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What are speaker spikes for?

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Hey everyone. I have floorstanders and they sit on carpet. They came with speaker spikes. What are spikes for?
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link ..

http://www.audioholics.com/education...019s-the-point
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Also, the user's guide that was provided with the speakers may provide recommendations.
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Contrary to popular myth carpet spikes were originally designed to prevent even tiny amounts of speaker movement on a carpeted floor. The theory was that any speaker movement in equal and opposite reaction to the movement of the driver muddied the sound. They were never intended for isolation. For isolation you use an isolation pad of one sort or another. How much (if any) difference spikes make is a matter of conjecture.
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1) they elavate
2) they reduce movement
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Thread Starter 
Interesting. Did you guys notice a difference when you installed spikes on your speakers?
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Never compared. I have a down-firing sub. I have carpet over hardwood floors. I just installed the spikes as recommended, set the sub in the sweet spot and it hasn't moved since 1998.

IMO, use padded feet or spikes. Whatever works/sounds best to you in your home. Try both and report back with your findings.
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Originally Posted by Ratman View Post

Never compared. I have a down-firing sub. I have carpet over hardwood floors. I just installed the spikes as recommended, set the sub in the sweet spot and it hasn't moved since 1998.

IMO, use padded feet or spikes. Whatever works/sounds best to you in your home. Try both and report back with your findings.

I am installing them right now. One thing I WILL appreciate, even if they dont effect SQ much, is that they will make my towers taller. Which I like.


Also, 1998? Most audiophiles get GAS quickly. I admire your fight to not upgrade hehe
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I admire your fight to not upgrade hehe

Why fix what ain't broke?
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I had DCM TF series in my "main theater" for 18 years. I upgraded receivers 6 times.
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Interesting. Did you guys notice a difference when you installed spikes on your speakers?

I have soft thick carpet with rubber underlay and my speakers rock quite easily with the slightest touch without spikes on. So I always use carpet spikes to get down to the floorboards underneath... and I can also use them as a way of making sure my speakers are straight and level.

With carpet spikes on, they are quite firm and steady when you push on the top face of the speaker. I think it helps make the sound a bit more dynamic... but it could be just psychological. However, many small improvements here and there add up to a better sound at the end of the day.
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Originally Posted by kiwi2 View Post

I have soft thick carpet with rubber underlay and my speakers rock quite easily with the slightest touch without spikes on. So I always use carpet spikes to get down to the floorboards underneath... and I can also use them as a way of making sure my speakers are straight and level.

With carpet spikes on, they are quite firm and steady when you push on the top face of the speaker. I think it helps make the sound a bit more dynamic... but it could be just psychological. However, many small improvements here and there add up to a better sound at the end of the day.

Yep. My Speakers now sound more dynamic. The bass is tighter as well. Spikes are definitely worth it.
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Originally Posted by Ratman View Post

Never compared. I have a down-firing sub. I have carpet over hardwood floors. I just installed the spikes as recommended, set the sub in the sweet spot and it hasn't moved since 1998.

IMO, use padded feet or spikes. Whatever works/sounds best to you in your home. Try both and report back with your findings.

My Klipsch Cornwalls have been in continuous use since about 1970, sans spikes .. don't think they had even been invented back then .. have gone thru 2 wives, still have the Cornwalls ..
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