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Stands for a monitor 30 safe safe for a baby

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  • Stands for a monitor 30 safe safe for a baby

    Hello, i need stands for a monitor 30.1 that are and make my family feel safe with a baby around. Some of them are 700 euros, i think the price is crazy i am looking for osmething much cheaper.

    Thank you

  • #2

    What do you say about a metal base with a central support, a wide and heavy floor, while the up base exact in dimensions of speakers? I did for shl5 + and I'm OK (I think ...)


    • #3
      I wonder if there is any stand that will be the right height and size for the speaker that would be safe with a baby around. Were it me, I'd try to fashion something that would keep the speaker totally out of reach of the baby, or that would somehow be so stable that the speaker couldn't be knocked over. Perhaps esthetically this won't be the best solution, but the safety of the speakers and the baby come first.


      • #4
        6 panels of mdf , top plate in the same as the speaker and the height you need,bottom plate a bit larger. Glue the pieces together and fill with sand. the stand will weight about 60 kg ! blue tack will secure stand and speaker and can be easily removed with fishing line without damaging the veneer. Total cost's about 20 euro's.


        • #5
          Hey Kerouack,

          when you think about a stand for the 30.1 you have to ask you one thing. Do you want to improve the sound quality od the speaker or in the worst case ruin this wonderful speaker. We tested a lot of spreaker stands with harbeth, most of them limited the sound quality and didnīt bring the Harbeth to shine. Watch under There you find the Best Harbeth Speaker Stand ever.
          It is a complete organic product, handmade in Germany by a carpenter. it costs 1000 Euro but it sounds amazing. Place a 3 m thick slate plate under it and you will hear your Harbeth better than ever.
          We sold many of the mall over the world, UK, Canada etc. and i can send you email of satisfied customers. Your Harbeths should be worth this price....

          kind regards


          • #6
            Hello, I donít think a stand can make a big different in sound, not even small, thanks but I donít plan to spend 1000 euros in a stand, Not even 500.thanks.


            • #7
              I would follow Martin's advice and make your own heavy ones. In addition I would make them a bit wider than the speaker to reduce the chance of them falling off even further. It may not look great but it will do the job in a safe way until your child has grown up enough.
              i do not believe the claims for sonic superiority of some stands but I have to admit that a wider top may give just a bit of an unwanted bass boost. So don't overdo the size.


              • #8
                What about putting them on the floor looking up a little?
                I know is important that the tweeter is aligned with the ears. At the same time i find, in a house room, very convenient to put them on the floor. I see for some speakers models it is common to put the on the floor looking a little up.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by kerouack View Post
                  What about putting them on the floor looking up a little?
                  I know is important that the tweeter is aligned with the ears. At the same time i find, in a house room, very convenient to put them on the floor. I see for some speakers models it is common to put the on the floor looking a little up.
                  That will ruin the bass and the sound image. You can read the user guide again.