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Speaker Stands - Half or Full ?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by GForce, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. GForce

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    HI All

    Ive just got my Atacama Nexus 7's and have been told to fill them with sand. Im putting KEF Q1's on the Top.

    How much sand should i use ? Half fill them or fill to the top ?

    Also Blue Tac ? Really ?? Nice speakers, nice stands and ... blue tac ! ? Surely not ?

    Cheers

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  2. bobbypunk

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    them stands work better with the atabites by atacama which are just steel chips that interlock (Very dense) sell for about £20 for a heavy tub.
    No top spike option so blue-tak comes a close 2nd
     
  3. buns

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    or if you are damned to pay a fortune for atabites...... go and source yourself some lead shot....... it is what you might call enormously dense. Difficulty being it might in fact be too heavy once filled..... I had to drop that idea because my full surround stands were going to weigh in the order of a ton!

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  4. GForce

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    Cheers for the replys guys.

    Ive already been out and got some kiln dried sand as previous posts say its ok / comparible with other fillers.

    As ive already got sand - should i half fill or totally fill ?

    ( I could just try it - but itll save me getting sand all over the place :) )

    Cheers again

    Gareth
     
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    I'm not an expert on this subject but I've heard that over filling a stand can make the speaker sound less lively as the job of a stand can also to be to absorb unwanted vibrations from a speaker, as well as keeping it steady at the desired height.

    However, to be honest, I've always filled stands to the top, being more concerned about stability.
     
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    Make sure you put the sand into bags before it goes into the sands!! Otherwise there will be sand everywhere, you also get to try varying the quantity of sand ;)

    My experience is that blue-tac really cannot be beaten on stand-tops. It holds the speaker solidly, is cheap, and doesn't damage the speaker finish.
     
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    I'd be really interested to hear the concensus on this, I've just got a pair of Q1's and a pair of Apollo A2 twin column stands and I've got my kiln dried sand coming on Saturday, so what is it full or half full??

    Cheers

    Ryan :smashin:
     
  8. buns

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    try halved squash balls in place of blue tack, it will be better sonically though wont be sticky which you may want

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  9. GForce

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    Cheers for the replys ...

    The Atacama Nexus stands dont allow for sand to be placed into bags - accros the top of the centre support is a large plate welded in to allow the top plate to screw in. Ive just half filled them for now ( via a funnel ) and not made too much mess :)

    Cheers

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    where would you buy lead shot?
    I had never thought of that even knowing thats what made AE's AE509 so heavy!!
     
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    shot can be sourced from industrial type places, but its not really the sort of thing many people would buy so getting it would require asking a favour or two. Look for anyone who does shot blasting..... so a good place would be metal type manufacturer/worker type places

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    You can also buy lead shot from places that sell diving equipment. Or so a friend tells me.

    The Nexus is a fairly light stand (I had a pair) so I'd fill them up all the way to try to get as much mass (and therefore stability) as possible.
     

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