By Wilde Becker. Speaker Stands. At Tuesday, July 30th 2019, 19:05:07 PM.
Speaker positioning is critical when it comes to creating the ideal soundscape. KEF Performance Speaker Stands were engineered in the UK specifically to ensure bookshelf speakers sound at their best. This encompasses ideal driver height positioning, steel damping plates accompanied by aluminium tube and base plates, and space available for the addition of inert filler for further stability. The Performance Speaker Stand is ideal for the LS50 and LS50 Wireless, but can also be utilised by other KEF Bookshelf Speakers.
The theory is that the mass and spring characteristics are chosen so that the resonant frequency of the combination is well below that of any frequency they’re likely to be asked to isolate. For example, if the lowest note a speaker can reproduce is 30Hz, then the resonant frequency of the supporting platform needs to be well below that — perhaps just a few Hertz or less.
There you have it; the basics of why you should consider stands for your bookshelf speakers. As with much in hi-fi, this is only the introduction to a massive subject, but it serves as a good understanding of stands function and what they can do for your hi-fi system. And they can do a lot for providing your speakers with the optimal condition for top-notch performance.
Of course, you do still need to attend to room reflections by adding some basic acoustic treatment — but that’s another subject and one that we have covered on numerous occasions in our Studio SOS series.
And stands are especially helpful in the low-frequency area, as this part of the frequency spectrum is omnidirectional and therefore more sensitive to surfaces nearby than the high-frequency area.
All that unwanted movement can colour and distort the sound. We do our best to prevent vibrations by adding bracing to the cabinet, but that doesn’t really help with the movement.