Setting up a home recording studio? You need to take a bunch of factors into account, positioning being one of the essentials. The right accommodation for studio monitors will help you decouple them from unwanted surfaces, and ultimately produce pure sound and enjoyable audio experiences. Speaker stands are an obvious nifty tool to help you with the right positioning and avoid potential quality issues.
Interested in the right monitors? Check out my roundup →
In this article, I’m reviewing 10 well-reputed monitor stands from various budget categories and announcing my top picks.
First model on the list – up next!
1. DR Pro SMS1BK (36″)
A wooden model, the DR Pro is a popular option despite the traditional drawbacks associated with wood.
How does DR stand out?
- The model has a hollowed-out cavity that you can fill with the right material for greater density
- Thus, you can boost acoustic isolation between the monitor and the floor
- Shipped in various versions, e.g. DR Pro Maple Wood.
All this should be taken with a pinch of salt though. Wooden models are far less durable. Plus, they have a larger footprint and you can’t adjust their height.
Best for: smaller studio monitors and speakers
2. Ultimate Support JSMS70
Budget-savvy studio owners should definitely consider the JSMS70 model for a number of reasons. First off, Ultimate Support has been manufacturing great music equipment for ages, and they know what they’re doing.
What’s special about this model?
- Height-adjustable stand
- Locking pin for accurate height positions
- Levelling floor spikes and rubber feet included
- Low-profile base can be easily positioned into tight spaces
- Locking heights: 32.25”, 36.25, 40.25”, 44.25”
- Platform dimensions: 9” x 9”
- Base dimensions: 17.25” x 17.25” x 17.25”
- Weight: 8.4 lbs.
The triangular base of the JSMS70 fits tight spaces with no extra effort required. Rubber feet provide perfect floor isolation, and the rubber pad on top serves well for monitor isolation.
Best for: smaller studio monitors, most budget mid-sized speakers used in amateur or semi-pro studios.
3. Ultimate Support MS-90
Combining the advantages of booth wooden and metal stands, the MS-90 is a game-changing model from Ultimate Support that fits most common application scenarios in a sound recording studio.
What’s great about this stand?
- 36″ column made of extra-durable 6000 series aluminum
- Nifty internal design featuring three standalone channels: two small ones for audio cables and power cables, and a large one for weighting
- Three rubber feet to provide isolation from the floor
- Four rubber pads to separate monitors from the stand
- Two joints to decouple the bottom and the top
All these characteristics translate into maximum decoupling and reliability. Plus, you get the perk of a lifetime warranty: whatever happens, you’re covered. A little fly in the ointment: the height is non-adjustable here. Aside from this drawback, MS-90 is the best choice!
Best for: pro and semi-pro studios, mid-size and larger monitors.
4. SANUS Adjustable Height Speaker Stand
As the name suggests, the SANUS studio speaker stand offers full adjustability and a few other perks. Need more details? Here you go:
- Supports satellite speakers up to 3.5 lbs.
- Adjustable height – 28” to 38”
- Heavy-gauge offset steel column with a built-in wire channel
- Top plate, keyhole adapter and L-shaped brackets included
- 5-year warranty from the manufacturer.
It’s cheap and functional! At this budget, you should seriously consider this stand for lightweight speakers.
Best for: home studios, satellite and small bookshelf speakers (JBL, KEF, Sony, and many others)
5. VideoSecu 2
The VideoSecu stand mount supports a great selection of speakers. It’s easily adjustable, heavy duty and nice to look at.
What are the model’s key features?
- Stylish steel column to support up to 30 lbs for quality stereo sound
- Flexible side clamping on the top plate – width from 5.5 to 11 inches
- Adjustable height – from 26.5” to 47”
- Screw-in rubber feet facilitate great isolation on carpet or solid floor
- The top plate can rotate 180 degrees and tilt up to 10 degrees
- Stealthy wire management, ensured stability
Best for: PA systems, club environments, a broad selection of monitors including JBL, KEF, Klipsch, Sony, Yamaha, Pioneer, and beyond.
6. Mounting Dream MD5401
Mounting Dream MD5401 height-adjustable speaker stands raise the bar for durability. The model has an extendable tube (35.5” to 48”) with 11 lbs capacity per stand.
More details below:
- Various attachment options catering to specific speakers: adapter bar for horizontal holes, vertical hole/keyhole, as well as a round holder for wooden speakers
- Heavy-duty cast iron, black finished steel (supports weights up to 11lbs/5kg per column)
- Floor-standing design features with a triangle shape base
- Neat cable management solution with cabling hidden out of sight.
All in all, this is a very sturdy and very flexible model that provides full compatibility with a wide spectrum of speakers. In any case, make sure you check the location of the speaker holes before you buy.
Best for: mid-weight acoustic systems, semi-pro and home applications.
7. VIVO (STAND-SP03B)
Universal floor speaker stands, this VIVO pair works great with bookshelf and surround sound speakers.
Let’s look further into the model’s parameters:
- Dimensions: 25” height, 6.25” x 6.25” top shelf, 9.5” x 9.5” base measure
- Smooth compatibility: this stand accommodates most satellite and bookshelf speakers
- Design: high-gauge steel speaker stands (2 columns) in sleek matte black finish
- Spikes: easy carpet placement with smoothly attachable and detachable spikes
- Padded feet: a nifty option for solid floor placement.
In other words, VIVO offers a stylish neutral look, and it’s heavy duty and easy to assemble. For a pretty low budget, VIVO is as sturdy as it gets. If you prefer to conceal the cords, this may not be the right option though, since there is no cord management.
Best for: home and semi-pro studios, monitors weighing up to 22lbs.
8. Topeakmart 2 Pcs Speaker Stands
A nice pair of steel stands, Topeakmart offers an adjustable architecture and a triangle base to accommodate most monitors.
What’s special about the model?
- A3 steel as the key material
- The column adjusts for six levels ranging from 31.5” to 51.5“
- Support for large monitors up to 88 lbs.
- Dimensions: 17 x 15 x 31.5-51.2”(length x width x height)
Sturdy, yet lightweight, Topeakmart will support bigger acoustic systems. It also comes with spikes and rubber feet, as well as cable management. Despite known issues such as sharp base corners, this is definitely great value for the money!
Best for: semi-pro and pro recording facilities, heavier monitors up to 88lbs.
9. Atlantic Satellite 77305018
The Altantic model contains two black speaker stands. Fully adjustable, good choice for home studios.
In a few bullets:
- Adjustable speaker stands compatible with satellite or surround sound speakers
- Durable cast-iron construction, black finish
- Customizable height from 27” to 48”
- Cable management, no cords in sight
- Dimensions: length – 11.88″, width – 10.88″, front-to-back height – 49.25″, weight – 5.00 lbs.
Overall verdict: Don’t need anything fancy? Go for this Atlantic model. Good bang for the buck!
Best for: home studios, most satellite speakers up to 5 lbs.
10. Pangea Audio DS400
Heavy-duty 32” speaker stands, Pangea is a high quality steel model that holds the speaker firmly for best performance.
Here are the features:
- Durable, all-steel
- You can fill all four support piers with sand or steel shot
- Adjustable bottom spikes for better carpet standing
- Four rubberized top pads for speaker isolation
- Supports a bunch of compact speakers as well as larger monitors.
The DS400 utilizes sturdy support piers and provides a rigid base for compact monitors and bookshelf speakers. Stylish, impressive, worth every penny.
Best for: amateur and pro recording studios, large monitors.
Now that you’re familiar with some nice speaker stand options, you might want to supplement your acoustic infrastructure with isolation pads for better decoupling and sound performance. Check out my brief roundup of iso pads, and pick what feels right!
My top picks
It’s now time for awards and recommendations. All the stands listed above are great deals in their category. Some will benefit home studio owners, others will be a better fit for heavier monitors employed by recording professionals. Looking for the sweet spot in the selection of audio equipment and accessories, I’ll point out three models: two satellite speaker stands, and one monitor stand. Without further ado, my golden monitor pick is Ultimate Support MS-90 for its impeccable durability. The smaller stand award goes to SANUS and VideoSecu for their universal compatibility and adjustability.
At this point, my overview of monitor floor stands is concluded. I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking within your budget and according to your specific needs. Have any more suggestions? Give me a shout!