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Best floorstanding speakers 2022: budget to premium

Best floorstanding speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best floorstanding speakers you can buy in 2022.

A good quality pair of floorstanders can instantly supercharge your hi-fi system and deliver room-filling sound. With larger cabinets than bookshelf speakers, floorstanders tend to create greater scale, authority and bass. That said, having a bigger cabinet doesn't always mean better sound. You'll still need to choose wisely and make sure you pick the best floorstanding speakers for your budget and room size. Whether you've got hundreds or thousands to spend, we're sure there's a pair of speakers for you.

We've got great options if you're looking for your first pair. Perhaps you're building a hi-fi system from scratch, or upsizing from a bookshelf pair to a bigger model. Or, if you simply want to splash the cash on a serious high-end pair, we're here to help.

Read on for our round-up of the best floorstanding speakers we've tested in recent months.

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Best floorstanding speakers 2022: Wharfedale Diamond 12.3

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1. Wharfedale Diamond 12.3

Refined, entertaining and affordable floorstanders.

Specifications

Speaker terminals: 2.5
Mid/bass driver: 13cm
Tweeter: 2.5cm
Sensitivity: 89dB/W/m
Dimensions: 98 x 18 x 32cm (H x W x D)

Reasons to buy

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Superbly balanced presentation
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Expressive and revealing midrange
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Pleasing build and finish

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing at this price

Wharfedale's Diamond range is a great bet as a solid budget standmounter, but the firm is yet to make a really outstanding affordable floorstander. Until now.

Because the Diamond 12.3 sound even more impressive than the renowned 12.1. And considering the 12.1 are five star speakers, that's quite some praise.

At 98cm tall, the 12.3 aren't massive speakers, but they benefit from having space to breathe. They benefit from a bit of inward angling too, but thanks to their wide sound dispersion you don't have to worry about being millimetre perfect.

Sonically, they're smooth, even-handed and wonderfully refined for the money. Feed them a poor signal and they are skilled at revealing the shortcomings without shouting about them. They’ll round off rough edges and downplay unwanted aggression without sounding like they’re smothering the life out of the music. Great if you want to partner your turntable with a floorstander without breaking the bank.

Read the full Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022: Triangle Borea BR08

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2. Triangle Borea BR08

Superb floorstanding speakers, capable of thrilling results.

Specifications

Sensitivity: 92 dB/w/m
Impedance: 8ohms
Max power handling: 150W
Bass: 16cm
Midrange driver: 16cm
Tweeter: 25mm
Dimensions: 102 x 20.6 x 31.4cm (HxWxD)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent dynamics and punch
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Impressive rhythmic drive
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Terrific punch and agility

Reasons to avoid

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Requires care in partnering
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Needs a larger room to shine

As you can see from this list, there's no shortage of talented floorstanding speakers on the market, and the Triangle Borea BR08 is another excellent pair that offers something special.

The cabinets look a little basic but look closer and you'll see that they're solid, well-made and neatly finished. The plinths simply bolt on to the bottom for extra stability, although we'd prefer the supplied spikes to be a little sharper to get through thick carpets.

A three-way design, the BR08 use two fibreglass-coned bass units aided by a front-firing reflex port, plus a 25mm silk dome tweeter. Their relatively high sensitivity means you should get good volume levels from even low-powered amps although their nominal 8ohm impedance dips to a 3ohm minimum, so you’ll still need to check for compatibility.

Give the speakers plenty of room to breathe (a good 40/50cm in all directions), angle them in towards the listener and you'll hear the Triangles at their best. We'd shy away from bright-sounding electronics, but find suitable partners and you'll be blown away by their entertaining sound. They display a sense of vigour and dynamic strength that many rivals fail to match. Definitely worth an audition.

Read the full Triangle Borea BR08 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022: Wharfedale Evo 4.4

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3. Wharfedale Evo 4.4

Wharfedale shows it can mix with the best floorstanding speakers at the money.

Specifications

Sensitivity: 90 dB/w/m
Driver: 3-way bass reflex, AMT tweeter, Kevlar bass drivers
Impedance: 4ohms
Max power handling: 200W
Speaker terminals: single
Dimensions: 105.9 x 25.7 x 35.6cm (hwd)

Reasons to buy

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Natural, easy-going presentation
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Exciting and rhythmic
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Fine build and finish

Reasons to avoid

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Need a large room to shine

Wharfedale's Evo 4.4 are packed with so much technology that we had to double-check their price. The Air Motion Transformer tweeter is normally reserved for much more expensive speakers, but they're found in this relatively affordable model. That's not the only killer piece of audio tech they feature: the dome midrange and twin Kevlar bass drivers also set these floorstanders apart from the crowd.

It won’t come as a surprise that these relatively big speakers produce a large-scale sound with plenty of authority. That's what you'd expect from speakers this size. But they also deliver transparency and subtlety, helping to ensure a natural, easy-going presentation. Which you might not have expected.

There’s a real feeling that these speakers are digging deep into the recording and presenting that information in an honest way. They track the complete envelope of a note well, clearly defining leading and trailing edges without sounding overly etched. 

Rivals might sound more forward, and perhaps more exciting because of that, but over a longer listen the Evo 4.4’s easier-going presentation is more natural and convincing. It’s the kind of sound that appeals over the long term rather than during a short audition at a dealer. Like all the best speakers, they're in it for the long haul.

Read the full Wharfedale Evo 4.4 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022

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4. ProAc Response DT8

These talented towers deliver a sparkling performance.

Specifications

Sensitivity: 90 dB/w/m
Impedance: 8ohms
Max power handling: 180W
Mid/bass driver: 16.5cm
Tweeter: 25mm
Dimensions: 97.8 x 19.3 x 23cm (HxWxD)

Reasons to buy

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Agile, articulate sound
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Expressive dynamics
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Insightful midrange

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly over-badged

While not perfect, ProAc's immensely-solid towers turn in one of the most musically cohesive performances we've heard at this price. They render instrumental texture superbly and stereo imaging is lovely. While they are relatively slim in stature there’s no denying their ability to deliver bass lines with conviction.

They have insight and attack in spades, while the midrange performance is impressive: voices come through loud and clear, and there's a high degree of transparency on show. Voices never muddy into the instrumental backdrop, making for a coherent, distinct performance.

Agility, power, weight, these speakers have them all and then some.

Their look might be a bit more divisive (the unusual design and use of logos won't be to everyone's taste), but we really like these speakers. They deliver such an entertaining sound that we can’t help but recommend them. Take a bit of care with system-matching and they will impress.

 Read the full ProAc Response DT8 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022

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5. Spendor A7

Elegant floorstanders with a dynamic sound.

Specifications

Sensitivity: 88 dB/w/m
Impedance: 8ohms
Max power handling: 200W
Mid/bass driver: 18cm
Tweeter: 22mm
Dimensions: 93.4 x 18 x 30cm (HxWxD)

Reasons to buy

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Stunning insight and precision
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Expressive sound
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Compact size and unfussy nature

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing of note

Spendor's superb floorstanders sound great, look great and are compact enough to fit into most homes. Refined yet entertaining, the top-of-the-line A7 continue the firm's knack for combining stunning clarity and subtlety with hugely enjoyable dynamics and rhythm.

There's a stunning level of detail on show. Each instrumental strand and vocal quirk is laid bare – musicians watch out, there really is nowhere to hide. The sound is clean and organised, while still packing plenty of punch to keep things entertaining.

Vocals are a particular highlight. They also time with pinpoint accuracy and are immensely transparent, without ever sounding too clinical. They're still full of expressive melodies and undulating dynamics that will keep your head nodding.

They're hardly what you would call 'cheap' but if you're in the market for a pair of top-notch floorstanders, the elegant A7 should make their way to the top of your list. A worthy What Hi-Fi? Awards 2020 winner.

Read the full Spendor A7 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022

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6. Fyne Audio F302i

These excellent floorstanding speakers are an attractive proposition.

Specifications

Sensitivity: 90dB/w/m
Impedance: 8ohms
Type: Two-way, rear ported
Max power handling: 120W
Mid/bass driver: 15cm
Tweeter: 25mm
Dimensions: 93 x 23 x 31cm (HXWXD)

Reasons to buy

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Refined presentation
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Cohesive and musical
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Expressive dynamics

Reasons to avoid

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Plinth could feel classier

The F302i is the successor to the Award-winning F302, a fantastic speaker in its own right. However, not content with its performance, Fyne Audio has attempted to improve it with the F302i. The main difference is that the newer model sports a titanium dome tweeter instead of a polyester one, but there have also been tweaks to the tweeter housing and crossover.

The F302i is still a two-way rear-ported design and the speakers are still nicely built for the money. They're flexible when it comes to equipment and positioning as long as you don't stuff them into a corner or put them right up against the wall. Toe the speakers in a bit and you get a focused and stable stereo image.

Sonically, the F302i deliver a taut musical performance, that's direct and entertaining. The tweeter sounds smoother and more refined than the old model and there's a pleasing amount of nicely integrated bass. There's also plenty of detail to enjoy. If you're looking for affordable floorstanders that sound great, we highly suggest you give them a listen.

Read the full Fyne Audio F302i review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022: Dali Oberon 5

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7. Dali Oberon 5

Exellent Award-winning floorstanders, right up there with the best.

Specifications

Sensitivity: 88 dB/w/wm
Impedance: 6ohms
Biwire: No
Max power handling: 150W
Dimensions: 83 x 16 x 28cm (HxWxD)

Reasons to buy

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Entertaining and informative
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Expressive dynamics
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Unfussy nature

Reasons to avoid

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Tough competition

For much of the last decade our default choice for the best floorstander costing less than a grand was a Q Acoustics 3050i (see below). But no more. In the Oberon 5, Dali has delivered a brilliant alternative, one that is an even better buy.

They might be a touch smaller than the 3050i but these speakers manage to sound notably larger and more entertaining. Given a few days to settle in, they provide a real treat for the ears: they’re responsive, musical, but, most of all, fun. They have the dynamic subtlety, rhythmic precision and sheer transparency to make the most of subtle changes in tracks and pull the listener into the musical experience.

They're detailed, too, revealing low level instrumental strands with ease, but also managing to arrange that information in a composed and organised way. Plus, the dimensions mean they will look right at home in most rooms, never dominating visually. Terrific performers at a tantalising price. What's not to like?

Read the full Dali Oberon 5 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022

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8. Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2

Some of the best budget floorstanders we’ve heard.

Specifications

Sensitivity: 86 dB/w/m
Impedance: 6ohms
Max power handling: 140W
Mid/bass driver: 13cm
Tweeter: 25mm
Dimensions: 102 x 18 x 23cm (HxWxD)

Reasons to buy

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Loads of detail
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Weighty, precise bass
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Snappy timing and dynamics

Reasons to avoid

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Rivals offer more playful presentation

The Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2 are brilliant performers for the money. Mature and sophisticated, they're robustly built and unfussy when it comes to positioning. The main drivers use Aramid fibre for greater stiffness, resulting in a transparent sound with plenty of detail and dynamic expression.

It’s not a criticism when we say that some rivals offer a fuller presentation – in fact, some rivals can offer more in most regards. But the F5.2 aren’t about offering more; they’re about offering the music as it is fed to them, as transparently as possible.

Detail and textural insight is their forte. They're able to take note of an instrument's body as well as any idiosyncrasies in the way it's played, which makes for a compelling listen.

Elac has been in the speaker business since the 1980s and has made many fine products in that time. It’s fair to say that these new Debut B5.2 speakers should be considered one of the company’s finest efforts. For this sort of money, they're exceptional value.

Read the full Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022

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9. Q Acoustics 3050i

Striking floorstanders with plenty of punch.

Specifications

Sensitivity: 91 dB/w/m
Impedance: 6ohms
Max power handling: 100W
Mid/bass driver: 2 x 16.5cm
Tweeter: 22mm
Dimensions: 102 x 31 x 31cm (HxWxD)

Reasons to buy

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Musical performers
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Large-scale presentation
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Flexible about positioning

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing of note at this price

If your love for bass and big sound is greater than your budget for new speakers, these could be just what you're looking for.

Q Acoustics dominated the 'best sub-grand floorstander' category for over a decade. And while the 3050i have been bested by Dali's outstanding Oberon 5, these 2018 What Hi-Fi Award-winners still have plenty to offer.

They're not short of energy or scale, tempered by plenty of musicality, warmth and control. 

In fact, you may only need to hear these speakers for a few minutes before wondering which finish will best suit your room. Supremely talented.

Read the full Q Acoustics 3050i review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022

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10. Fyne Audio F501

A thrillingly accomplished pair of floorstanders.

Specifications

Type: Three-way design
Sensitivity: 90 dB/w/m
Impedance: 8ohms
Mid/bass driver: 15cm IsoFlare
Tweeter: 25mm Titanium dome
Max power handling: 75W
Dimensions: 98 x 20 x 32cm

Reasons to buy

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Well made and finished
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Some interesting technical aspects
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Revealing and engaging sound

Reasons to avoid

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Require judicious system-matching
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Sound best at reasonable volume

Fyne Audio already has a few entries on this list, but if you're familiar with the brand you won't be surprised. It’s a bold move to launch a loudspeaker into the sort of competition the F501 face – but then it’s equally obvious that Fyne Audio made the right decision. In fact, the F501 picked up a What Hi-Fi Award in 2018, the firm's first year. 

Design is seamless, build-quality is solid and timing is sweet. The transparency of their sound is utterly convincing and while a degree of system-matching is necessary, keep that in mind and you'll be in for plenty of sonic thrills. 

Read the full Fyne Audio F501 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022

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11. Spendor D7.2

The most revealing floorstanding speakers you can buy for the money.

Specifications

Type: Two-and-a-half-way design
Sensitivity: 90 dB/w/m
Impedance: 8ohms
Mid/bass driver: EP77 polymer-coned
Tweeter: LPZ
Max power handling: 200W
Dimensions: 98 x 19 x 33cm

Reasons to buy

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Breathtaking clarity
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Agile and dynamic
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Unfussy and brilliantly built

Reasons to avoid

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Require careful system matching

The Spendor D7.2 deliver a sound that is taut, agile and about as responsive as speakers come at this level. They manage to sound wonderfully composed even at the highest levels, and there's loads of finesse to enjoy. And no matter how complex the music gets, the stability never wavers. They do need a bit of looking after in terms of partnering equipment, but once they spread their wings they take flight in a way that is simply majestic.

Read the full Spendor D7.2 review

Best floorstanding speakers 2022

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12. Fyne Audio F501SP

These turbo-charged speakers are a thrilling listen.

Specifications

Type: Two-and-a-half-way design
Sensitivity: 91 dB/w/m
Impedance: 8ohms
Mid/bass driver: IsoFlare point source
Tweeter: magnesium dome
Max power handling: 360W
Dimensions: 98 x 29 x 32cm

Reasons to buy

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Exciting, detailed sound
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Impressive bass weight
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Great build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Lack refinement if poorly partnered

Fyne Audio’s standard F501 floorstanders are terrific performers, but these Special Production versions are a far more ambitious proposition, cramming in as much of Fyne Audio’s high-end technology as possible.

It makes a real difference. If you’re looking for excitement and energy we can’t think of an alternative that betters these at the price. The sense of drive and attack make it hard to sit still, while the bass has a surprising amount of weight and authority.

But they're not all about toe tapping. They have the dynamic reach to do classical music justice, beautifully rendering the sound of an orchestra in full flow. Position them well, partner them with the right kit, whack a record on and sit back and enjoy – you won't be disappointed.

Read the full Fyne Audio F501SP review

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  • Ivan
    Hello, are there any good active floorstanding speakers? For example
    Dynaudio Focus 60 XD? Thank you
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  • soswishy
    If you have the budget for those Dynaudio's, I'd definitely recommend you demo the ATC SCM40A.
    Reply
  • F8lee
    Is there a reason Magnepan isn't represented here? The 1.7i sounds outstanding, even without a subwoofer.
    Reply
  • Julian Stevens
    No PMC's?
    Reply
  • soswishy
    No Elac Vela FS 407s? No Sonus Faber Sonetto IIIs?
    Reply
  • mikes
    Goldenear speakers
    Reply
  • paulshwk
    For £699 are there any better floorstanders than the Q Acoustics concept 40? I know these are a few years old but WHF only tends to do comparisons of new products. I'm looking to buy floorstanders and the Q's are in budget. Based on reviews I've read there doesn't appear to be anything significantly better available for the money. Thoughts?
    Reply
  • psurquhart
    Yeah, I’m with Julian above - why no PMC’s - previous WhatHiFi favourites and excellent speaker makers fallen from grace ? Surely they should be on this list ? What have PMC done to you lot ? Explain please
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  • psurquhart
    paulshwk said:
    For £699 are there any better floorstanders than the Q Acoustics concept 40? I know these are a few years old but WHF only tends to do comparisons of new products. I'm looking to buy floorstanders and the Q's are in budget. Based on reviews I've read there doesn't appear to be anything significantly better available for the money. Thoughts?
    2nd Hand Market - PMC GB1’s - just a thought if you can buy 2nd hand ?
    Reply
  • londonguy
    anyone know if the fyne audio f501 would be a significant upgrade from the monitor audio bx5? Im using a naim atom and want a bit more oopmh in the bass as well as to tame the treble on some tracks which can sound a little harsh on occasion. I was looking at the f502 but think it may be over kill in my living room which is approximately 4m2
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