Fluance Signature Series Hi-Fi Three-way Floorstanding Speakers
- Reviewed by:
- Bryan Kluger
- Review Date:1
- June 12th, 2017
-Excellent and fluid sound in the mid-range
-Fantastic sleek design
-Large and Heavy
-Subwoofer needed to avoid muddled low end
When putting together a top notch audio system for your viewing room, there are several factors to consider. You tend to take the power, wattage, and overall design into your thoughts when spending your hard earned money. It can get fairly expensive in assembling a full surround sound system in your favorite place to watch movies.
If you're on a budget, but want high quality and something that looks like it was purchased from Neiman Marcus, then look no further than Fluance's mammoth Signature Series Hi-Fi Three-Way Floorstanding Speakers. With the big 8-inch drivers and a great mid-range sound, this speaker seems to do it all, along with looking sleek enough to impress your audiophile friends.
SETUP AND DESIGN
If you're looking for speakers to hide or not to be shown off, these are not the speakers for you. These Signature Series Floorstanding speakers are large and in charge. In fact, each speaker weighs 62.4 pounds. Not exactly a lightweight. The speakers measure 47.24 x 10.9 x 15.4 inches, making them about 4 feet tall, almost a foot in width, and more than a foot deep. These speakers are meant to be seen as well as heard. Also, it might be a wise decision to have a friend or loved one help you with setup, or at least help lifting the speakers into position.
The Signature Series are are a three-way speakers that include a 1-inch silk dome tweeter, a 5-inch gold woven glass fiber mid-range driver, and two 8-inch bass woofers, making these speakers an alternative to actually having a separate sub-woofer. The front and top of the speaker is finished in a glossy piano black finish, which looks very elegant with a great wood black finish in the back. The optional fine mesh cloth is magnetized, leaving out the fasteners on the front of the speaker. As the 15-inch depth of the speaker reaches the back, the speaker is angled downwards, which doesn't give the speakers a box-like look.
On the back of each speaker are large gold-plated speaker terminals to hook your wires in. These speakers come with optional metal brackets and spikes that go under the speaker for easy mobility, but I found it just as easy to gently move the speakers with my toes or with floor glides to their desired positions. I used the 11-channel Denon AVR-X6300H with the Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player to hear how these mighty floor speakers sounded.
|SPEAKER CONFIGURATION||3 Way - 4 Driver Floorstanding Main Speakers|
|TWEETER||1 Inch Neodymium Balanced Silk Dome Ferrofluid Cooled|
|MIDRANGE||5 Inch Woven Glass Fiber Butyl Rubber Surrounds Separate Enclosures|
|WOOFER||Dual 8 Inch Polypropylene Butyl Rubber Surrounds Separate Enclosures|
|POWER HANDLING||90 - 200 Watts|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||35Hz - 20KHz|
|SENSITIVITY||89 dB @ 2.83V / 1m|
|CROSSOVER FREQUENCY||530/2600 Hz - PCB Mounted Circuitry|
|IMPEDANCE||8 Ohm Compatible|
|ENCLOSURE||Tuned Rear Port Bass Reflex Tower Design Dampened|
|DIMENSIONS||47.24 x 10.9 x 15.4 inch|
|SPEAKER WEIGHT||62.4 pounds/speaker|
|CERTIFICATIONS||CE Certified, RoHS|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE GRAPH|
I first put in the Blu-ray copy of John Wick to see how well all of the action beats sounded. The roar of Wick's muscle car as he swerves and revs the engine sounded deep and packed a punch. That being said, some of the heavier or louder moments of the motor revving or explosions sounded softer than I'd like to hear or a little murkier, making me wanting a tiny bit more bass. Still, those dual 8-inch subs will rattle the house and your bones, but it's not as nuanced or as powerful as a top of the line separate sub-woofer. The mid-range sound excellent while pouring out fantastic sound with clear dialogue. The score and sound effects are robust and actually have a surround and height quality to them and not the usual front and center stereo sound set up. I could actually hear the many gun shots with each of their different pitches and tones coming from above or below, and not just directly in front of me. It was quite nice.
I also decided to pop in Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 2 and was excited to hear all of the specific wand spells being cast all over the room. The many sound effects inside Hogwarts of people yelling, other spells being casts, along with the stone walls being broken and explosions happening everywhere - the Fluance Signature Series handle every sound very well with clarity and depth. For being a stereo setup, I was impressed for sure. However, like John Wick, the low end could be more resonate in my opinion, bust still packs a good heft. The mid-range and high end all sound fantastic and loud on every level. These speakers are not made for small rooms, but rather larger viewing areas, because they definitely bring the noise to full volume with a fairly immersive soundscape. You will not lose any sound effects or ambient noises here, although some might come through softer than if you had a full Dolby Atmos sound setup.
Lastly, I had to put on a record album and chose The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour and started with Hello, Goodbye. The piano and guitars are sharp, full, and sound exquisite and never bleed into one another. The bass sounds fantastic as well and is full of life and sounds like your seated at a concert. It was really fantastic to hear the highs and lows and deep bass here. The vocals sound fantastic, full, and clear, making this album sound better than ever on vinyl.
Fluance has outdone themselves with these Signature Series Hi-Fi Three-Way Floorstanding speakers. The dual 8-inch low-end drivers will basically replace a sub-woofer, even though, it can get muddled during some of the bigger action scenes in certain films, but it still rattles and brings the low-end full force. Adding a subwoofer would solve any issues. The mid-range sounds phenomenal as well, bringing a full soundscape to these giant speakers to immerse you in the world of your favorite movies or music.
In addition to that, these speakers provided not just a straight forward sound, but an almost-encompassing sound effect that makes you think you're sitting in front of a rock band or in the center of a film. I was truly impressed. Even though these speakers are giant 62.5-pound behemoths, the design is sleek and elegant, especially at this price point.
If you're in the market for affordable, but powerful floorstanding speakers, the Fluance Signature Series is Recommended!
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