Blue Sky The Stand by sdpate
Studio monitor stands seem to come in two types – low cost and shaky or high cost and ugly except for the elegant Blue Sky The Stand.
The Stand is a premium priced stand that combines good looks with steady support and adjustability.
The Stand, generically named, can hold near field monitors up to 80 lbs each. I’m not sure if I’d go put them to that test, although they are very stable at 30 lbs.
For most powered studio monitors, The Stand can position the monitor height between 33 and 45 inches, on any horizontal plane and vertically plus or minus 20 degrees. That should look after most situations in a home or project studio.
It is inevitable that you’re going to bump into the monitors or stands while wiring or adjusting something around the mixing desk. You don’t want the monitors falling down.
Blue Sky’s The Stand has a 30 inch wide base, more than double to 10 x 14 inch base of the Sound Anchors. However, with the four leg configuration, the stand nests in closely with other gear and doesn’t get in the way. Each stand weighs 25 lbs.
The Blue Sky Stand adjusts in height from 33 to 45 inch in 3/4 inch increments with an ingenious mechanism.
You put one foot on the cast iron base and simply lift the monitor to the desired height. At each 3/4 inch increment, there is an audible click which is locking the inner and outer cylinders. It’s quite simple and easy and felt secure with a 30 lb Klein + Hummel 0300 monitor on the stand.
To move the monitor down, you have to lift the inner cylinder to its maximum height and push it gently to the bottom of its travel. At that point you lift up to the desired height.
When the stand and monitor are installed in a tight spot, returning the monitor to the lowest setting may require moving things out of the way.
Mounting the studio monitors
The Stand comes with a main bracket for easy installation of Blue Sky monitors, for which it was designed.
Blue Sky Monitors have mounting brackets on the bottom which screw into the main bracket.
The bracket allows + or – 20 degrees of angle if you want to aim the speakers downward for instance.
There is an optional Universal Adapter Plate (or Kit as it's variously listed) (update) for mounting other monitors that provides a wide base plate and safety strap. They are sold for $90 a pair.
However, you can remove the mounting bracket and install your own bracket or plate using a 1/4 inch coarse threaded 3/4 inch bolt.
The Stands are made with care. The cast iron bases are perfectly flat. In case your floor is slightly uneven, adjustable rubber feet can take up the slack. You can also install feet for carpet although they are not supplied.
I was impressed by the quality of the manufacturing. The base and cylinders came in two boxes. Assembly was well explained and easy.
Other than a tiny bit of play between the two cylinders, there is virtually no side to side movement in The Stands supporting 30 lb studio monitors. It’s the first time I have felt confident with mounting my K+H O 300s.
James Lehman’s review of the The Stand and Blue Sky monitors was re-printed in Sound on Sound.
Some people claim sand deadens resonance in monitor stands. The engineers at Neumann told me the K+H speakers are dampened with the enclosure and choice of stand is not important other than support.
For comparison with Studio Anchors, Raxxess, On Stage and Argosy stands see the review details in NJN Network.