Bookshelf Versus Floor-Standing Speakers: What's Right for Your Home?

Learn about the advantages of high-quality bookshelf speakers and floor-standing speakers to determine the best choice for your home theater or listening area.

When you're selecting speakers, quality sound is the top priority. However, you're also striving to choose the perfect setup for the space you have available. If you're unsure whether you should opt for bookshelf or floor-standing speakers, take into account all the factors that make a great home audio system.

Bookshelf speakers fit great sound into any room

The most obvious advantage of bookshelf speakers is their small size, making it easy to set them on a table, mount them to a wall or, as the name implies, just place them on a shelf. To get the best results, you may opt for stands that will keep the speakers at the optimal height for filling the room with rich audio. However you situate your compact speakers, they're a versatile choice for casually listening to music in a small- to medium-sized space, or you can use them to construct a complete surround sound setup while maintaining a more modest approach to your home theater endeavors.

With the Demand Series, Definitive Technology has engineered advanced bookshelf speakers that deliver precise, 3-D imaging, allowing listeners to enjoy every minute detail of their favorite music and home theater. The D11 includes a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter and a Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) midrange and woofer section for exceptionally dynamic results. All of those technical advantages are wrapped up in a stylish, handcrafted cabinet, so you can make great audio an appealing part of your home decor.

Floor-standing speakers deliver a broad range of power

If your goal is to achieve the most immersive sound possible, then floor-standing speakers are likely your best bet. These speakers are large enough to house multiple high-performance drivers, meaning far greater capacity for producing power throughout the dynamic range, including rich and vibrant bass, than is possible with smaller options. Plus, since the speakers support their own weight, there's no need to worry about placing them at just the right height or purchasing a separate speaker stand.

Many floor-standing home theater speakers have limited low-end range, calling for the addition of a dedicated subwoofer. However, Definitive Technology has taken these speakers to a whole new level with the BP9000 series.

A bipolar, forward-focused speaker array widely disperses sound throughout the listening area, and an integrated powered subwoofer with a dual bass radiator projects low-end sound with maximum impact, further simplifying how you incorporate multiple subwoofers into your setup. They're also compatible with object-based audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X,  while giving you the option of adding a height modules to each tower to bounce those object-based sounds off the ceiling and into your listening area for a multi-dimensional experience.

Achieving amazing home audio is based on personal preferences and should always be tailored to your specific needs and space. Definitive Technology ensures that customers have plenty of choices when it comes to selecting the right setup that's both and that shows off the latest sonic advancements.