Floorstanding speakers have a lot of advantages, but if you are using a good subwoofer and buy front bookshelf/monitor speakers that have frequency response down to 50-60 Hz, there is no real NEED for floorstanding speakers and you can save a lot of money.
A good example of what I mean would be in the PSB line of speakers. You can buy the PSB Image B6 speakers for around $550/pair. They go as low as you need with a sub, around 50 Hz, and they are a lot cheaper than the PSB Image T5 or T6 tower speakers, which cost at least twice as much.
Another issue is stands, however. I HATE speaker stands. To work properly, a speaker stand needs to be very heavy, and very solidly coupled to the floor. Most professional reviewers put steel or lead shot in the vertical steel tubes of the stands to get them heavy enough to work right.
What I prefer to do is actually use a tall wood end table or vertical shelf unit 12"x 12" x 36" tall or so that is heavy enough to function as a stand.
If I use a shelf unit to put the speakers on, it can function as a cabinet to hold 3 or 4 shelves of LP records or CDs (or whatever...), and they add more mass, which is good, and I am getting a lot of storage space under the speaker instead of just a speaker stand with no other function.
In any case, I always recommend that the front speakers should always go down below 60 Hz, so that the subwoofer isn't giving you monaural sound all the way up to 80 or 100 Hz; that sucks. That really hurts the sound quality of the system.
Originally Posted by CooperM
I'm looking into re-doing my whole home theater, everything needs an upgrade. Are floorstanding speakers worth the extra money and extra space? Or can I still get awesome sound with only the small surround-speakers.