At the budget end of the A / V spectrum, Canadian company Fluance has made a name for itself as a manufacturer of high-quality speakers since the turn of the century. After a series of truly impressive Bluetooth speakers, the company is spreading its design wings and sliding from entry level to enthusiast territory with its new Signature Series floorstanding speakers.
The Signature Series Three-Way Hi-Fi Floorstanding Speakers are available separately for $ 799 or as part of a 5.0 system (with surround and a center channel, but no subwoofer) for $ 999.
We first encountered the Signature series in February 2016 and were not impressed with what we heard. While the movie’s audio was fine, the speakers couldn’t experience any kind of music. We got them a rating of 6.6 out of 10. But it looks like the company has made some changes, and while the exterior design looks identical, we’re happy to say the wait was worth it.
The main selling point of the floorstanding speakers remains the large 8-inch drivers, which virtually eliminate the need for a separate subwoofer. But the midrange has now got the upgrade the speakers deserved. The music is expressive, open and has a dynamic weight that was missing before.
While the main draw of the Fluance is their underwhelming size and striking looks, the designers have tried to ensure that the speakers now sound on par with their $ 800. To the designer’s credit, we can say that they have been quite successful.
Meanwhile, Fluance reps have informed us that if customers who purchased their speakers in 2016 have a problem, they should contact Fluance to discuss the replacement (with potential shipping costs covered).
Editor’s Note: This review has been updated to reflect the new version of the speakers available as of September 2016. The rating has been increased to take into account the improved sound.
It appears that Fluance is participating in an arms race to create the largest possible speakers, a race in which he is the only participant. The company’s previous flagship, the Fluance XL7F, was an extraordinarily large speaker. At the time, we said he made others turn pale before him.
Well, imagine a school bus being swallowed by a sperm whale and you get an idea of how big the new Signature Series is. At 4 feet tall, they may be the largest consumer speakers we’ll ever see in the CNET audio lab.
Is heavy. At 62.4 pounds for loudspeaker, you will definitely need the help of a friend to set them up.
The Fluance is a three-way speaker with a 1-inch silk dome tweeter and a 5-inch yellow fiberglass driver, which sounds smaller than it is thanks to the huge 8-inch dual woofers it sits on. .
The crossover network seems to have gotten some attention this time around, because while the original points were set at (an insanely high) 1.2kHz and 2.3kHz for the tweeter, the blend is much more natural.