Originally Posted by ofutch
im not much of a DIY veteran! so i'm gonna go with speaker stands i think! thanks for the input guys
Hi Guys..... thought I would take a minute to chime in regarding isolation pads, Recoil Stabilizers and other innovative solutions. . Resonance versus stability
Foam pads or other isolation methods will eliminate resonance. But this has the down side of allowing the motor (ie loudspeaker) to float and wobble around. To 'assume' that if you do not hear the resonance, you do no have a problem (as posted above) is misguided. Energy, whether audible or not, when redirected will have an effect on how your loudspeakers will work. The Recoil Stabilizers eliminate the resonance while providing a stable platform for the loudspeaker. So instead of losing transient response via coupling into the shelf, meter bridge or speaker stand, the energy is directed forward to the listening position. Stabilizing devices
I like several of the ideas mentioned in this post. Salt bags, concrete blocks... these should both work. They have mass and will ensure the energy from the loudspeaker is not lost via vibration. The expensive part in building the Recoil is cutting the steel. This is done with a laser to make them look nice. For home enthusiasts on a budget, a bag of salt is perfectly fine. For others, particularly those in commercial studios, this simply does not present a positive picture for the client, even though it may work fine. Consistency
The single most important aspect here is providing a consistent platform for the loudspeakers so that when you go from one studio to another, you have the same starting point. Engineers that use Recoils usually bring them along wherever they go. This eliminates unknowns such as how the shelf will resonate, what may get lost, and then only heard when brought back to home base. This can be a hassle for some, devastating for others. Ultimately, you want your recordings to translate properly from one room to another. Proper acoustic treatment and eliminating unknowns will do more for you than anything else. That is other than writing a hit single!
Primacoustic and the inventor of the Recoil Stabilizer ™