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Loading my speaker stands info please.

Discussion in 'AV Stands, Cabinets, Seating & Furniture' started by JIT, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. JIT

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    What should i use in my speaker stands to load them -

    Atacama Atabites - Expensive

    Sand only

    Sand + Gravel


    Also how far should i fill them, i've read that it's best not to completely fill the colum/s?
     
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    A frequent suggestion here is heavy cat litter as it absorbs moisture. Make sure you use kiln-dried sand as it has to be moisture free. Another is to put in lead shot and then sand - much denser. Lord knows where you get lead shot from though!

    Try a search for "mass loading".
     
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    Thanks, will do.
     
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    To a degree it also matters what type of speaker you are using. IMO, smaller, lighter speakers seem to work best with mass loaded stands whereas the heavy speakers work best with lighter open stands.

    Adding to much mass can also degrade (colour) the sound so it is a good idea not to complety fill it with lead etc. Also worth trying mixing different mass materials if possible.
     
  5. JIT

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    I've got a bag of dried gravel so will try some of that and see what happens, maybe also add sand to fill the spaces between gravel.
     
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    try and find a local hifi store selling custom design stands they did have some good filler at a good price
     
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    Or play sand from Early Learning Centres.
     
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    or silver sand from B&Q and dry it out on backing trays in the oven
     
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    Ah, but you don't need to dry out ELC sand. It also sounds better (must be a good quality beach they get it from).
     
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    but not as good as the custom design filler or the Atacama Atabites
     
  11. JIT

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    I think dried sand looks like a good option and not too expensive either.
     

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