Speaker Stand Help

gareth133

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I am currently using Atacama Aurora 6 speaker stands. I find them to be fantastic but there is one flaw... They aren't steady on carpet. The slightest knock or touch and they fall.

An hour ago, my 4 year old accidentally brushed them with his feet, causing them to fall over. Unfortunately, the speakers were damaged this time and more importantly, they didn't fall on my son. After a heated discussion with the wife, it is clear that I need new, steadier stands before my 4 year old or his baby brother are injured by heavy stands.

Any suggestions as to what stands I should switch to? They need to be steady on carpet.

Thanks,

Gareth
 

Dan Turner

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Gareth - I believe that the problem is probably more that the spikes don't penetrate the carpet and stick into the floor below. If they are anything like mine were, then they're rocking because they have only partially penetrated the carpet and they are able to move because the carpet and underlay move around underneath them. I would think that most stands would be the same.

You need to find a way to get the spikes to completely penetrate the carpet/underlay and dig in to whatever your floor is made of below. If you didn't mind making 4 small holes in the carpet (8 if you count both speakers) then you could put screws in place which will go through the carpet and screw into the floorboards below, leaving the screw heads exposed to locate each spike of your speaker stands in.

What i've done (not specifically to stop my speaker stands rocking) is to get some some granite worktop-savers from Aldi and put those under the stands; the spikes sit directly on the granite. I did this to isolate my speakers from the room a bit more to tame a slightly excess bass. It worked and actually made a really improvement in the sound, but i'm not sure it's a great deal more stable. They can probably rock a bit less now, but give them a shove and the stands would probably slide around on the granite.

Are your stands filled? adding some filling to increase the weight low-down would help prevent them being pushed over.

Also you might want to look for a design that has as wide/deep a footprint as possible. I remember seeing the matching stands for the B&W PM1 the other day in a local hifi shop and thinking how stable they looked because the base plate was so large.
 

CnoEvil

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The most solid stands I know are made by Partington....see WHF reviews:
http://www.whathifi.com/search/apachesolr_search/?filters=tid%3A355%20type%3Ahcmproduct%20tid%3A648&solrsort=created%20desc
 
gareth133 said:
I am currently using Atacama Aurora 6 speaker stands. I find them to be fantastic but there is one flaw... They aren't steady on carpet. The slightest knock or touch and they fall.

An hour ago, my 4 year old accidentally brushed them with his feet, causing them to fall over. Unfortunately, the speakers were damaged this time and more importantly, they didn't fall on my son. After a heated discussion with the wife, it is clear that I need new, steadier stands before my 4 year old or his baby brother are injured by heavy stands.

Any suggestions as to what stands I should switch to? They need to be steady on carpet.

Thanks,

Gareth

Kudos stands are excellent. I had them when I dem'd PMC DB1is. Very heavy and very secure.
 

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