The Best Looking (and Best Sounding) Speaker Stands

How to Select the Best Speaker Stands

Lipinski speakers on stands
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Speaker stands serve important purposes for bookshelf speakers. Stands come in a variety of sizes, styles, colors, and finishes and should be used whenever possible. Before you buy, evaluate prospective speaker stands for several important criteria.

Sturdiness

Sturdy, well-designed speaker stands position the speaker on a solid platform to achieve the best overall sound quality, especially the bass. Speakers placed on a shelf or table often cause the surface to vibrate or resonate, which distorts the bass. Solid speaker stands isolate the speaker's vibrations from the floor and allow you to hear only the bass from the speaker and not vibrations from a shelf, table, or floor.

Listening Height

Most speaker stands place speakers at roughly ear level when you are seated. The correct height is important because it aligns the ​subwoofer(s) and tweeter(s) relative to the ear and achieves the best balance of sound. The high frequencies are often missed when speakers are placed too high or low.

Appearance and Style

Speaker stands are more than just an accessory; they are pieces of furniture that show off the speakers and integrate them into your living space. Many speakers have attractive wood veneers and deep finishes that deserve to be treated as fine furnishings, and stands are the best way to display them.

How to Select a Speaker Stand

When you are ready to shop, keep these tips in mind:

  • Choose a stand that has a solid feel. A solid stand should have little or no sound when you give it a tap with a knuckle. Heavy stands are often the best, and some have a hollow pillar or shaft that can be filled with sand to add weight.
  • Select a stand that complements the style, color, and appearance of the speakers.
  • Make sure the stand is stable and cannot be tipped over by small children or pets.
  • Use a stand with speaker spikes on the bottom if you have carpeted floors or with pads if you have hardwood or solid floors.
  • Choose a stand that places the middle of the speaker at ear level when you are seated.
  • Check out the selection of speaker stands and compare prices.​