The Ultimate Speaker Stand Replacement Guide
There is no sound system that is complete without speaker stands. They are known to play an important role in the output of the audio that is emitted from your sound system.
They are effective in directing the audio towards the audiences’ hearing level and not be absorbed by the surface or floor while absorbing maximum vibration.
They also are an important aspect of the maintenance of the sound system. In order to ensure the maximum protection and maintenance of your sound system, it is important to know when your mounting-equipment needs replacing and how to go about it.
All you need to know about the replacement process:
The most important aspect of a speaker stand is its stability, which means that an unstable one is completely useless! It is essential that the mounting-equipment be able to support the weight.
If a mounting-equipment is unable to support the weight of your sound system, it is a good sign to know that it needs to be replaced.
A stable product is one that cannot be easily knocked over or moved. This will ensure that it is positioned firmly even after absorbing the vibration of the audio.
In order to ensure that it is still stable, regular testing is required and can be easily be done by hitting the product with a hammer while watching for any kind of extra movement in the rack.
Remember a supporting rack that is in bad shape will affect the overall quality of the produced audio.
It is mandatory for any good speaker stand to be user-friendly and easy to set up or adjust.
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If you suddenly find it difficult to adjust the supporting rack when you have easily done so in the past, it is evident that your rack needs to be replaced as stiffness is a clear indication of damage or rust. It is advised to get such a supporting rack replaced before any parts fall off.
Suitable for the surroundings
If a speaker stand does not suit the surroundings it is going to be set in, replace it! Certain supporting racks are built for the indoors in order to protect the laminated floors or carpet bases while others are built to provide stability in the outdoors with spiked bases.
A supporting rack with a rubber cap or a wider base is ideal for use on delicate surfaces.
Stand weight matters
It is important for the weight of the rack and the sound system to go hand in hand.
A speaker stand cannot be too heavy and large for a sound system and certainly cannot be too light and small for the same. Both of those only cause a supporting rack to be unstable thereby risking the sound systems damage.
Mounting-equipments usually have speaker size recommendations on them so it’s good to ensure you are picking up the right one for your sound system at the time of purchase.
If you already have one that does not suit the size of the speaker, it is better to replace your mounting-equipment than having to buy a new sound system once damaged.
Get the right height!
One of the basic requirements of a mounting-equipment is the right listening height.
A speaker stands main duties include bringing the audio to a hearing level along with other provisions for the speakers.
Having a mounting-equipment with the right height ensures that the audio is directed to the ears of the audience and is within their hearing level.
If you have a mounting-equipment that does not provide the same, it is good to have the rack replaced as it isn’t fulfilling one of its key duties.
Having a supporting rack that is not at the right listening height can also result in a bad quality of audio.
Watch out for signs of weakness!
If you have bought a mounting-equipment of good quality and maintain it, it can last you a long time; however, a mounting-equipment’s life depends on its usage too. This means that frequent usage of the supporting rack involving high volumes and the need for the mounting-equipment to continuously absorb vibrations and shocks can cause the rack to weaken. This means that the mounting-equipment can give way before time even if it is regularly maintained.
Look out for signs of weakness that include cracks, stretches or spotting. These are indications that your mounting-equipment is in its last days and needs to be replaced.
How to shop for the ideal speaker stand
Finding the ideal mounting-equipment can be much easier than you expect it to be if you just use the points below as your checklist.
Finding a mounting-equipment with the right listening height is very important since this contributes to the quality of audio. It obviously relies on the seating height of the audience.
The approximate ideal listening height for a seated arrangement ranges from 22 inches to 28 inches while that of standing is usually double the height.
Adjustable speaker stands are a safe choice to be able to set the listening height as per your own unique requirements.
A good speaker stand is one with no noise or movement in it.
If a supporting rack shows visible movement or vibration upon being tapped by a knuckle, take it out of your shopping cart immediately! A few supporting racks are designed with hollow shafts so the user can use it to be filled up with weights like sand for reduced noise and more stability.
It is crucial for a speaker stand to have the right design for the surroundings or environment it is going to be placed in.
You need to ensure that the platform or supporting rack has the right kind of base and design in order to ensure the well-being of the supporting equipment and the environment it is placed in.
Size plays a very important role in selecting the ideal mounting-equipment for your sound system.
In order to opt for the best-looking sound system mounting, ensure that the stand’s base diameter or length is the same as that of the speaker.
While shopping online take the time to check the dimensions and sizes of the products you are considering to buy.
While shopping for speaker stands look for those that aid the efficiency of performance of your sound system.
A few mounting-equipment have channels that can occupy and protect the cords and cables while others have features that allow the sound system to attach itself to the stand securing them firmly in place which reduces the risk of them being knocked over.
Though functionality of a supporting rack is more important than the looks, no one wants to have stands that are hard to miss only because they look out of place and do not blend in with the rest of the décor or the speakers.
The aesthetics of a rack are as important as its functionality and one that compliments the sound system and the surroundings will add to the beauty of the environment.
Buying speaker stands on Gecko
Finding the ideal mounting-equipment is as easy as a click away! Log on to Gecko TV Stands & Mounts and click on the option “Speaker stands/ Sound bars” on the home page to be directed straight to a page full of multiple choices to choose from.
You can also make use of the categories menu on the left to narrow down your search to the exact kind of setup you want.
The sort option at the beginning of the display of various products can help you to arrange the results in the order desired by arranging them from A-Z, in the order of pricing or rating.
A speaker stands’ contribution to the quality of the audio output is major and cannot be neglected especially for those entertainment lovers that do not believe in compromise.
While they are a key feature that contributes to the maintenance and protection of the speakers they also need to be replaced or repaired when damaged or weak to ensure that the sound system isn’t facing any damage.
Be alert to look out for any signs that covey needs to repair or replace.
About the Author
The author, Steven Lam, is the owner of Gecko: your one-stop solution to finding the perfect ceiling TV mounts and monitor mounts.