Types of Speakers

by Peggy Epstein

There are a variety of speaker types and deciding which one is best for your situation is a matter of understanding the functions and benefits of each. Price is always a consideration, but within each type, there is also a wide range of prices available.


Floor speakers are usually the largest type. Bookshelf speakers take up less space. Adding a subwoofer will enhance the overall sound quality. In-wall and on-wall speakers can also be used effectively.


Floor speakers provide excellent sound, while bookshelf speakers save space and come with a wide price range. In-wall speakers should probably only be considered for new constructions, but on-wall speakers can be hung conveniently practically anywhere.


Floor speakers come in a variety of sizes that will fill up an area. Bookshelf speakers come as small as Bose's 2-inch cube speakers to shelf-sized units that take less space than floor speakers.


In-wall speakers may need to be installed by professionals because of wiring issues. On-wall speakers have exposed wiring.


Each type of speaker has its own benefits based on convenience and size, but sound quality should be the determining factor in your selection.

About the Author

Peggy Epstein is a freelance writer specializing in education and parenting. She has authored two books, "Great Ideas for Grandkids" and "Family Writes," and published more than 100 articles for various print and online publications. Epstein is also a former public school teacher with 25 years' experience. She received a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri.