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spikes are they neccessary

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Simon Brooke, May 22, 2002.

  1. Simon Brooke

    Simon Brooke Stunt Coordinator

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    hi, i am new here and I already have my little home theatre up and running, i am keen to find out about spikes and cones and if they are neccessary.

    i live in cape town in south africa and even though we have a large selection of home theatre brands i can't seem to find spikes. if they are useful or neccessary what can be used as a substitute

    thanks in advance
     
  2. Doug_NHT

    Doug_NHT Stunt Coordinator

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    I run NHT VT2.4s and 2 NHT Sub2i subwoofers. I have a berber type carpet in my great room and I use the supplied spikes once I found the postion that sounded the best to me. It seems like a wood subfloor acts as a natural transducer and makes the bass "boomy". I did not think that there would be an audible difference but after I installed the spikes, I had really tight/accurate bass. It was quite a noticeable difference. Instead of having the entire bottom of the speaker in contact with the floor, should I say the carpet/padding, the speakers now have a tiny contact patch with the subfloor. I'm not sure where you can find spikes/cones but I'm sure that someone here will most likely know.

    Good Luck,
    Doug
     
  3. James Zos

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    You don't have to buy "home theater spikes." You could do what I did, and buy carpet spikes, which are basically the same thing. I went to a hardware store and bought some. They are little disks with a nail sticking out of the center. I duc-taped them to the bottom of my subwoofer's feet, nail end down, of course.
     
  4. Roger Kint

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    What do you do if you have hardwood floors? Surely you woulndn't want to spike the floor... ?
     
  5. Doug_NHT

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    Well, get those stick on rubber pads. I'm sure a hardware or hobby store would have those. NHT supplies those as well as the cones with their speakers.

    Doug
     

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