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First... let's set the tone and expectations.... These aren't a $300+ set of speaker stands and folks shouldn't expect that kind of quality.
With that said.... They seem to work well enough for what they are.
I've got a pair of 12lb Polk RTi A1s sitting on them and while they're a bit top heavy, I'd be comfortable using them as is in a low/no traffic area. OTOH, I've currently got them in an area that's a bit exposed so I've added an extra 20lbs worth of weight to the base just to be absolutely sure. I have a feeling I'd be doing this with just about any set of stands I'd purchase since I doubt even the expensive ones have a larger (10.5" square) or significantly heavier base. The issue isn't the quality of the stands, it's how the height affects the Center of Gravity. If you want to avoid that issue you either need shorter stands (they make them) or accept that you'll have to use some kind of weight on the base if you want your stands this high.
The only real issue I had with them was the strange choice for "feet". The product ships with what can only be described as 4 pointed cone shaped spikes that mount to the stands with the point facing down towards the floor. Not sure if this is supposed to de-couple the stand from the floor, but it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence, and there's no way of adjusting for level outside of inserting something into the appropriate mounting hole. Ideally, I'd like to find some kind of adjustable screw jack feet to replace the current setup.
Overall, a reasonably decent product considering the price, and if I needed a second set of stands I'd consider buying a second one of these.
Esperaba más de este producto. Las piezas no embonan de forma exacta; la base oscila un poco, la base es de madera compromida en lugar de metal, y el principal inconveniente que yo les veo es la superficie tan reducida para apoyar las bocinas, es un cuadro muy pequeño. Compré estos soportes para colocar unas bocinas Monitor Audio Bronze 2, y la base me parece demasiado pequeña para soportarlas con firmeza y estabilidad, creo que prefiero no arriesgarme a que se caigan.
One of the stands was fairly sturdy, the other was so wobbly. I just barely touch it and it rocks back and forth. Had to prop some cardboard under the legs to stabilize it. I expected better for the price.
These speaker stands are certainly affordable and easy to assemble, however, be careful of the size/weight of bookshelf speaker you place on them. I'm using them to support a pair of PSB Alpha B1 speakers, which I would classify as both small(er) and relatively light (at 10lbs each). The problem is that while the support column and speaker platform are made of metal, the stand's base is composed of MDF board coated in plastic. These stands would start to become top-heavy with anything larger than a surround 'satellite'-type speaker.
I was unable to find a maximum recommended speaker weight in the product description - it would be helpful for Atlantic to clarify. I also would have appreciated knowing that the stand's bases weren't made of metal - had I known this, I probably would have spent a bit more and shopped elsewhere.
The stands include what are described as 'non-marring' (i.e. plastic) floor spikes. Its a good thing these ARE plastic, because there's no way to use the stands without the spikes installed. The four screws which hold the stand's column in place are round-headed and protrude below the bottom of the stand's base. If the manufacturer had chosen flat-head (flush) screws, then these stands could have been used without the floor spikes, which would have made them far more stable on non-carpeted surfaces.
While these do what they're supposed to, one could spend a little bit more and get stands which are far more stable. I can only recommend these for use with speakers less than 8 pounds and on carpeted surfaces.
I should have spent a little more and got a higher quality stand. It's not total crap by any means, it's just not what I was hoping it would be. For one, the top piece that the speaker sitson is secured to the pole via one screw, but the holes do not line up. If you install the o-ring insulator between them as per instructions it makes the problem way worse. I'll drill a new hole, no big deal, but I shouldn't have to. The second thing I was disappointed with is the plastic base spikes and how tall and narrow they are. They don't seem stable on my hardwood floors. Another easy fix, I'll just put some cork or rubber or carpet pads under them, but again, shouldn't have to do that. Thirdly, the spikes that the speakers sit on simply set in the four holes that look like bolts would go through them.
Side note, I'm mounting a pair of white Paradigm Atom 2000C speakers on these and will most likely be painting the stands to match... and also filling the pole with expanding foam to keep resonance at bay. I also might install some riv-nuts in the bottoms of my speakers and bolt them to the stands for an extremely secure mounting option.
I would NOT buy these again.
I will update this review after I actually use them.
The Good - the paint finish is nice and the bottom support has a cool patterned laminate on it. Good height for my TV. Like the ability to pass the speaker cables through the tube to hide them. Good price.
The Bad - The design doesn't allow you to put this on a hardwood floor without using these cheesy plastic pegs. Raises the whole thing up by almost an inch. Looks goofy that way. Probably ok on carpet. You have to use these pegs - no other choice. The sticky pads they give you to keep your speakers from walking off the support are double sided adhesive. I don't want to stick my nice speakers to this thing. They should have included one sided adhesive pads.
The Ugly - The top and bottom welded plates are crooked. I mean really bad. That makes the whole thing lean at a very noticeable angle. I had to cut cardboard shims and put them between the bottom plate and the bottom support to get the thing to stand straight. Crazy. Also, If you use the top plate pre-drilled holes, the top plate is skewed with the bottom plate. I had to drill new holes to get the top and bottom plate to line up square with each other. Both stands were exactly the same - crooked and skewed. High quality China craftsmanship. Other that that they are great - lol.