Moving from carpet to hardwood in 2 weeks!
My stereo stand has spikes. What spike pads are everyone using?
My Cornwall IV’s will need some sort of felt or rubber feet too. Any recommendations so I don’t damage the speaker base or the floor? Something that allows for me adjust angle the speakers without ripping off any rubber feet is a plus.
Look at the Herbies gliders they either come as “puck” or threaded. I’ve used both kinds and they do what they claim.
I just lowered the price to $70.
I feel so shameless now. I think I’ll go solder something.
In my experience, wood floors demand isolation otherwise it will behave like a big bass drum (unless the wood is over a concrete slab) muddying up the lower register clarity.
Ditch the spikes and isolate with your choice of foot.
I did not like the Herbie’s, one audio regret. I have a pretty solid suspended wood floor. It doesn’t rattle like a bass drum. I use these. They are not shiny like the consumer ones and do the same job for far less money.
but I’ve used these for lighter speakers, and they will keep the attractive low profile of your speakers.
You could just get a sheet of sorbothane from Isolate It, cut it into 1" squares and use as many as you need. You could also use some cork sheet in the middle as the more different materials the better.
My speakers are Cornwall IV’s with a rectangular base and 100 lbs each. I probably wouldn’t want to put the isolation feet on the corners. I would prefer not to since all the weight will be in each corner, instead of spread out through the base. The Cornwall IVs don’t have spikes though, so not as urgent as my audio racks that have spikes. I guess I should pull one of the spikes out and see what the thread pitch is and order the appropriate feet.
I don’t follow.
Coupling or decoupling methods both involve (most of the time) providing some sort of interaction between the base of the speakers and the floor at locations more or less situated at the four corners of the speakers.
Would you mind clarifying your concerns/point?
Congrats on the new digs, by the way.
I can confirm when I pack them up this week, but I believe the base is just a frame.
I had some time to evaluate this and unfortunately my rack needs the M8 x 1.25 variant… not to mention I would need 8, but good luck with the sale! and also for introducing me to Herbie’s products.
My guess is you could still employ whatever type of speaker base-floor interface you want at the corners of the bases.
Are your hardwood floors sitting on cement, or are they suspended on wooden supports? I just spent months trying to tame the bass on a suspended floor.
I wasn’t familiar with the term suspended wood floors but this is a new apartment and I have to assume it is wood over cement. It doesn’t feel like my mother’s house where walking around feels semi spongy and creaky with the crawl space underneath the house.
Probably on cement…so no problem. Mine is over the garage.
I ended up going with the Giant Gliders from Herbies for the Cornwalls. I’m still debating what to put under my component stand spikes. Each component has feet or some sort of isolation. Is more isolation or dampening really required for the stand itself? It would be nice to be able to slide the stand around a little bit, but these gliders cost more than my component stand. lol
I suggest you try something like these, specified for the weight and size of your spiked feet, footers, stands or whatever:
Reportedly a good combination of isolation/decoupling - with the added bonus of being able to slide things around.
I use some of these and similar products under the spikes on my stands because I have come to learn that vibrations can move in both directions when you spike things to floors that are not “inert”. Seems to work well…
Still might have to deal with the reflective nature of the hardwood floors, but easy fix with a rug.
I use these under the spikes of Dynaudio stand 20 (bolted to Contour 20 speakers) Key improvement was cleaner bass and better dimensionality. They have rubber at the bottom, so not quite sliding!