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Mirage MS-STB-1

Nanosat speaker stands (Black)

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  • Mirage MS-STB-1

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Item #: 653MSSTBB
 

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These stands make a great match for Mirage's popular Nanosat and Nanosat Prestige satellite speakers. The stamped steel base provides a sturdy foundation, and a hidden channel in the support shaft keeps speaker wire out of sight for a clean, uncluttered appearance.

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Highlights:

  • designed to match Mirage Nanosat and Nanosat Prestige satellite speakers
  • black powder-coated finish
  • hollow tubular pillar
  • concealed speaker wire channel
  • stamped steel base
  • rubber feet for added stability
  • height: 30-3/8"
  • base: 9-1/8"W x 9-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 2 Black metal bases with five installed rubber feet
  • 2 Black metal shafts
  • 2 Black metal speaker platforms
  • 2 Black metal speaker brackets
  • 2 Large round-head machine screws
  • 2 Large flat-head machine screws
  • 6 Small machine screws
  • Assembly diagram sheet

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Features

Overview: The Mirage MS-STB-1 speaker stands are designed to fit Mirage's NANOSAT and NANOSAT Prestige speakers. Each speaker stand features a stamped steel black base with pre installed rubber feet and an attractive black powder coated metal hollow shaft with wire management. The MS-STB-1 has a fixed height of 30.375" or 31" depending on if you use the supplied speaker bracket mount or speaker platform mount to secure your NANOSAT speaker to the stand. The stand's base has a footprint of 9.125" wide x 9.875" deep.

Installation Note: When using this stand on the NanoSat speaker (653NANOPB), you must retain and use the white rubber washer that comes with the speaker (mounted between the speaker and the attached metal bracket). Without the rubber washer, the NanoSat speaker will not properly tighten to the stand.

 
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5 out of 5

Nice stands

Written By Anonymous, Brooklyn NY on Monday, November 16, 2009
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There have been reviews saying that these stands are difficult to assemble. I may be
the most mechanically inept person that I know but I found that assembly was simple
and straight forward. The base attaches with one screw, ditto the mounting plate and
the same with my Nanosats.

The only possible confusion may come from using the wrong mounting plate. The
stands come with
two: one for the Nanosats and the other for the Micros. They are not interchangable.
Look at the instructions for using the appropriate plate to mount the intended speaker.

One you attach the correct mounting plate, assembly is a breeze.

The stands look nice, appear to be well-made and raise the speakers to about ear level
for a seated listener.

Nice product.
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4 out of 5

great but...

Written By rc, pittsburgh pa on Saturday, May 30, 2009
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I have to agree with the other reviews, I was a little dissapointed that these were not true "Mirage" stands. The worst part is the instructions. If you use the omnistat micro brackets you would have to drill out the hole, the key is to use the other "clip" bracket, but not as it shows on the diagrams, since the nanos do not have a slot to place it in. Place the speaker on top of the bracket it works great.
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By George, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, March 01, 2009
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Sharp looking, sturdy, easy to put together. Wire went through easily. Mirage speakers fit perfectly when you choose the right top!
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4 out of 5

Mirage MS-STB-1

Written By Jerret, Folsom, CA on Saturday, February 28, 2009
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These stands function beautifully for the Mirage Nanosat speakers they were intended for. Many reviews complained of having to modify the stands for proper fitment. I'm not sure why, because the stands fit perfectly. You simply assemble the base, secure the top piece, feed your cable, unscrew the fastener from the bottom of your Nanosat speaker, sit the speaker in place and reattach the fastener through the provided hole. Literally, a five minute job. They look good and are affordable. Great alternative to non-wall mounted home theater.
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4 out of 5

Mirage MS-STB-1

Written By Matt D, Round Rock, TX on Friday, February 20, 2009
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I have four stands that I've recently purchased and I have to say I'm pretty pleased with them. They are sturdy with a good look. Getting the wire to run from the base to the speaker is a little tricky, but with about five minutes of MacGyver work on each stand you're good to go.

In some of the other review I've read they've talked about having to drill holes and buy screws?? I didn't run into anything like that. I have the Nanosat Satellite speakers and they came with screws attached to the bottom of each speaker that worked great with these stands.

The only reason I gave these stands a 4 and not a 5 is because I didn't like how the wire is exposed at the bottom of the stand. They should have designed the stands so that the wire runs all the way down the stem to the floor. Other then that issue they are a well designed stand that is worth the dollar.
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5 out of 5

Stylish and easy to assemble

Written By Adnan, Granger,IN on Friday, February 06, 2009
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I've been reading some reviews at Crutchfield about these stands not being so user friendly when it comes to assembly. Well my experience is entirely different and I found them very easy to assemble. I'm using them for my NANOSAT 5 and the mount as well as cables all fit like a hand in a glove. I did NOT have to do any additional drilling or put any extra effort to run the cables through the openings provided. These stands look great with NANOSETS (mine are Black/Platinum).
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3 out of 5

It works, but...

Written By RTH, Mississippi on Thursday, September 11, 2008
 
Was the engineer who designed these things asleep on the day they taught that you can't push a string?

He must have been, because that's what these stands expect you to do...push the speaker wire from a small hole in the bottom upward to another impossibly small hole at the top.

It's doable, but it took about an hour and a lot of experimenting with various tools such as tweezers and a small, thin file to reach in and lift the speaker wire up where I could grab it.

I didn't have any problems with the threading. Other than the issue of getting the speaker wire up the channel, they assemble fairly easily, they accept the speakers without any problems and they look nice. It's just getting to that point that's the real trick.
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2 out of 5

Speaker Stands for A Handyman

Written By Eric, Chicago, IL on Saturday, August 09, 2008
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As prior reviewers have mentioned, these stands will not work correctly with Nanosat speakers without drilling out improperly threaded mounting holes.

Again as mentioned, getting quality speaker wires through the stands will be challenging, unless the cables are relatively thin.

Further, in my case, one of the main stand poles did not have any threads tapped (though the hole was drilled), so it was out to my local hardware store to buy the applicable metric tap to make the supplied screw work.

It should also be noted that these are not actually Mirage stands. Nowhere on the box did the Mirage brand appear -- instead the manufacturer appears to be API, which might explain the quality control issues.

Having said all that, once assembled, the stands are attractive, solid quality and very stable. As such I bumped up my rating from the minimum one star to two stars. Just be prepared to use your handyman skills getting these put together.
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1 out of 5

Doesn't fit Mirage Nanostat without Modification

Written By Kevin, Denver, CO on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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Like the other reviewer stated the brackets included for these stands do not fit the mirage nanostats properly.

You have to widen the hole on the bracket that you screw the nanostats to otherwise the speakers are very wobbly when attached. I used a 1/4" drill bit to widen the hole and that allows the speakers to be attached properly.

Very disappointed with this product as it is sold/designed to fit the Mirage nanostats and in reality doesnt. On the instructions there are directions for the Omnistat Micros and the Athena MS Satellites possibly they are really designed for these speakers. However on all websites included mirage's these are the stand they recommend for the nanostats.

Another drawback is the design for the wire to fit through the included poles, the holes are way to small especially if you plan on using an upgraded speaker wire. The holes are smaller than 3/4" and running wire is extremely difficult. Plus the wire doesnt run all the way through the base it comes out of the bottom of the pole which isn't a huge deal but could be more professional looking.

I have the Bose stands designed for the 301 series as my front speakers and they were a pleasure to put together and actually worked for the product they were sold with and recieve a rating of 5 stars.

Once setup these stands are decent and I guess the best stand out there for the Nanostats...however beware setup is a real pain and requires modification.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Need to be modified to fit the Nanosat

Written By Steven, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, July 03, 2008
 
Despite the claims,
these don't git the
Nanosat speakers
without some
modification. A hole
in the mount comes
tapped, but needs to
be drilled out to
allow mounting of
the Nanosat. Buy it
and you'll see what
I mean.

After the minor
modification the
speakers do work
well, but it's kind
of crazy that
they're sold with
the wrong mounting
scheme.
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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