If you own bookshelf or standmount speakers, then mount them on a decent pair of speaker stands to ensure they perform at their best.

Why? Isolating your speakers with rigid, non-resonating stands will minimise vibrations, which can colour the sound.

While speakers can sit on a bookshelf or table, bass notes are likely to cause resonance, spoiling the audio quality.

Make sure your speakers sit roughly at ear-level and ensure they're secure on the stands - Blu-tac works fine. 

Lastly, make sure that any spikes or parts to the stands are securely attached in order to provide a level, secure standing for your speakers.

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An ideal stand if you're on a budget, the Z2s can boost your speakers' detail, attack and openess for less than £100.

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Tested at £120

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We’re impressed with how weighty and dynamic these stands make our speakers sound.

The Atacamas work well with a variety of speakers, and not just budget models - despite their relatively modest price.

Easily one of the best-value stands we’ve come across.

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Tested at £200

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Tested at £200, you can find the Concept 20s hovering around the £150 mark online.

Designed with Q Acoustics' Concept 20 speakers in mind, the clever construction and elegant design ensures other speakers give their best too.

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Tested at £250

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A few years old now but we can still find them on sale online, so they're still worthy of inclusion.

They look a little different but they're fundamentally two sculpted pieces of wood held together by a couple of sturdy pins. And it works.

The sound they facilitate is crisp, fast, attacking and detailed. Provided you like the design, these are a fine choice.

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