Polk Audio Psw10 Subwoofer Review

Polk Audio Psw10 Subwoofer Review

Polk Audio Psw10 Subwoofer Review

Although subwoofers appear to look the same, the catch is, they do not sound the same as they are not all the same when it comes to quality.

While there are so many subwoofer models in the market, finding one that works for you may require some research. Whether you want to boost the audio quality of your TV or looking for something to stand-in as a home theater system, a high-performance subwoofer might provide you with the kind of sound you have in mind. 

Polk Audio is one of the many reputable manufacturers you can turn to for this!

Polk Audio Psw10 Subwoofer Review


93/100
our score
  • Compact design takes little space
  • Clear and detailed bass reproduction
  • Good value for money
  • A removable front grill elevates the appearance of the speaker
  • Great for movies and listening to music
  • 5-year warranty for woofer and 3-year for amp
  • Wattage consumption: 50 Watts

Last Updated: October 2022

Polk Audio PSW10 Subwoofer at a Glance: Specs and Features

  • Dimensions of the product: 14.5 x 14 x 15 inches
  • Weight of the product: 26 pounds
  • Driver: 10" front-firing driver
  • Wattage consumption: 50 Watts
  • Frequency Range: 35Hz to 200Hz
  • Maximum Sound Range: 35dB
  • Connectivity: RCA
  • Warranty: 5-year for woofer and 3-year for amp

Polk Audio PSW10 Review

Ever since its inception into the business in 1972, Polk Audio has come a long way in terms of the quality of their products. The manufacturer boasts a vast catalog of impressive audio equipment with a reputation for releasing them at affordable prices.

Among their most popular offerings currently in the market is the Polk Audio PSW10. According to online reviews, it offers sound enthusiasts great quality and this becomes apparent the minute you plug in the subwoofer and turn up the bass. 

But before we jump to a conclusion, let’s take a closer look at this subwoofer in the following Polk Audio PSW10 review!

Polk Audio PSW10 Design and Construction

There is nothing outstanding about the design of the PSW10 speaker system. It has the basic look of a subwoofer, featuring a cubic shape with straight edges. The unit is relatively compact with dimensions of 14.5 x 14 x 15”. Thanks to an MDF board construction, the subwoofer looks and feels solid. 

At 26 pounds, the system is relatively heavy but you can find a nice corner in the room to place it. 

The face of the subwoofer comes with a metallic silver color, which is covered by a black mesh to protect the driver from dust and other debris. You also get to choose from either a black or cherry colored vinyl finish to match with your household furniture. 

Polk Audio PSW10 10

All the controls are positioned at the rear end of the unit, and these include everything from the volume controls, power button, and phase (0-180) degrees to low pass 80Hz-180Hz. The control button is toggle type and can be moved through On, Auto, and Off positions. 

In auto mode, the PSW10 will automatically power on when there is a signal or when you turn up the volume. It will also stay on for about 15 minutes if not used after which it will switch off to conserve power.

The only aspect I don’t like about the design of the subwoofer is that there is no magnetic shield. The lack of such may cause electrical interference when you place the PSW10 close to a TV or computer, which you will notice. 

Thankfully, the lack of a magnetic shield doesn’t adversely affect the overall audio quality of the subwoofer. Furthermore, you might pick out some color distortion or interference when you set up the unit near your CRT based TV or PC. Otherwise, if you have a DLP, LCD, or LCOS, the speaker magnets won’t have an effect!

With regard to connectivity, there are various output and input connections available at the back of the PSW10 unit. These include an RCA line-in L and R connectors, as well as stereo speaker inputs and outputs positioned below other controls. 

The last thing to mention about the design of the subwoofer is that it lacks a LIFE input. This might be a let down for some people but it shouldn’t necessarily be a deal-breaker as the issue can easily be bypassed with a quality receiver

Polk Audio PSW10 Performance and Sound Quality

I can describe the sound quality from the Polk Audio PSW10 as immersive! I watched a couple of movies and listened to my favorite playlist to test the performance of the speaker.

The bass produced by the PSW10 is detailed and clear without necessarily sounding overpowering! This is not the subwoofer to go for if you want a boomy bass output. 

It also means that it is better tailored for a smaller space and will probably deny you the full bass experience if you install it in a large room. 

When testing the speaker in moderate to small-sized rooms, the sound quality was relatively impressive, with the bass heard clearly throughout all the corners. 

However, when I switched to a large room, the bass notably lacked a punch and the overall sound was slightly underwhelming. 

Having said that, the Polk Audio PSW10 comes with a frequency range response of 35HZ to 200HZ. This is made possible by a 10” polymer-composite cone driver that offers a standard power output of 50 watts. 

I know how skimpy this power rating may sound but before you make up your mind, give the subwoofer a test and you might be surprised by what you hear. When watching movies and listening to music, the bass sound reproduction makes for an immersive sound experience.

Polk Audio PSW10 10

However, the unit tends to lose clarity as the frequencies get lower and lower. Overall, it will be ideal for most people! 

For gaming, the bass sounds better when there is gun-firing and explosions, so you’ll get the most out of the speaker if you are playing an action-packed game. The sound is generally natural with ample bass but not at the compromise of higher frequency sounds. 

If you want to add some mid-range reproduction to the PSW10, the results are simply awesome. I paired the unit with two mid-range tweeters and the outcome could not have sounded better. The higher frequency sounds are not drowned out by the strong bass. 

Polk Audio PSW10: Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Solid MDF construction
  • Compact design takes little space
  • Clear and detailed bass reproduction
  • Good value for money
  • A removable front grill elevates the appearance of the speaker
  • Great for movies and listening to music
  • 5-year warranty

Cons

  • No LIFE input
  • No magnetic shielding

Conclusion

Polk Audio Psw10 Subwoofer Review


93/100
our score
  • Compact design takes little space
  • Clear and detailed bass reproduction
  • Good value for money
  • A removable front grill elevates the appearance of the speaker
  • Great for movies and listening to music
  • 5-year warranty for woofer and 3-year for amp
  • Wattage consumption: 50 Watts

Ultimately, there are so many things that make the Polk Audio PSW10 such a hit in the market. It is designed to be durable and has the looks to easily blend in with your home furniture. 

As far as the sound is concerned, this is a respectable subwoofer with a detailed bass output that will sound best in a smaller room.

The PSW10 is a great acquisition for those looking for an affordable way of enhancing the bass quality in their home audio system. Furthermore, included is an extended 5-year warranty on the woofer, as well as a 3-year warranty on the electronics, which is way more than the 1-year period that most products offer. 

All this to assure that you’re getting a great bang for the buck!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Audioengine A2+ Self Powered Speakers Review

Logitech Z313 Review

Audioengine A2+ Self Powered Speakers Review

The current selection of available budget speakers is not only getting cheaper but also smaller. But just how small can a speaker get and still sound good?

Well, there are a couple of models currently available in the market I can use to answer this question, but the one that impressed me the most is the Audioengine A2+ speaker!

According to most reviews,  these speakers deliver an unlikely performance that overshadows its minute appearance. In this Audioengine A2+ review, I will be reviewing the specifications to see what makes it so special!

Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered
92/100
our score
  • Quality build and finishing
  • Come in glossy red, glossy white, and matte black models
  • Space-saving size
  • The signal remained strong as far as 60 meters from the speakers
  • Numerous connectivity options
  • Excellent sound considering the size
  • 3-year warranty

Last Updated: October 2022

Audioengine A2+ Powered Speakers System At A Glance:

Specs & Features

  • DIMENSIONS (EACH):6”(H) x 4”(W) x 5.25”(D)
  • WEIGHT (RIGHT SPEAKER):1.4Kg/3.15lbs
  • WEIGHT (LEFT SPEAKER):1.6Kg/3.55lbs
  • DRIVERS:2.75″ aramid fiber woofers, 3/4” silk dome tweeters
  • POWER OUTPUT:60W peak power total
  • INPUTS:3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, USB, Bluetooth
  • OUTPUTS: RCA variable line-out
  • FREQ. RESPONSE:65Hz-22kHz ±2.0dB

Audioengine A2+ Review

Audioengine takes some time to roll out new products, especially the wireless versions of its speakers, which may take a couple of years to hit the market. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long for the A2+, the enhanced version of the A2 released a few years ago.

The latest offering from Audioengine is a pair of bookshelf speakers masquerading as PC speakers. What differentiates them from classic bookshelf speakers is that they are powered, so there is no need to connect a separate receiver or amplifier. 

These wireless speakers come with a compact and classic design that will fit seamlessly on your PC desk. But just what can you expect from them in terms of performance?

Audioengine A2+ Design and Construction

The Audioengine A2+ wireless speakers come in glossy red, glossy white, and matte black models that can conveniently blend into your living room’s color schemes. This audio setup comprises of two compact speakers measuring 6 x 4 x 5.3 inches, which will easily fit on your PC desk, bookshelf, or counter without eating into your space. 

The only caveat is that while these are technically wireless speakers, you need to establish a connection from the left active speaker to the right passive speaker. So, despite the “wireless” tag, you’ll have to contend with some cabling, albeit just a little bit.

Having said that, the sleek-looking finish of the speaker’s enclosure is attractive, and so are the grill-free black drivers on the units. Each speaker features a 0.75” silk dome tweeter, as well as a 2.75” aramid woofer. 

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At 3.5 pounds, the left active speaker is slightly heavier than the 3.2-pound right passive unit. The two combined deliver 69-watt peak power while handling a frequency range of between 65Hz and 22kHz. 

A speaker wire is included in the package allowing you to connect the left speaker to the right speaker. On the back panel of the active left speaker, you’ll find all the connections  including the power supply, an RCA input and output (subwoofer), as well as a 3.5mm aux input (the cable is also included). 

The manufacturer further included a micro USB input, ensuring that you get excellent connectivity on these speakers; especially when you consider that the unit can connect via Bluetooth. 

Speaking of which, the Bluetooth pairing button can be found on the back panel alongside the volume knob, which also doubles up as the power button. 

Sector 9 Gullwing Sidewi

Note that the volume knob is independent of paired sound sources. This means you can max out the volume of the speakers but the overall sound levels will be low if the master volume on your mobile device is turned down. 

This is unusual for most Bluetooth speakers I’ve tested, although it can help you to protect your speakers from unexpected loud bursts with another volume control. Still, I prefer integrated volume for this kind of setup. 

One thing you may not like about the design of the Audioengine A2; it is that the units are too short! You will need some type of elevation to tilt them upward for you to experience the true sound potential of the speakers. 

While there are various elegant ways to achieve this, I wish the manufacturer would save us the trouble by including some form of a kickstand for either speaker to align them with your ears and not your ribcage.

As a result of the wired connection needed between the left and right speakers, the Audioengine A2+ cannot offer multi-room functionality. 

Also, there is no app included, but I doubt this will be a deal-breaker given the simplicity and transparent sound performance the manufacturer seeks to achieve with this model. 

Audioengine A2+ Performance and Sound Quality

Audio quality is the most critical aspect in a speaker system, and the A2+ delivers exceptionally despite its minute frame. Compared to the majority of medium-sized speakers in the market, this unit can deliver some serious power!

The bass is slightly less than what medium-sized smart speakers offer, but the overall audio quality is much more impressive. The A2+ will struggle with sounds below 100Hz but they don’t have any audible DSP artifacts. 

Meanwhile, the treble and midrange sound is pretty good,  though there is a bump in the lower midrange. To solve this issue, you can get a suitable subwoofer, which Audioengine specially produces for the A2+ speakers. 

These speakers are best suited for small and confined spaces. When playing Rock or EDM, the music sounds almost perfect, despite the 3-5kHz range not being well pronounced. Female voices are crisp and there is no issue with the sibilance unless it’s in the recording. 

If you want more bass, you can always upgrade with a relevant sub to add some oomph into your stereo system. However, playing these speakers in larger rooms won’t do them justice. 

The sound is notably less prominent compared to bigger stereo sets, and this is something you expect from computer-oriented speakers. 

On the bright side, the Audioengine A2+ audio system offers a variety of ways you can connect to your mobile device. If you want to connect to your PC, the easiest option would be via the USB port on the back panel of the left speaker, as it doesn’t require an extra ADC in your signal chain.

As soon as you plug in the USB cable, your PC will recognize the speaker and you’ll be good to go. Alternatively, you can connect your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or radio wirelessly via Bluetooth. 

The system features Bluetooth 5, which offers further range, improved sound quality, and more battery life. Testing the Bluetooth connection using my smartphone, I noticed that the signal remained strong as far as 60 meters from the speakers. 

Remember the angling problem with the speakers we talked about earlier? Well, Audioengine sells DS1 desk stands to help you with positioning the speakers so that you find your sweet spot. To get to the sweet spot, you want to position your ears on or just below the axis of the tweeters. 

Audioengine A2+ Powered Speakers Review:

Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Quality build and finishing
  • Nice color design
  • Space-saving size
  • Numerous connectivity options
  • Excellent sound considering the size
  • Comes with a 3-year warranty

Cons

  • The bass is a little wanting
  • Requires a DS1 stand to be bought separately
  • No subwoofer
  • Wire connection undermines portability
Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered
92/100
our score
  • Quality build and finishing
  • Come in glossy red, glossy white, and matte black models
  • Space-saving size
  • The signal remained strong as far as 60 meters from the speakers
  • Numerous connectivity options
  • Excellent sound considering the size
  • 3-year warranty

The Audioengine A2+ is a compact and well-designed speaker system that delivers a clean, accurate, and transparent sound signature. It offers more than you can get from higher-priced models and will be a great choice for those looking to save a few bucks. 

While you might need a few extras to get the most out of these speakers, the overall performance is more than satisfying for a casual listener. I’d recommend the Audioengine A2+ to college students or people living in confined apartments.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar Review

VIZIO SB3820

VIZIO
VIZIO SB3821-C6
 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar Review

If you want to take your indoor entertainment to the next level, a home theater system can prove to be a good investment. The only problem is that all the wiring and cabling makes for unnecessary clutter, and this is not something you want to deal with in a confined apartment. 

Luckily with the introduction of soundbars there are no longer issues with wiring and cabling. A soundbar comes with a minimalist design that saves you all the clutter while offering you the kind of sound quality upgrade you were looking for in a home theater. 

One of the best soundbar options you can get in the market is the VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar, and this review will tell you just why!

VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.0 at a Glance: Specs and Features

VIZIO SB3820
  • Dimensions of the product: 38 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Weight of the product: 5.7 pounds
  • Wattage consumption: 100 Watts
  • Frequency Range: 60 Hz to 19 kHz
  • Maximum Sound Range: 100dB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Built-in Features: Dolby Digital, DTS Studio SoundTM, DTS Tru Volume TM, DTS TruSurroundTM
  • Warranty: 1-year 

Last Updated: October 2022

SB3821-C6 Review

While there are numerous soundbar models in the market, the VIZIO SB3821-C6 boasts a reputation of being among the best for those looking to buy on a budget. It’s been described as a high-performance affordable sound bar with amazing audio quality and enough punch to offer you a memorable sound experience. 

However, this could easily pass as hearsay without putting the SB3820-C6 to the test. That’s why in this review, I want to delve deeper into the features and specs of the sound bar to find out if the hype around it is legit. 

Whether you’re searching for an early Christmas present or looking to get a home audio system without breaking the bank, this VIZIO SB3820-C6 review will let you know if it’s worth investing in!

VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Design and Construction

VIZIO SB3820-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar Review

It seems like designing a sound bar is a relatively thoughtless process when you consider the overall simple look. Well, this is almost true for the VIZIO brand, looking at the design history of their products. 

I’ve noticed that the manufacturer tends to stick with a minimalistic and streamlined design, and this is exactly what you get on the SB3821-C6. 

Simplicity, after all, saves you the trouble of finding the right fit for your home decor. With dimensions of 38 x 3 x 3 inches, the VIZIO is among the larger soundbars in the market yet maintains a lightweight build at only 5.7lbs.

While most brands use a metal mesh covering on their sound bars, VIZIO chose to go with a breathable black fabric instead. This gives the SB3820-C6 a sleek and modern design that should blend easily into your living room.

The end caps of the sound bar are coated with aluminum and the same goes for the logo. For a larger unit, this soundbar takes very little space, allowing you to fit it into the home entertainment system with very little trouble. 

Its relatively lightweight design ensures that you can perform the installation without needing an extra pair of hands. 

This also saves you the trouble of removing and reinstalling when you want to redecorate your space . Overall, the build quality is decent with a fabric-covered front and top while the underside and rear feature nice quality plastic. 

The only problem is that the fabric covering can easily collect dust and get punctured. So, I recommend you install the unit higher above the ground. 

VIZIO SB3820

On the back panel, you’ll find two openings. The first one is used for the detachable power cable whereas the second one features a couple of control and connectivity inputs, including a Bluetooth input button, as well as two volume controls. 

You also get a subwoofer output, a digital optical cable input, auxiliary 3.5mm, coaxial cable digital audio input, RCA, and a USB port for unlimited connectivity. 

The VIZIO SB3821-C6 acts as a reliable alternative to an entire home surround system, which spares you the headache of fitting the extra five speakers in a small room and the complicated installation process. 

The sound is produced via two 2.72-inch full-range drivers and the manufacturer is so confident in the bass quality of the unit that they didn’t include an external subwoofer. 

Thanks to the integrated Dolby Digital and DTS TruSurround, all the sounds are produced clearly. 

This allows you to get the most out of family movie nights. The wireless sound bar can also be connected via Bluetooth to listen to your favorite playlist.

VIZIO SB3821-C6 Performance and Sound Quality

Sound quality is the biggest factor in a sound system; so how does the SB3821-C6 fair? Well, the up to 100dB that the sound bar can produce is a worthy mention. It manages to do this with a crisp clear sound and limited harmonic distortion. You’ll easily be able to distinguish between notes and chords when you listen to solo guitar performances on TV.

There is no vibration at higher pitches and you get to revel in your musical experience without the rattling sound associated with bass sounds. 

With a frequency range of 60 Hz to 19 kHz, I must say the VIZIO SB3821-C6 comes to its own in the midrange. Usually, this is where most dialogs in movies fall, making for unrivaled movie experiences. 

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You get to hear the whispers in movies clearly and distinguish who is talking, thanks to 2.0 audio. I like how the sound is evenly spread throughout the room; I didn’t have to focus my attention on the center when watching my favorite movie. This is not something I expected from a speaker at this price range. 

The VIZIO is powered by Dolby Digital, which is the standard of sound used for DVDs, cinemas, Blu-rays, as well as for streaming content. It offers great dimension to any audio tracks you listen through. 

The soundtracks are not only more defined but also make for an unrivaled live listening experience. 

Furthermore, the sound bar comes with built-in TruSurround. This is a virtual surround feature that allows the device to create an actual surround environment, helping to enhance your audio experience. 

The Bluetooth connection also allows you to stream as many music files as you want from a relevant Bluetooth device. You can play your favorite tunes remotely from any room in the house with a simple touch of a button. 

When it comes to bass boost, you’ll notice an obvious enhancement in lower end responses, albeit fairly limited. Overall, VIZIO’s bass boost modules prove to be reliable when you don’t want to beef up the bass with an external subwoofer. 

I like how the manufacturer integrated the LED displays on the relatively simplistic and minimalistic sound bar, helping to give it a touch of contemporary class. However, some people feel that it is unnecessary.

Another great thing about this device is that you can mount it pretty much anywhere.

VIZIO SB3821-C6 Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Easy to install, simple yet stylish design
  • Great for watching movies and pretty affordable
  • Gets to 100dB of sound
  • Nice surround sound
  • Powered by Dolby Digital
  • Uninterrupted streaming via Bluetooth
  • Sufficient bass even without a sub
  • Wide frequency range

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a sub (for deep bass lovers)
  • Fabric covering can easily rip

Conclusion

For less than $100, the VIZIO SB3821-C6 is a versatile way to upgrade your home audio system. It provides up to 100dB of high-quality and distortion-free sound, which makes it a great alternative to complicated home theater systems or surround sound setup.

Overall, it will be a reliable acquisition if you’re looking for a soundbar to pair with your 42”+ flat-screen TV for movie watching. The Dolby DTS feature ensures that you get high-quality surround sound to provide you with unforgettable movie nights.

Not to mention that you get a 1-year warranty when you purchase the SB3821-C6 sound bar system!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review

Edifier R2000DB

Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review

The market for portable and wireless speakers is steadily increasing. This new range of speakers is proving to be a hit with music lovers; unfortunately, to the detriment of the old school wired speakers. 

Thanks to advancements in wireless technology, it is now simpler to achieve great sound without the clutter of cables. This allows for all the music you’ve stored on your phone, tablet, and other smart devices to be transferred to these speakers via Bluetooth connection.

This only takes a matter of seconds, making it simple and quick. The “plug-n-play” functionality seems to be the new way of doing things and the best part is that the speakers won’t cost you an arm and a leg, 

The Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf speaker system is a good example of the quality you can get from a wireless speaker configuration.

Edifier R2000DB


93/100
our score
  • High-quality Bluetooth compatibility
  • Exceptional reproduction for the price
  • Convenient sound-staging
  • Crystal-clear and extended high notes
  • Stylish and attractive design
  • Useful set of functions

Last Updated: October 2022

Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers: 

 Specs and Features

  • Dimensions of the product: 9.5 x 11.25 x 7.5 inches
  • Weight of the product: 21.43 pounds
  • Wattage consumption: 120 Watts
  • Frequency Range: 55Hz-20KHz
  • Maximum Sound Range: over 85dB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, AUX, RCA, Coaxial cable

Edifier R2000DB Review

Finding the perfect speakers for your home entertainment can be a challenging endeavor! Most people end up buying units that merely fill the visual void on their bookshelves but leave a lot to be desired in terms of sound quality.

You don’t want to take this route! Rather, try to find something that is value for money.

Edifier was founded by a small group of enterprising music lovers.Their current product range includes a wide array of multimedia and home theatre systems, including portable bluetooth models.  The Edifier R2000DB bookshelf speakers easily embody the quality produced by the manufacturer. But just what can you expect from this audio system? The detailed review of the Edifier R2000DB below will provide you with all the information you require.

Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Design and Construction

Design-wise, the R2000DBs are not too different from the R1700bts, although the casings are notably larger and a little more rounded off. The striking all-black color scheme used on these speakers creates a sense of quality.

Both speakers look and feel like a first-class product, which is something we’ve come to expect from the Edifier brand. 

The casing is made out of a textured leather MDF that not only complements the look of the speakers but also breaks the monotony of the more industry-common glossy/matte finishes. 

The sides are glossy and feature a piano black finish that isn’t prone to fingerprints. This makes for easy cleaning. Looking at the physical aspects of the unit, the R2000DBs are a more dedicated bookshelf speaker compared to the brand’s lower models. 

Edifier R2000DB

There's nothing overly flashy or innovative about them, but that's what allows them to blend in with any PC setup and peripherals you may already have.

As for the build quality, it's, well, okay. The speakers are made of plastic, matte black for the most part – with a touch of glossy, especially on the subwoofer – and that's pretty much it.

Surprisingly enough, they don't feel as "plasticky" as they look.

The satellites measure 5.75 x 3.5 x 3.2 inches each and weigh a pound total thanks to the lightweight plastic construction. I like the slight tilt of the front panel and, while I'm at it, the whole black and silver color scheme that's going on there.

Each of the satellites features one two-inch full-range, seemingly aluminum driver, along with a pretty hefty rubber surround. Bonus points for making the drivers as small as possible; Logitech knew what it was doing here.

While it seems counter-intuitive, with full-range drivers – and without dedicated tweeters – the small driver size is an advantage. That way, the cone breakup usually occurs higher in the frequency range, where human hearing isn't as sensitive.

Also, I didn't expect that I'd like the grilles so much. The mesh-like material hits the perfect balance between protecting the driver and retaining an open design that doesn't cause any disturbances.

Edifier R2000DB

This is evident from the rear-facing bass port, controls, as well as a larger footprint than your usual PC speakers. 

This also means the speakers come with a more seamless look with unbroken lines. The only problem with the design is that when you want to tweak the settings; the rear placement of the controls makes it a bit inconvenient. 

Edifier has also retained the strong metal prong system found on the R1700BT, which allows for easy and smooth attachment. The mesh covers enhance this resemblance, although I prefer how they look without the covers. 

The speakers feature a 5” full-range driver with a matte black cone and nicely rounded metallic edges. Just above them is the eagle-eye tweeter with a notably shiny finish. At the base of the speakers, you will find the metallic Edifier logos, with a receiver LED above the logo of the right speaker. 

Measuring 9.5 x 11.25 x 7.5 inches, the speakers are fairly large, and this is something you’ll want to consider if you live in a small space. The two units barely fit on the desk when I placed them on either side of my PC. 

They also come with the 10-degree angling, as seen on the R1700B,  to ensure that the woofer and tweeter align with your ears. 

This helps to deliver the strongest sound performance while rubber feet on the four corners help prevent vibrations when the music is booming. 

Overall, I would say the design of the R2000DB is best suited for TV and bookshelf usage!

Edifier R2000DB Performance and Sound Quality

Comparing the R2000DB to the R1700BT, you’ll notice a clear improvement of sound quality. Edifier corrected most of the customer complaints while fine-tuning the strengths of the R1700BT. This includes a new driver setup that features a 5-inch 36W full-range driver, paired with a 24W 25mm tweeter.

The result is that you get a mighty 120W power output total from both speakers, which is just about twice what the R1700BT offers. Aside from boosting the maximum volume, the increased power also offers a greater frequency response of between 55Hz and 20kHz; Edifier’s estimate. 

However, the bass will realistically go deeper than the 55Hz while sounding stronger around 50Hz, which is unlike other speakers that barely reach the company’s specified frequency response. The unit is designed with a built-in amplifier that delivers an >85dB to noise ratio, just as on other Edifier models.

While the full range driver produces no discernible noise, I noted a constant hiss coming from the twitters. This hiss also increases when you increase the treble dial, which is also common with the R1700BT. This proved to be a bother, especially when listening in calm and quiet environments. 

I like the sound-staging on these speakers and this is thanks to the 10-degree elevation meant to angle the drivers in line with your ears, as well as the DSP, which adds a little bit of extra space and separation. 

One area where the R2000s excel is stereo imaging. The speakers have a large sweet spot so you’ll get a good stereo effect in more than one listening position, and they have no trouble filling a fairly large room.

Unless you are a choosy audiophile, I doubt you’ll dislike the sound of the Edifier R2000DB Bluetooth bookshelf speakers. It is well balanced and subtly adjusted to offer each speaker a unique flare. 

Edifier R2000DB

The bass is a lot tighter compared to the R1700BT, which could be due to the rear-facing port on the speakers. This means you have to be more sensitive when setting up the speakers to ensure that you don’t place them against any solid surface.

With the right positioning, the low-end sound presence is enough to give you the quality you desire. Elsewhere, the treble sounds quite similar to R1700BT through the use of an identical eagle-eye tweeter. 

The 25mm high-frequency driver produces crystal-clear and extended high notes while bringing out a lot of detail. However, it can be a little bit thin sometimes. Furthermore, the Bluetooth audio has largely been improved to a fine quality. 

While some Bluetooth streamers come with extreme frequency distortion, the R2000DB from Edifier doesn’t, allowing you to stream lots of content via Bluetooth from a smartphone seamlessly. 

Edifier R2000DB: Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • High-quality Bluetooth compatibility
  • Stylish and attractive design
  • Exceptional reproduction for the price
  • Convenient sound-staging
  • Loud and powerful sound
  • Wide frequency coverage

Cons

  • A little bulky
  • Not up to audiophile quality

Conclusion

Edifier R2000DB


93/100
our score
  • High-quality Bluetooth compatibility
  • Exceptional reproduction for the price
  • Convenient sound-staging
  • Crystal-clear and extended high notes
  • Stylish and attractive design
  • Useful set of functions

The Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf speakers is an impressive set that offers decent sound quality. The speakers are easy to look at, sound pleasantly, and feature a useful set of functions.

Although it might be a little bit too bulky to fit on your desk, this unit impresses with balanced sound reproduction. The bass is not as deep as that of Aego, but it should be enough for listeners looking for all-around audio quality.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Best Floor Standing Speakers Under 5000 – Top-rated tower speakers

Best floor standing speakers under $5000 - High-end Speakers

Best floor standing speakers under 5000 - Top rated tower speakers

Do I even need to point out the undeniable fact that a quality floor standing speaker can supercharge your entire sound system pretty much instantly?

Yeah, I didn’t think so, either.

They’re good-looking, attention-grabbing – and they sound spectacular. Most of the Hi-Fi speakers in this price range will happily fill a large room with sound or make for an excellent addition to your home theater.

You’d be insane to miss out on an opportunity to get one of the best floor standing speakers under $5000 – especially when I’m here to help you pick the right one!

In a hurry? After 34 Hours of Research, We Recommend:

Klipsch RP-8060 FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker


Klipsch RP-8060 FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker

Why it is better?

  • Excellent 3D effects
  • Tonally accurate low, mid and high frequencies
  • Features the Hybrid Horn Technology
  • 98-dB sensitivity
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Best Floor Standing Speakers Under $5000 - Top 3 Comparison Table 

Product

Dimensions

Wattage

Frequency  Range

Sensitivity

Our Rating

Current Price

Klipsch RP-8060 FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker

Rockford Fosgate P3D4-10 Punch

43 x 10.9 x 19.8 inches

150 watts

32 Hz – 25 kHz

98 dB

92/100

Klipsch RP-280F Reference Premiere Floorstanding Speaker

PIONEER TS-SW2502S4 10-Inch

43 x 10.5 x 16.3 inches

150 watts

32 Hz – 25 kHz

98 dB

87/100

SVS Ultra Tower Flagship 3-Way Loudspeaker

MTX Magnum MB210SP Dual 10

45.6 x 13.8 x 16.8 inches

20 – 300 watts

28 Hz – 32 kHz

88 dB

86/100

Buyer’s Guide: How to Pick the Best Floor Standing Speakers

Power Ratings

At the risk of acting like Captain Obvious here, floorstanding speakers – and any other type of speakers, for that matter – are going to need electricity to produce sound. That’s why the speaker’s wattage, among other things, is one of the vital tell-tale signs of its performance.

We’re talking about the power that your speakers will be able to push out – but that’s the simple part.

What’s not so simple is that there’s more than one power rating at play here. You see, wattage is split up into two categories – continuous, or RMS, and peak power.

Peak power ratings are the more attention-grabbing ones, and you’ll often manufacturers advertising these insanely high numbers because they look impressive. However, these only tell you about the maximum capacity, something that the speakers can only handle in short bursts.

The real power rating to focus on is continuous (RMS) – that’s a far more realistic take on how powerful tower speakers are. In other words, it shows you the amount of power that they really can push out continuously, on any given day, and on average volume levels.

Sensitivity

It’s really easy to get carried away when you see best speakers boasting impressive-looking power handling capabilities, but be sure not to overlook the sensitivity, which, by the way, directly relates to loudness.

Sensitivity is a way to measure the efficiency of speakers in terms of converting sheer power into audio and is expressed in decibels (dB).

So, in theory, if you were to have several speakers that shared the same construction and specifications, with the only difference being their sensitivity ratings, they would have noticeably different loudness levels, even when using the same amount of power.

That said, there’s no universal, independent testing or standards for speaker manufacturers. However, sensitivity is still a generally accepted means of determining the speaker’s potential loudness.

Floorstanding speakers do tend to lead the way when it comes to sensitivity levels, with some models shooting for exceptionally high, 98-dB sensitivity. In any way, you really shouldn’t settle for anything less than 88 decibels.

Frequency Response Range

The frequency range is, in essence, a measure of how high and how low the sound can go, which sounds simple enough on the surface.

In theory, a more extensive frequency range will ensure more detail and clarity of the audio that the speakers produce, even if the human ear is, in practice, only capable of hearing sound within the 20 Hz to 20 kHz range.

It’s not that simple, though.

You’ll see that there are products that dip way down into the low end and shoot way beyond the upper limit of our hearing. That doesn’t mean that you’ll suddenly be able to pick up sounds that go outside the range of human hearing just because your speakers can produce them.

Instead, it will result in a noticeable increase in detailing and precision throughout the frequency range, and bass that you’ll undoubtedly feel thumping away – even if you won’t really be able to hear it.

Drivers

Floorstanding speakers typically feature several drivers – individual “engines” that produce sound through vibration – as a part of their configuration to ensure a more vibrant and detailed sound.

We’re talking about different types of drivers, too, each of which is responsible for a particular portion of the speaker’s frequency response range.

That’s also why you’ll see a noticeable difference in driver size, too:

High-end frequencies have short sound waves, and the actual drivers that produce them can be smaller. The low-end frequencies, however, have long sound waves and call for significantly larger drivers.

And while this can vary from speaker to speaker, there are the three types of drivers you can expect to find in most floorstanding speakers:

Tweeter – These relatively small drivers get their name from the sounds that birds make, and are reserved for high-pitched sounds. They’re typically located on top of the speaker’s front panel and cover the high-end frequency range.

Mid-Range Driver – Roughly speaking, the mid-range goes from 500 to 2000 Hz. That also happens to be the range where the human voice and instruments fall in, which is explanation enough as to why you need a good midrange driver.

Woofer – Tackling the low-end and delivering high-quality bass response is what woofer drivers do best. The superior bass lines of the tower speaker’s woofers are one of the reasons why they’re often picked over bookshelf speakers.

Overall Design: Dimensions and Looks

The specifications I talked about previously are only a part of the equation when it comes to choosing the best floorstanding speakers. When you have a set of tall, attention-grabbing tower speakers placed smack in the middle of the room, you quickly realize how vital their look is, too.

So, the aesthetic aspect is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Otherwise, you may end up with speakers that look a bit out of place – or even flat out ugly.

Next, you should pay attention to the construction of the cabinet, which should be well-made and anti-resonant. Ideally, it should feel durable and sturdy without allowing any variations in response or sound distortions.

Oh, and last but not least, do make sure that you’re getting the right size for the room, because tower speakers are by no means small and compact units.

The larger the speakers, the louder the sound – but you still need to check the actual dimensions to see whether they’ll physically fit in their designated space!

Top Floorstanding Speakers Under $5000 Reviewed 

1. Klipsch RP-8060 FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker 
- BEST OVERALL -

Klipsch RP-8060 FA Dolby Atmos
Our Rating: 92/100

If you have read some of my previous reviews, you can probably tell that Klipsch models have often made it to my top picks. It can be attributed to the top-notch HiFi speakers that this company has produced over recent years.

And I can tell you that their 2018 model, Klipsch RP8060 FA Dolby Atmos floor-standing speaker, is no different than their standard signature. If you’re new to this line, however, let me introduce you:

“RP” is short for “Reference Premiere” line that holds the first place when it comes to home theater and other events that require an immensely powerful set of stand speakers. That’s the reason why the 8060FA is not the only product from the RP series I’ll be reviewing today.

The Design

Firstly, this speaker is easy on the eyes, with sleek metallic trim rings, aluminum-plated spikes, and a satin finish on the baffles. The spikers, or feet, are designed to minimize the contact of the speaker with the floor, and it is a nice touch.

Did I mention a beautiful, laser-engraved logo at the front?

It adds to the overall look. There is a reliable and sturdy magnetic grille that you can easily mount and remove, but I must admit I prefer this one without it. It’s just too attractive to cover it.

Everybody will envy you if you own one of these home theater speakers - even more so when you turn them on.

So, let’s see what they offer performance-wise.

The Performance

Klipsch RP-8060 comes with virtually everything one could ever want from a valuable floor standing speaker.

The peak power that the speaker holds is 600 watts, whereas the maximum continuous power is up to 150 watts. Pretty thunderous, huh?

The outstanding sound and bass quality come from two 8-inch spun-copper woofers, enhanced with an upward 6.5-inch woofer. 

This system of drivers also features a 1-inch horn-loaded tweeter, which is another remarkable trademark of Klipsch speakers. It accounts for the high-frequency precision and details.

In addition to securing an excellent life-like quality at all frequencies, woofers and the horn-tweeter provide a spectacular 3D dimension to the sound due to their effective positioning. This means that besides movies, music will sound fantastic.

If tiny details matter to you, you’ll be happy to learn that you can switch between two channels of amplification, as this HiFi speaker has both bi-amp and bi-wire connections on the backside.

Pros

  • Excellent 3D effects
  • Tonally accurate low, mid and high frequencies
  • Features the Hybrid Horn Technology
  • 98-dB sensitivity

Cons

  • None! 

2. Klipsch RP-280F Speaker - Budget Pick

Klipsch RP-280F Reference Premiere
Our Rating: 86/100

Did you know that Klipsch has over 70 years of experience under its belt?

Considering the effort and time that went into perfecting the design of their home theater floorstanding speakers, you shouldn’t be surprised to see another Klipsch product on my list.

The RP-280F of the Reference Premiere series, in particular, is an excellent choice for the budget-conscious bunch!

The Design

First off, know that we’re talking about an updated version of the old but well-known model from Reference II line here. At the same time, though, you should treat the RP-280F as a unique pair of floorstanding speakers, because they do come with a few essential modifications.

There’s a recognizable Klipsch vibe to the MDF cabinets, with the spun copper finish and the Tactrix horn; that, I think, is something that will never change.

I like how they were given a slight tilt at the base, too, which should help with the overall soundscape focus.

Hidden behind the magnetically-attached grille are the speaker’s drivers – all three of them. The RP-280F boasts dual 8-inch drivers and a one-inch tweeter fitted inside the Tractrix horn. Another distinction is the rear-firing Reference Premiere port, which now has the signature horn-like shape, too.

Klipsch and its horns, am I right? 

The Performance

You’re looking at a pair of large floorstanding speakers; the amount of sound that they can push out shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Or, at least that’s what I told myself when I started the music listening test. And guess what? I still had to pick up my jaw from the floor.

The 32 Hz to 25 kHz frequency range, the 150-watt RMS power, and the 98-dB sensitivity all come together – and team up with the drivers I just mentioned – to create a massive powerhouse of a speaker.

And when you have a pair, the full experience is unparalleled.

The bass is deep, punchy, and powerful overall, and the rest of the range is produced with exceptional richness, clarity, and detail.

I honestly don’t think that you can get a better sounding pair of speakers than the RP-280F in this price range!

Pros

  • Amazing value for the money
  • Deep lows and thunderous power
  • Surprisingly good mids
  • Great sensitivity

Cons

  • Considering the price, I simply can't complain!

3. SVS Ultra Tower Flagship 3-Way Loudspeaker

SVS Ultra Tower Flagship 3-Way Loudspeaker
Our Rating: 86/100

If you’re going to name your speakers “Ultra,” they better have the looks and performance to back it up. Then again, this is SVS we’re talking about; if there’s a speaker manufacturer that can create such a mean-looking set of speakers following the "bigger-is-better" rule, it’s them. Seems like people there simply don't like little things.

Granted, the brand may be better known for the subwoofers – but the SVS Ultra Series loudspeakers are an excellent high-end-sounding solution, nonetheless.

The Design 

They’re in a league of their own design-wise. There’s nothing boxy or typical about these speakers:

Rather than going straight down, they’re a geometric statement of sorts, with the backside flaring out, creating a dramatic effect.

Because of this, the dimensions of the speakers are all over the place. However, there’s no denying that standing 45.6 inches tall, they dominate the room.

One of the benefits of this not-so-compact cabinet design is that it has enough room for large drivers – and quite a few of them, too.

The front panel is home to a one-inch, aluminum-dome tweeter, located between two composite glass-fiber 6.5-inch mid-range drivers. The SVS ForceFactor 8-inch woofers, however, are horizontally opposed at the base and combined with a rear-firing bass port. 

The Performance

The "bigger-is-better" theme includes more than the design of these speakers, and bleeds into their performance, as well. Let's review the performance:

The recommended power clocks in at 300 watts, coupled with a rather average, 88-dB sensitivity, which doesn’t sound overly impressive; it's good overall, especially when you pair it with enough power. The frequency response range goes from 28 Hz to 32 kHz, and is one of the first indicators of what you’re in for:

These speakers deliver full, deep, and impactful bass that anchors the sound with a thundering low-end. More importantly, despite all its heft, it remains agile and responsive. You may get away with skipping a dedicated subwoofer altogether!

It’s not without flaws, as I did notice a lack of snappiness and detail at the very top, probably because the poor, little tweeter couldn’t keep up with the monstrous thundering beneath it.

The sound is still exceptional, with good stereo imaging, and a fluid and captivating mid-range that not once sounded unfocused or muffled.

Pros

  • Geometrical, eye-catching design makes them stand out
  •  Solid frequency range and plenty of loudness
  • Two 8-inch horizontally opposed woofers per speaker
  •  Tight, deep, and impactful bass

Cons

  • The highs can come off as overwhelmed by the powerful bass

4. Martin Logan Motion 60XT Speaker 

Martin Logan Motion 60XT Gloss Black Floor standing Speaker
Our Rating: 81/100

When you read “Martin Logan,” you thought of those electrostatic panels, didn’t you?

But as much as I respect the innovation behind that line, I’m here to show you some of the best floor standing speakers under $5000. It’s the non-electrostatic Motion series, and the 60XT speaker, in particular, that fits the bill here.

The Design 

The 60XT may be the largest in the Motion series – it is, after all, 48 inches tall – but it’s far from bulky. Despite the rather bold dimensions, Martin Logan’s designer team managed to retain a sense of much-appreciated elegance:

The speakers are tall and slender, and the gloss finish prevents them from looking all too plain, while also ensuring that they fit into any environment, without drawing too much attention- a lot to like.

Another interesting thing about this model is the feet – or spikes – that help drive the feet into thick carpeting to make it more stable, while also lifting the speaker off the floor.

There are three woofers total – dual 8-inch woofers and a dedicated midrange driver – and the innovative Folded Motion XT tweeter with an increased surface area sitting at the front panel.

That “XT” part must stand for “Extreme,” huh?

The Performance

The specs seemed really promising, with 20 to 400 watts of power per channel and a sensitivity of 94 decibels. The frequency range is a little less broad than I would prefer but still goes from 35 Hz to 25 kHz.

The sound quality of these speakers is every bit as shiny as that glossy finish of theirs; I was taken aback by how well defined everything was!

Also, I didn’t find this level of clarity and neutrality even in some high-end speakers, especially when it came to tough-to-reproduce instruments. The 60XT manages to keep the music natural and free of coloration, which is a huge plus.

Killer bass and a vast soundstage are tons of fun, but I want to add that a balanced midrange and detailed, natural highs play a significant role when you’re listening to music. And this Motion model offers all that – and then some.

Pros

  • Features the Folded Motion, accordion-like tweeter technology
  • Strong bass response thanks to dual woofers and a mid-range driver
  • Excellent imaging and soundstage
  • Maintains neutrality and keeps the sound natural and coloration-free
     

Cons

  • May require a break-in period

5. Definitive Technology BP9020 & CS904

Definitive Technology BP9020 & CS904
Our Rating: 80/100