Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Speaker Stand

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Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Speaker Stand

Movie and music fans are not done setting up that home cinema without the best speaker stands for their speakers. Speaker stands are available in electronics stores, music stores, through speaker manufacturers, and online at eBay. Every good home audio system has multiple speakers of different types. Each type of speaker needs its own stand or mount. Buyers can purchase the best ones for their needs based on the purpose, and the placement of the speaker.

To create that surround sound effect, buyers need to position some speakers in front of the audience next to the television, one on either side of the audience, and two speakers at the rear of the audience. This means buyers need to place some speakers on stands at ear level, and others on the walls and ceilings aimed at the audience. Buyers also want to pay attention to the stand material when making a purchase as this can affect stability and sound quality.

Purpose

The speaker stand serves multiple purposes in a home audio system. Its main purpose is to secure the speaker in the appropriate position for best audio quality. Many home audio systems use several speakers to create a surround sound effect. These speakers must be positioned in the right locations to create the best effect. Sometimes, this means mounting a speaker on a stand so that it is at ear level. Other times, this means mounting a speaker on a wall, ceiling, or upper corner of a room.

Speaker stands can also make it easy to move the speaker wherever it is needed in a room. Average to high quality audio systems have about five speakers, one centre channel speaker, two side speakers, and two side or rear speakers. These speakers are usually placed in specific spots depending on their purpose. The centre channel speaker is directly below the television and faces the audience. The side mount speakers are placed on either side of the television in front of the audience. The rear speakers are placed on either side of and behind the audience.

Floor Vibration

Speaker stands also move the speaker up off the floor, improving sound quality and preventing vibrations from travelling through the floor. When a speaker is placed on the floor, a lot of the sound vibration is lost to the floor boards. This not only means that the sound coming out of the speaker is quieter and not as clear, but it also means that the neighbours hear what is put on.

Types of Speaker Stands

Buyers need a few different types of speaker stands for a sound system. Most speakers are sold in pairs, except for the centre channel speaker. Be sure to purchase at least two speaker mounts of each type.

Speaker Stands

The speaker stand is a long, metal pole topped with a flat metal platform and supported by a round or square metal base. Often, the platform is drilled with holes allowing buyers to secure the bottom of the speaker to the stand. Many stands are adjustable so that they can be set to different heights. Each stand has a different maximum weight that it supports. If buyers have very large speakers, check this weight limit to ensure that the stand can support it. Many stands secure to the floor with screws or metal spikes that are forced into the wood or carpeting, a few movable stands have rubberised feet to help secure them in place.

Side Speaker Mounts

Side speaker mounts are designed to attach directly to the left and right sides of the television wall mount. This creates one uniform structure that can be shifted to any angle or direction to face the audience. Wall mounts are made from metal and usually extend outwards to fit any size speakers. They adjust to fit the television width too.

Centre Channel Speaker Mounts

The centre channel mount is meant for one speaker that is mounted directly beneath the television. These mounts are used in combination with the television wall mount so that the speaker moves with the television to face any angle or direction. Centre channel mounts resemble thin, metal shelves attached to two upright metal bars. Some designs have two metal bars that curve at a right angle and flatten into wide feet on which the speaker rests. These shelves have screw holes in them to secure the speaker in place.

Wall/Ceiling Mounts

There are a few different styles of ceiling and wall mount. They are, essentially, metal arms with platforms that are screwed into the wall or ceiling. The platforms have two to four holes in them to secure the speaker in place. These mounts are stationary or adjustable to allow buyers to tilt the speaker in any direction or angle. These wall and ceiling mounts cannot be moved, so they need to be installed correctly in the first place. Wall speaker mounts can usually be placed at an angle to, so the side of, or directly behind the audience. Many of these mounts are referred to as "tilt and swivel Mounts" because they can be adjusted any direction by tilting or swivelling the arm.

Speaker Stand Materials

Speaker stands are made from either wood or metal. They are rarely made from plastics or other composite materials to reduce the amount of vibration that can travel through the stand to the floor or wall. Dense materials prevent vibration from travelling through the material as easily. This keeps the sounds from the speakers loud and clear. It also keeps people in other rooms and downstairs from hearing what is playing on the home audio system. Many select stand materials based on their strength and density to help prevent expensive speakers from falling down. This is partly why metal stands are among the most commonly used speaker stands and mounts.

Speaker Stands Filled with Sand

Many home audio enthusiasts use speaker stands that can be filled with sand. Usually, they prefer construction sand, which is finer and denser than sand found on a beach. This sand helps to stabilise the stand, making it less likely to fall over. It also stops any vibration from travelling through the stand to the floorboards. The sand is either placed in a bag in the base of the stand or poured directly into the full length of the stand. It is possible to build speaker stands to reduce the problem of sound travelling with wood or PVC pipe, sand, and a couple blocks of wood for the platform and base. Some use other materials to fill their speaker stands, such as concrete, lead shot, clean kitty litter, nuts and bolts, and pea gravel. Sand seems to be the top choice for filling speaker stands with a clean, dense, and affordable material to stabilise them.

Buying Speaker Stands on eBay

You can buy speaker stands on eBay according to type, material, brand, and style. Just looking through the "speaker stands and brackets" search results is going to provide lots of options to choose from for your home cinema. You can find specific stands and mounts more quickly by refining your eBay search on the home page. Just enter in any specific search term you like, such as "Atacama speaker stands", and start the search. The site instantly searches through thousands of seller listings and returns matching ones on a search results page. If the search results are too numerous, use the advanced search options to narrow down your selections. If the results are too few, modify the search term and try again.

Local Sellers

Speaker stands can be quite large and cost extra money in shipping and handling that could be used to buy more products for your home audio system. Instead of purchasing stands from anywhere in the U.K., look for stands from local sellers. You can do this by using the distance filter next to your search results. Type in your postcode and select the number of miles you want to search within for stands.

Conclusion

Buyers can choose from four basic types of speaker stands to purchase for a home audio system. Whether music lovers or movie fans, buyers want to get the best possible audio. This cannot be achieved without the right mounts and stands. Speaker stands help keep speakers off the floor, while centre channel and side mounts put the speakers right in front of the audience. Rear speakers are held in exactly the right spot with wall and ceiling mounts. Most good speaker systems use at least five speakers, one pair of front speakers, one pair of rear speakers, and one centre channel speaker.

It is a good idea to purchase speaker stands in pairs, to ensure that buyers have enough for a complete audio system. These stands are made of wood or metal and are sometimes filled with sand to stabilise the mount and prevent sound from travelling through the stand to the floor. Buyers can easily find speaker stands and mounts on eBay thanks to the search features and filters.

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