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Audioengine DS1 Desktop Stand Pair
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- The Audioengine DS1 Desktop Stands were designed to make the best of a desktop setting by first and foremost aiming the speakers higher
- The DS1 Desktop Stands work best with small speakers like the A2+s
- Made of a high-performance silicon rubber, the DS1 Desktop Stands help dampen vibration between your speaker and desk
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Audioengine DS1 (ADS1) - The Perfect Desktop Stand A simple solution for desktop speakers, the ADS1 speaker wedge is a great way to get your Audioengine 2 speakers or other small speakers up off your desk and at an angle right where you need them.
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NOTE: I purchased these stands and I "Do Not" own A2 speakers... nor did I intend to use them with my computer desktop speakers! That said they turned out to be perfect for my application.
I recently installed a home theater system in our living room. (5.1 or 7.1 doesn't really matter for this review). As you may know, newer Home Theater systems and receivers include a feature that allows you to optimize your listening experience by fine tuning the sound being delivered to your listening area. Speaker placement is critical in the fine tuning process. The placement of my "rear" surround sound speakers was not an issue because I wall mounted them using fully adjustable Definitive Technology Pro-Mount 90 speaker mounts. The mounts (also purchased from Amazon), allowed me to point the speakers at the ideal listening area. The problem was with my front speakers. Our flat screen TV is sitting in one of those large wall unit entertainment centers. The left and right bookshelf areas of the wall unit are near the top of the unit. Our seating area is a couch directly across from the entertainment center but is much lower than the height of the speakers when placed in the wall unit. The sound emanating from the front right and left speakers was going straight out and over our heads. Granted we could hear the sound but it wasn't ideal. Before ordering anything, I determined I would to angle the speakers down by raising the back of my bookshelf speakers about 1 3/4 inches to achieve the proper angle. Imagine my delight when I discovered the back edge of these stands were 1/3/4 inches high.
The other problem I was facing was vibration. When listening at higher volumes, the sound traveling from the speakers through the wood shelving would transmit vibration into the wall unit causing the glass panels in the entertainment center to vibrate. NET: I had two issues to resolve. 1) I needed a way to isolate the speakers from the wall unit... and 2) I needed the ability to position them so they were pointed at the correct angle to the listening area. As it turned out these Audioengine ADS1 Speakers Stands proved to be the ideal solution for my application!
As others have pointed out these stands are pretty small. I've attached several photos so you can get a better idea as to their actual size. I was initially shocked when I discovered that both stands were packed in one really small retail box. (see photo) Anyway, my particular bookshelf speakers are the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (also purchased from Amazon). They are small (sound great) and fit nicely on these stands.
As others have pointed out, these stands are not made of foam rubber. Per the manufacturers description on the box, they are made from High-Performance Silicone Rubber. NOTE: Be aware this "is not" the same variety of flexible silicone rubber you may be familiar with used in cell phone cases, oven mitts etc., which is very soft and pliable. The rubber in these stands is actually quite stiff (it would have to be to support the weight of the speakers) The exterior finish of the stands is smooth and flat black. The good news is the rubber material does its job and isolates the speaker from the wood shelf and eliminates vibration.
As another reviewer indicated, these stands are "hollow". I wasn't crazy about what the term hollow might be implying but I ordered them anyway. To help clear up any mystery over the "hollow" description I also included a photo of the underside so you have a better idea. Hollow or not, they support the weight of the speakers and isolate the vibration so I don't really see this as an issue.
Even though these stands ended up being perfect for my application I only gave them 4 stars due to the price. I should mention that I have a manufacturing background and can verify that these speaker stands were made using a molten plastic, injection molded process. Adding to this, the retail box identifies they were made in China. I have no problem with China, but knowing the low cost of having products manufactured in China as well as knowing the injection molding process can crank out thousands of pieces every hour at the push of a button... makes $29 a pair a bit excessive. Granted they aren't selling millions of these and I realize the supplier has to have some markup for profit and to cover manufacturing costs etc, but I can't help but think 19.95 would have been a little more reasonable. (i.e., price versus value)
For whatever reason, the A2+ don't sound as good when they are not angled up.
Might be a placebo effect but I feel like these dampen the vibrations from the surface your speakers are sitting on.
If you are investing in stylish speakers that sound great, you clearly care about aesthetics. Why would you skimp out and buy door stoppers?
I suppose these should be bundled with the speakers but that's the world of high-end audio. You pay thousands of dollars on "good" cables.
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Also the bottom part is all hollow.Read more
Speakers but they did very nicely