What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Wed, 6 Feb 2013, 12:38pm

Custom Design SQ 400

Tested at £100
100100
5

Excellent stands that will permit your kit to perform at its best

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For

  • Allowed our speakers to sound livelier, clearer and more detailed

Against

  • Keep an eye on parts that may loosen

You can’t get much more simple than this design: one support, two plates.

The top plates here are acoustic steel, an option that takes the price up from £90 to £100. Our only reservation with the Custom Design SQ 400 is the screws loosening and the parts starting to twist, so keep an eye on them.

Performance-wise we’re very happy. Our Monitor Audio Bronze BX2s sounded full of life, detail and clarity. Low frequencies are definitely full, but with filler this can be mitigated.

There’s a slight notch in the midrange which, when coupled with occasionally boisterous bass, can cause vocal parts to sit back in the mix, but overall it’s an enjoyable performance.

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