. The greater wattage a speaker has the more output a speaker can perform and the louder it can be.
Subwoofer: In a home audio system the subwoofer’s job is to produce the lower bass notes and tones.
Tweeter: If the subwoofer’s job is to produce low notes, then it's the tweeter’s task to do the opposite. This speaker is used to produce higher frequencies.
Mica: Mica is a silicate and common material used for high quality tweeters and speakers. In audio, mica is made into a thin sheet that is used to form the speakers cone and diaphragm. Mica is used because it creates the most decibel output with the least amount of interference.
5.1 channel: This is ratio used to explain audio system formats. For example the five means five audio channels or speakers, while the one refers to the one subwoofer used in the system.