Surround sound speaker stands are essential accessories in any home theater system. Pretty much every brand sells its own stands, varying in shapes, sizes and colors. These stands fit into multiple roles and complete the surround sound experience.
First of all, why do you really need surround sound speaker stands?
It is no secret that to get the most out of your surround sound speaker system, you need to place them in just the right spots. A great deal of literature has already been produced on speaker placement. How and where you place your speakers can have a huge impact on the listening experience.
Most speaker placement guides recommend that you keep the 'surround' speakers slightly behind the listener at ear level. To achieve this, of course, you will need surround sound speaker stands.
Further, in a 7.1 home theater system, you will likely need wall mounts or stands to keep the last two speakers at the back of the listener. In other words, you need speaker stands to make sure that you can get the speakers at just the right height and angle for the best listening experience.
Yet another reason is to avoid clutter. While you can definitely keep the speakers on the floor or on a small table, it will look neither neat nor well organized. Home theater systems are notorious for wires and cables, and by keeping the speakers on the floor, you will only encourage wire clutter. But by investing in speaker stands, you can make wire management a little easier.
Which brands should you look for when buying surround sound speaker stands?
More often than not, you can buy stands from the same brand that manufacture red your speaker system. Pretty much every brand sells its own stands, from Samsung and Sony to JBL and Logitech.
When buying surround sound speaker stands, do make sure to check for stability, quality of construction, and flexibility. You should be able to twist and adjust the stand height and angle to get the required speaker placement. Make sure to play around with the stand before plopping down your money.
Also, I prefer to use wooden stands as wood is a much better material for construction – it absorbs extra vibrations and produces a deep, rich echo. Plus, they tend to look great in any room.
Where can I buy surround sound speaker stands?
A good place to start would be your local electronics store. Try out the different stands, fiddling around with them, inquire about the prices. But don't purchase them – yet. Instead, head online and check out the prices on sites like Amazon.com. More often than not, you will find cheaper prices online than in store. Read up on online reviews and use your own in-store research to make your purchase decision.
All in all, if you want to get the maximum out of your home theater experience, then you need to invest in a set of quality surround sound speaker stands.