I have always been a lover of music, so it came as a surprise when recently I admitted to myself that the way I listened to music was suffering. Through computer speakers usually. I had fallen a long way from the days of my youth where I could listen to my hi fi stereo for hours on end. When CDs came out I thought it was the best thing ever. Then when MP3’s came out I again thought it an amazing thing for music. But as the quality kept going down I really started to miss something.
This last year I started to build up a good quality stereo. I was not going to sacrifice sound anymore. One of things I kept running into was that if I was going to buy high quality speakers, then I should be very particular about what I put them on. Speaker stands are not cheap, especially so for good quality ones. In my quest I ended up as I often do, frustrated that the ones in my budget were no good, and that the ones I wanted were expensive and still not everything I wanted.
So I designed my own. I get exactly what I want (height, materials). In the end, my time is worth a lot of money but I was able to learn a lot and at the end of the project I had a speaker stand that exceeds most of the highest end stands on the market. I was able to be picky. I do not like seeing speaker wire hanging from the back of the speaker so I designed the stand to thread the wire through the stand. The sand that fills the tubular steel dampens the micro vibrations. The concrete bottom weights the stands and absorbs any vibration that manages to make its way down the tubes.