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Something Solid Speaker Stands???

So then, these don't appear to be reviewed anywhere but my localish dealer highly recommends them with Neat Motive 3's. They are made to measure by account.

Has anyone got these who can offer opinions?
http://www.hificorner.co.uk/hi-fi-brands/something-solid.html

I need to swap my new Rega DAC (power button is stuck on :O ) and I should be getting loan of these stands to try at home so will report findings.

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RE: Something Solid Speaker Stands???

The stands have a following amongst Harbeth users but I haven't heard them. Also I've seen photos of a pair that were put together in a really shoddy manner but I'm informed thats not typical. Google search is the best cousre of action.

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Spectre wrote:

The stands have a following amongst Harbeth users but I haven't heard them. Also I've seen photos of a pair that were put together in a really shoddy manner but I'm informed thats not typical. Google search is the best cousre of action.

Thanks for your comments Spectre, will be an interesting one when I get to demo!

Some google comments rate them very highly. Shame no one seems to have personal experience here.

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RE: Something Solid Speaker Stands???

I have. I used to have my Harbeth P3ESR's on a pair of Something Solid XF stands. They are indeed made to order so the pair you audition may well not be perfect from a height (the important bit) or base plate point of view. The design philosophy of low mass low energy storage fits completely with Harbeths's thin wall build but they also work very well under designs that traditionally end up using high mass designs i.e Audio Note.

My PMC's are about to be shown the door - I'm going back to Harbeth again - and I'll certainly be getting another pair of these made to plonk them on.

If you haven't already found them via Google, check out the Signals and Deco Audio websites which have lots of info on them.

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I have. I used to have my Harbeth P3ESR's on a pair of Something Solid XF stands. They are indeed made to order so the pair you audition may well not be perfect from a height (the important bit) or base plate point of view. The design philosophy of low mass low energy storage fits completely with Harbeths's thin wall build but they also work very well under designs that traditionally end up using high mass designs i.e Audio Note.

My PMC's are about to be shown the door - I'm going back to Harbeth again - and I'll certainly be getting another pair of these made to plonk them on.

If you haven't already found them via Google, check out the Signals and Deco Audio websites which have lots of info on them.

Thanks Bodfish. Thats some recommendation for the Harbeth's.
It is Signals as it happens that recommended the stands and have said I could borrow a pair.
Great service / advice at Signals btw Smile
I'll check out the Deco Audio also
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Ambrose

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Bodfish wrote:
My PMC's are about to be shown the door - I'm going back to Harbeth again - and I'll certainly be getting another pair of these made to plonk them on.

Ooh. Why are you changing back? 

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I've got a pair as well, under my Harbeth Compact 7/2's. They sound good, very good indeed, although whether other more conventional stands would be worse/same/better I don't know, as the stands came with the speakers when I bought them used.

The one thing I will say it that they look, well, quirky. That's the polite version; I'm not keen on the looks at all, and nor are my (non-hi-fi) friends. Obviously you can make your mind up on that yourself though; some like them.

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Bodfish wrote:
My PMC's are about to be shown the door - I'm going back to Harbeth again - and I'll certainly be getting another pair of these made to plonk them on.

Ooh. Why are you changing back? 

Well, I never really wanted to get rid of my P3ESR's and while the Fact's are great speakers I confess I've become more and more unconvinced by them over the longer term (for example, bass down to 28 Hz my eye... at -16db down perhaps...).  Oddly (especially when you consider the price differential) I just can't shake the feeling that the P3ESR's are actually the better speaker. 

So now I have the space (new flat down in that London), I'm 'going large' with a set of Super HL5's next month.

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philipjohnwright wrote:

The one thing I will say it that they look, well, quirky. That's the polite version; I'm not keen on the looks at all, and nor are my (non-hi-fi) friends. Obviously you can make your mind up on that yourself though; some like them.

That is true, they are marmite stands.  Personally I really like the way they look.

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philipjohnwright wrote:

I've got a pair as well, under my Harbeth Compact 7/2's. They sound good, very good indeed, although whether other more conventional stands would be worse/same/better I don't know, as the stands came with the speakers when I bought them used.

The one thing I will say it that they look, well, quirky. That's the polite version; I'm not keen on the looks at all, and nor are my (non-hi-fi) friends. Obviously you can make your mind up on that yourself though; some like them.

 

Yes, they are not conventional looking.

To be honest, I have a toddler so I either have speakers on sideboard or during evening / when house empty (rarely) bring stands into lounge and setup speakers properly for listening. Doesn't take too long to do thankfully and I get to have some proper listening enjoyment a couple of times a week.

Yes, Hi Fi is important to me Smile

 

 

 

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