Caster Wheels vs. Spikes


My Tekton Double Impacts came with caster wheels, which made them very easy to move and reposition. They are sitting on probably fake wood floors in my apartment. They sound great now, but I can't help but wonder if I'm leaving SQ on the table by not having them on spikes. Some people say I must use spikes, others (including Erik Alexander) say wheels are just fine. They are super heavy so the wheels are not easy to take off. I want to make sure it's worth doing. What are your experiences and thoughts?
divertiti
No difference unless your floor is slanted! Another neurotic concern! 
I'm in the "no big deal" camp. I dislike spikes and do not use them under my speakers.
Wheels are much easier to roll than spikes.
However, spikes are much easier to spike than wheels. : )
I'd go with the manufacturer on this one, especially with such heavy speakers as yours!
I have Vandersteen speakers that weigh 200 lbs each.  They came with spikes, but I tried them without...just inquisitive.  They are very much better with the spikes.  Everyone makes their own decisions.. with wood floors, the results might be defferent.
The guy who makes them says use casters. Do you think he is incompetent?
I assume by fake wood floors you mean suspended floor, in which case the spikes are generally not recommended. Castors are better isolators.
Casters may have stresses and angles of pressure no spike might have. Particularly if the castors swivel. These might decouple the speaker from the floor in novel ways due to the angle of the caster in relation to the pivot, and also have some spring like effect, although a small one. bur far more than a straight spike could have, If the wheels are steel or aluminum, they would be almost as closely coupled as the spike is, to the underlying surface (but not to a rug)
Oh, you are SO losing out by using casters! The difference is OBVIOUS. No true audiophile would use casters! Once you hear spikes you will NEVER want to go back! 

Hey, wait! I put casters on the Vapor Audio Joule White speakers! Nevermind.   ;) 

No one here has figured out the most important variable between spikes and casters. 
Have soundocity make outriggers for you that will fit your caster wheels to position then get the screw in from the top threaded spikes once finally positioned. 
Swiveled plastic wheels are working great for me on hardwood. So easy to position depending on where I’m at in the room. I lock the wheels with than pointed out at the corners, give the speaker a little shake to hear the wheels lock and it feels pretty solid if trying to move the speaker.
Great way to experiment with the sound/position!  And fairly cheap. 20 some bucks for a set of 4
Well to complicate matters, besides spikes and caster wheels, there are Isoacoustics Gaia feet. I used Isoacoustics Gaia feet on my Magico A3 pair. Magico provides spikes. They are make A-Pods which are spikes with isolation tech built in. I didn’t want to use spikes for these, because my system is in a dual purpose room and the A3s weigh about 100 lbs each. I was afraid that I might walk by and inadvertently brush against a speaker and knock a spike off its pad. Possible disaster might ensue. So I wanted a more stable footing.  I chose the Isoacoustics Gaia 1 feet and I have been please with the stability and the SQ. 
My speakers weigh about 70 pounds apiece, and are on heavy duty Berber carpet.  Since I frequently move them from a whole room, straight out listening position, to a toed in home theater listening position, I put smallish heavy duty carpet sliders on the four corners.  This makes for an easy move, and the HT position is marked in tape for easy re-positioning.  To my tinnitus addled 62 year old ears, no difference in SQ was detected.
Casters great for placement but once you have found he sweet spot, definitely spikes.  
divertiti

If you have a suspended floor "decouple" the speakers from it. Otherwise your floor will become a sound board for the speaker.
Each ring takes 14kg (70 duro density), you could use three for each speaker, but for 4 you’ll need 3 packs.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-SRM-TECH-SORBOTHANE-ISOLATION-RINGS-HEAVY-DUTY-70-DURO-3-PACK/333149656416?hash=item4d91445560:g:AOAAAOSwA3dYJIMB&frcectupt=true

These look OK too
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-LARGE-SORBOTHANE-DISC-CIRCLE-FEET-PAD-2-5x0-5in-64x12mm-SILENT-PC-CASE-AMP-70D/251441886583?epid=1731907846&hash=item3a8b1ab577:g:O04AAOxycmBS70F6

If you have a cement slab floor on ground, then couple, "spike" the speakers into it.

Cheers George
Spikes are good for wood floors 
don’t use spikes on concrete floors 
becomes lean 
My Wilsons weigh in at over 400 lbs. a side. I replaced the factory supplied casters, which had started to break down, with heavy duty commercial parts and opted to leave them on rather than spike them (lifting the speakers to install spikes is fraught with hazard and the likelihood that you will slightly change the alignment and be unable to correct that easily).  Wood floors.

OTOH, my big Vandersteens do sound better with spikes, so YMMV.
georgehifi5 ,  The Vibrapod are well design (compare to the sorbotan footer) and not expensive and very effective on my suspended floor, but if the  sorbotan footer do the job, why not.
Herbies sliders have given me by far the best results on several different floor structures. For my Arias they were an immediate improvement without a doubt. 

douglas_schroeder
1,918 posts
06-04-2019 7:03pm
"Oh, you are SO losing out by using casters! The difference is OBVIOUS. No true audiophile would use casters! Once you hear spikes you will NEVER want to go back!

Hey, wait! I put casters on the Vapor Audio Joule White speakers! Nevermind. ;)

No one here has figured out the most important variable between spikes and casters. "

Indeed ^^^
LMAO
bryhifi, glad you enjoyed the humor.  :)  

I don't get the caster thing. And to me, they're ugly. Yeah setup is a pita with heavy speakers. I get it. So is turntable setup. Why would you need or want casters after they're dialed in?