At first it might seem strange to say that the speaker stand you choose is as important as the speakers themselves. The truth is, any speaker, regardless of quality, will suffer if not matched with a suitable stand; this due to a few reasons.
The speaker must be at the right height in order to properly direct sound towards your ears. Having a stand to hold your speakers also helps to keep sound waves from reflecting off surfaces like the floor, walls, and the tops of shelves.
Keeping them away from solid surfaces also helps to decouple the low-end frequencies that can build up and “muddy” up a mix.
The stands themselves can also help hide the wires needed to run the speakers, with many stands having hollow poles to aid in cable management.
So, what is the proper height for a speaker? Most people find the sweet spot to be when the high frequency horn is aimed slightly above the listener’s ear level. Every speaker is slightly different though, and listening carefully as you move up and down the speaker’s vertical axis will help tell you what sounds best for you. Many stands have height adjustments to help fine tune the height once you have mounted the speaker, but it is worth doing some quick calculations to make sure the speaker’s horn will be within the stand’s adjustable limits.
Apart from height, some stands also have the ability to adjust the tilt angle of the speaker. If you are restricted in where and at what height you can place your speakers, then this could be a must have option when deciding which stand to buy.
A stands construction is another factor to pay attention to as you will want a stand that is not flimsy and is durable enough to handle years of use.
Another point to keep in mind is how your speaker needs to be mounted. Speakers can sit on a flat surface, be mounted with screws using a mounting bracket, or both. Whichever mounting method is used, make sure the stand is rated to handle the full weight of the speaker.
The design of the stand is also important. Not only do you need it to perform the functions required, but you will want it to match the overall style of the room, or even blend into the background.
There are many options for stands available but once you have decided on your needs like height, weight limit, and mounting type you can focus on a design that works for you. Below is a list of speaker stands available that we feel are worth considering.