Speaker stands - heavy or light?

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Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby gary66 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:32 pm

I’m swapping floorstanders for standmount speakers and am looking at stands. I’ve seen different options - light and rigid or heavy, mass filled. Which do you advise? Any pros and cons of each?
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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby callen24 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:45 pm

i think it depends on the speakers, some are designed for light stands.
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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby simbo » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:24 am

If it helps I have a pair of each I’ve not got around to listing in the classifieds:

Atacama ‘light’, 60cm high, unfilled, bit scratched. Think I want £20 + postage
Partington ‘heavy’ Broadside, part-filled,90cm high. Think I want £100 + postage

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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby caine » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:32 am

Go heavy. The broadside are decent stands
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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby zippy » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:47 am

Heavier the better - and fill them with sand/lead shot if you can.
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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby MiniCoupeman » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:30 pm

No. It is not all about ‘heavy’. I have AE 1 on heavy filled stands and works really well but years ago I had original AE1’s on Russ Andrews Torlyte stands ( very light) and they were great. As the man said ‘suck it n see,.

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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby callen24 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:59 pm

those partington heavy are a bargain. Generally go heavy, but some speakers are designed for light stands. Some large speakers at previous wam shows have sounded really open on lightweight stands. in heavy stands different ballast can make speakers sound different, so opportunity for tuning to room..
I remember finding that my atacama stands sounded better when half full of dry sand, full to the top they deadened the sound.
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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby gary66 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:54 pm

Thanks all. I’ve seen elsewhere contrasting opinions about light or heavy. To me heavy makes sense consider solidity of floorstanders. I’m planning to put a pair of Kii3s on the stands. Maybe as they’re a little different design it will need to be a case of try a few and see what sounds right.

Great price on the Broadsides! Unfortunately too tall for me as the Kiis are also pretty tall, but a real bargain.

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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby simbo » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:28 am

Maybe think again, I’ve just checked the specs and they’re 60cm high. They’re in my storage unit so couldn’t measure and my mind was playing tricks on me as I last had my DM4 speakers on them, which themselves are about 40cm high.
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Postby gary66 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:39 pm

Ok thanks. Will have a measure.

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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby hifinutt » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:51 pm

i made my own stands from argos chopping boards and wickes staircase spindles

i tried to post pics but these days cu will rarely let me , bandwidth does not seem enough . i use iso pucks under standmounts which are used in pro audio with good reviews . i have used under a number of speakers now with good effect
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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby angelface » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:43 am

hifinutt wrote: i use iso pucks under standmounts which are used in pro audio with good reviews . i have used under a number of speakers now with good effect


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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby gary66 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:49 am

I’ve used the Isoacoustic Gaia 3 on my floorstanders and was very impressed. The isopucks look similar.

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Re: Speaker stands - heavy or light?

Postby angelface » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:16 pm

Trying to avoid derailing thread..

I used to have Partingdon Ultima stands but the Arcs come bolted to supplied stands so sold the Partingdons.
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