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Speaker stands - advice please

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by paiger, Nov 27, 2002.

  1. paiger

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    Hi, I have some fairly cheap Atacame speaker stands (the ones with three vertical tubes and a flat base). I have done little to them except stick my Ruarks on top with Blu-tac.

    I have a wooden (laminate) floor with a gap underneath. What should I do in terms of mass loading of the stands and also, should I put anything between them and the floor. At the mo, I can feel the vibrations through the floor and on into the hi-fi unit.

    Any ideas.

    S
     
  2. Dazed

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    I have/had a set of Atacama SE24's they came with a couple of plastic bags into which you could load sand or some other dense material. I'm not sure if your Atacama's can be filled in a similar way due to their different construction.

    In terms of a wooden floor the advice seems to be that you should spike your stands and place a penny or something underneath the spikes to prevent damage to your floors. I've seen some specialist Hi-Fi isolatord that do the same job as the pennies - can't remember where
     
  3. paiger

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    Hi, the tubes are hollow as I remember and it would be possible to fill with sand or lead shot or something, I might do that.

    Where do I buy spikes from? I assume a hifi shop or summink. Not sure if my stands have fixing for them, might have a look later.

    I'm listening to a CD now at moderate volume and I can feel it on the soles of my feet. That can't be good can it?

    S
     
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    I've just been to the Atacama website

    http://www.atacama-audio.co.uk/prod-f.htm

    It looks like you have the Atacama Nexus - they say that all stands are supplied with Spikes as standard - they'll probably send you a pair if you ask nicely. They also sell something called Atabites to fill your speaker stands - although sand would be cheaper, as well as Spike shoes to "allow the use of spikes on laminate/wood floors and also offer an additional degree of isolation"

    Sounds just the job
     
  5. paiger

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    Yeah, I checked out the site and it appears I should have got spikes. Maybe I did and put them in a drawer somewhere. Will have to have a dig.

    I just had a ton of sand delivered to build a wall in the garden so that's handy, probably cheaper as you say! The isolation pads look good although I didi buy some sound deadening kit for my PC and have various bits left, some of which was thick rubbery material so that may do, cut into small pieces.

    The stands are Nexus I think and they do have screw holes in the bottom.

    Off to find those spikes.


    Steve
     
  6. Matt F

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    Wow - steady on - you normally used kiln dried sand to fill speaker stands with - whatever you do, don't put anything other than totally dry sand in them or they may rust from the inside out!

    I seem to remember that with the Nexus, it is just the larger of the vertical tubes that you are supposed to fill.

    Quite a co-incidence really as I bought a pair of Atacama SE6's today so I'll be off the B&Q for some kiln dried sand tomorrow. Ho hum.

    Matt.
     

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