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Styrofoam as speaker stand

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I needed to lift some AudioEngine A5's off of the desk and ended up wrapping two blocks of styrofoam with electrical tape to use as temporary stands until I could make some from wood.  I was really impressed with how the speakers sounded on the styrofoam but attributed it to lifting the speakers off the desk instead of the material.  Well, now I have a proper set of wood stands and I'm thinking of keeping the styrofoam because it sounds better - especially the tighter/more musical bass and the open and airy mids.  Just wanted to share this if anyone needed a cheap pair of stands without access to PVC/wood/shop tools.  If you apply the electrical tape neatly in a diagonal pattern it actually looks pretty decent and is a good conversation piece.

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Foam in general is usually pretty good for this kind of use; there's a commercial product made from a lower density foam to do what you're describing (I forget what they're exactly called - something like Aurapad Mopad or something like that). Probably costs a lot more than what you built though. redface.gif
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I think it should sound more studio like. The foam will also absorb the extra vibration/resonance.

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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

Foam in general is usually pretty good for this kind of use; there's a commercial product made from a lower density foam to do what you're describing (I forget what they're exactly called - something like Aurapad Mopad or something like that). Probably costs a lot more than what you built though. redface.gif

Auralex subdude and speakerdude?  They make various risers / stands out of some type of foam.

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