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In Reply to: RE: Who makes these stands? posted by mitch2 on March 06, 2017 at 04:38:36
I'd vote Shop Made.
There's no badge or nameplate. The screws used as feet look out of place and.
Having said that, the visible fillet welds look OK, as does the finish.
One thing I'm reasonably certain of and that's those stands will be heavier than hell.
I'd estimate the 4 columns as either 3x3 or 4x4 square structural tubing. Using 4x4 column size, it looks like the base and top plate are 12" sq. by guessing 3/8 thk. That's 15.3 lbs. each, 30.6 lbs per stand.
Let's say the legs are 18 in. long and 4x4x1/4" @ 12.21 lbs./ft. That would be 73.26 lbs. for all 4.
73.26 + 30.6lbs. = 103.86 lbs ea.
Using 10x10x1/4 plates and 3x3x3/16 columns, they would still be 55 lbs ea.
Yeah, fill them with sand and shot and you will need a fork lift to move them.
Working with Sound Anchors to investigate purchasing a pair of their Signature Stands for my use. The speakers weigh 105 lbs. The stands will probably weigh well over 100 lbs. They told me FedEx now goes up to 160 lbs.
Another satisfied Sound Anchors customer here. I have two sets of SA speaker stands--a 3-leg stand for my Spendor SP-100s and a 4-leg stand (actually more like a platform since they're only 5" high) for my homemade high-efficiency speakers. In each case the stands were transformative as Duster says, and in fact I would agree with Duster's description word for word. SA stands are not cheap but they are well worth the investment if you want to get the best out of your speakers.
I never regretted buying Sound Anchors custom-tuned for B&W Matrix 805s. More than just a tweak; a fundamental change in presentation. A rock-solid focused soundstage, without tonal coloration, with a cleaner if not more coherent treble, and a firmer bottom-end for the Kevlar driver.
BTW, I've evaluated dozens of pads for the purpose, and the best interface between the bottom of the enclosure and the three top pillars of the stand, is a tripod set of 40mm x 10mm Carbon Fiber Discs with 40mm Herbie's Audio Lab Thin grungebuster Dots (black version, with optional adhesive backing) adhered to both the top and the bottom of the discs. The recipe can be found in the AA archives.
I'm considering use of a 50mm x 20mm disc, but it will raise the 24" Sound Anchors speaker stands even higher than the 10mm thick disc, which may or may not be a good thing to expand the soundstage/imaging, while providing an even greater resonance dissipation and vibration wave blocking function. Ear level alignment is less important than how the loudspeakers actually project the soundstage into the room, since I don't always listen to the loudspeaker system on-axis.
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