Speaker spikes on concrete or wood floor best?

Would it be better to spike speakers thru carpet onto a wood floor or a concrete floor?

I have a similar setup to yours. I have B&W 803ds that have 2" Eden sound footers, mounted on a 3.5" thick maple plinth. Under the maple plinth I have 3" diameter Eden Sound long spike carpet footers that pierce my carpet to a wood floor. This system sound fantastic, much better than footers alone or stock B&W spikes alone.

I would not eliminate the plinth, as this acts as a second stage of vibration sinking to your floor. If you go footers right into the wood/concrete floor, I think your speaker sound will degrade considerably, as concrete is the worst material to sink into (as it reflects sound back up). You can try discs under the plinth spikes to protect you floor, but I am not sure how good those will sound. Is the engineered wood thick or is it the 1/4" Pergo type?

You might also want to talk to the folks at Maple Shade. They can give you some tips about mounting plinths over various flooring materials.
Hi Dhl93449

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I just saw this posting now.

I've decided to keep the plinths underneath my KEFs. What you say makes a lot sense. The engineered wood is 1/2" thick.

This is the name:

Home Legend High Gloss Oak Gunstock 1/2 in. Thick x 4-3/4 in. Wide x Random Length Engineered Hardwood Flooring. Model # HL110P

I'm going to be calling Mapleshade and Edensound for their ideas regarding floor protection for the spikes soon. A more expensive solution may be changing the spikes on the plinth to the radiused footers. I was even thinking about the Cone/Spike Decoupling Glider or the Cone/Spike Isolation Bases if I keep the spikes on the plinths.

Thanks again.
No Spikes.


Not turntables and definitely not speakers,no matter what is claimed for them.

At least not where compellingly musical sound is concerned.

And concrete is vastly inferior to wood as as surface to support real music.

Should have said IMO, even though it isn't even close.

curious what your reasoning is for this? why do so many manufacturers ship with spikes then?
My reasoning is simply from listening.

Everyone who hears the comparison always agrees. A lot of head shaking goes on as people cannot believe they been led to believe this myth.

The sound goes from tight "audiophile" bass to realistic sounding bass with proper form, attack, and beauty.

One of the most successful high end companies does this, and it takes about five minutes to convert them from mechanical sounding 'precise' speakers to something that actually produces music.

I have no idea why they use spikes. Makes no sense whatsoever.

Even the expensive products do it - to their considerable detriment, IMO.

The improvement in the musical results are mind boggling when this old-wives-tale get addressed.