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Raising small floorstanders by 20cm

insider9

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Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
 

muljao

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I've not seen this but if I had to do this I'd hunt out two solid pieces of dried wood and shape them to suit.

You probably won't see this post :)
 

muljao

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Forum seems up and running so I'll add to above as I know it will go up and not vanish into cyber space

If the bottom spikes are less than the with or depth of a standard concrete block, if you cut the block to required size and sandwiched it between 2 planks of wood (same surface area), say 9x2" planks and bonded them with silicone and painted up later i'd imagine they would be heavy enough and rigid enough, with the silicone in between likely absorbing any monor vibration encountered, and shouldn'y look bad, especially if the same colour as you speakers
 

insider9

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Thanks Muljao

I've looked for about half hour on eBay. Descriptions are poor and a few that's the right size are more £100+ hence the DIY element of my question.

I'll look into getting some wood. Never worked with actual wood, made some furniture from mdf on more than one occasion and other DIY but not carpentry work.

I've seen people buying granite slabs but that's probably too much in terms of thickness.
 

nopiano

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I'd be worried something else was amiss, but you could try putting speakers on a few big books. I'm sure you have lots of encyclopaedias or dictionaries!

How about tilting them back rather than raising them? (Careful, obviously!). But do exhaust conventional options like distance from side and rear walls, and toe in and out. Lastly, not being funny, but there's no chance they are upside down is there? I realise the terminal block would be a give away usually!

Good luck!
 

insider9

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nopiano said:
I'd be worried something else was amiss, but you could try putting speakers on a few big books.  I'm sure you have lots of encyclopaedias or dictionaries!  

How about tilting them back rather than raising them?   (Careful, obviously!). But do exhaust conventional options like distance from side and rear walls, and toe in and out.   Lastly, not being funny, but there's no chance they are upside down is there?  I realise the terminal block would be a give away usually!

Good luck!
Thanks Nopiano!

I don't think they're upside down but I like how you think :) When I sit lower in my chair they sound fine. It's just my normal listening position and how I'm used to vocal placement.

In terms of tilt I just done some measurements/calculations and raising the front of the speakers by only an inch should give me a around 6 degrees tilt required. I'll give that a go and report back.
 

plastic penguin

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nopiano said:
I'd be worried something else was amiss, but you could try putting speakers on a few big books. I'm sure you have lots of encyclopaedias or dictionaries!

How about tilting them back rather than raising them? (Careful, obviously!). But do exhaust conventional options like distance from side and rear walls, and toe in and out. Lastly, not being funny, but there's no chance they are upside down is there? I realise the terminal block would be a give away usually!

Good luck!
Agree. I would suggest experienting with different positions rather than trying to raise the speakers.
 

Al ears

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insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
These wouldn't be Quad S1's now would they?
 

insider9

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Al ears said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
These wouldn't be Quad S1's now would they?
:)

No, no ribbons this time. I'm going to listen to S-1 on Saturday in all Quad setup though.

Ok, they're QLN QuBIC 122. I got them yesterday evening. Thought Swedish speakers on the end of Swedish amp should sound OK :) Just a calculated risk as info on them is near to non existent. Except from some kind words from Electro on different forums.

Electro, if you're reading this, thanks a lot.
 

muljao

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insider9 said:
Thanks Muljao

I've looked for about half hour on eBay. Descriptions are poor and a few that's the right size are more £100+ hence the DIY element of my question.

I'll look into getting some wood. Never worked with actual wood, made some furniture from mdf on more than one occasion and other DIY but not carpentry work.

I've seen people buying granite slabs but that's probably too much in terms of thickness.
I probably made it sound very involved. I mean pick up a dried out railway sleeper or even a bit of a tree trunk and get someone to cut it into a shaped block. It might do the trick, even a shaped piece of concrete that you could do yourself may dothe trick if all other suggestions fail
 

insider9

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Looks like tilting works fine. Not a massive difference on some tracks but on others good enough. I guess it's down to getting used to new sound.

I've ordered a set of floor spikes which should make tilting easier. For now it's a book each under the front.

Will they take place of my Roksan it's another story... need a bit more time to assess.
 

Gazzip

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insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
Taking the bottom cushion off your listening armchair should have a similar effect. Although your bum might go a bit numb and getting up and sitting down will be more difficult.
 

insider9

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Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
Taking the bottom cushion off your listening armchair should have a similar effect. Although your bum might go a bit numb and getting up and sitting down will be more difficult.
It's ok when fully reclined but then I'm almost lying down. Tilting helped and floor spikes (shorter on back, longer at the front) will be a permanent solution. If I manage a cheap second hand stand of eBay I will, but for now sorted. Thanks
 

Gazzip

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insider9 said:
Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
Taking the bottom cushion off your listening armchair should have a similar effect. Although your bum might go a bit numb and getting up and sitting down will be more difficult.
It's ok when fully reclined but then I'm almost lying down. Tilting helped and floor spikes (shorter on back, longer at the front) will be a permanent solution. If I manage a cheap second hand stand of eBay I will, but for now sorted. Thanks
You have a recliner?! I now have armchair envy...
 

Al ears

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Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
Taking the bottom cushion off your listening armchair should have a similar effect. Although your bum might go a bit numb and getting up and sitting down will be more difficult.
It's ok when fully reclined but then I'm almost lying down. Tilting helped and floor spikes (shorter on back, longer at the front) will be a permanent solution. If I manage a cheap second hand stand of eBay I will, but for now sorted. Thanks
You have a recliner?! I now have armchair envy...
Don't all audiophiles have recliners?
 

Gazzip

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Al ears said:
Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
Taking the bottom cushion off your listening armchair should have a similar effect. Although your bum might go a bit numb and getting up and sitting down will be more difficult.
It's ok when fully reclined but then I'm almost lying down. Tilting helped and floor spikes (shorter on back, longer at the front) will be a permanent solution. If I manage a cheap second hand stand of eBay I will, but for now sorted. Thanks
You have a recliner?! I now have armchair envy...
Don't all audiophiles have recliners?
I wish...
 

Al ears

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insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
How about something like these :-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009NWX2WO?th=1
 

Gazzip

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Al ears said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
How about something like these :-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009NWX2WO?th=1
These are a god product that I looked at for my table mounted EB2's. You need to be careful to check their website for sizing options as there are (or at least there were) a number of different size options...
 

insider9

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Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
Taking the bottom cushion off your listening armchair should have a similar effect. Although your bum might go a bit numb and getting up and sitting down will be more difficult.
It's ok when fully reclined but then I'm almost lying down. Tilting helped and floor spikes (shorter on back, longer at the front) will be a permanent solution. If I manage a cheap second hand stand of eBay I will, but for now sorted. Thanks
You have a recliner?! I now have armchair envy...
It's because I've read on here that right after cables, armchairs have the most impact on sound quality *secret*

Great updated profile pic by the way.
 

Benedict_Arnold

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Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Gazzip said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you
Taking the bottom cushion off your listening armchair should have a similar effect. Although your bum might go a bit numb and getting up and sitting down will be more difficult.
It's ok when fully reclined but then I'm almost lying down. Tilting helped and floor spikes (shorter on back, longer at the front) will be a permanent solution. If I manage a cheap second hand stand of eBay I will, but for now sorted. Thanks
You have a recliner?! I now have armchair envy...
Frasier's dad springs to mind...
 

insider9

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Al ears said:
insider9 said:
Hi all, rather simple question. What's the best way to raise a pair of small floorstanders by 20cm (circa 8 inches)? Do stands like this exist? Or are there any home made solutions?

Speakers height is 32 inches (81 cm) and they actually sound great with no apparent tonal changes with height. Unfortunately vocals feel too low in the image which I'm not used to. For now I'd rather not to say what speakers as I'll be writing a mini review :)

As always, thank you

 
How about something like these :-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009NWX2WO?th=1
That looks good indeed. Perhaps too good. Might get it after Christmas and once I'm 100% I want to keep the speakers for good. Thanks Al for the suggestion.
 

Gazzip

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What about 20cm diameter balls of blu tac underneath them as an alternative? Was it three or four that you need per speaker?
 

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