So, on August 13th, I ordered a pair of custom speaker stands from GWiz Products
. While I was waiting for them to come in,
posted a review
that had me a little worried. He found some manufacturing issues. Now, GWiz did take the stands back and sent him new stands, but that's not what you want to see when you've just ordered from them.
I ordered dual-column stands, 38" high, black top and base with dark cherry finish for the columns. My speakers are eight-year-old Ascend Sierra-1 NrTs in the (unfortunately discontinued) light cherry gloss finish and the room has a lot of dark walnut. I was trying to split the difference on color with the dark cherry. Always tricky with internet photos, since color doesn't always come across that well. Order and hope, right? The total was $176 with free shipping.
So, GWiz says the stands should ship in about 3 weeks from order. Mine shipped September 5th, so that's two days past three weeks—quite close. Delivery was delayed due to UPS still being behind due to Hurricane Harvey, but that's not GWiz's fault.
So, I finally had a chance to unpack and assemble, and took some pictures.
Double-layers of cardboard, well protected. Here are a couple pictures of the bundle:
So seems like a good job was done shipping it. Out of the box prior to assembly, they looked like this:
The little red bag had the screws in it, and as it should be, there was an extra screw, just in case. The earlier review had some issues with all the wood being cut square and some resulting corner issues in terms of finish. Fortunately, GWiz seems to have addressed that. Here's a close-up of one of the columns:
It's notched as a place to put the speaker wire, so only two of the four columns were notched.
Assembly was pretty easy. The only issue there is that final tightening of the screws tended to twist the columns. It'd be nice if there was a little notch or something in the base to keep them in alignment. I got them OK but there was some twisting. Now,
had some issues with the stands not being level, so I checked:
Whew! I also checked for level front-to-back and that was OK as well. So, here's the left speaker on the stand:
And the right:
And a few shots of the full monty:
No, the stands are not super-heavy and they can't be filled, but GWiz does make fillable ones. I'm not too worried about this with the Sierras, as the bamboo cabinets are incredibly inert even at high volumes.
Only a couple really minor quibbles. First, the hardwood floor in my study is pretty slick, and the stands tend to slide. Fixed with some rubber feet. Second as you can see from the pics, my 12-gauge speaker wire doesn't fit in the notches. Not a huge deal, as that's why I use white speaker wire in the first place.
Overall, I think they turned out really well.