Should I graduate to floor standers or will larger bookshelves suffice?

Hey guys,
I moved into a larger space several years ago, more of an open floor plan, and soon realized that my current speakers, Legacy Studio HD, in a surround array, might be a bit overwhelmed. It’s a weird, asymmetrical space, but it’s also significantly larger than my previous one. So the title of my post says it all…can I still get adequate coverage with bookshelf speakers, or do I now need floor standers? A friend told me to basically “sit closer to the tv” but that isn’t practical.

I thought about the Calibres from Legacy as an option, which is about my price range…up to 7k or so. I also see all these great internet only brands, like Fritz, or Philharmonic, etc, and I hear about their prodigious extension and sound stage, but can these bookshelves fill my room, or any room for that matter?

Let me also add, I have no problem graduating to floor standers, so suggestions are also welcome.

Thanks in advance.


Look into the Philharmonic BMR HT Towers. You’d have to spend close to 3X the money on nearly any other brand to get similar performance. Add a sub for the lowest octave and still save thousands. 

I’m a little older and listen to a couple different genres. Last night was Slayer ,Wilco and Dylan. Today it’s a good version of Carnina Burvana(spelling?). I’ve owned many pairs of floor standers at a top new price point of around $10k. Lots of B&W’s ,floor standers and stand mounts ,Quads ,Revels ,Wilson’s ,Dynaudio ,on and on over the years. I’m not a spec reader or wavelength expert but I know what sounds great and for me I’ve never heard floorstanders that stood up and pleased me for very long. The magic of evolved BBC monitor type speakers is what I like and now own. I have big Harbeths for my streaming and mid sized Harbeths for my turntable. Spendors I hook up every so often. I love them ,I’m keeping them and I know there is a magic to these speakers that appeals to me. And to a lot of others

Klipsch Cornwall IV or Forte IV.  Nothing fills a large space like horns. Aside from a speaker upgrade you get an amplifier upgrade as well since it won't have to work nearly as hard.  The Cornwall and Forte are close in performance, with the Cornwall offering just a bit more of everything, but they tend to dominate a physically and aesthetically which is either a pro or con depending upon your perspective.