Fluance SX-HTB review: Fluance SX-HTB

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The Good Affordable; muscular two-way/three-driver tower speakers; full-size center speaker; adorable surround speakers; impressive build quality standards.

The Bad The system doesn't include a subwoofer.

The Bottom Line You can't beat Fluance's rock-bottom pricing, solid construction, and sound quality, which rivals that of more expensive speakers.

7.3 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7


The Canadian speaker firm Fluance has built an impressive reputation for delivering quality speakers at affordable prices, and SX-HTB five-piece speaker package is a perfect example. It includes a pair of gorgeous towers, a full-size matching center speaker, and two nifty little surround speakers--all for $260. That's not a misprint, Fluance sells the whole enchilada direct for two hundred and sixty dollars, plus shipping. No, the system doesn't offer the sort of cleaner, more refined sound you'll find on rivals in the $800 and above range. But if you're on a limited budget and have the room for a full-size speaker set, the Fluance SX-HTB's combination of credible sound quality and solid construction is an amazing value. The SX-HTB system is shipped double boxed, and we must say, Fluance's exceptional packing exceeds that of far more expensive speakers. Clearly, Fluance wants to make sure your speakers arrive safe and sound.

The entire ensemble is finished in a durable Natural Beech vinyl wrap (the only finish option). The speakers' robust MDF wood construction cabinets are built to a high standard. Rather than rely on flimsy plastic pins to attach the grilles to the speakers, brass pins are on the speakers and fit into the grilles. We'd love to see other manufacturers adapt this ingenious idea.

Standing 38.8 inches tall, the towers definitely qualify as full-size speakers, and each one weighs a hefty 33.4 pounds. Each tower's elegantly proportioned cabinet rests on an integral base, which in turn features adjustable brass feet. The 15.8-wide center speaker is no less impressive, and the surround speakers, which also include bases, are wall mountable. They're the babies of the package--just 8.8 inches high.

The five-piece system doesn't include a subwoofer, but the tower speakers' deep bass capabilities may satisfy in small home theaters. Then again, if your room is larger, you may want to add a matching sub, such as Fluance's DB-150 or DB-200 powered models. We used the DB-150 for our evaluations.

The towers feature dual 6.5-inch poly-coated woofers and a 1-inch silk-dome tweeter. The center channel speaker sports a pair of 4-inch poly-coated woofers, and a 1-inch plastic tweeter, while the surround speakers include the same type of woofer and tweeter. All of the speakers are ported designs.

The center and surround speakers use gold-plated, five-way binding posts, and the towers' connectivity incorporates double sets of posts to enhance performance with bi-amp/bi-wire capability.