The stands weight in, un-filled, at roughly 10lbs. Â After filling with sand they went up to about 25lbs. Â With some lead shot I’m sure you could reach a much greater weight. Â But 25lbs seemsÂ sufficientÂ to me.
Install the top plate and speaker spikes and you are finished. Â Note that the spike will leave little dents in the bottom of your speakers. Â So if you don’t want that you could leave the spike off. Â Or you could smooth down the spikes themselves. Â I didn’t bother with that, and on speakers with extremely nice and glossy finishes, like the Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1, I put some foam stickers where the spikes would touch the bottom of the speakers. Â This offered the benefits of isolation the spikes give while not damaging the amazing finish on those speakers.
The only speaker I had from pre-stand set up to the new stand set up was the PMC TB2i monitors. ($2400) Between what I had before and the new stands I can’t say there was any difference in sound quality. Â Imaging remained stable and clean while bass remained solid and punchy. Â I never heard the stands. Â The TB2i’s sounded just as good before as they now did on the speaker stands. Unfortunately, this isn’t a fully fair comparison because we had moved, which was theÂ inspirationÂ for needing stands, as my old book filled IkeaÂ furniture wasn’t going to work in the new place.
I have large tile flooring with a thick rug on top. Â It is difficult floor for stand spikes adequately to deal with. Â In other words, getting the stand to be perfectly flat and balanced. Â It demands a lot of adjustment from the spikes. And while the VSP could be adjusted with some paper under the spikes (like folding up paper for an un-even chair leg) to help fill the large dips between the tile, if a spike should happen to be there due to speaker placement, it certainly wasn’t the most adjustable stand I’ve dealt with. Â I think for any one with a more normal floor, you know, something flat with no variation, the spikes and adjustment would be fullyÂ adequate. Â My floor really demands a lot of adjustment and I’ve not seen many stands, of various price ranges, that would deal with it well.
All in all I think these stands are worth the money spent. Â Especially if you are just going to set them up and leave them alone. Â They look nice, they can be filled to increase weight, stability, and reduce resonance noise, and the manufacturer is almost perfect. Â (Hey, don’t knock’m. Â I have stuff from Canada that cost a lot more and the thread wholes aren’t even in alignment. Â That is some weak manufacturing.)
Please note if you are want to use the stand in a home theater speaker set up the VSPC is the matching center stand. Â Looks just the same, only shorter.
VTI also offers an array of other stands, some costing less, and some are adjustable. Â They also offer an array of Â solid component racks of various styles. They are all affordable and even look nice. Â Which is the most important part.
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