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Postby Mayonline » Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:39 pm

Hi,
I recently bought a pair of desktop speaker stands (see link below) for my Rokit 6's.
When I use my foam isolation pads with these they become quite unstable and I'm worried about them falling over. Without the pads, they are much more stable.
The stands themselves have four soft rubber pads where they make contact with my desk. They are soft enough that when you press on one corner of the stand base you can compress these by 2 or 3 mm. Also, where the speaker makes contact with the stand is a thin sheet of rubber.

My question is, do I need to use isolation pads with these speaker stands or is the built in rubber 'cushioning' sufficient?

Just to give some context, I'm a bit of a newb, been producing for about 12 months, my home office/studio is a small box room. One of my speakers is 6 inches away from a corner and the other, whilst not in a corner, is still 6 inches from the wall. The stands enable me to bring the speaker to ear level by raising them about 30cm from the desk. I use Ableton and 'try' to create EDM type stuff if that is relevant

If I ought to be using isolation pads between the speaker and the stands, I will have to send the stands back and maybe build something custom. Been thinking of building two MDF boxes instead of the stands so the isolation pads can go on top as I think this will be much more stable.

Cheers!

Link to the speaker stands bought - https://www.gear4music.com/Recording-an ... -Pair/1YKX
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:47 pm

Mayonline wrote:My question is, do I need to use isolation pads with these speaker stands or is the built in rubber 'cushioning' sufficient?

The stands should do the job on their own, and your foam pads rendered unnecessary...

Been thinking of building two MDF boxes instead of the stands so the isolation pads can go on top as I think this will be much more stable.

Yes, those stands don't look great from a stability point of view. But if you build your mdf boxes beware of making resonators! You'll probably need to fill them with something like dry sand to add mass and kill any resonances.
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby nathanscribe » Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:05 pm

I've been using the ISO Acoustics stands for a few years and they've always been fine. A little movement is designed in, which was disconcerting at first, but you can adjust the height and angle and they've lasted well.

http://www.isoacoustics.com/products/is ... on-stands/
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:16 pm

Bricks make pretty good speaker stands. Very cheap and very solid.

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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby shufflebeat » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:01 pm

Also both a pretty decent building material and anti-floatation device for banjo.
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby blinddrew » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:07 pm

again with the anti-banjo brigade... can't I even get christmas off?
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:22 pm

Take no notice of Mr Beat, he's winding you up (and has been known to play a ban*o himself on occasion) :bouncy:
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby Folderol » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:28 pm

Gives a whole new meaning to "Bricking it" :lol:
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby shufflebeat » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:57 am

Sam Spoons wrote:Take no notice of Mr Beat, he's winding you up (and has been known to play a ban*o himself on occasion) :bouncy:

I shall see you on the field of honour, sir.

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Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:40 am

:bouncy: :bouncy: :bouncy:
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:41 am

:bouncy: :bouncy: :bouncy:

Given my prowess on either Banjolele is more my level......
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby Mayonline » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:53 pm

Thanks for the responses. Good news about not needing the isolation pads or having to build custom stands. Cheers guys!
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby ConcertinaChap » Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:50 pm

One of the really nice things about this forum is that the best proposed solutions are not always (or even mostly) the most expensive.

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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:26 am

CC, looking at that picture you posted, you might want to chuck that Danish pastry out, I think it might be past its eat-by date.
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby Zukan » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:06 pm

I use the slanted Mo Pads and they have a lip shelf that doesn't allow for the monitor to slide off.

I have even used them with rubber sheets placed below the pads so there i no movement and it also reduces monitor vibration.
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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:14 am

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:CC, looking at that picture you posted, you might want to chuck that Danish pastry out, I think it might be past its eat-by date.

Aye, it's 74 million years old so you might be right. It's like dwarf bread, it's not for eating, just looking at.

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Re: Speaker stands and isolation pads

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:40 am

Had to look up dwarf bread!
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