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.


@tweak1 I have really good stands, yes. I tried looking up Clayton online, and couldn’t find any links to a website.


That’s an excellent list of great stand mounts. The MoFi, Joseph Audio Pulsar and Fritz are very impressive, 


I think if you are talking about the same money the floor standing speakers will always sound better or at least project louder and provide more sound. As multiple folks have said it makes zero sense because the stands take up about the same floor space. 
The only caveat is if you like to move things around. Moving bookshelf speakers is easy… moving a 125lb/ea speaker is another story. I love the looks of stand mounted speakers but I’m a dealer and like swapping and moving and testing stuff. 
best and easiest pair of floor standing speakers I have ever had are Monitor Audio Silver 7G 500. They have 2 rear ports and one up high. So easy to reach your hand into that top port and move the speakers….

For me speakers must be functional, attractive and sound good. 
I don’t care if you have the best sounding speakers (although debatable) if they are ugly I don’t want them. I listen with my eyes 👀 open….