Let’s face it, most of us want to get the most for our hard-earned dollars. The world of home theater is no different. When searching for home theater speakers, you can easily spend upwards of $1000 dollars (or more) in order to get great sounding speakers. However, in recent years manufacturers have pushed the envelope and are now offering floorstanding speakers at a tremendous cost/performance ratio. Below we’ve outlined some of the best floorstanding speakers available under 500 bucks that will make your home theater come alive.

Pioneer SP-FS52-LR Floorstanding Speaker

Pioneer SP-FS52 Floorstanding Speakers

The Pioneer SP-FS52 Floorstanding Speaker may be the best bargain in home theater. Designed by the famed Andrew Jones, the SP-FS52 manages to perform far above its price point. The black cabinet of the 52 houses a 1 inch soft dome tweeter partnered with three 5.25 inch woofers. When Jones set out to design the FS52, he wanted to create a speaker that could rival those costing much much more. Anyone who’s listened to it would say he succeeded. The SP-FS52’s have garnered near perfect ratings from publications such as CNET. Consumers have also heaped praises upon this floorstanding speaker because of it’s surprising detail, bass response and wide imaging.



Infinity Primus Three-way Floorstanding Speaker

Infinity Primus p363 Floorstanding Speaker

The Infinity Primus P363 Floorstanding Speaker has been a best seller for years. It’s 180+ reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 star rating proves that you don’t have to break the bank for good sound. The Primus P363 utilizes a 3-way design with dual 6.5″ low-frequency drivers, a 4″ mid-range driver, and a 3/4″ hi-frequency driver. Audioholics praised the Primus P363 for its excellent detail and they’re ability to hit high SPL levels




SVS Prime Towers (Oak Finish)

SVS Prime Towers Oak Finish

SVS has been producing some of the best speakers for years now despite being a virtual unknown in the speaker biz. Their Prime Series has pushed the boundaries of performance and value. We had an opportunity to Review the Prime Towers and were shocked at their level of performance. The towers use a 3.5 way design with a 1″ aluminum dome tweeter, a 4.5″ mid-range driver and dual 6.5″ woofers. Each of the woofers and mid-range drivers are enclosed in their own separate compartments which reduces sound coloration. They’re not as big as some of the towers we’ve tested, but they’re proof that good sound comes in small packages. Boasting fantastic detail, a smooth mid-range and surprisingly deep bass we think SVS sells these too cheap (but don’t tell them we said that).



Fluance XL7F Floorstanding Speakers (Pair)

Fluance XL7F Floorstandind Speaker

Fluance was once a little-known Canadian speaker manufacturer. However, that changed when they released their flagship XL7 speaker line. The cornerstone of this line is the XL7F Floorstanding Speakers. At first glance, the XL7’s are deceiving. The audio grade MDF cabinetry, solid construction, and 5-way gold-plated binding posts are features you’d expect to see on speakers that costs in the thousands, but for just under $500 a pair the Fluance XL7F’s can be yours. Looking beyond the meticulous finish you’ll find that the XL7 houses a 1″ neodymium balanced silk dome tweeter sandwiched between dual 6.5″ mid-range drivers. Glance downward and you’ll find that the XL7 includes an 8 inch long-throw subwoofer. Don’t let the low price fool you either. Fluance is a direct to consumer seller, so they cut-out the middle man when selling their speakers so you pay a fraction of the cost. The 80+ consumer reviews from Amazon and professional reviews from the likes Audioholics and Soundstage HiFi all agree that the XL7’s are one of the best home theater bargains going right now.



Klipsch RF-62 II Reference Series Floorstanding Speaker

Klipsch RF-62 II Floorstanding Speakers

If Fluance is the up-start rookie that shows flashes of greatness, then Klipsch is the tried and true veteran that delivers year-in and year-out. Klipsch has been in the speaker business for decades and it shows. The Klipsch RF-62 II’s have been best sellers for years. Utilizing Klipsch’s famed 1″ titanium horn-loaded tweeter with dual 6.5″ high-output woofers, the RF-62’s are noted for creating crisp highs and fantastic bass response. Alas, the reign of the RF-62’s may be coming to an end. With the release of Klipsch’s new reference series you have to wonder how long these golden oldies will still be available. This also means that these fantastic speakers can be had for a great price. Although normally costing $499 each, you can often pick these up for much less making them a great value.



Polk Audio RTi A7 Floorstanding Speaker

Polk RTi A7 Floorstanding Speakers

Polk’s RTi A7 Floorstanding Speakers have been around for several years and for good reason. Take a quick peak around the web and you’ll see glowing reviews from professionals and owners alike. With a 5 star rating from both Amazon and Best Buy, it’s hard to argue against the RTi A7’s prowess. The A7’s uses a 1-inch silk/polymer composite dome tweeter paired with a 6.5 inch mid-range driver which is housed in its own compartment. Low frequencies are handled by a pair of 7 inch woofers. With a frequency response of 20 Hz – 27 kHz a subwoofer is strictly optional. Routinely praised for their wide sound stage, accuracy and bass response, the RTi A7’s are an excellent value.

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