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What's the best thing for filling speaker stands with?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by NicolasB, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. NicolasB

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    If one is going to "mass-load" a pair of speaker stands, what's preferable? Play sand of the sort sold for children's sand pits? Lead shot? (Not quite sure where one buys that). Cat litter? :)
     
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    I'd suggest kiln-dried sand - a couple of quid for a bag from B&Q and one bag should do two stands. If you use sand then make sure it's totally dry (hence kiln-dried) - the last thing you want is any moisture in the stands.

    Lead shot - maybe, if you can get hold of some - would be quite costly I would have thought. Then there are Attabites - bit of a rip off for a bucket of old nail off-cuts I reckon.

    Then there's the question of how much to put into the stands - some say 2/3 or 3/4 full. Me? I just crammed in as much as I could - fill 'em up to the top I say.

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  3. Spligsey

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    I've filled my stands with a crushed TAG AVR32

    Still lacks a bit of weight.



    Spligsey:D
     
  4. Sgt.Colon

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    A friend of mine used his wifes knickers. Apparently and I'm not sure if it's true. He said it has the same effect like when you put a blanket into a bass drum :)
     
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    Big girl then if her knickers fill a bass drum.:D
     
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    Lead 'swarf' is cheaper than lead shot, not so easy to handle and pour but works very well ( pair of tannoy 611, now sold). Look in yellow pages.
     
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    Isn't lead shot now illegal and shouldn't therefore be on sale anywhere?
     
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    Arf arf!!! Nice one.

    Lead shot is indeed illegal. Hifi dealers can now be found filling speaker stands with 'Soundbytes' - oddly shaped metal things that are rather dense, and kick up a load of smoke when you pour a pack in the stands.

    Mine are filled with these, and they now weigh about 15 - 20KG (just the stands).

    A bass-freak friend of mine was round earlier and kept commenting on the tightness and detail in the bass - I guess he's still stuck in the hell that is 'car-subwooferdom'.

    My point is, these things work!
     

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