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Sand for speaker stand??

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by aka, Mar 16, 2003.

  1. aka

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    Hi all,
    Yesterday I went out to find a speaker stands for my speakers. One dealer showed me one set and said that it can be filled with sands.
    Just wanna ask to you all, what sands are used for in the speaker stands?
    To make the stands more stable or is it for other reasons?

    Thanks in advance,a-k
     
  2. Mock Turtle

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    kiln dried sand or any other sand as long as it is really dry. The idea is to massload the stands to make them as heavy and rigid as possible which is supposed to tighten up the bass response.

    Anything really heavy will do as it deosn't have to be sand.

    I keep meaning to fill my speaker stands but haven't got around to it yet so don't know what a difference it makes
     
  3. Dronach

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    I've tried it. Took ages to do, faff, sprinkle, pour etc. And I couldn't hear any difference at all. Although it did make them almost impossible to knock over!:rolleyes:
     
  4. Sunday Ironfoot

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    It stops the sound resonating through the speaker stands as well I think, ie isolates the vibrations to the speaker itself. I could be talking rubbish though, but I think that's what I heard.

    It worth doing for the sake of a £3 bad of sand and a bit of effort though. If you don't hear any difference then so what. I wouldn't bother with the expensive metal filings stuff they charge £40 per tub for at HIFI shops though. Just buy a bag from an Early Learning shop, it'll be damp so make sure you dry it by spreading it out in thin layers on newspaper pages all over the floor and leaving it for a few hours, turning the heating on helps too.
     
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    Or you could just put it in a baking tray and slap it in the oven
     
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    Hi Aka
    Just use kiln dried sand as mock turtle says .put the sand in a measuring jug and pour it in. The sand is so fine and dry it will only take about 15 mins to do both stands and it does make the stands very stable.
    Gonzo.
     
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    The idea is to stop the stand itself ringing. Make sure you only fill them to about two thirds full though, otherwise the uprights try to flex against the footplate. You can use kittylitter too, it's already dry.
     
  8. nathan_silly

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    Make sure you buy THX approved sand though! :D
     
  9. Sunday Ironfoot

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    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

    ...and make sure you pour it in using a 99.999% pure copper jug with good RFI sheilding and a gold plated handle.
     
  10. NicolasB

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    I suspect that fine-grained sand will work better than coarse-grained. The sort of thing they sell for children's sand pits would probably work well. As others have said, it must be kiln-dried.

    Or you could find a shop that sells supplies to SCUBA divers and see if they will sell you some lead shot.
     
  11. aka

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    Thanks all,
    but one thing for sure that I have to buy the stands first...
    then filling it with sand:D

    rgds,a-k
     
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    Another option is to use plaster. It's meant to be pretty effective as a filling.
     

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