Bookshelf speaker stands

Jcris

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Been listening to a newly acquired pair of bookshelf active speakers for the last couple days and have begun wondering about stands. I’ve adjusted heights with various items but haven’t really settled on what would be best? I’m looking for websites that offer a quality stand that looks good too. I kinda like these:
FS 104 Signature XL Speaker Stands
These aren’t designed specifically for my speakers but the base plate is large enough to accommodate them. The base of the speaker is 9” x 12”.
Other ideas?
Thanks,
Jcris
 
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I am a floor-stander guy, but I do notice that bookshelf speaker stands pop frequently on US Audio Mart (local) and the local Facebook Marketplace ads.
 
I’m a regular looking at usaudiomart. Alot of great stuff there. I’ll keep an eye out
Thanks,
Jcris
 
I've used stands by Solid Steel, Target, Foundation, and, um, Ikea, homebuilt ones from Eames chair bases, and currently some really awesome ones I found used at a local audio store. My Harbeths liked an open rigid frame that allowed their bottom to freely resonate (part of their design). My Dynaudios just wanted to be the right height (ear level w/tweeters) and on top of little spikes on the top plate, not sticky-tacked...for some reason they didn't sound as good rigidly attached to the top plate. Each speaker seems to like something a bit different but mostly the height is important on many speakers especially newer ones, in experience.

I think looks are really important but that's subjective. There's even custom stands on Etsy that you can have made to order, especially if you want wooden stands.

I personally think these Solid Steel stands are cool. They're super stable, too, in use. But again, get the height of whatever stands you need to align the tweeter with your ears.

 
So did you get the Meadowlarks to play tunes?
Absolutely,
I haven't done much beyond loading some configuration files that Pat McGinty was kind enough to send along. I'm amazed at just how great these sound, the bass extension is really stands out. That without any adjustment for room correction I've just been listening and of course looking at REW for dsp changes, getting a Umik-1 and SGC for a possible upgrade to my old MacMini. I'm also looking at stands and several music streaming services , Tidal, Room Qobuz and ? How do you like your Transporter?
Jcris
 
I've used stands by Solid Steel, Target, Foundation, and, um, Ikea, homebuilt ones from Eames chair bases, and currently some really awesome ones I found used at a local audio store. My Harbeths liked an open rigid frame that allowed their bottom to freely resonate (part of their design). My Dynaudios just wanted to be the right height (ear level w/tweeters) and on top of little spikes on the top plate, not sticky-tacked...for some reason they didn't sound as good rigidly attached to the top plate. Each speaker seems to like something a bit different but mostly the height is important on many speakers especially newer ones, in experience.

I think looks are really important but that's subjective. There's even custom stands on Etsy that you can have made to order, especially if you want wooden stands.

I personally think these Solid Steel stands are cool. They're super stable, too, in use. But again, get the height of whatever stands you need to align the tweeter with your ears.

Plus one on the Solid Steel recommendation. They are truly an all around awesome choice.
 
I've used stands by Solid Steel, Target, Foundation, and, um, Ikea, homebuilt ones from Eames chair bases, and currently some really awesome ones I found used at a local audio store. My Harbeths liked an open rigid frame that allowed their bottom to freely resonate (part of their design). My Dynaudios just wanted to be the right height (ear level w/tweeters) and on top of little spikes on the top plate, not sticky-tacked...for some reason they didn't sound as good rigidly attached to the top plate. Each speaker seems to like something a bit different but mostly the height is important on many speakers especially newer ones, in experience.

I think looks are really important but that's subjective. There's even custom stands on Etsy that you can have made to order, especially if you want wooden stands.

I personally think these Solid Steel stands are cool. They're super stable, too, in use. But again, get the height of whatever stands you need to align the tweeter with your ears.

Solid Steel are cool no doubt,
But I'm hoping to find something that incorporates cable management, but that's not a deal breaker. I'm thinking some kind of rubber feet between the top plate and the speaker , definitely not sticky tacked. Now the Harbeth's are passive , right? I wonder how much these will be affected by a solid plate? And then there's the height issue, I'm leaning toward a 24" stand and most likely metal that is finished nice. I don't want any cheesy welds, that shit looks terrible. Did you see my link above? Those guy's make several different models that tick a lot of the boxes.
Hey JohnVF, a lot of great input,
Thanks
 
I absolutely love the sonicTransporter i5 and the SGC system.
I’m looking at replacing the MacMini in my system. For now I’m running Tidal through a Topping D10s (solely to adapt to spdif) then to active speakers (meadowlark blackbirds). Are your speakers active? I assume you’re using the fiber optic bundle out to a dac? I’m just trying to achieve best sound quality without breaking the bank. I would appreciate your input
Thanks,
Jcris
 
Another option is to get a local woodworker to build you a pair.

I did that and found a young guy on Facebook Marketplace, that took on the project to learn. only charged me $250 for these solid wood stands with 1/4" threaded anchors in bottom to add feet, etc.

I give him the design from Timbernation, which makes amazing stands and will customize as well.

Old pic of setup but these are the stands he built. I screwed in MagLev feet, and have Hudson HifI 'dots' under each corner of speaker on the wood stand.

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I’m looking at replacing the MacMini in my system. For now I’m running Tidal through a Topping D10s (solely to adapt to spdif) then to active speakers (meadowlark blackbirds). Are your speakers active? I assume you’re using the fiber optic bundle out to a dac? I’m just trying to achieve best sound quality without breaking the bank. I would appreciate your input
Thanks,
Jcris

I am using ethernet from the i5 to two systems. One of my DACs (PS Audio DSD with Bridge II) accepts the ethernet, on the other I use a microRendu to convert ethernet to USB. I have considered going to their fiber optic system, but I am pretty happy with the way things sound right now. I also have two WiiM Pros and a PI connected via WiFi. Roon lifetime subscriber.
 
Another option is to get a local woodworker to build you a pair.

I did that and found a young guy on Facebook Marketplace, that took on the project to learn. only charged me $250 for these solid wood stands with 1/4" threaded anchors in bottom to add feet, etc.

I give him the design from Timbernation, which makes amazing stands and will customize as well.

Old pic of setup but these are the stands he built. I screwed in MagLev feet, and have Hudson HifI 'dots' under each corner of speaker on the wood stand.

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Wow,
No really Wow. These look great, simple, sturdy and excellent looking. Thanks so much for the link. I’m checking it out now
Jcris
 
Butcher Block Acoustics makes stands in 24" and 28" height, but no others (for now, as it's a newer product line). Variations beyond height are the types of wood used.
 
When I first started looking for speaker stands I thought I’d just buy something. After looking around, perhaps obsessively, I’ve begun to realize how expensive quality stands can be and am considering having them built by a local cabinet maker. I thought this design would be suitable with perhaps one change, utilizing a solid piece top plate instead of the cutout version shown? These are active speakers and may not benefit from that cutout, but I’m not sure. What do you think?

Harbeth Speaker Stands - DIY Project at Audio Nostalgia
Jcris
 
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Hi John,

From our discussions you already know my thoughts. Those Blackbirds are so pretty they deserve the best you can give them. That being said, there’s no need to go stand crazy and spend all your dough. You know of my strong encouragement to keep some funds aside for the Small Green Computer/Sonic Transporter.

However, having someone local make you stands according to your specs has several advantages including having the stands finished to match the sapelle finish of the Blackbirds. Plus for not much money you could have two top plates made, one open and one closed and switch out for the best results. (Should stands be made from Sapelle?)

The open top plate works great for my Harbeths and Spendors, especially for the larger BC3s, but the others seemed content with a closed top plate.

Look at stands on Etsy, just for reference purposes.

Underwood Wally sells 24” stands for the LSA Signature 50 that would work. Fillable too. Nice looking. Solid top.

BLACKBIRDS: 15.45high x11.75deep x 9wide

LSA Sig 50: 15″ high and 13″ deep x 10″ wide

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“The photo above is with the optional stands. There are 4 sand fillable metal posts with wood bottom and top plate. They are 24" high and come with spikes. The stands are $249.00 or $199.00 delivered for the pair when bought with our speakers.”

Btw, all is well with Wally and family in Hawaii.

Cheers!
 
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I got the 2-post Skylan stands for my Fritz monitors ...the top plate is custom sized to be the same footprint of the Fritz's (9"x12") but the standard issue comes with a 8"x10" top plate. Each stand is filled with about 10 pounds of rice for damping and I have 5 Herbies Soft Fat Dots between each speaker and top plate. Also, Herbies Threaded Stud Gliders on the bottom of the stands.
Absolutely focused and solidified the sound.
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Hey,
I’ve been all around the block looking for a suitable stand for my speakers and the Slyland’s might be the answer. My speakers have a 9”x12” footprint as well. Was that much of an issue when you ordered yours?
Thanks,
Jcris
PS,
I ordered some fat dots yesterday
 
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