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Question Securing bookshelf speakers to stands

About to move into the world of bookshelves on stands, which is something I've never done before (always had floorstanding/towers).

How do the speakers stay secured to the stand? Is there a standard way of doing it? I want to be sure it's safe but not total-overkill -- my fear is my clumsy friends bumping into them and knocking an expensive speaker off.
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Blu-Tack works great. However, it does little to prevent guests from placing their frosty beverages on top of your speakers.
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Blu-Tack works great. However, it does little to prevent guests from placing their frosty beverages on top of your speakers.

That's what Jack Johnson and Tom O'Leary are for.
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Blu-tack. But if you want a more secure finish, double sided foam pads. You'll rip off the veneer/wrap before those foam pads pull off.

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Blu-tack. But if you want a more secure finish, double sided foam pads. You'll rip off the veneer/wrap before those foam pads pull off.
Assume you're talking about the thick 3M VHB foam tape? In that case, yes, it's ridiculously-sticky.
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Best way to secure them is not to get married and have kids and dogs

I had 4 bookshelf's a few years ago and sure enough the wife knocked one off the stand and gashed it. This is the same woman who denied throwing away the old box for my old Denon 2112 with all the parts inside of it. Went to go sell it and the box was gone with the remote and mic. She said I did it.
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Best way to secure them is not to get married and have kids and dogs

I had 4 bookshelf's a few years ago and sure enough the wife knocked one off the stand and gashed it. This is the same woman who denied throwing away the old box for my old Denon 2112 with all the parts inside of it. Went to go sell it and the box was gone with the remote and mic. She said I did it.

Not married and have no pets, but my friends and I do enjoy the occasional adult beverage (or six) and spatial awareness tends to plummet.

Perhaps I need a 'you break it, you buy it' sign in the living room.
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Best way to secure them is not to get married and have kids and dogs

I had 4 bookshelf's a few years ago and sure enough the wife knocked one off the stand and gashed it. This is the same woman who denied throwing away the old box for my old Denon 2112 with all the parts inside of it. Went to go sell it and the box was gone with the remote and mic. She said I did it.

Not married and have no pets, but my friends and I do enjoy the occasional adult beverage (or six) and spatial awareness tends to plummet.

Perhaps I need a 'you break it, you buy it' sign in the living room.
For those times I'd probably get a pair of Jamo Pro speakers..

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For those times I'd probably get a pair of Jamo Pro speakers..
Or build a dedicated theater with a big lock.
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Don't know what your stands look like but I have my Def Tech Studio monitors sitting on metal plant stands and placed them on Mopads then used flat bungee cords (buy cheap at Home Depot) secured over the top of the speaker to the metal plant stand. Is very secure and the soft material of the flat bungee cord doesn't ruin the piano gloss finish on the speaker.
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Don't know what your stands look like but I have my Def Tech Studio monitors sitting on metal plant stands and placed them on Mopads then used flat bungee cords (buy cheap at Home Depot) secured over the top of the speaker to the metal plant stand. Is very secure and the soft material of the flat bungee cord doesn't ruin the piano gloss finish on the speaker.
That sounds pretty cheesy and ugly.

Also, go Wildcats!
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Just use Blu-tack. Also if you move or change speakers it's reusable.
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Just use Blu-tack. Also if you move or change speakers it's reusable.

I just changed out my speakers and after 11 years, the original Blu Tack is still sticky and works great!
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That's what Jack Johnson and Tom O'Leary are for.
Aw, you just broke the first couple rules of Fight Club.

Blu-tack is the stuff. I would not use foam tape.
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They should make bookshelf speakers with screw holes on the base. The ability to bolt the speaker down not only makes them safe but it can improve the sound quality quite a bit in my experience.

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They should make bookshelf speakers with screw holes on the base. The ability to bolt the speaker down not only makes them safe but it can improve the sound quality quite a bit in my experience.
What differences did you notice? Always been curious but never did just in case it's only a minimal gain.
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What differences did you notice? Always been curious but never did just in case it's only a minimal gain.

I have the q acoustic concept 20 bookshelf speakers. These speakers have inbuilt screw holes because they're designed to be bolted down to their matching stands. I didn't buy the matching stands because they're expensive but instead went diy. I'm not sure how my stands compare, most likely not as good but it still made a pretty big difference, especially in the bass which is clearly faster and tighter. The speakers use to get a tad boomy at high volumes not anymore. There is also a noticeable improvement in clarity with better focus and imaging, in short they sound like better speakers. So all that got me thinking why they don't make mounting screw holes standard for bookshelf speakers just like plinths on floorstanders which likewise help to secure the speaker and improve the sound.

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That sounds pretty cheesy and ugly.

Also, go Wildcats!
The speakers are black, the stand is black and the flat bungee cord is black. You actually have to look pretty hard to even notice them.
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