HiFi question – spikes and wooden floors.
You could get a set of these, drill a shallow dip into the centre of each, and sit the turntable spikes in the ‘holes’, and hold them in place on the floor with Blu-tac.Posted 3 years ago
If the granite boards work stick with it
For a turntable make a cupboard out of the heaviest dense wood you have and paint it a colour that Mrs rusty won’t complain about
MDF is popular because it’s cheap and dense because of the glue content, many a home made speaker cab have been constructed out of itPosted 3 years ago
20p’s would do, as they have a raised edge, but I’ve seen some nice wooden floors with coin impressions left on them.
Suppose I could put felt backing on the coins, but I’d prefer something a bit more, er, elegant?
Would prefer to keep the Target table as I can level the Rega with the top spikes.
Have tried one of those little Ikea coffee tables, but it sounds awful.
Thanks for all the suggestions so far!Posted 3 years ago
Nah, stands are Mission Stance and removing the spikes leaves an ugly bit of protruding metal.
Happy with the chopping boards tbh.
It’s the table I’d like to sort out.
Off to felt some coins.
I knew this would cost…..
Edit – good plan dd – thanks once again for your advice – floor looks ace.Posted 3 years ago
Seting up the system after having new flooring fitted.
Originally tried some small floor protectors from Custom Design.
They failed almost immediately, with the spikes holing two of the protectors.
Utter rubbish, going back tomorrow.
Can’t remove the spikes from the speaker stands, so they’re now on granite chopping boards from T***o and sound better than they ever have.
Target table for the turntable is a little more problematic.
I could remove the spikes, tidy up the messy welding at the bottom of each leg and fit rubber/felt pads, which seems to be the most elegant solution.
Can’t fit a wall shelf, sadly.
Any other suggestions?Posted 3 years ago
slowoldman – Member
BTW your experience with granite chopping boards ought to tell you something about how worthwhile spikes are.
Always used them on carpet over floorboard going back, ooooh, 30 years?
Why? It was the done thing, wasn’t it?
They seemed to improve the imaging & bass when I first tried spiked stands with a pair of Royd A7’s as a kid, as far as I remember.
Still have the spikes between the stands and the granite – as above, can’t remove them.
It’s a floating wooden floor and the granite has tightened up the bass to the extent that even Ms S commented on it.
Felt pads between granite and floor btw.
Wish I’d tried it years ago.
daveh – Member
Hope you’ve got a nice heavy rug going down otherwise the spikes may not be your biggest problem.
Go on………. 🙂Posted 3 years ago
The idea of spikes on carpets is (probably) sound. It links through a wobbly surface of carpet and underlay to a more solid surface beneath. On a solid floor I would think some blobs of Blutack would be just as effective.
Sadly I do have carpet and my equipment rack has spikes (because that’s how it came). Speakers however are pretty heavy ATCs sitting on pretty heavy subwoofers and no spikes. The spikes added nothing.Posted 3 years ago
On a solid floor I would think some blobs of Blutack would be just as effective.
I’ve never had a chance to try it.
Read loads of guff on the net re coupling/isolation, but I only ever trust my ears.Posted 3 years ago
Love to give it a go, but I’m not spending 150 quid on new stands just to try it out. 🙂somafunkSubscriber
Forget the spikes – not that effective, try sorbothane isolation pods/feet.
We’ve organised our Dance tent at the Wickerman festival for the past 13 odd years and have had our fair share of isolation problems, especially when you factor in 20,000 watts of Martin or Funktion 1 sound system along with a prefabricated wooden stage set-up, the best product we have found to isolate the multitude of decks and equipment is sorbothane isolation pods.
The basic early set up with two 1210’s and two CDJ 2000’s
Craig/Graeme (silicone soul) played with 3 decks and two cdj’s and despite the tent being rammed wi folk going apeshit and a helluva vibration through the ground we never experienced a skip with the decks at all, we do use heavy concrete slabs under essential equipment but they sit on Sorbothane feet and the deck stands also sits on Sorbothane feet.Posted 3 years agodave_rudabarMember
I’ve just bought 2 packs of these rubber floor protectors from Wilkinson to use, if they work ok i’ll colour them black to fit in better:
They’re cheap though so couldn’t possibly be up to the job for a hifi purist 😉
These might work well instead: http://www.wilko.com/hardware/wilko-furniture-glider-round-4pk-40mm/invt/0344701
Alternatively, coach bolts screwed in might do, but they might still mark the floor if the stands & speakers are heavy.Posted 3 years agooliverd1981Member
I’d and make new legs to screwe in place of the spikes and cover the protuding metal with sufficient diameter to protect the floor. Otherwise I’d cut some lengths of tubing to cover whatever bodge I’d done with a the two pence pieces and blu tack these disguising sleeves in place.Posted 3 years agooliverd1981Member
TBF the “Spike boots” linked from that page are quite an elegant solution to the OP’s problem, provided they match his flooringPosted 3 years agonick1962Member
Speakers with spikes on clayterracota tiles(there what I had leftover from tiling a wall)with blutak underneath focuses the speakers but isolates them from the wooden floor in snakeoil hifi speak.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve got a hi fi specific stand for my amp and sources with spikes on the legs on a carpet with a solid floor underneath which skips whenever I walk past it so will be doing something similar with that.
slowoldman – Member
Actually, just a small point. If your spikes aren’t removable, are they adjustable?
Yep, on adjustable on table and speaker stands.
Removable on table, with a little tidying up afterwards.
As I say, happy with the speaker stands now, just the table to sort out.Posted 3 years agoMilkieMember
Sorbothane – I use it for the decks, sub and gaming consoles. Works a treat. The sub actually sits on Sorbothane feet then a slab of Granite then another set of Sorbothane feet.
Ah I remember the daze of bass traps aka books & curtains, I mean acoustic tiles. 😉
Somafunk do you have a twitter feed?Posted 3 years ago
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