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B&W 685 S2 with B&W STAV24 stand..how to??

Hi there,

I just bought some B&W 685 S2's and the B&W STAV24 stands..the instructions are just diagrams HOWEVER there is nothing explaining how to properly rest the speakers on the stand..In the diagrams there are little spikes that are for the speaker rest itself, are they to stop smaller speakers sliding or to actually rest the speakers on?? If you rest the speakers on the spikes, wont they slide off???

I have taken photos to demonstrate, but am ready to go the ghetto style BluTack method to stick them down..any tips would suffice as the B&W website has no info on how the speakers are to be placed..

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The spikes are used on the bottom of the speaker stand for rooms that have carpeted floors. They can help the stands from moving around on the carpet. Blue tac is fine if you are worried about accidentally knocking the speakers off the stands. Neither the spikes nor the blue tac are necessary.
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The spikes are used on the bottom of the speaker stand for rooms that have carpeted floors.
Floor spikes are, but those stands come with "speaker support spikes" (PDF), which is what I believe the OP was referring to.


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Blue tac is fine if you are worried about accidentally knocking the speakers off the stands. Neither the spikes nor the blue tac are necessary.
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Think of this in terms of Pounds Per Square Inch. Concentrating the weight of the speakers on those tiny spike points means the full weight of the speakers is concentrated on a tiny fraction of a square inch.

But generally speaking, when you use the top speaker spikes, the speakers rest directly on the spikes.

The Spikes both floor and speakers, also give you some ability to level the speakers on an uneven floor.

However, not everyone like the Carpet Spike and not everyone likes the Speaker Spikes. Many use BluTack because it has some limited glue ability. It will make the speakers stick to the stand, though much like a Post-It, the bond can be broken. In some cases the BluTack, which is really just a variation of common Poster Putty, can react with the speaker finish and discolor it. Though being on the bottom, no one will ever see it.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/32757803?w...446951&veh=sem

http://www.ziggos.com/products/stick...FYo-MgodZE4Agg

http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo...FU2CMgodu1IAhg

http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...30099457-VQ21-

You can also get assorted Vinyl Feet (dots, squares, etc...) at the local hardware or building supply store -

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...ductId=3674937

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...ductId=1286943

And, if it matters to you, you can also get similar in Felt Feet -

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...la=pla_6292486

Further many Fabric Stores have an assortment of flexible clear Vinyl Sheets that could be used to cover the top shelf of the stand, and act both as a cushion for the speakers, and to hold it in place -

http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/20-...pkw|pla|pmt|e|

The advantage to Poster Putty or Blu Tack is that it cause the speakers to stick to the stand, so if it is bumped, the speakers is far less likely to fall.

Just a few thoughts.

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Thanks for the replies, yes they are speaker stand spikes as opposed the floor spikes, i have floorboards (or hard floors as you Americans call them!) so rubber dome feet were used...wont the speakers slide off the speaker 'spikes'??? They 685s come with rubber feet too, do the speaker spikes spike into them for support??? Its all a bit confusing, would be good if there was more info about then online!!
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Thanks for the replies, yes they are speaker stand spikes as opposed the floor spikes, i have floorboards (or hard floors as you Americans call them!) so rubber dome feet were used...wont the speakers slide off the speaker 'spikes'??? They 685s come with rubber feet too, do the speaker spikes spike into them for support??? Its all a bit confusing, would be good if there was more info about then online!!
I wouldn't use the speaker spikes personally. It is not an appealing concept to me.
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Another option is grippy drawer/shelf liner. No mess going on or coming off, and it'll keep the speakers from moving around.
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If Blu-Tack or Poster Putty don't appeal to you then I would use the Rubber feet that came with the Speakers assuming when in place they fit the stand.

The Vinyl Feet I linked to are very similar. They are somewhat sticky and will not slide around. You can stick them to the stand or to the speakers, though I would recommend sticking them to the stand. They are also dirt cheap and easy to come by - Walmart, Home Depot, Menards, general hardware stores will all have an assortment of them to choose from.

I think I have a variety pack, big dots, small dots, small bumps, bigger bumps, round, square, etc....

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Yeah DAISO the Japanaese tshoka shop have quit a righteous range of vinyl feet, even gel rubber feet! But thatnks for the responses, the spike format is the way I"m going for now, if they scratch or mark the bottow of the speakers I'll threaten to sue B&W for stoopid design!
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Hi...I have the older version of BW 686s not the S2. Will these new stands for S2 fit the older version speakers? I have carpet floor.

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Yes they will, the 686s are pretty much the same size
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Just picked up the 685 S2s and the STAV24 stands. I had the same question as the OP and found this thread. I wanted to add another option that others may not notice. The STAV24 stands come with both carpet spikes and rubber domes as options for the base of the stand. I used the carpet spikes and tossed the rubber domes back in the box. After sharing the OP's concerns about the stability of the speakers on the upper spikes, I figured I would try the base rubber domes and lo and behold they are the same thread size as the upper mini spikes. The speakers now feel very stable and the domes add the ability to level the speaker too. This was unexpectedly necessary on one of my stands. I used the mini-spike nuts to secure the domes.
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Just picked up the 685 S2s and the STAV24 stands. I had the same question as the OP and found this thread. I wanted to add another option that others may not notice. The STAV24 stands come with both carpet spikes and rubber domes as options for the base of the stand. I used the carpet spikes and tossed the rubber domes back in the box. After sharing the OP's concerns about the stability of the speakers on the upper spikes, I figured I would try the base rubber domes and lo and behold they are the same thread size as the upper mini spikes. The speakers now feel very stable and the domes add the ability to level the speaker too. This was unexpectedly necessary on one of my stands. I used the mini-spike nuts to secure the domes.
I am planning to buy these speakers & stands too, thanks for the insight, with the rubber dooms on top of the stands are the speakers stable & won't move around with small nudges?



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^ I find them to be quite stable but they can shuffle around a little if bumped. I have never come close to knocking one off a stand as yet but I do occasionally need to recenter one after a nudge.
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I have a pair of 686 S2s on these guys. I like them better than the B&W STAV24 because mines are height adjustable from 24" to 45" and also a little bit cheaper

https://www.overstock.com/Electronic...2/product.html



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I have a pair of 686 S2s on these guys. I like them better than the B&W STAV24 because mines are height adjustable from 24" to 45" and also a little bit cheaper



https://www.overstock.com/Electronic...2/product.html









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