Tower / Floor Standing Speakers
Floor standing speakers typically find their home on the floor. Often referred to as tower speakers, most stretch three to four feet off the ground.
Bookshelf speakers are a great alternative to tower speakers, especially for smaller spaces. They're significantly smaller and typically equipped with a tweeter and a woofer or a mid-range driver.
Surround Speakers / Satellite Speakers
Satellite speakers are designed to sit behind or off to the sides of your listening area. Like a smaller cousin of bookshelf speakers, they usually feature two cones, typically a tweeter and mid-range driver or woofer.
Center-channel speakers are an integral part of virtually every surround sound setup. They live between the front left and right speakers.
To enjoy deep, rich bass notes, a subwoofer is essential. Most subwoofers today are "powered," meaning that they contain a built-in amplifier and a crossover network that lets you adjust the sub's upper-frequency response to blend in with your main speakers more effectively.
Soundbars are the easiest way to improve your TV audio quality. Installing them is often as simple as plugging a power cord into your wall outlet or surge protector and then connecting an HDMI or audio cable to your TV.
Built-in speakers allow you to enjoy high-quality audio without cluttering your space. While most speakers are built into speaker cabinets that can rest on a stand, a shelf, or some other rigid surface, built-in speakers are concealed within the ceiling or wall.
In-wall speakers act beautifully as rear surround speakers, allowing you to enjoy a fully immersive experience without having to worry about speaker wire or power cords running across your listening area.
The designs of in-ceiling speakers are similar to those of in-wall units, featuring a woofer and a tweeter. Because they're meant to be installed above the listening area, they aren't as effective as surround speakers.
Music doesn't have to be confined to the walls of your home. Outdoor speakers are designed to withstand the elements, allowing you to enjoy your favorite artists while manning the grill, relaxing on the patio, or doing yard work.
Smart speakers are a simple way of bringing quality audio into any room of the house. Installation is as simple as plugging them into an outlet and connecting them to your home network.
For quality audio away from home, a portable Bluetooth speaker is the way to go.
The Different Types of Speakers