Reference High Performance 2-Way Bipolar Surround Speakers

Reference High Performance 2-Way Bipolar Surround Speakers

for Wide Dispersion Surround Sound - Natural Walnut/Pair (XL8BPW)

Overall Performance
22 Review(s)
$99.97 USD

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Overall Rating:

Christopher September 25, 2022

These replaced a pair of old 90s Technic surrounds. Haha. Suddenly makes my 5.2.2. much more lively on the rear/sides. Didn't know how much sound I was missing before I replaced with these. They sound good to me at least. They fit in with the rest of my setup, and creates a good bubble of sound to listen in. Definitely noticed an immediate difference, made music and movies sound way better. They produce a better depth of sound by far. I'm sure there are better things out there, but surely not for the money. The product seems above average to me at least. They are large! But do look nice.

Claude P August 26, 2022 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Quebec, Canada

Excellent product, well built, great sound

Sheshechic July 26, 2022

Once I got a taste of Fluance's bipolar speakers as rear surrounds, I had to have them for all my rooms with tvs. It's the best option for those of us without the perfectly shaped rooms. Place them on the wall behind you or to the sides. Awesomeness! The company is wonderful too. You rarely see such quality in both the product and the packaging. They also ship quickly as well. I love Fluance (and I wasn't paid to say anything)!

McDowell's June 1, 2022

Bought these on a whim and have not regretted it. I liked these so much I bought the centre channel.Great sound, looks slick and Canadian MadeOnly drawback is you can't use banana plugs if your mounting on the wall

Debbie April 22, 2022


Jonathan B February 16, 2022

Broke these in as mains, and they imaged well and sounded great as "small" speakers in my home theater. As surrounds they blend well with my Canton GLE series fronts. The drivers used are ok; nothing special. The enclose is almost a work of art. Very good looking and solid construction. I personally like the mounting mechanism; they just require some skill to get the screws at the right distance apart as there is only a millimeter or two of wiggle room. My only negative experience is there is a slight lack of midbass when not wall mounted, but you do not get that in a speaker designed for wall mounting as wall mounting emphasizes the bass due to boundary reinforcement. The crossover in a wall mounted speaker should adjust for the boundary reinforcement by shelving the bass output. This one definitely seems to, so no putting these on a stand in the middle of the room (exactly what I was doing while breaking them in).

Philip V February 9, 2022 Audiophile - 20+ Years North Carolina, United States

look of the speakers are better than expected sound is good getting better everyday

Steven L. February 8, 2022 Advanced Listener - 3 Years Georgia, United States

Great sounding surround speakers and great price!!

Vincent S November 22, 2021 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years British Columbia, Canada

I purchased these speakers after reading review from others and I was not disappointed. The speakers have great build quality and quite heavy. I mounted them on the wall making sure at least one screw is on the stud. The surround sound quality is great and for the price I paid these are great speakers.

Pierre September 15, 2021 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Quebec, Canada

Superbe performance pour le prix payé je les adorent pour la musique et le cinéma vraiment très bien

Inquiring M September 8, 2021

The sound is beautiful. Full and honestly sounds better than higher end bookshelves I was using as my rears.Whoever designed the mounting system should be immediately fired though. Most screws don't even fit into the keyholes and you can't see what you're doing so you're putting them up trying to feel around for screws and hoping you measured 100% right because there's no template and if you're off by a fraction of an inch, it's not going. Lots of swearing and sweating but finally got them up. Once they're on the wall, they look and sound amazing.

Kelly August 31, 2021 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years Iowa, United States

Very happy customer. These speakers have a great balance of power and detail. They look fantastic too, which help sets them above the competition. They pair beautifully with my Fluance floor standing and center channel speakers.

Amazon Customer July 9, 2021

Just WOW! I didn't see too many reviews on these so I figured I would give them a try. These speakers really fill out a room! They have crazy, tight bass for being a surround speaker...and the highs are extremely clear as well. I didn't expect these speakers to make such a difference in my home theatre setup. I have a Denon Receiver and Infinity everything else, quite a bit of money wrapped up in it. The only thing I didn't care for was the magnetic grille covers. If you bump them they slide over or fall off. They do stay on while mounted on a wall and being used so good enough.

Donald A May 28, 2021

Excellent sound, excellent quality and excellent value for the money. I actually use them as my front speakers in a lower ceiling (8-1-2 feet) room and I'm very surprised at the sound that comes from these speaker for the price paid. No complaints.

Troy April 22, 2021

I purchased the Fluance SXBP2 speakers for my brother and was doing the breakin before installing them into his system. I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality from these speakers and the light weight. They also appear to be very well made. Nice craftsmanship for a $120 dollar pair of speakers. After 48 hours of Game of Thrones the speakers sounded even better. So I took a chance and bought the Reference models to replace the bookshelves I was currently using for surrounds. Much bigger than the SXBP2 with better materials used in construction of the woofer. Speaker is also louder. Gave it the same treatment of 48 hours of GoT before mounting them to the wall. Very pleased with the room filling sound. Was going to buy the Svs bipolar speakers (which are better quality) for surrounds but I just didn't feel the need to purchase $500 a pair speakers for just sound effects. I wish that I had spent $50 and purchased the higher end surround speakers but the Reference models get the job done for 1/4 the cost.

kevmacmills April 19, 2021

I'm using these as my surrounds in a 5.1.2 system and they sound great! All the Dolby diagrams have surrounds placed on the sides and just behind the listening position, but I couldn't do that with my room. My only option was to place them on the back wall behind the listening position. After reading another reviewer's comments, I mounted them on either side of our couch, just above ear level, and am quite pleased with the results. They give me a nice, diffuse sound that really enhances the movie watching experience.

Franko S April 8, 2021

Quality product grate sound I can't say enough about fluance it's better tan 7/8 of what that blue/yellow box store sells

Tran B. February 24, 2021 Intermediate Listener - 14 Years Ontario, Canada

* Beautiful appearance
* Solid construction from quality materials
* Clever and innovative magnetic speaker covers
* Great mid-range frequency coverage of 95Hz - 20 kHz
* Can actually perform as both fronts and surrounds in a compact surround sound setup if you pair them with a powerful subwoofer

The Reference Bipolar Surround speakers are a superb upgrade from the equally top-notch Elite Bipolar Surround speakers. I'm just blown away by the beautiful appearance, solid construction quality and of course the incredibly rich sound. They have a much better frequency range than the Elite Bipolars that floors at 95 Hz, allowing you to set the subwoofer crossover at a more ideal setting. I'm using two pairs as the fronts and surrounds in a compact 5.1.4 setup for my apartment living room and the sound is rich and fully enveloping. Impressively, when used as surrounds they effectively double as both a back and a side surround when placed correctly. As fronts, they provide an extremely wide soundstage that rivals and possibly even bests standard bookshelf and floorstanding speakers with their sheer room envelopment. Using two pairs of these speakers, I've essentially got a 9.1 surround setup for the price of a 5.1 setup.

To be clear, these are not intended to perform as front speakers. That said, I've proven they absolutely can perform as fronts in a compact style setup for a smaller more confined space such as an apartment, a condo or even just a secondary room in a house where a fully equipped home theater is not possible, wanted or advisable. You'll have to invest in an equally top-notch subwoofer to go with them and be willing to compromise a little if you build the setup that I did. I'm currently using a 12" 300W subwoofer and I've set the crossovers higher than the THX recommended standards for home theater. My subwoofer crossover is currently set at 110 Hz (the THX theater standard is 80 Hz) and the speakers are set at 100 Hz.

Overall, these are just incredible speakers. Extremely high quality and superb value for the money. Highly recommended and they've absolutely made me a Fluance fan for life.

James J February 11, 2021

Love them! Fast delivery and packaged very good! Just like the rest of their speakers just fantastic!

Daryl A December 3, 2020

I'm using these bipolar speakers as side surrounds in a 5.1 system, mounted to the back wall, approximately 1 foot behind and 5 feet to the side of ear position. It is difficult to identify recorded rain or traffic as not real, which I feel is a good benchmark for any surround speaker.

Edward S November 6, 2020

Excellent! sound premium for theBudget price.

Mark Phelps G January 22, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Florida, United States

Loud thumping sound! sounds great for a satellite speaker works great. for the price: You can't find much better than these. I have them for Surround Sound and the smaller ones for the back on a DENON AVR-S930H 7.2 AVRS930H RECEIVER + HEOS Nice!

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