Keys To Finding The Right Speaker Stands

Posted by PinPoint Mounts on 8/22/2014 to Tips and Advice

While you are scouring the Internet and your nearest home-theater retailer looking for the best set of speakers for your stereo system, you have undoubtedly come across some articles or information about the value of speakers being mounted to or in the wall and the value of good speaker stands to lift speakers off the floor and move them away from the wall to minimize distortion of the sound.

But as one may figure out, you can't just buy any ol' speaker stand to use with your speaker, and you can't just buy one because it looks "cool" or will make your home-theater system look more impressive. Sometimes, especially when it comes to getting real home-theater sound, it's more about the substance than the style.

So how do you choose the right speaker stand for your home?

There are a few things to consider, since speaker stands themselves are not always the best choice for some people:

Even the best-built stands can be tipped over. So if you have pets or children around the house, you might not want to install stands; you will be better off with wall-mounted or in-wall speakers.

You will need to understand the weight capacity of the stands. If your speakers are at or near the capacity of the stand, then the stand will be too light for you to use effectively.

Make sure you understand the general shape and dimensions of your speaker and get a stand that is the same shape and has the same surface area (or ever-so-slightly more) than the surface area of the bottom of the speaker.

Check the height of the speaker to ensure that the tweeter is at or slightly above ear level when the listener is sitting, and do not get a stand that moves that speaker too high or you will lose the higher-frequency sounds and thus lose the depth of the sound quality.

Use a couple knuckles to knock on the stand. The speaker stand needs to be solidly built, so when you knock on it, there should be very little sound or "echo" from the stand. If it is built sturdy, it will hold up well to a heavy speaker and will likely have a solid base so it will be harder to tip over by accident.