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Bought these for the VIZIO S4251w-B4 5.1 Satellite Speakers
on June 14, 2014
If you research the heck out of everything like I do, there are lots of reviews that cry bloody murder about how these stands are totally incompatible with these Vizio speakers, as well as lots of reviews brashly claiming how simple it is to set these stands up with these Vizio speakers.
The reality is somewhere in-between these polarized views.
Here are some helpful tips for not losing your cool when setting these up:
1. Open ice cold beverage of your choice. Mine tend to have alcohol in them, but not a requirement.
2. Use the screws and washers that come with the Vizio speakers to affix the speakers onto the stands. The screw options that come with the stands do not fit these Vizio speakers. No need to go to a hardware store.
3. Use the taller L-shaped brackets for mounting speakers to the stands.
4. The trick is to use a set of pliers to bend OUT the part of the bracket "rails" near the speaker plug towards the bottom, and bend IN the bracket "rails" in the middle where you attach the screw and washer to the back of the speaker. I wish the washer was a little bigger to help ensure it was holding on to the bracket, but it will do the job transforming to your needs if you spend a few minutes going back and forth with squeezing the bracket rails inward in the middle where the screw goes and pushing the bracket rails outward towards the bottom where the speaker plug/cable goes. I added a picture with captions to the Customer Images section if you need a visual illustration: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/permalink/mo36U1PDULU63RH/B000289DC6/ref=cm_ciu_images_pl_link
5. Other tip is to ever-so-slightly bend the entire L-bracket inwards (i.e., reduce the angle) to ensure a more snug sitting of the satellite speaker on to the stand. If you're paranoid about the bracket rails popping out from around the screw washer, there is thick double-sided tape included in the stand accessories to attach to the bottom of the speakers that sit on top of the stands. I didn't bother with that in case I ever wanted to mount these satellite speakers on the wall. The trick with the pliers did the job well enough for me.
6. Finish ice cold beverage and you're done.
Given the bit of macgyvering it took to fit the brackets onto the Vizio speakers, I reduced this to a 4-star rating. I think Atlantic should get with the program and provide some accessories for these Vizio speakers because they apparently already have a big share of the market for 3rd party speaker stands, and it would have been nice to not have to bust out my toolbox to get these to fit.
Overall, these speaker stands feel very sturdy and robust, and the base appears to be sufficient enough to not topple over due to clumsily bumping into it or due to a minor shake of an earthquake (knock on wood). The height is easy to adjust and the price is right, too. There doesn't appear to be a lot of other good stand options for these Vizio satellite speakers, so these will do you just fine if you follow my tips and tricks.