And they can be painted to match the decor of your room. Great idea
Here is an Idea from Ikea...
... two will only cost £16 from your local branch.
And much cheaper than the Alvar Aalto designed Artek Stool E60 on which it is based (but probably accoustically pretty similar).
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Thanks all for your suggestions. I like the stools and used to own some very similar ones. Unfortunately I don’t live near an Ikea, but I might pick some up next time I pass one as a permanent solution if you think they are up to the job? Would something like this with a plastic top be any good:
A quick swoop around the local charity shops didn’t throw up anything useful, I have a few more idea’s to try:
I have a plastic nest of tables. I think I’ve tried them on these already when I was switching between the two sets of speakers, but I hadn’t identified this problem so specifically then, so I’ll give it another try. Being plastic though, I think they might still cause the same problems that the old speakers do?
Put them on my dining room table, it has a relatively solid wooden top, similar to this one:
Test on my granite (or looks like granite) work surfaces in the kitchen, but the wooden storage cupboards might interfere a bit?
I’ll try these first, then:
I work for a theatre, so there must be something here that will help.
As always, suggestions / comments welcome.
I’ve seen quite a few threads about homemade / improvised speaker stands. Here are a few:
Would putting them on a pile of books or a narrow (narrower than the speakers) plank of wood on the floor, angled upwards, work for testing purposes?
It sounds like filling the old cabinets with sand, sugar or cat litter might work as a more permanent solution. I quite like the look of them angled at 45 degrees, the wood matches the new speakers and an interesting blend of old and new technology.
I also have some stiff packing foam (not sure of the proper name for it), is this of any use? Haven’t been able to test yet as it was far too late to be blasting music out in a flat when I got home last night. Might try tonight or tomorrow morning.
A pile of books did the trick!
Got some amazing room shaking bass of the Kef Q100’s, but not sure I like the overall sound as much as the cheaper Wharfdale 121’s, something a little clinical about it. Will do some more listening over the weekend.
Burn in... some say (in general) that burn in takes 50-100 hours
Presonus 22vsl soundcard, Tc electronic level pilot and Yamaha HS8 with 40 mm foam between the speakers and my desk
They're ex demo, so they should be run in. I can't put my finger on what's wrong, there's a bit more detail with the Kef's and they give a fuller sound, but something just grates with me slightly. I think it might me the metal tweeter, I read about a few people who don't like them. Saying that, they're beginning to grow on me. Some more listening needed I think.
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