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are tower speakers necessary in 2022?

crazycloud

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Towerspeakers are always a problem that they are expensive to ship somewhere.
I'm just about to move house. The last time I did it was 2002, so once every 2 decades really isn't going to be much of a purchasing factor for most people. I'd rather have to deal with the moving large enclosures every so often than have to live with small constipated sounding speakers every day in between.
 

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For many years I was proud about that big equipment rack and my tower speakers. I have become a big believer in the power of elegant minimalism.
Multiple power amplifiers, active crossover and DSP is not elegant minimalism.
 

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So probably the best, least uncompromising system are large floorstanders like the Revel Salon Ultima 2 or Perlisten S7t with some very good quality subwoofers, or even larger speakers with about 12-15 inch woofers also with subwoofers. Apart from the acoustics and the size of the room.

@Wesayso So you agree? ;)
 
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Absolutely. The towers can provide better directivity to a lower frequency. The towers + subwoofers can function as distibuted bass.
It may seem contradictory but even in a smaller space the directivity gain helps to get you a clearer sound. Having more sources in bass helps to get a more even result over a large area. If one can EQ them separately, even better.
I have a relative small room with two (huge) towers and two subs. I'm restrained in what the missus allows position wise but make up for it with EQ.
The towers + subwoofers help out in the bottom octaves (last octave is subs only). All DIY though, but with good directivity behavior. (by design)
 
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or even larger speakers with about 12-15 inch woofers also with subwoofers.
I only have 2 15" midbass drivers in each of my speakers (and I have subs). But I'll accept the challenge.
 

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I was thinking "No, of course not", but then...
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This x2.
 

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Yessir!

My old standby was just enough subwoofer so you noticed it if you turned it off. IOW, the musical presentation was coming from the main speakers and the subwoofer just blended in. I believe the effect is called precedence. In doing that with satellites the result was dramatic to the point they became nearly unlistenable without the sub on. For towers though they were good either way but impact even more noticeable with the sub on.

/100% subjective observation...
My very non-scientific, very heuristic method is playing something with very clear bass beats (like Prodigy,). If those beats sound like pumping from the tower speakers, I'm doing it right.
 

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A tower WMTMW with AE TD15/10 and a TPL150H.
Soon a large Synergy with a pair of AE TD15 (design being finalised), plus the subs.
 

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That's nice, but this thread was sort of talking about entire speakers, which would include bass--at least down to the point of crossing over to a sub.
 

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I'm not sure I'm getting your point.
A floor stander will have more enclosure volume in a similar floor space that is occupied by a speaker on a stand, hence it will have higher efficiency. Efficiency of a speaker is proportional to the square of the enclosure volume.
 

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A floor stander will have more enclosure volume in a similar floor space that is occupied by a speaker on a stand, hence it will have higher efficiency. Efficiency of a speaker is proportional to the square of the enclosure volume.
That I understand. I'd misinterpreted your previous post.
 

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Towers look cool and make me happy, which in turn makes the music sound better. And take the same (plan view) footprint.

Will be adding a sub anyway as I want to get to 20hz for some genres, so yes I could have achieved similar/identical technical performance with good 2way bookshelves for less money, but I wouldn't be as happy.
 

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I just went from 3 way towers to a 3 way book shelves (Kef R3). Main reason for me is that I sit very close (2.2 m / ~7 ft) to the speakers. It also allows me slightly more freedom in positioning my 2 subs. This is in my home cinema. In the living room (which is a lot larger), I still have towers.

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