Points to Consider When Buying a Stand for Hi-Fi Speakers

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Points to Consider When Buying a Stand for Hi-Fi Speakers

The key to establishing a home theatre or home audio system, is making certain that the system includes the very best Hi-Fi speakers. While there are many different styles of Hi-Fi speakers available, including floor speakers and surround sound speakers, some of the most popular are standmount speakers. Standmount speakers have a number of benefits over other speakers, including the ability to deliver quality audio in a precise manner, without any unpleasant reverberations. However, in order to function properly, standmount speakers need to be placed in such a way that they are able to deliver sound to a  listener in a seated position.

As their name suggests, this is achieved with the help of a speaker stand. Speaker stands come in a variety of styles and sizes, and those who wish to buy them, whether it be in an electronics store or on eBay, can benefit from examining several key points. This includes considering stand size, stand weight capacity, stand design, and stand construction.

Hi-Fi Speaker Stand Size

Hi-Fi speakers need to be placed at the right height in order to properly deliver sound to the listener. Since most listening takes place when the listener is seated on a couch or or chair, a speaker stand needs to place the centre of the speaker at the same level as the listener's ear when seated. If a speaker is placed too far above or below this level, the higher frequencies of music and movies can be obscured. For this reason, it is important to find a stand that makes a particular speaker, or set of speakers to reach this height.

Since speakers themselves are not made in any kind of uniform size, this requires an understanding of how big a set of speakers is and how high the average listener to a home audio system is sitting. In most cases, this is somewhere between 670 and 854 centimetres in height. Some speaker stands feature the ability to allow users to adjust their height.

Speaker Stand Surface Size

It is also important to make sure that the surface area, the area that supports the speaker itself, is large enough support a given speaker. If the speaker is too large for the speaker stand, the stand can become unbalanced and fall over. An even worse scenario would be if the speaker easily fell off of the stand, causing damage and potential injury. The ideal size for a speaker stand surface area is one that is roughly the same size, or slightly larger than the speaker. At the same time, the stand surface should be the same shape as the speaker. If the speaker is rectangular in shape, a square surface does not work. Likewise if the speaker stand has a round or ovoid surface. Some speaker stand surfaces include clips and brackets that make it possible to securely fasten the speaker to the surface.

Hi-Fi Speaker Stand Weight Capacity

It is a basic physical law that a tall, narrow structure that is heavier on top than on the bottom can tip over quite easily. This is the case with a heavy speaker placed atop a speaker stand that simply cannot support it. A speaker that tips a stand over is dangerous for anyone. For this reason, a speaker stand for a Hi-Fi speaker should be not only heavy enough to remain stable with a heavy speaker on top of it, it should also be designed with a wide enough base that it can  not tip easily. A secondary concern with speaker stand weight capacity is that it may bend or collapse from the weight of a heavy speaker. For this reason, it is helpful to examine the material used to construct the speaker stand.

Hi-Fi Speaker Stand Design

Speaker stands come in an incredibly wide variety of designs and styles. This is helpful for those who want to ensure that their speaker stands coordinate with the rest of their furniture and decor. For this reason, many speaker stands come designed to take a prominent place in the home. There are, however, specific designs that are meant for very specific purposes.

Rear Speaker Stands

Rear speakers are those designed to be placed behind the listener as part of a more complex audio experience. Rear speaker stands are generally not the same size as other speaker stands, and may be taller in order to keep rear speakers at the optimum height for the type of music they produce.

Surround Sound Speaker Stands

Many surround sound speakers include standmount speakers. However, in the case of a surround sound system, many of the speakers are smaller in size. For this reason, the stands that are designed to work with surround sound speakers are smaller and lighter as they are used for small speakers.

Floor Spikes

Some speaker stands are designed with small spikes that extend from the base of the stand to the floor. For the most part, these spikes are designed to reduce vibrations that may occur with various kinds of audio. These spikes may also serve to make the speaker stand more stable on a carpeted surface, which helps keep it from tipping over due to speaker weight.

Wire Grooves

Occasionally, speaker stands come with grooves that allow the user to hide, or otherwise contain the wires that connect the speakers to the stereo, audio controller, or television that provides the audio signal. This is helpful in keeping wires from extending away from the speaker, which can be unpleasing aesthetically, and can be a safety hazard as well.

Hi-Fi Speaker Stand Construction

Because speaker stands are designed to fit in with existing furniture and decor, they are made from a variety of different materials. Some materials are better suited for making the speaker stand heavier and therefore more stable. The most popular materials used in making speaker stands are typically metal and wood.

Metal Speaker Stands

Metal speaker stands are extremely durable, and are heavy enough that they can be quite stable. In most cases, metal speaker stands are painted black, or other dark colours that blend well with most furniture and other decor. It is important when buying a metal speaker stand that there are no vibrations that may disrupt the stand. Solid metal is better at avoiding vibration as opposed to hollow metal structures.

Wood Speaker Stands

Wooden speaker stands are quite popular, as they often have a beautiful wooden veneer that complements existing decor nicely. Like metal speaker stands, it is important to make sure that a wooden speaker stand is heavy enough to support heavier speakers. In many cases, wooden speaker stands are hollow, which can create unpleasant reverberations that may interfere with audio quality. In some cases, hollow speaker stands can actually be filled with sand, which increases their weight and stability.

Buying a Hi-Fi Speaker Stand on eBay

Many buyers find that eBay is the perfect place to find the perfect Hi-Fi speaker stand because of the large number of sellers means that there are many options to choose from. Choosing from things from terms of style, construction, as well as a number of different features makes shopping for Hi-Fi speaker much less stressful. Each product available on eBay comes with a product description that makes it possible for the buyer to learn more about an individual product, and what features it contains. This makes it possible to find both new and used speaker stands that are in good condition, and is an ideal addition to any home stereo system. The most efficient way to find a speaker stand is to start by entering a very general search term into the search bar on the eBay home page. This term can be simple, something along the lines of 'Hi-Fi speaker stand&'. This displays a large number of options and the buyer can enter additional terms to narrow the search until they find the product that best meets their needs.

Conclusion

Ensuring that a Hi-Fi speaker is standing at the proper height is an important part of setting up an audio or home entertainment system. This aspect of audio setup is one that is often overlooked, but if a speaker is at the right height, all kinds of sound can mix in a perfectly pleasant way for the listener. The best way to make sure that a speaker is positioned properly is to use a speaker stand. Speaker stands come in a variety of shapes and styles, but there are several key points to consider when purchasing one.

First, speaker stands must be at the right height, and contain a surface that can properly support the speaker. Second, the speaker stand must be capable of supporting the weight of a speaker. A heavy speaker can easily topple over and cause injury and damage to the speaker, as well as to the surrounding floor and furniture. Next, speaker stands have several design features and specialised designs, that either make it easier for speaker stands to work in certain situations, or to support specific kinds of speakers.  Finally, the material that a speaker stand is made from should be evaluated in order to determine thst it is strong and stable enough to support the speakers. Taking these factors into consideration makes it much easier to buy a stand, and subsequently add it to a home audio or entertainment system.

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