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Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Basic Foundations® — 31"

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by Ralph Graves
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How about furniture-grade speaker stands that are not only stylish, but can actually help improve your speakers' performance? Sanus' Basic Foundations® stands give you all that in an affordable package!

Basic Foundation stands are made with sturdy MDF (the same material used in many quality speaker cabinets) to resist unwanted resonance. Their twin contoured pillar design offers rock-steady support. Speaker wires run down a groove between the pillars — a snap-in black cover completely conceals the wires from sight, leaving just the clean lines of the stand. The stands come with triangular isolation pads for the top plate, to protect the speaker's finish, and provide additional resonance damping.

Highlights:

  • stand height: 31"
  • top plate measures 5" x 5"
  • base plate measures 12-1/2" x 10-15/16"
  • supports 15 lbs.
  • floor spikes to help minimize vibrations
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 2 Black base plates
  • 2 Black top plates
  • 4 Black pillars
  • 4 Black plastic wire covers
  • 8 Isolation pads
  • 8 Plastic carpet spikes
  • 16 Wood screws
  • Instructions

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Features

Overview: The BF31b speaker stands are constructed of MDF, which offers superior strength and resists unwanted resonance. The twin contoured pillars are aligned in a "V" configuration, offering additional rigidity and providing for the Speaker Cable Management System. A cover snaps into channels on the back of the pillars, hiding the cables from view. The supplied floor spikes further minimize resonance and provide stability on carpeting. The special triangular isolation pads are placed on the top plate for speaker protection and acoustic isolation.

Note: Each stand can support up to 15 pounds.

Dimensions:

  • Overall: W=12.5", H = 29.875" (30.875" with spiked feet), D = 10.9375"
  • Top Plate: W = 5", D = 5"
  • Base Plate: W = 12.5", D = 10.9375"
 
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4 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By James V, Oak Harbor, Ohio on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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These are good stands had a pair before so let me explain the 4 star rating.....the first pair I had had vibrated the screws loose and the stands collapsed with my speakers on them...banged my Sony bookshelves up pretty good had noticed that the mdf had spilt so they were junk. Order these due to the price and they are good stands my I recommend using a little wood glue on the screws to ensure they don't vibrate loose especially if you bang your system like I do..
Pros:
good quality stands nice appearance great price
Cons:
the screws vibrate loose after time
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5 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By Mark G, O'Fallon, MO on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Very easy to assemble and a sturdy product
Pros:
Ease of assembly
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By Pleze C., Austin, TX on Monday, March 24, 2014
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Great product! Easy to install and well made.
Pros:
Easy to assemble
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Speaker Stands

Written By Mark, Bowling Green, KY on Friday, December 27, 2013
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Went together pretty easy, works great. From reading the other product reviews and the product descreption had a good idea what I was getting. These look great up in my tv room, not much natural light. But if I was going to place these in my living room I probably would go a little higher end stand, just for looks only, maybe real wood or copper, metal etc.
Pros:
Works Great, easy to put together, very solid stand for particle or pressed wood. Price!
Cons:
Pressed wood, once you get them together I wouldn't advise taking them apart. Rough black texture to the wood.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

speaker stands

Written By Rick H, Apollo Beach,Fl on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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Good Price, great service from Crutchfield!
Pros:
nice price
Cons:
the stabilizing "spikes" werent sharp at all
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5 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By Badger65, Naperville, IL on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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These are basic black speaker stands that work well. The box arrived in good condition without any damage. I had no problems with assembly, which basically involves putting four screws into each end. The screws and holes were matched fine. I did not use the plastic spikes that go into the bottom of the stand, as the stands were stable on my flat carpet.
Pros:
Stable
Cons:
None
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2 out of 5

Sanus Speaker Stands

Written By Scott E, Coldwater Mi. on Friday, October 25, 2013
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This is a very nice looking product. It is easy to assemble. however, when inserting the screws into the panels the wood begins to split even before you can get the screw completely inserted. I believe it is a result of the wrong diameter and depth of the screw.
Pros:
Nice looking stands. Very good price.
Cons:
Stands get destroyed while assembling due to improper size screws for the thickness of the wood panels.
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5 out of 5

Great stands!

Written By Brian, Hudson, MA on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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These stands are great, you can't go wrong for the price. They look great with speakers equipped, they aren't an eyesore, nor are they distracting. The only thing that I would improve would be the smoothness of the wood surfaces. Some additional sanding would make the surfaces less rough, which anyone could really do on their own and just repaint them. But obviously this isn't noticeable to the eye and was only noticeable during assembly. The spikes that are provided aren't exactly sharp either, they are rounded plastic tips, which still does the job but might not be as effective as sharper tips on carpet. But you really can't go wrong for the price
Pros:
Sturdy, attractive, concealed wiring
Cons:
Rough surfaces
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5 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By Mark S., Gilbert, Arizona on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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I bought two sets of these and they really help the sound and the look being distributed through the room.
Pros:
Affordable, easy to assemble, and great look for each of my rooms.
Cons:
none found yet!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Speaker Stands

Written By Preston T, Woodland, WA. on Thursday, May 09, 2013
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The product was as described easy to assembled and are very stable even with some large Infinity Primus Bookshelf speakers.
Pros:
Easy to assemble and very stable.
Cons:
None yet!
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5 out of 5

Sansus BF31B Speaker Stand

Written By Harry D, Hamilton,New Jersey on Sunday, April 21, 2013
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Excellent stands! Easy assembly and even though they are inexpensive, GREAT STANDS!!!!!
Pros:
Price and easy assembly!
Cons:
None!
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5 out of 5

Speaker Stand

Written By Anonymous, Lexington, KY on Friday, April 12, 2013
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Great product. Great look.
Pros:
Affordable
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5 out of 5

Sanus 31B Speaker Stands

Written By Mike P. AZ, Pinetop, AZ on Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Excellent value for the money. The stands assembled easily, with no issues whatsoever. I saw some less than favorable reviews for this product and was hesitant at first, but I'm glad I purchased them. I would recommend them as a great value for the money. Prompt delivery as well! This was my third purchase from Crutchfield, and I have been very pleased with price, delivery, and technical support.
Pros:
Easy assembly, look good for the price.
Cons:
None
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2 out of 5

missing items

Written By Joe Ramos, Houston Tx on Thursday, February 07, 2013
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box was missing top plates and plastic back covers. Crutchfield is sending replacement pieces.

while I believe you get what you pay for, even at this price point everything should be in the box.2 stars for Sanus-4 stars for the Crutchfield response.
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5 out of 5

Sanus BF31B

Written By Peter, Sidney, NY on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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Pricey for what they are but how can I complain because they do the job perfectly!
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5 out of 5

$100 quality for this price!!!

Written By Bob, Virginia Beach on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
 
Fantastic stands! Very well made and very sturdy! Perfect for my Polk T15s. Pre-drilled holes are drilled perfecty fore easy assembly with only a screwdriver and nothing extra needed.

Only downside i can see is that if you use a thick gauge speaker wire, you may need to enlarge the hole on the upper part of the stand where the wire feeds through, and get thicker rubber pads under the speaker because the wires come up under the speaker so if the wire is too thick, the speaker will sit on the wire, not the stand making it un-stable. But if that is the case you could just feed the wire out the top of the rear of the stands and avoid the hole in the top base all together. Not a deal breaker by any means. And it didn't affect me because i didn't feel the need to run "Monster Cable" to my front speakers.
Pros:
Solid, look great, easy to assemble, killer price
Cons:
May need some very simple modifying if thck speaker wire is used AND is run through the top base of the stand.
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3 out of 5

Better options available

Written By BradH, Portland, OR on Friday, December 21, 2012
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I was looking for a budget solution for my Klipsch RB-51's and these stands fell terribly short of my expectations. The item was not packed properly from the manufacturer and virtually all pieces arrived damaged with scratches and chips in the particle board. They also failed to include all hardware for installation. I would have given them a 4 star rating for the price I paid but considering I had to return them for a refund they get 3 stars.
Pros:
Price
Cons:
Poorly packaged, Lacking manufacturing quality control
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3 out of 5

Good Product

Written By Benjamin, Mclean,VA on Monday, December 10, 2012
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good product except for the fact that all of the mounting strips were missing except for one pair and one set of rubber pegs for floor mounting were missing. Wood was also slightly cracked
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4 out of 5

not bad

Written By chris, pa on Friday, December 07, 2012
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The stands work as intended. Mine came with one of the holes where the spike goes busted a little (still usable with some glue) and one of the plastic sheets that cover the back speaker wire missing. All in all for the money they work and look nice.
Pros:
Look nice, work
Cons:
missing parts, busted spike hole
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5 out of 5

Sanus BF31B

Written By Ben Jamin', Bozeman, Montana on Tuesday, August 07, 2012
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I got the package from Crutchfield a few days ago. The first thing I noticed was that the box didn't arrive like it had been through WW2 like other Sanus pieces I have purchased in the past. The stands are exactly as described. Easy to assemble, good looking, and practical. Unless you are looking to show how much you can spend on speaker stands, these are a great speaker stand for any room. The included floor spikes for carpet are great. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to elevate their surround speakers to ear level.
Pros:
Easy to assemble
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Hey Popeye...hold off on the spinach

Written By Mudbelly, Stewartstown, PA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
 
All you need is a "manual" screwdriver and a bar of soap for hassle-free assembly. Simply "lube" the screw threads with soap and gently snug the screws while rotating from screw to screw like you would tighten the lug nuts when you change a tire. I also used one-inch square black velcro pieces to: 1) Secure the speaker to the stand and 2) Raise the speaker just slightly to offer speaker wire clearance to the center orifice. Simple!
Pros:
Outstanding product and excellent value Nice finish on the product Scratch and dent-free Looks nice...and then some...for the money.
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3 out of 5

Installation

Written By jmc, California on Monday, March 05, 2012
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Stands are cheaply made for the price. Be very careful when inserting wood screws. The holes are pre-drilled, but you may want to insert a smaller drill bit to ensure the holes go all the way through. LIne up screws exactly with the pre-drilled holes otherwise your partical board will split.
Pros:
none.
Cons:
Partical Board. Cheaply made.
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4 out of 5

Just what I needed

Written By LAP, Hawaii on Monday, August 15, 2011
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I needed stands for small speakers and these are perfect, simple to put together and the right height. And they shipped to Hawaii for free by UPS 2nd day. I couldn't ask for more.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By RichA, Cedar Rapids IA on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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Decent quality, strudy enough for the speakers I have. Easy to assemble.
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4 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By Eddie, Dallas, Tx on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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These stands are really nice for the money. Just becareful when you are screwing them
together, especially when using a cordless drill. Do not the tighten the screws to tight,
other wise you will crack the boards.
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5 out of 5

Excellent for the money

Written By OrrieR, Nashville, TN on Friday, February 11, 2011
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Excellent for my Polk rti4 rear surrounds. Fast shipping and easy to put together. Look
nice too!
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5 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By Anonymous, South River, NJ on Friday, January 15, 2010
 
Very happy with purchase. Easily put together. A couple screws were missing, I called and they were immediately shipped to me within a couple days. Great Customer Service and def. would recommend. The stands look great in the livingroom.
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5 out of 5

Works Great!

Written By Stuart, Fort Smith, AR on Sunday, September 06, 2009
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These stands are easy to assemble. They have a great finish and don't
feel cheap. I like the design that allows you to hide the speaker cables in
the back of the stands. The base plate is big enough that there is no
wobble once speakers are placed on the stands. You can't beat them.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sturdy Stands

Written By John, Cockeysville, MD on Sunday, June 21, 2009
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These stands were exactly what I needed. They have a nice black finish look, are made of sturdy materials, and assembly didn't take too long. Also provide a nice speaker wire concealment system.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good Product, Good Price

Written By Arturo, Bayamon, PR on Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Ordered these after reading so many positive reviews. The package came sooner than I expected! I must say that the instructions weren't needed as the construction is very basic and simple to understand. A simple hand screwdriver is all that is needed as indicated in many reviews. No problems at all and it looks very nice. Take your time and do it right. I highly recommend this product for the budget-minded consumer.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Anonymous, Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
 
Sturdy product with a modern design. Very easy to put together! I have 10 pound speakers on mine and it holds them without an issue.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By George, Takoma Park, MD on Tuesday, March 17, 2009
 
Great product. Just be careful assembling and make certain screws line up w/ the holes. It is possible to have the screw penetrate the stand outside of the screw hole.
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5 out of 5

A fine choice

Written By Itay, Syracuse, NY on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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Easy to assemble, very stable, feel and look expensive. Highly recommended.
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3 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By srdiver, Nashville, TN on Saturday, July 05, 2008
 
These are simple, stable stands. I had had a 24" pair of theses stands supporting front bookshelf speakers for years. I went to floor standing in front and moved the bookshelf speakers to the rear. These stands were the height I needed to get the bookshelf speakers above the sofa.
However, I noticed a significant reduction in quality between the older 24" stands and the newer 31" stands. The new models have much smaller top plates than the old and they are finished with a cheap, rough, spayed on paint coat as opposed to smooth lacquer finish on the old. I could have made stands of this quality in my garage with a little MDF and a can of black spray paint. They still work well for what they are designed for.
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4 out of 5

Decent - Wish They Had...

Written By Bob, Chicago, IL on Monday, January 28, 2008
 
Attractive appearance, stable... wish they had a hole to feed the wire into, and some extra attachment/sticky substance on top so the speakers wouldn't just - fall off...

Overall - a good decision, and they've completed my home theater experience.
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4 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By Robert, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, January 19, 2008
 
Nice design, stylish, quality materials. I use these stands with Polk Audio RT1 surrounds. The speaker footprint is about 1.5-2" larger than the stand top, but it balances very well and the speakers are secure using the triangular isolation pads that also prevent speaker movement. Although mine are on a carpeted floor, I did not use the carpet spikes as I have found them to not be necessary. I have experienced no perceptible resonance.
Assembly is somewhat cumbersome. Aligning the holes in the top and bottom plates to the pillars for screwing is a challenge. If you don't have a helper, I recommend starting the screws where they just come through the other side of the plate, then guiding the plate/ screws into the holes until you feel them "seat". Be absolutely sure they are aligned before screwing because the screws will self-tap into the pillars very easily, splitting the material.
My stands arrived with the box damaged, and missing all the hardware, plastic wire covers, and a damaged bottom plate. I contacted Sanus and they promptly sent replacements within a week. Crutchfield should consider overpacking this item since the original box is not very durable
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5 out of 5

Great Speaker Stands for the Money, if You Assemble it Right!!!

Written By Michael, Irvine, CA on Thursday, June 21, 2007
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These stands are exactly what I was looking for, at a very reasonable price. While my active speakers are slightly larger than the top of the stand, theyll work well.

Ive read where people have had problems with the assembly. While I can see shy they might have had problems, I had none whatsoever. There are a couple of hints and adjustments to the assembly instructions that are worth noting.

Unpack everything and make sure everythings there. Okay, the only thing I found wanting were the extremely tiny trangular self-adhesive acoustic pads (<1/2" square, bisected diagonally). However, my speakers came with large self-adhesive acoustic pads, so its not a problem for me.

Do as someone else recommended, use a rubber mallet and tap in the plastic spikes into the base before anything else. Just be careful handling them after that, so they dont break off.

Next, get yourself a bobby pin, small drill bit, small awl, or something to find the pilot holes for alignment through the base and top of the stand to the risers. This is important. Forget trying to eyeball it with chalk or something like that, this is simpler.

Screw in one screw to where it just slightly protrudes from the other side, to align the first hole in the riser. Here its good to have the unit upside down. You may either drop the screw into the corresponding hole, or use the opened up bobby pin to align through the base to the riser. Just make sure the two boards are put together BEFORE you start tightening the screws. Failure to do this may split the boards (as others reported). Put in the lexan cord covers on the back and you're done!
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3 out of 5

Sanus BF31B Speaker Stands

Written By Michael, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, February 08, 2007
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On this product, I liked the way it was assembled with the screws. However the carpet spikes are plastic, potential for breakage if moved around alot. Also the hidden speaker cord is misleading. In the front of the stantions is a gap and if you don't move your cord to one side you will see it. The back cover is in two pieces instead of one so you have potential for light leakage through the back of these.
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4 out of 5

Very nice stands

Written By Amar, New Jersey on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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Bought these to hold my rear speakers for my HTIB setup. They are made sturdy and are a good deal for the price. Only gripe is that the wood split for me, and I didn't screw it that hard. Overall, puts speakers at a good height. Would recommend.
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4 out of 5

Nice stands

Written By Eric, Enterprise on Monday, January 08, 2007
 
If you are in the market for black stands, these are the ticket. They are really well designed for the smaller, satellite speakers. However, I would not be comfortable placing an average size bookshelf speaker on these stands. I am happy with my set.
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5 out of 5

GREAT STANDS!

Written By BRIAN, Nebraska on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
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These are very nice stands for the money. Very sturdy and beautiful black textured finish. The included spikes make them very sturdy for carpet. As always CRUTCHFIELD is the best.
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