Originally Posted by Randall.White
...been told by NHT to use Velcro but it's hard for me to spend almost 1,000 on speakers and have them on some .99 cent Velcro piece securing them to the stand.
This is the dilemma with most stand-mount speakers if you have concerns about them getting knocked around. There are other ways to do it (e.g. blu-tack), but unless they're available with uber-expensive proprietary stands you'll have to get creative.
As far as securing the Threes with velcro — I tried it with black loop on both the bottom of the speaker (curved) and the flat top-plate of my Sanus metal stands, with two pieces of black hook stuck back-to-back in between. I used decent, commercial grade velcro and the 2x-hook piece wasn't thick enough to fill the gap and get a good grip. Just barely, but not satisfactory IMO. I ended up using the small, black, disk-shaped rubber bits that came with the stands (they have a center post), and put them in from the bottom
of the mounting plate on the four corners, then wedged the Threes in between the posts from side to side. My 85 lb. dog has never bumped them but I have
. They just kind of move in unison. The rubber on the bottom of the speaker rails grabs the rubber corner bits and holds pretty well. I was going to fabricate a simple platform between the speaker and mounting plate but never got around to it. Don't need it.
Of course, this crazy solution is even cheaper than 99-cent velcro, so YMMV.
As far as which speakers you should choose (two separate threads going), if you're interested in NHT why not order a pair of Threes or Absolute Towers and give 'em a test drive? Break them in and listen to them for a couple of weeks, with and without your sub, and see if they work for you. If they don't, return them, no problem. No matter what you decide, they have to sound great to you
And there's only one way to find out.