Floorstanders on Laminate floor

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  1. mr jones

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    im about to lay a laminate floor in my living room and im trying to find the best way of isolating the speakers from the floor (currently on spikes), obviously the spikes will damage the floor which im not keen on doing (paying quite a bit for the floor!). the person in the hifi shop mentioned isolation pads but i cant find anything on the net about them.

    does anyone know of such a product or can anyone point me in the right direction to solve my problem. my speakers are Celestion F30's if thats any help


    thanks in advance

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    hi, try this, two pieces of mdf or hdf fibre board at least 25mm thick and
    possibly the floor colour slightly larger than the speaker base, blue tac
    these to the floor ( it wont mark the floor) and place spikes on these.
    mdf or hdf is very dense and inert. regards trevor. ps a friend of mine
    sorted his big missions using this method.
     
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    Milty Polipods at £16 approx for eight. Or Milty Foculpods which are good for up to 10Kg at £16 for four.

    Can't scratch the floor and as they are soft they they balance out any uneveness.

    They're made of Sorbothane which is an extremely efficient isolator. It's a bit odd having wobbly loudspeakers. It seems counter intuative after years of being told spikes isolate (they don't), but because the resonant frequency of the wobble is so low, the speaker is still effectively rigidly supported at all audible frequencies.

    They work extremely well under DVD and CD players too.
     
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    Cheap and cheerful trial is to place a 5p coin under each spike.

    I have a set of Kef floorstanders which I have on small rubber hemispherical feet. These were supplied with the speakers (as well as the spikes). Seems to work fine and they don't mark the semi solid flooring.

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    I use RDC cones under my speakers on laminate which made a huge improvement in sound over the felt pads I was using before.
     
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    Not sure if this is the best solution sonically, but it certainly protects the floor and looks OK:

    1p coins backed with the sticky-backed stuff you can buy for protecting the floor from chair legs etc.

    I've previously used copper coins placed directly onto floorboards, but later learned that this stains the wood.

    I imagine 1p/2p coins will blend in a bit better than shiny silver 5p pieces.

    Cheers,

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    I used the felt sticky things that you would normally use with the castor cups that you use to protect laminate floors from furniture legs, wheels etc. Just use the felt pads under each speaker spike. I left the backing paper on the sticky part so they don't stick to the floor. I managed to get small round felt pads about the size of a 10p piece from B&Q.

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    cheers for all your advice people, i think ill try a few of the suggestions and see which one isolates the best :D
     

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