Flexy-Table from www.tnt-audio.com check out the home theater discussion board for my explanation of this rack...best DIY rack around IMO.
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Spouse aproval on DIY stuff is difficult. The best thing I know of for DIY speakers stands is to drive three or four REALLY thick nales (like masonry nails) through a board that is about 13" x13" and then use screws to attach an identical board over the first so that the heads of the bid nails are sandwiched between the two boards. That is the base. Then you stack cinder blocks on to the desired height (use epoxy to connect them) and put an additional board on the top for the speaker to rest on. You can paint or finish the wood. You can also paint the cinder blocks but I suppose that if wife approval is neccessary, you could conceal the cinder blocks by putting wood around them or putting some sort of fabric cover over it. Here is a sketch: BBBBBBBBBB CCCCCC CC CC CC CC CCCCCC CCCCCC CC CC CC CC CCCCCC BBBBBBBBBB BBBBBBBBBB N N N N B = board C = Cinder Block N = Nail
I just built some Amp stands.Purchased to butcher blocks fro Ikea.2" thick by 15x19.I put Target spikes in the bottoms.Built for 60.00.The sound has improved over when they where on the Atlantis A/V audio rack.I put a tuntable n the rack so i needed amp stands the Matching atlantis rack where 400.00 so the 60.00 i spent saved me 340.00 to buy more vinyl.
Nhorton, right on! I just finished building some stands for Sonus Faber Concertos. Mine are a touch more stylish than straight blocks, but the exact same idea; mass, mass, mass. I started with 1 standard block (8x8x16), two half-blocks (8x8x8) stacked in the center of the bottom block, with a cap block (2x8x16) on the top. I set the cap block back such that the front edge of the cap block does not extend beyond the front edge of the speaker base. This set it back about 1.5 inches of front to back center. As to finish, I used 2 coats of Dry-lok concrete sealer. This closed the finish on the block and gave me a nice surface to baint with black acrylic. I topped the cap block off with a 1/4 inch piece of industrial linoleum tile (very inert). All items available at Home Depot for about $30 and 3 hours of my time. Sound is better than any stand (including the fixed SF stands deadened with shot and sand) I have tried. I joined all my block together with Liquid Nail. I like your suggestion for the base, but you're going to drive my cost up to over $40!