I have the Osiris stands--they are extremely solid but also very nicely finished & look GREAT. Probably the nicest stands I've seen.
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Get the Osiris and quit farting around. Nothing better unless you pay 600.00+ One ad here is selling NEW for 239.00+shipping, cost me 265.00 to my door. Your speakers will thank you. Fill two thirds with sand, level carefully(can be done while listening) add three balls of Blu-tac, press speaker to stand and enjoy.
Dan, I have a pair of those $100 stands. They're heavily built and seem pretty rigid. I'm pleased enough with their performance. A good idea to fill them with sand. Filled, they weigh about 30 lb each. That said, I'll add that speaker stands are one of the few audiophile areas where I haven't invested many $. I claim no expertise with the higher-end ones. However, this $100 pair is a big step beyond cheap ones. Gary.
If you are willing to invest some "elbow grease", and are
into the homebrew method, a " Target" type stand can be made
at a very reasonable cost! The 2x3" rectangular tubing and the top/bottom plates cab be cut to length/dimensions, and can be found at a steel supply company. Some grinding/filing
will be required to finish the edges(the hard part). The columns can then be "soldered" to the top/bottom plates using a propane torch and massive amounts of solder and flux. The finished stands can be painted(I used flat black),
and drilled/threaded for spikes and sand filling. Mine cost
about $75 total, and weigh 100 lbs each. For pictures, email
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