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post #1 of 25 Old 08-22-2017, 03:03 PM - Thread Starter
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G-Wiz Products Speaker Stands Review

UPDATE:After some issues with dimensions (see Post #11 for specific details), I have received replacement center posts from the maker.

The final result is a very usable product, but still with a minor variance in dimensions (~1/16" slant L/R & fr/bk). This issue would probably not be noticeable in most applications, but with my particular speaker arrangement (see pic below) it did require shimming to perfectly align the tops of the L/center/R speakers.

In short, these stands work, but didn't completely meet my rather exacting standards. Very much to his credit, Tom from GWiz has posted in this thread (see Post #21) and described both the issues and the steps he has taken to correct them. I suspect my experience has been singular (the unfortunate meeting of my tight standards and Tom's temporary saw issues), and I expect we'll see better reviews in the future.

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Ordered from G-Wiz Products

Packing is minimal, but they did arrive safely:






Hole alignment is not what you'd call precision...



...and neither are the "right angles":



I chose "Gently Eased" for "Base Edge Style", other available choices are "Round Over" and "Bevel". Long edges are good, but corners are very sharp, with chipped finish:




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Shipping: I ordered on July 25 2017, received August 22 2017. Their website states "Your order will be built and shipped within 3 weeks from date that we receive payment.", so they did come fairly close.

Quality: Not what I would call "finish carpentry", but adequate for the price ($180.00 shipped). Holes are misaligned (off by 1/8"+), and you'll need to lay the stands sideways on a flat surface while tightening screws to end up square. Two of the boards were not square (off by 1/6"+), not an issue with my application but could be critical to some. Wood quality is good, finish is average.

Advertising: The day I ordered their site said "Huge Sale, 20% off, Ends Tuesday July 25". This date was changed daily to the current date for at least the next two weeks. I'd have to question the ethics involved in a "sale" that ends daily and starts again instantly... I see their site now just says "Huge Sale, 10% Off".


Overall: If you have very specific requirements for dimensions/finish (LOTS of choices available!) and don't want to spend a lot of $$$, these stands fill the bill. If you're looking for furniture quality (or even IKEA quality) these may not be for you. I'm not thrilled, but I am happy with how these fit and look.


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Overall: If you have very specific requirements for dimensions/finish (LOTS of choices available!) and don't want to spend a lot of $$$, these stands fill the bill. If you're looking for furniture quality (or even IKEA quality) these may not be for you. I'm not thrilled, but I am happy with how these fit and look.


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Thanks for the review; very thorough.

I must say, they do look nice in your last photo which is the way most people would view them.

Really match well with the other wood, (organ? and fireplace surround).

Nice looking setup; what are the speakers if you don't mind my asking?

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Nice looking setup; what are the speakers if you don't mind my asking?
L/R front speakers are Electro-Voice Sentry V (10" woofer, compression horn), center is the same but modified to fit. They were built in the early 70s, I'm a big fan of old two-ways lol.
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L/R front speakers are Electro-Voice Sentry V (10" woofer, compression horn), center is the same but modified to fit. They were built in the early 70s, I'm a big fan of old two-ways lol.
Nice!

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Update: I've been trying to do the final alignment on this setup, and was unable to get things level between the L/R and center speakers. At first I thought it was the carpet, then I measured the stands... Both of them lean left-to-right by nearly 1/8"! I'll update as I receive word, but I'd avoid this dealer at present.
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Update: I've been trying to do the final alignment on this setup, and was unable to get things level between the L/R and center speakers. At first I thought it was the carpet, then I measured the stands... Both of them lean left-to-right by nearly 1/8"! I'll update as I receive word, but I'd avoid this dealer at present.
I'd just add adjustable speaker spikes to the stands.

https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...m_campaign=pla
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I'd just add adjustable speaker spikes to the stands.

https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...m_campaign=pla
Unfortunately that wouldn't work, I can't add to the height. These stands were supposed to put L/R in vertical alignment with the center channel, top of all speakers only clears the bottom of the screen by about ¼" (last pic, 1st post).
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I recently ordered from them as well. We'll see how it turns out, as mine haven't shipped yet.

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Take them apart and square up the H beam portion.
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Take them apart and square up the H beam portion.
Then they would be too short. I could cut them off square and add spikes, but I don't think "custom made" stands should require this amount of work.
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I've contacted the company, they say to pack them up and they'll send a UPS label for return. They've also promised to send a new set the same day they receive the return. I'm going to do it, but considering that I waited over a month for these I'm also going to post pics of the problems.

Measurements (all supposed to be 11"):


Front/side (on verified level tile floor):


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Thanks for the measurements, @prof55 . Does not make me optimistic about my pending order.

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Thanks for the measurements, @prof55 . Does not make me optimistic about my pending order.
Let us know your impressions.

Glad to see GWiz is at least giving the OP a second set.

They'd better have their best guy put those together as the first set were not exactly a perfect match which is exactly what the OP requires.

I must admit I've never double checked any stands I've used but then again I didn't have the exacting requirements the OP needs.

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Let us know your impressions.

Glad to see GWiz is at least giving the OP a second set.

They'd better have their best guy put those together as the first set were not exactly a perfect match which is exactly what the OP requires.

I must admit I've never double checked any stands I've used but then again I didn't have the exacting requirements the OP needs.

Me either, but I tend to spread my speakers out some. I wouldn't have them like that. YMMV
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I'll admit my application may be a little out of the ordinary, but I expect tolerances better than ± 1/8" on ANY item like this, be it a stand, speaker cabinet, shelf, or whatever. I don't think that's unreasonable, and I hope this is not beyond current woodworking practices.

Call me old, but if these stands were graded when I took high school wood shop (1970) they would have received a "D".
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I'll admit my application may be a little out of the ordinary, but I expect tolerances better than ± 1/8" on ANY item like this, be it a stand, speaker cabinet, shelf, or whatever. I don't think that's unreasonable, and I hope this is not beyond current woodworking practices.

Call me old, but if these stands were graded when I took high school wood shop (1970) they would have received a "D".
Can't argue with you there; the ruler does not lie.

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I'll admit my application may be a little out of the ordinary, but I expect tolerances better than ± 1/8" on ANY item like this, be it a stand, speaker cabinet, shelf, or whatever. I don't think that's unreasonable, and I hope this is not beyond current woodworking practices.

Call me old, but if these stands were graded when I took high school wood shop (1970) they would have received a "D".

And that might be where they originated from....lol
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Finally received repaired stands, Post #1 updated.
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Thanks for the update. Mine are supposed to arrive Monday so we'll see how things compare.

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Geez, if you're going to start a business making furniture, the least you can do is check your table saw for square and invest in a doweling jig.
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Tom from GWiz Products

HI guys, this is very first review that has been negative in over 10 years.

We absolutely did have issues with a new table saw (Saw Stop)and cutoff saw we purchased.
The units have been re calibrated and all is well now.

We pride ourselves in a Quality product.

We have reviewed this review and have taken steps to alleviate any future problems.

Thank You for your review as it makes us just that much better.

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HI guys, this is very first review that has been negative in over 10 years.

We absolutely did have issues with a new table saw (Saw Stop)and cutoff saw we purchased.
The units have been re calibrated and all is well now.

We pride ourselves in a Quality product.

We have reviewed this review and have taken steps to alleviate any future problems.

Thank You for your review as it makes us just that much better.

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Post #1 updated once again, and many thanks to Tom of GWiz for appearing here to explain.
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Mine are supposed to arrive tonight, after Harvey-related shipping delay. I have a pretty busy week this week so I'm not sure how much detail I'll be able to provide, but at least it'll be another data point.
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Have a pair of old EV's here ...12TRXB's. small world
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OK, they arrived, they're assembled, and the review is up. Happy to report did not have the issues @prof55 did.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-spe...l#post54803248
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