Originally Posted by beatles75
I've had a hard time understanding the difference between the old and new floor standing speakers. The old ones are bigger while the new ones are skinnier. I haven't listened to the new ones but i feel like the old ones have a lot more bass just cause of the way they appear. Am i completely wrong or what?
I suspect that there is a lot more pressure on speaker manufacturers to make tower speakers skinny because an increasing proportion are being placed on the sides of video screens.
There is also price/cost pressure, because all other things being equal, smaller = cheaper. There is a general trend towards building drivers with smaller diameter but the same displacement.
I need a new pair of floor speakers and I don't know whether to purchase brand new floor speakers which are skinnier or get old floor speakers that are a lot bigger? Someone please help!
All other things being equal, systems that include subwoofers have a better potential for delivering better sound quality.
I suggest that you look at this as an opportunity to upgrade the system as a system, which probably means starting over with an AVR with bass management, automated system tuning software (Audyssey, MCACC, YPAO), and of course a good subwoofer. If you start building this system with floorstanders, you will eventually end up using their bass capabilities as speaker stands, which does not hurt.