Monitor stands… hmmm, maybe not the most exciting thing in the world. After all, they hold up your speakers. What more is there?
If you’re Ultimate Support, there’s much more! Take, for example, the MS-100 stands I had a chance to check out for this issue of SweetNotes. They look like mild-mannered studio monitor stands. Each has a three-legged base with interchangeable spikes or rubber feet. There are three internal channels, two of which allow for the routing of power and audio cables; a third can be filled with sand or shot for extra stability.
But it’s up top where the real action takes place. The MS-100 has a dense pad that decouples the speakers from the stands for maximum isolation. But most importantly, that pad is mounted to a mechanism that allows you to instantly fine-tune the angle and tilt of your monitors by using a handle on the back of the stand. It works quite well, making it easy to customize the position of your speakers. It’s definitely one of those “why didn’t someone think of this before?” sort of things.
Far from mundane stands, the MS-100s provide a much-needed new technology for speaker placement and isolation. Very cool!