Originally Posted by steveting99
I'd be interested in your thoughts on what type of brackets you'd consider to wall mount the Aons. How far off the wall you'd think is right? Compared to speaker stands, would it be better?
Alas Steve, I am still pondering all of the above. Given that I live in a flat, I am wary of wall mounts but it really can be my best choice.
If I go with stands, left and right will be metal stands and most likely Sanus and around 30" tall. If I go for wall mounts it will be the Pinpoint AM40 plus some additional considerations. If using stands, I'll have to get creative in handling the center channel as the speaker is 14" tall.
Just ball parking here - I think the Aons would do well if needed to be placed close to the wall with acoustic material behind them. Thus with the AM40, it would be something like this in mounting -
Wall, plywood with treatment, Pinpoint mount, then speaker. Speaker would ideally allow about 3-4 inches space from the back.
The plywood also serves to let me put the mount where I want it and not be a slave to where there is internal wall frame/stud. I can choose where to drill into the plywood to match the wall for solid anchoring and then choose where to put the mount on the plywood.
With stands, I can move the speakers forward a bit and allow 12-18" space from the wall.
Another idea I had was to get the following and fortify them as they are really nice looking -
They are veneered wood material and run about 115 bucks each at 30" height. They are also made at 42" height. The catch (other than being hollow) is that the top and bottom are 11" square. My mind gets me into all sorts of trouble with conjuring ideas of getting speaker stands and inserting them into the pedestals. I like these pedestals because they mirror the shape somewhat of the AONs. It would help turn the odd shaped AONs into a more novel and interesting bit of eye candy. They come in black, cherry, medium brown etc. Given that the bottom has to be attached, alternative bases could be made for them.
So in short - Metal stands or the Pinpoint AM40 with acoustic treatment on plywood for mount to the wall. Other option is to use the pedestals as stands refortified or insert speaker stands.
I opted for now to get the Sanus metal 30" stands for front channels. The center is my next project as I rigged a stand and it works well but is rather unsightly.
Depending on how the 30" stands work out (height-wise) I'll make a decision whether to get more AONs to complete a 5.1 system or wait a bit and audition the Triton Seven and rotate the AONs to the back/rear wall. I came up with this notion as I have not fully committed to all AON. I can say if I did/do, I am sure I'll be happy. I have been breaking in the speakers now for about a week or so with various types of music and TV shows and some blu ray movies. In the last couple of days there was a bit of a difference as the speakers started to open up a bit more. This was most noticeable on 96/24 flac music (HDTracks) and to GoldenEar's credit, one of my neighbors came by and really was impressed with the sound (even though it still is not set up correctly).
If the 30" height does not work out, I'll go to the wall mounts and use the 30" stands for rears (I can always add height via noise absorption/suppression material as needed).Edited by Phrehdd - 3/26/13 at 5:04pm