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rimmi2002's Avatar rimmi2002 10:16 AM 04-07-2014
Hi I have two Polk Rti 6 Bookshelf speakers for which I am looking for proper speakers stands.
The speaker info is here:
http://www.polkaudio.com/products/rti6
Basic specs 7 3/4 W and 14 1/4Depth

I was looking at speakers stands on Crutchfield.com and the larget top base I found was 7 1/2 x 7 1/2. Is this going to be enough to hold these speakers or is there better stuff out there? Thanks!

crazyrob425's Avatar crazyrob425 11:06 AM 04-07-2014
I use these for my Polk RTi4's
http://www.amazon.com/SYSTEMS-BF-24B-Speaker-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B00006JQ5N

There is non stid rubber stickers you put on the top part of the speaker stand and they don't move around
rimmi2002's Avatar rimmi2002 11:46 AM 04-07-2014
Sorry I wrote Rti4 in title, but I meant Rti6. I edited the post, but can't seem to edit the title.Nm got title edited as well.

Do most of these speaker stands have screws to hold the speakers in place or no?
crazyrob425's Avatar crazyrob425 11:52 AM 04-07-2014
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Sorry I wrote Rti4 in title, but I meant Rti6. I edited the post, but can't seem to edit the title.
they will work for RTi 6's too
rimmi2002's Avatar rimmi2002 11:58 AM 04-07-2014
Thanks. I guess thats my confusion. The dimensions of the Rti6 are 7 3/4 W and 14 1/4D.

The top plate on these is 6.5" x 6.5". Do most of these stands come with screws or other items to secure the speakers in place? Also what is the smallest base I can go for my RTi6. Thanks.
Transmaniacon's Avatar Transmaniacon 12:01 PM 04-07-2014
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Sorry I wrote Rti4 in title, but I meant Rti6. I edited the post, but can't seem to edit the title.Nm got title edited as well.

Do most of these speaker stands have screws to hold the speakers in place or no?

Most stands do not have a way to attach speakers, there are some clamp type stands, but generally they are for smaller satellite speakers. A good sturdy metal stand should be stable enough, and some people use Blu Tack to stick the speakers to the stand without damaging the finish.

As for a stand, the base does not need to be as big as the speaker footprint, but I would recommend something bigger than 6.5x6.5 for a large bookshelf like the RTi6. I use VTI stands, they are very heavy and can be filled with a weighted material. Something like this would work well: http://www.wayfair.com/VTI-RF-Series-24-Fixed-Height-Speaker-Stand-Set-of-2-RF-VI1166.html
crazyrob425's Avatar crazyrob425 01:48 PM 04-07-2014
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Thanks. I guess thats my confusion. The dimensions of the Rti6 are 7 3/4 W and 14 1/4D.

The top plate on these is 6.5" x 6.5". Do most of these stands come with screws or other items to secure the speakers in place? Also what is the smallest base I can go for my RTi6. Thanks.
Yes they will work the RTi4's are bigger than the top plate and they worked fine

The stands come with small rubberized triangles you put on the corner of the top plate those keep your speaker from sliding around. You can use blue poster tack, velcro, double sided tape, etc. if you want more security. I found the the stand by themselves keep the speakers plenty secure. Need to keep in mind that the speaker has weight keeping on the stand too.

No they do not come with equipment to screw the speaker to the stand.
afrogt's Avatar afrogt 01:59 PM 04-07-2014
The top plate is supposed to be smaller than the speaker dimensions. I would look awkward if it was wider than the speaker. I've had my Energy RC-10s on a top plate that is 5.5" x 5.5" for years with no problem. The speaker dimensions are 13" (33cm) H x 6.7" (16.5cm) W x 10.5" (27cm) D .
rimmi2002's Avatar rimmi2002 04:07 PM 04-07-2014
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Yes they will work the RTi4's are bigger than the top plate and they worked fine

The stands come with small rubberized triangles you put on the corner of the top plate those keep your speaker from sliding around. You can use blue poster tack, velcro, double sided tape, etc. if you want more security. I found the the stand by themselves keep the speakers plenty secure. Need to keep in mind that the speaker has weight keeping on the stand too.

No they do not come with equipment to screw the speaker to the stand.

Thanks my fear is that if they are sitting on stand like this and someone accidentally hits the speaker ( a child comes to your house) and next thing you know injured child and broken speaker. So no way to secure them well?
http://www.amazon.com/Sanus-Inch-Bookshelf-Speaker-Stand/dp/B004T7VCM0

Saw the reviews on the stand above and the first reviewer was talking about a screw helping to hold the speaker in place. So I wondered if they all come with this feature or only some stands.
afrogt's Avatar afrogt 04:47 PM 04-07-2014
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rimmi2002's Avatar rimmi2002 02:46 PM 04-08-2014

Thanks I like the velcro idea. Letting the speakers sit without any other support seemed to scarry to me, especially on my thick wobbly carpet.
Transmaniacon's Avatar Transmaniacon 02:53 PM 04-08-2014
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Thanks I like the velcro idea. Letting the speakers sit without any other support seemed to scarry to me, especially on my thick wobbly carpet.

Speaker stands come with carpet spikes so they sit on the sub-floor, not the carpet. A good stand will not wobble, and if filled with a weighted material, will be very secure.
commsysman's Avatar commsysman 03:02 PM 04-08-2014
Most wood speaker stands are not massive or rigid enough to couple the speaker effectively to the floor, and speaker performance is adversely affected.

I recommend the SANUS Steel Foundations stands, which are strong and have a center column (or two), which can be filled with steel bird shot or sand.

Good stands can make a lot of difference in performance.

The base of the stand should have spikes, and the speaker can be placed on some sort of hard material on top of the stand. Poker chips will work, or quarters.

Velcro is too mushy and soft; bad idea.

If you want to secure the speaker, run velcro from the back panel of the speaker to the bottom of the stand's top plate.
crazyrob425's Avatar crazyrob425 07:11 PM 04-08-2014
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Thanks I like the velcro idea. Letting the speakers sit without any other support seemed to scarry to me, especially on my thick wobbly carpet.
The Sanus stands I recommend come with carpet spikes:

The spikes get right now to the floor and getting the speaker above the mushy carpet. There was a reason why I recommended the stands I did.
rimmi2002's Avatar rimmi2002 02:33 PM 04-09-2014
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Most wood speaker stands are not massive or rigid enough to couple the speaker effectively to the floor, and speaker performance is adversely affected.

I recommend the SANUS Steel Foundations stands, which are strong and have a center column (or two), which can be filled with steel bird shot or sand.

Good stands can make a lot of difference in performance.

The base of the stand should have spikes, and the speaker can be placed on some sort of hard material on top of the stand. Poker chips will work, or quarters.

Velcro is too mushy and soft; bad idea.

If you want to secure the speaker, run velcro from the back panel of the speaker to the bottom of the stand's top plate.

Thanks the Sanus steel looked solid to me, but didn't have the best asthetics so hesitant to pull the trigger on them.
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