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Fluance XL7F Loudspeakers Review Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2015
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Fluance XL7F Loudspeakers Review
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ImageFluance is a speaker manufacturer based in Ontario, Canada. They have been around since 1999, but, I admit, they were a new name to me when I received an email from their very diligent PR person asking if I was interested in reviewing one of their products. One look at the product line, and the amazingly modest pricing, led me to immediately reply in the affirmative.

Fluance designs and distributes a full suite of home theater and two channel speakers. They sell complete 5.1 systems, floorstanders, standmounts, surround speakers, and subwoofers. There are several lines to choose from, including the AV, SX, and XL Series, each with specific characteristics and cosmetics. I am reviewing a pair of the XL7F floorstanders, which sell for an amazing $499. Fluance sells direct from their website as well as through select retailers.

Fluance XL7FBefore we get into the XL7F's interesting design, let's take a quick look at what Fluance touts as its “premium” features:

  • Down-firing 8” long-throw subwoofer for longer excursion, better linearity and deep, undistorted bass
  • Tuned rear bass port reflex cabinet designed for improved efficiency and controlled low-frequency response
  • Butyl rubber surrounds suppress unwanted cone resonances, ensuring durability and performance reliability
  • The copper sound-isolation floor spikes eliminate vibration absorption to aid in eradicating distortion
  • Bi-amp/bi-wire 5-way gold-plated binding post terminals for optimum conductivity
  • Binding post designed for banana plug connectors and speaker wire compatibility
  • Premium crossovers feature Butterworth design for audio equalization
  • Low diffraction flush fit removable front grilles for spacious imaging

fluance_xl7f_loudspeakers_bottom.jpgThe speakers are outfitted with a 1-inch silk dome neodymium tweeter, two 6.5-inch midrange drivers in separate enclosures and, interestingly, a downward-firing 8-inch woofer. The speaker covers the 45 Hz to 20 Khz range, is stated to have a sensitivity of 89 db, with published impedance specs of “4-8 Ohms”. The most intriguing, and unusual, aspect of the design is the crossover point, which is 800/3500 Hz.  

The speakers are packed well, and impressively made, for this price point. They measure almost 46 inches high and are just over 45 Lbs each in weight. The Mahogany finish is very nice indeed. Dark Walnut is also available. Taking a close look at the drivers and binding posts, everything was cleanly assembled.


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