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Looking for a center channel stand.

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by JamesCB, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. JamesCB

    JamesCB Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    I have a Phase Technology PC-3.1 II for my center channel. This speaker is a hefty 40 lbs and I am becoming concerned about it's perch atop my 51" WS Hitachi RPTV. It very slightly (very slighly) bows the top of the tv. Looking directly across the top, I can see a sag of about 1/16". It's actually been like that for the year I've had it. Seems ok so far. But, for my peace of mind, it's time to relocate it.
    The stand I need can not be taller than 12". I found on made by Wood Technology, but it seems a little flimsy and cheap. So I'm asking the wonderful guests and members of HTF to provide some feedback and links to some quality stands and sellers. My budget is a max of $200. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.

    James
     
  2. Rob Kramer

    Rob Kramer Well-Known Member

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    Here you go:

    http://www.standsandmounts.com/index...ROD&ProdID=798


    Plateau RT series. Steel. Sand fillable. 2@$99. While the stand actually measures 17", it can be cut down to any height with a hacksaw (use a cheap miterbox to get a straight cut).

    Top and bottom plates screw to extruded colum w/ self taping screws. Screw holes (shafts) run the entire length of the column. Column can be cut to any length (it will always have the same profile).
     
  3. JamesCB

    JamesCB Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Rob. But, that won't work. I would very concerned about putting a 22" x 12" speaker (the PC 3.1II on its side) on a 8" x 8" top plate. If the top plate were wider, maybe. Besides, that looks like a pair. What am I going to do with the other stand?

    Thank you though,
    James

    Edit: The "VTI RF Series 13 inch Center Channel Speaker Stand RFC" on that site looks promising. Or some of the other VTI's also.
     
  4. Rob Kramer

    Rob Kramer Well-Known Member

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    Thats funny. Ive got a 24 X 12 speaker on mine. Solid as a rock.

    If your really anal about it (no offense), put both stands under the speaker.
     
  5. JamesCB

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    I understand how it sounds anal. I have 3 cats, and I just pictured one of them (one of them is almost 20 lbs) sitting on the speaker, possibly knocking it over. Better safe than sorry. I would prefer a single stand, though. I'm still looking.

    James
     
  6. Mike-W

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    I had the same concerns you have for my Energy Veritas 2.0C speaker on top of my Mitsu WS-55907. In my case I wanted an inexpensive stand that was black so it wouldn't stand out.

    What I found was the APA Storage Box at Ikea. This box was the size I needed, was wood, could be painted and the best part it only cost $12.99! So I bought some black paint and painted it. Since the TV is black, the speaker is black and the stand is black so you don't really see the speaker or stand.
     
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    I use a SanusSFC18b from Racksandstands.com My center channel speaker, a PSB Stratus C6i, is pretty big and heavy.. This stand is solid as a rock and can be filled with sand or shot. They are a good company with excellent customer service... Bought my rack there too.. (a SanusNF206 in cherry)

    ps. the top plate is 14" x 8"

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    Can they be cut down to 12-inches?
     
  10. JamesCB

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    The Sanus SFC18b that Chip reccomends looks nice. But, to clear the screen on my tv, I would need to cut it down to 12". Is that possible? Are there any connection issues to the top or bottom plates if I had to cut it? How are the posts connected to the top and bottom?

    James
     
  11. Chip E

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    The tubes have a welded threaded insert in them at the top&bottom of each tube. They screw onto the top&bottom plate. You would have to cut a section out and replace or maintain the threaded-welded inserts, top&bottom. I thought they made this model in a 12" but, i don't see it on the site. This stand is heavy duty (looks great too)..
     
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    James:

    An alternative, which I've read about in the A-V magazines on occasion, is placing a large sheet of glass between the loudspeaker and the top of the RPTV. A wide piece of glass spreads out the weight of the speaker to a greater area of the RPTV, especially to the far sides, which are load-bearing areas.

    But since your RPTV has already bowed in, there remains the possibility that the glass might crack in the center area if you didn't add a thin filler.

    Or, you could substitute a large sheet of wood, sanded to a nice finish and painted either flat or glossy black, depending upon what better matches your RPTV's appearance.
     
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    Mike:

    I'm considering the 2.0iC center. How do you like yours?

    Sorry for the OT post...

    John
     
  15. JamesCB

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    John Garcia,

    Nice stands, but, I need a height of 12".

    I'm still looking. No hurry.

    James
     
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    Here you go: 12" center channel stand

    It's wood. Not as heavy duty as my Sanus stand but not too bad..

    ps. Top plate is 16"x8"



    I actually used to have a pair of those Stand Designs stands..
     
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    Sorry, didn't see the 12" thing, just went by the title. Well, here are some from parts express:

    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=240-745

    I have a set of the 24" versions of both the high and medium mass versions and they are very decent for the price; very heavy, fillable, and decent looking (pair again). If you go to the pulldown, you can look at a few other 12" models, or type in [12" speaker stand] in the search area.

    What you can do with any of these stands is just screw down a board to the top platform to give you some width.
     
  18. TonyWright

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    I am currently using that 12" stand that Chip posted above. I have no complaints about it. Does your center have a glossy finish by any chance?

    Mine has black piano laquer caps on top and bottom so a little trick I used was to put rubber feet on the top plate of stand. Then place the speaker on the stand. Let a few days pass and pick up that center and watch the stand stick to it. It might make it very difficult for the cats to knock it off of the stand.

    The rubber feet I used came with the stand and were meant to protect a hard floor from the base of the stand. However, I have carpet in that room so I used the included spikes and put the rubber feet to use on the top of the stand.

    Hope your quest for a good stand works out for you. If I can be of any help, please don't hesitate to ask.

    Tony Wright
     
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    You can also use Blu-tac to stick the speaker to the stand, and if you get a stand that weighs enough, even 20lb cats probably won't be a problem.

    Don't list your gear in your signature because the search function will pick up every one of your posts, relevant or not.
     
  20. TonyWright

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    John,

    Good call on not listing gear in a signature. I hadn't thought about it showing up in searches. Consider it removed.
     

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