Put speakers directly on a desk, and you’ll likely end up with a muddy sound. A stand, however, positions the drivers properly while reducing resonance and taming reflections. But how can you pick the perfect stand?
Do you go for on-desk, clamp-on, or traditional floor models? In this post, we’ll check out five of the best studio monitor stands out there so you can hear your tracks loud and clear. Some of them can even help you cable management as well! Read on to learn more.
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With a 9.5” square platform and sturdy build, the SMS6000 can handle up to 90 lbs and is ideal for large monitors. The platform is lined with two stripes of thin EVA foam padding, while the feet are rubberized to reduce vibrations. Note that On-Stage offers the model in pairs or as a single stand, which could be handy if you ever need a replacement.
Although the column on the MS-90 is non-adjustable, it’s where all the action is. Inside, you’ll find two small channels for running your power and signal cables. Beside them is a larger opening that you can fill with sand to boost the stability.
You won’t be able to see the ballast chamber without unscrewing the 10.25” square platform. However, the cable channels are exposed and accessible. Since the isolation rubber pads prop the monitors up above the platform, running the cables should be an easy task.
This Gator stand can help you get the desk as close to the wall as possible without losing desk space. Its 12x9” platform is fully lined with EVA foam and can handle pretty much all small-sized speakers (both horizontally and vertically). Plus, since the foam is non-slip and there’s a side lip, you can tilt the monitor without worrying about it falling right off.
The ISO-155 is the updated version of the ISO-L8R155. It shares the original model’s width (6.1”) and depth (7.5”). However, it offers a bit more leeway on the short setting, going from a minimum height of 3.7” on the L8R155 to 3” on the new stand. The updated line includes five sizes, but the ISO-155 is a go-to because it fits most small-sized monitors while supporting both height and tilt adjustments.
This three-point stand by Gearlux features a 9” square platform with two foam strips. While the padding is too thin to be considered an isolator, the construction on the stand itself is sturdy and can handle up to 125 lbs. Overall, the stand can be a great entry-level choice.
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There’s no hard-and-fast rule since the goal is to position the tweeters at ear level. To figure out the best height for your setup, sit in your listening position and ask someone to measure your ear level. Don’t forget to factor in the height of the speakers and the desk (for desk models).
Spikes can level and stabilize the stand on uneven carpeting. On hard floors, however, rubber feet will do just fine. It might be better to get a model with both options, though.
Floor stands can provide better decoupling. They also don’t compromise your desk space. However, on-desk models are suitable for rooms with limited floor space.
If you go with a stand that only has thin foam strips (like the SMS6000), you can buy acoustic isolation pads. These should help reduce unwanted vibrations. Just check the measurements first.
While all five stands on the list can help you position your monitors properly, the On-Stage SMS6000 is our favorite. While the MS-90 has a lot of advanced features, it could be too expensive for beginners. On the other hand, the Gearlux stand is a budget-friendly option that has all the basics covered.
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