Published in the March-April 2014 issue of MyLIFE magazine
Is it possible to achieve good sound quality and eye-pleasing aesthetics for a home theater system for under $800? Canadian-based speaker company Fluance has proved it can be done, with its new XLHTB five-speaker home theater.
The components of the XLHTB system feature a beautiful mahogany wood grain veneer and glossy piano-black finish. In the back of each speaker there are two sets of gold-plated five-way binding posts for wiring. The two towers include a pair of 8-inch woofers and two 6.5-inch midrange drivers, which were designed in an attractive metallic baffle.
The towers stand more than 45 inches tall and are just over a foot deep.
The surround speakers have a 5-inch midrange driver and a one-inch silk tweeter. They are incredibly light, weighing only about 8 pounds each.
The center channel speaker is heavier and includes two bass reflex ports on the back.
The sound of the XLHTB system will be surprisingly good for most people. Avid audio aficionados most likely will not find the audio performance quite up to par based on their standards—but then again, we are talking about system that retails for less than $800.
The towers produce impressive sound for both music and movies, and the woofers’ bass level is equally impressive. However, the center speaker is not as clear as the others and sound can be somewhat muffled—especially dialogue in movies.
The XLHTB system produces good bass and crisp midrange and treble. Its beautiful design makes it appear as though it would be priced much higher. This system is ideal as an entry-level home theater and for those who can’t stand the thought of spending a lot of money for a home theater system—it won’t break the bank, that’s for sure. You can find one at BestBuy.com for $799.99. You can also buy the speakers separately. The XLHTB system comes with a lifetime warranty.