DIY desk top speaker stands
Many of us utilize desks or benches as our main work surface and would like to locate our nearfields on this surface as well. But we need some way to elevate the speakers up off of the surface, anywhere from 8" to 18" or so, depending on how high the table top is, how high we like to sit, etc. Finding purpose built speaker stands this small isn't easy, but they are out there. Unfortunately, most of the stands this short are designed for cheap "computer" speakers or other tiny home hifi speakers, so they have ridiculous weight limits, like 4LBs. Or the stands are so flimsy that you would never trust your favorite monitors up there.
The only products that I found to be good enough were the two small stands from Sound Anchors; they are rock solid and look good, like everything else they make. But they ain't cheap and some of us have a hard time spending a couple of hundred bucks just to lift our monitors a few inches.
Walking around the local home improvement mega-warehouse store, I came across the glass block display and thought about piling up 2 or 3 of these under each monitor. It took me a half hour of stacking the blocks countless different ways. (laying flat, on edge, and various combinations of both) but I eventually came up with a configuration that got me the height I needed, was sturdy, and looked very cool. I have a pair standing next to each other on edge, with a third block perpendicular to the other two.
This gives me a flat surface a little longer front to back than side to side, just like my speakers. And it shows the "presentation" side of the glass blocks to anyone in the room, unless you walk around behind the monitors and then you will see the edges of the blocks.
The lame sketch below shows the basic arrangement of the blocks. I have the blocks resting on a 12" square piece of 1/2" cork and my monitors sit on a mouse pad resting on the glass blocks. After I had the blocks arranged the way I wanted them, I emptied a tube of the 100% silicon adhesive/caulk that they sell with the glass blocks. This caulk adhered the 3 blocks to each other and also helped deaden any any possible resonance within the blocks.
The blocks cost $4ea, so the total cost for both stands was around $30. I'll try to post a real photo in a couple of days.
Lexington 125 - High Resolution Location Recording