Pads or Spikes?

Perhaps you can help?

Quite a few currently sold speakers utilize four spikes on the bottom of the speaker. I have a tile floor with a large area rug. My speakers however are on the tile. The question is are speaker pads better than spikes? If so, what brand of pads are recommended? Thank you!


Agreed, but coupling to the floor or shelf with weight is another thing entirely and especially so with components that are not especially beefy. It can make a huge difference in sound quality in a reasonably compact package. A lead brick 2x4x8 inches weighs around 20lbs. They can be placed atop a component and also be placed around the component on the shelf it is sitting on. One thing I noticed is that what are used as footers for the lead brick matters - felt was for me anyway a big no-no - vinyl or silicone self-stick bumpers commonly available in hardware stores were vastly better. Used lead bricks are invariably somewhat beat up and won’t sit "still" unless given footers attached in a triangle pattern on the bottom.

The bricks should be painted to inhibit oxidized lead from eventually entering the room atmosphere even though lead takes quite awhile to oxidize in the controlled atmosphere of a home. Painting is also helpful to keep lead off your skin when handling the bricks although all the bricks I have purchased are not super soft lead. They contain alloys like antimony to harden them up a bit and not be very "marking" or oxidizing.

I also use these bricks atop speakers to give them more mass, and this had made quite the sonic difference as well although some may object on aesthetic grounds. Painting the bricks black and arranging them in suggestive patterns atop my Cornwall 4's always elicits curiosity and novelty among the guests.

Check out my thread in the misc section.



Salamander 5 Shelf Rack

Due to space limitations my audio rack had to be the one above, so bear in mind that piling 200lbs total of lead bricks on top of some components and their shelves was all about mitigating vibration and creating more inertia in a cramped situation. I also replaced the black steel threaded rods with brass rod, brass nuts, brass washers and rubber compression washers which of course helped immensely with preventing loosening of the joints. All of this has created an extremely "still" rack and much more composure and articulate detail in playback with better tonal authenticity and more articulate bass.

Also, most of my components are relatively light in weight - Holo Audio May, Holo Audio Serene, and Audion MK3 monoblocs. The monoblocs won't admit such weight atop them, but the marble plate on which they rest atop the cherry shelving is weighted down around the Audions.

In other words, this is a strategy for lightweight racks and lightweight components.