When you set your PA speakers on the floor, your sound quality suffers — vocal frequencies die when they run into objects and walls. This phenomenon, and the fact that we don't have ears on our legs, makes the floor a bad place for speakers. Even the ubiquitous floor monitors that you see at every club can be made more effective by getting them up in the air.
To get the most out of your PA speakers you need to put them up on stands. This allows your sound to travel to the back of the room over the heads of the audience. Not only does it sound a lot better further back in the room, the front row actually sounds better because the PA no longer has to be turned up louder to compensate for being on the floor. Funny how the whole mix becomes easier to control and sounds better with the simple addition of PA speaker stands.
The only thing you have to be mindful of is picking a set of stands that is rated for the weight of your speakers. Stand load capacity usually tops out around 200 pounds. They come in both steel and aluminum, as well as standard and tall heights. There is even a version that integrates with a subwoofer on the floor — now you're probably raising an eyebrow and thinking, “I thought you just said not to put speakers on the floor?” The rules are different for subwoofers — bass frequencies can permeate nearly everything.
If you’re setting up a permanent PA installation, we also stock wall-mounted speaker stands. These are the ultimate way to maximize space and improve sound at your venue. You can fine-tune the angle, and they'll work for a variety of speaker sizes. These awesome hunks of metal can handle up to 100 pounds, and work with your speaker's standard stand pole fitting.
We also carry an array of stand-related accessories. PA speaker stands aren't the prettiest things to look at, so you can get a set of stretch covers for the legs. Get yourself a matching set and your stage setup will look great. We also have pole extenders, travel bags, boom adaptors — even a mechanical lift.
If you have questions about whether a particular stand will work with your speakers, don't worry about the hassle of figuring out exactly what you need, just pick up the phone. Ask us your questions about fittings, compatibility, or maximum weight capacity. Tell us what you already have, and your Sales Engineer will quickly fill in the gaps with the PA speaker stands you need.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.