My question that I have about speaker stands is, do they really have a function besides being a place to put speakers? For example, speakers are usually put up on little risers between the stands and the speakers themselves in order to isolate the speaker from the stand, right?
So if the speaker is isolated from the stand, what does it matter material (metal, wood, etc.) the stand is made of? How do they enhance the sound of the speakers?
If the speaker is isolated from the stands by a piece of cork, rubber puck, a riser disc etc., why would it matter if the stands were filled with lead shot or completely empty?
What do the carpet spikes do to affect the sound?