Best studio monitor stands as of September 2017

Best studio monitor stands

In order to get the optimal performance out of your studio monitors and also have an aesthetically pleasing studio, you’ll find yourself needing a pair of monitor stands.

We’re going to take a look at some of the best options on the market, their features, advantages, and disadvantages to help you decide with ones to go for.

What to look for in a studio monitor stand

Even though on the surface seems like an easy purchase, there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your stands. And with the relatively wide variety of options, it’s easy to spend money only to realize it wasn’t the right choice.

Floor or desk stands

The choice between floor or desk stands is mostly going to be influenced by the rest of your setup.

If you need more desk space but you have space to spare around the desk, floor stands might be the option. If you don’t have much room around your desk but you have space on it then you could go for desk stands.

One thing I would suggest you pay attention to, are kids. Do you have small kids that could bump into your floor stands?

There are a few concerns with children and floor stands, one being they can bump into them and potentially tip them over which doesn’t need explaining how risky it is.

Another concern would be the pointy triangle base some of the stands have. If you accidentally bump your feet into them they can hurt a bit. Ask me how I know…

Not all stands have pointy metal bases but some do and depending on your setup you or somebody roaming around can bump into them ruining the mood, to say the least.

Desk stands are safer in this regard but you need that extra desk area available to support them. And I would also add that you don’t want a flimsy desk either, you’re probably going to put some heavy monitors on it so make sure its sturdy enough.

If you are also looking into studio desks we have a guide for that as well.

Height or min-max height

As we’ve mentioned in the monitor setup article, ideally you want to have your tweeter at around the same height as your ears. Maybe you’ll not be able to get exactly there but try to get as close as possible.

For that, you need to figure out what is the ideal tweeter height first. You can easily do that with a measuring roulette or whatever tool you have available.

First figure out the position in which in you find yourself sitting and just measure the height from the floor to your ears. Ask somebody else to do the measure if you want to be more precise.

The next measurement you need to take is from the base of your studio monitor to the tweeter as that height will add onto the height of the stands.

Now, you know the total height you are aiming for and you know how much the monitor will make of it. The remaining of the height will be in the stands.

If you want to go for desk stands you also want to measure your desk height and subtract that from the total height as well.

Once you figure out your stand height you can see which ones can fit your needs and which can’t.

Supported weight

Not much to say about it, it’s more of a reminder that you should pay attention to the rated weight.

Putting speakers that are heavier than the stands can support could cause them not only to flex but they could become very easy to tip over.

Maybe they are safe from someone bumping into them but in case of an earthquake, you don’t want your monitors falling around.

Plate size

Just to be sure it’s clear I’m talking about the plate that your speaker is going to sit on. This is not something super critical but it might be worth keeping in mind.

Some stands have very small plates and that will not be an issue with some monitors but could be an issue for larger 8” monitors or monitors that are meant to sit horizontally like the Adam A77X to give you an example.

With monitors like the mentioned A77X, some people go around the plate size issue by getting two sets of stands, using two stands for each monitor.

Might be more expensive but you can have the peace of mind that the monitors and the stands are balanced and will not tip over with the slightest touch. And with monitors in that price range, better safe than sorry.

Our picks for best studio monitor floor stands

Ultimate Support JSMS70

  • Height: 32.25″ – 44.25″ (819mm – 1124mm)
  • Supported weight: 50lb (22.6kg)
  • Plate size: 9″ x 9″ (229mm x 229mm)

The fact that this is probably the most common design you will find in terms of studio monitor stands tells you that it is a design that works well.

It’s a height adjustable monitor stand from a company that makes stands for the most part.

These stands have a design that has been done by everybody and their dog by now and unfortunately, between those, there are many poor quality ones.

Yes, you will find a cheaper versions/clones, some of them might be good but it’s a gamble for the most part.

If this is a stand that you would grab, grab it from Ultimate Support to make sure you don’t get a version that is just crap.

The stand has 4 locking heights 32.25″, 36.25, 40.25″, 44.25″ and it’s suited for monitors up to 8” but I wouldn’t go further than that.

It includes both carpet spikes and rubber feet so you have options based on what kind of floor you have.

It has that issue that we’ve touched upon in the guide, with the pointy triangle base that could hurt your legs if you bump into them so be aware of that.

They are well built and have a decently sized base. They also feature a clip for cable management if you can call it that but it’s nothing special.

It’s a basic stand that does the job at a decent price.

DR Pro SMS1BK

  • Height: 36″ (914mm)
  • Supported weight: 30lb. (13.6 kg) ! user reported & with the stands filled with sand
  • Plate size: 8″ x 9″ (203mm x 229mm)

If you want something that looks good while doing the job this might be a great option if the height is right for you. The height is fixed, not adjustable so it’s either right or not.

The exterior has a nice wood finish while on the inside there is a metal tube that you fill with material, like sand, to make the stands more stable.

The construction is very sturdy and they also have a port to allow you to easily fill them. It’s not a requirement but if your monitors are on the heavier side, say around 30lb, then you might want to fill them up just to make sure.

If the height is slightly lower than you need you could be able to deal with that by adding a pair of acoustic pads on top.

They also come with small foam pads but not very thick, like with most stands, but you can add your own depending on what you want to achieve.

On the bottom, you have either rubber feet or carpet spikes.

Ultimate Support MS-90 & MS-100

  • Height: 36″ (914mm) / 45″ (1143mm) – different versions
  • Supported weight: 75 lb. (34kg)
  • Plate size: 10.25″ x 10.25″ ( 260mm x 260mm )

The MS-90 is a solidly build a stand with plenty of decoupling elements throughout its construction. This makes it very good at preventing vibrations from going into the floor.

They also feature a fillable chamber inside, so you can add sand to make them more planted that they are by default.

Along the column there are also two slots for cables, so you can run your cables on the inside of the stands and also keep the power cable separated from the audio cables.

You route the cables from the top of the stand and out from the bottom. Both at the top and bottom, there is enough space to be able to do that. So on top, the speakers don’t sit on the cables and likewise, on the bottom, there is a bit of space between the floor and the actual base.

The difference between the MS-90 and MS-100 is the top part, on the MS-100 they’ve actually added an MS-80 pad on it. It’s an angle adjustable isolation pad that you can also buy separately but it’s included with the MS-100 stands.

They are available in two heights, 36″ and 45″ and they are not adjustable.

Also, the feet have rounded edges, which to me is a small detail that I appreciate.

Overall, great stands you can be confident in. Pricey, you could say, but they are worth it.

Argosy Spire Xi

  • Height: 36″ (914mm) / 42″ (1066mm) – different versions
  • Supported weight: 100 lb. ( 45kg )
  • Plate size: 17″ x 9″ ( 431mm x 229mm )

If you have large horizontal monitors like the Adam A77X that we’ve mentioned before and you have the cash, this is the stand for you.

The product looks very good but the one thing I don’t like about it is that you don’t have any cable management but other than that they are flawless.

You can see their purpose by looking at them and they do that well. They hold large, heavy monitors.

The top part of the stand is an Iso Acoustics platform so you know they do a good job of decoupling as well.

Also, if you like these stands but you don’t have wide monitors, there are ‘regular’ version available as well.

There are not many solutions for wide monitors and I think that could also explain the price. I think they are a bit pricey but if you need them and you have the cash, go for it.

Our picks for best studio monitor desk stands

There is not a lot going on as far as desktop stands but here are the few products that I think are worthwhile.

IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155

  • Height: 3.7” or 8.75” (9.5mm or 22.5mm)
  • Supported weight: 35lb ( 16kg )
  • Plate size: 8.9″ x 13.1″ ( 226mm x 332mm )

The ISO-L8R series serves two purposes, one being a desk stand, but beyond that, it also does a good job of decoupling the speakers from the desk.

It’s both a desk stand and an insulator pad and we’ve also covered it in our studio monitor isolation pads guide.

What makes this product special is it’s configuration options. You’ve noticed that there are two heights in the specs. That is because you get two sets of columns with these so you can configure them for the preferred height.

On top of that you can also tilt them up to 6.5 degrees, so even if they don’t get you to the exact height you need you can adjust the tilt so that the monitors shoot directly at you.

Also, there are different versions of the product for different sizes. The 155 we’re talking about here is the middle size with the 130 being smaller and a larger 200. And there are also versions for horizontal monitors.

There is a version of the product to fit every monitor you can think of. Overall it’s a very popular, very well received product.

Soundrise Professional Desktop Speaker Stands

  • Height: 9” (229mm)
  • Supported weight: 22b ( 10kg )
  • Plate size: 6.5″ x 8.5″ ( 165mm x 216mm )

If you are not a fan of the ISO system above, you want something more stylish then this guy might be for you.

It’s maybe not the best option for large monitors but generally, 6″ monitors and smaller will do just fine.

There is not much to say about this product, it does what it says. One thing to note is that it doesn’t do much in terms of decoupling so, some vibrations from the speakers are still going to get into the desk.

Granted, they look nice, and due to the design, you can use the space under the monitors which can be a big win for some people. It also helps that they have a hole in the back so you can run cables through them.

In conclusion

This concludes our studio monitor floor stands roundup. Hopefully, you find something here that suits your situation and budget at the same time.

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