Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 Home Theater Speakers here.
Fluance, a relative newcomer to the home audio circuit, has been producing solid-sounding home audio speakers at affordable prices since the early 1990s. The XL series is one of the newest product lines to come from Fluance. It encompasses an entire home theater system, including the XL7S bookshelf speakers. These speakers are some of the most affordable and intriguing bookshelf speakers in our lineup.
Aesthetically speaking, the XL7S is excellent. These bookcase speakers are available in both cherry wood and dark walnut finishes. When you remove the grille from these speakers, the white polymer treated 5-inch driver nicely contrasts the black faceplate of the speaker enclosure. The XL7S looks modern and bold with its unique design features.
The XL7S fared well in our listening tests across multiple genres. These speakers have outstanding midrange characteristics, pressing forth a definitive and warm tone. The bass isn't breathtaking, but it certainly can hold its own. Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" exemplifies the sharp and definitive quality the XL7S speakers can produce. These speakers' warm tonal quality rounds out the brittle saxophone that can cut through the mix and sound abrasive through some speakers. The drum solo within the song displays the speakers' ability to get punchy without the sound becoming unglued. We got a solid showing from the Fluance speakers.
These powered bookshelf speakers are the least efficient units we reviewed. At 84dB, they are 8 decibels less sensitive than the best bookshelf speakers we reviewed. This means it requires almost triple the power to effectively run these speakers as compared to the best. When you are considering Fluance XL7S as your bookshelf speakers, be sure that your amplifier or A/V receiver has enough power to properly drive the speakers to perform at optimal levels.
In the back of these speakers are the two-way binding posts and wall mounting brackets. These small bookshelf speakers weigh about 8 pounds apiece and are lightweight enough to easily mount to your walls. Each speaker measures at 11.4 x 8.1 x 9 inches. The small size of these speakers gives you more options on where to place them within your home. They are small enough to stick between narrow shelves and in tight spaces.
The drivers include a 5-inch polymer-treated cone with rubber surround and a neodymium-balanced silk dome tweeter. The rubber surround enhances the driver’s flexibility and its production of low-frequency tones. Silk is a high-quality material used to make tweeters. It provides airy and clean high tones.
Fluance believes in its speakers so much that it covers them with a lifetime warranty. This is the only company we reviewed to include such a comprehensive warranty. If you decide to purchase the XL7S, you can do so with your mind at ease knowing that you are covered if anything goes wrong with your speakers.
Fluance continues to create affordable, high-quality speakers, and the XL7S bookshelf speakers are an example of that quality. We wish these speakers were more efficient than 84dB. You'll need a powerful receiver to optimize these speakers. However, Fluance covers these speakers with a lifetime warranty, so you can feel confident when making your purchase decision.