Best Floor Standing Speakers Under $500 – Audiophile Pleasers

Let’s face it – if you’re a true audiophile, you want perfect sound in all aspects of your life, from your headphones to your car and TV. 

And, when it comes to getting the best sound out of your home theater system, there is no better way to achieve this than an excellent pair of floor standing speakers.

But, in our search for the perfect sound experience, we can easily go overboard and spend much more money than we originally intended.

That’s why I created this list of the best floor standing speakers under $500 – to prove to you that you can get great sound without breaking your budget.

My List of Affordable Floor Standing Speakers

Here are 6 floor standing speakers that you won’t regret buying.

If you’re into audio gear, I think it’s safe to assume that you’re very familiar with Pioneer. This Japanese company has been one of the most popular players in the audio industry, and for a good reason – they have a wide range of products that can satisfy both the beginners and the more advanced users. The SP-FS52-LR is certainly intended for beginners, as it’s the most inexpensive entry on this list.

However, this speaker performs well above its price. It provides a rich and natural sound, while the mid to high range is by far the best at this price range. Designed by the legendary Andrew Jones, these speakers work great even without a subwoofer.

If you’re a fan of vinyl, you’ll be happy to learn that the SP-FS52-LR’s are as adept at playing vinyl as more expensive speakers on the market.

  • Clear and natural sound.
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    Work great without a subwoofer.
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    The most affordable entry on the list.
  • Some users find its looks unappealing.
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    The bass leaves a lot to be desired.

Sporting black ash finish with silver drivers, the Polk Audio TSi400 speakers sound as impressive as they look. These speakers are compatible with amplifiers from 20 to 200 watts/channel, which will surely meet the needs of even the most passionate audiophiles. Their bass response is great, although it can be tricky to get it right from time to time.

Although they are a step down from the top model in the TSi series (the TSi500), these speakers can make a small room shake. Just like with the Pioneer above, you don’t need a subwoofer to get the full sound of TSi400, although it will certainly help.

The sound is great all across the frequency range, but it comes at a significant increase in price compared to the Pioneer pair. Still, if you want to experience the full power of a premium product without overspending, the TSi400 may be your best choice.

  • Great bass response.
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    A lot of power for this price range.
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    Near full-range frequency response of 34Hz – 25kHz.
  • Getting the right bass response can be tricky.

Once you get to the higher frequencies, you can often hear the first signs of trouble with cheaper speakers. Not with the Yamaha NS-F210BL, though – these speakers handle higher frequencies with ease and deliver top-notch sound all across the frequency range.

They are also very sturdy and sport a steel base that looks well-built and durable. The bases are required to lend stability to these very slim floor standing speakers.

One of my favorite things about these speakers is their looks. They have clearly been designed with home theatres in mind, as their slim black design will surely match any flat screen TV out there. The woofers use light aluminum cones that not only look good but also provide an extra fast response.

If you find looks very important for your surround system, I recommend the NS-F210BL. They look very sleek and modern, and are specifically designed to match your TV.

  • Very well-built.
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    Good sound in the high frequencies.
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    Gorgeous design that will match any flat screen TV.
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    Easy to install.
  • May not be powerful enough for some users.
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    May require a subwoofer if you like bass.

Klipsch has been a top name in the audio industry for a long time and it shows. The RF-62 II is able to recreate sound with minimum distortion and an impressively high level of detail in this price range. The dual 6.5″ high-output woofers make them stand out both visually and sonically.

Known as the Cerametallic woofers, these copper-spun drivers are adept at handling a high amount of low frequencies at low distortion. They are also fitted with the titanium tweeters which can also be found in Klipsch’s flagship Palladium Series. The tweeters are horn-loaded to provide an open and natural top end.

Although the high frequencies in these speakers are a true treat, they aren’t half as bad in the low range either. The high-output woofers are known for their great bass response. The horn-loaded tweeters are a Klipsch signature and what they are most well-known for.

  • Great performance at high frequencies without fatigue.
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    The horn-loaded titanium tweeter sounds open and natural.
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    Attractive design with the two copper-spun drivers.
  • Some people don’t find them powerful enough without a subwoofer.

A well-known name in the entertainment industry, Sony has a lot of good audio products to show for. The SSCS3 speakers are definitely among these products, as they offer solid performance at a very affordable price.

They may not be the most powerful on the list, but they are among the loudest speakers at this price range. They’re certainly loud enough for a great movie experience or for playing vinyl, especially in a small to mid-sized room.

While the SSCS3 look pretty basic, the modern matte black finish may look appealing to some. They weigh well under 30 pounds, which makes them quite easy to move around but also easy to knock over if you have a pet or a small child. They do have a wide base that makes them more stable, but they still feel slightly less sturdy than you would like.

  • Very powerful for this price range.
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    Light and easy to carry around.
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    Setup is very easy as they’re not picky about room placement.
  • You may find them too light.
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    The bass is nothing to get excited about.

Sporting a similar design to the Sony SSCS3, the Onkyo SKF-4800’s do come at a slight increase in price. These speakers have an impressive bass response though it’s mostly mid-bass and upper bass, as it only goes down to 55Hz.

The sound is natural across the frequency range (55Hz – 35kHz), and the highs are crisp and clear without any distortion. Their maximum power handling is at 130W, which is average for this price range, but the good bass response makes them sound slightly more powerful.

The matte black finish also matches flat screen TVs, so you can rest assured that these will look sleek next to the screen.

  • Solid mid-bass response that makes them sound more powerful than they actually are.
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    Crisp highs with no distortion.
  • They lack a bit of punch, but it should be enough for a small room.
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    The base is narrow, so they can be easily pushed over.

What to Look for When Buying Floor Standing Speakers

Since the audio market is so competitive, it can be easy to get lost in a sea of different options if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Here are some important factors you should take into consideration when buying floor standing speakers.

Size

Bigger speakers usually pack more power, but you don’t want to go too big, as they won’t look pretty in a smaller room. Bookshelf speakers may be a more sensible option in that case. Also, you don’t want your speakers to tower over the TV too much.

On the other hand, speakers that are too light can be easier to push over. Choose speakers that strike a perfect balance – small enough to look unassuming, but not too small that they can be pushed over.

Frequency Response

The frequency response denotes the range of frequencies that a speaker can reproduce. Since many affordable floor standing speakers struggle with lower frequencies, a good rule of thumb is that you will likely need a subwoofer if the low end is 50Hz or higher.

Aesthetics

Since your speakers will likely take up a lot of space and be at the focus of the room, you want to make sure they look nice.

A dark wood finish fitted with woofers that stand out may be a good choice. Look to match the design of your speakers to your TV, as the last thing you want to have is a set of speakers that stand out from everything in the room.

Final Word

So, there you go – the best floor standing speakers of my choice. Any of the speakers on this list will be a good option, but only you can know what you want to get out of your speakers. 

Think about the size of your TV or music room and choose the speakers that will give you the sound experience you’re looking for.

Gavin Whitner
    Gavin Whitner
     

    A guitar player, lyricist, composer, and also the lead editor of MusicOomph, Gavin is one of the four musician friends behind this site. Outside of music, he's an avid sports fan and hardly misses anything from football (soccer) to F1.

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