Originally Posted by RDD337
How tall is your stand? Most people here suggested 8" high. I don't understand why AG did not make this Ref 3.5 taller if it really makes it sound better. I will raise my speakers to 4" high using the rubber ballistic block that somebody here recommended.
Mine are 6 inch high (standard concrete blocks). I've tried 4 inch (haven't tried 8 since I was happy with the blocks)
My theory is that it is VERY scenario/room specific and hence AG left it at what would work for "most" folks. For me since my rear walls and side walls are close, the sound tightened up significantly and focussed much better. There is absolute control shown across the range now and the response is more even. I've tried it in larger rooms with different heights for varying results.
In my experience, here is my guideline
- If you have less than 2 feet go 6-8 inches depending on your seating position
- If you have more than 2 feet but still have closer walls on the side, 4 will work
- If you have several feet to the walls on both sides, leave them on the floor unless you have bass issues with your flooring
Use the factors below to fine tune
- If you like your bass a bit fuller and louder than the other responses (escpecially for electronic, hip hop, where you want to FEEL the bass) then lower the stand
- If you like tighter imaging, focussed sound, more even response, a bit more sparkle, raise it higher
As always, it helps to experiment with your setup as there are many other factors that will affect the sound. Its quite easy to grab a bunch of hardware of varying heights and do some A/B tests
There is no need to spend big bucks on them fancy wooden stands