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Spike Your Speakers

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Adding spikes to the bottom of your speaker cabinets can be a very economical way to improve their sound by isolating them from the surface they are resting on.  In my case, the floor of my apartment.  This modification was done primarily for the benefit of my downstairs neighbors, because I like to play bass heavy music and getting the speakers up on spikes will reduce the amount of bass transmitted through the floor.

That's the idea, anyways.

Careful if you just have hardwood floors.  If you support heavy speakers this way, they will dig right into the wood.  You can be creative with protecting hardwood floors.  One common method is to put pennies under the spikes.  It is also common to see spike sets sold with small platforms for this purpose.

Here is a lengthy article
on what may or may not happen when using speaker spikes. 

noahw also has a short write up on this subject on his instructable.

 
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Step 1: Parts List

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Required


Speaker spike sets, I got the cheapest ones I could find since I didn't pay anything for the speakers and this isn't audiophile gear.

You can get pretty fancy ones if your gear warrants.

Drill

Hammer or Allen Wrench depending on the design

Optional

Adhesive  -  A couple reviews at Parts Express recommended using an adhesive like Liquid Nails to improve the seal of the threaded inserts.  I picked up something called Seal-All at the hardware store, but any decent glue should do the trick.

Vacuum Cleaner to suck up saw dust (for the carpeted apartment hobbyists out there).

ASCAS2 years ago
Spikes are only good for carpeted floors.
false. read what he says about protecting hardwood or other flooring. i have many applications (not on carpets) where sound is better reproduced with the speaker on the spikes
Ohh, sorry, I didn't know that.
biolethal3 years ago
wait... spikes would do the opposite of isolating the speakers. im no audio expert, but using simple physics, i can tell you that they are actually not helping isolate your speakers, but are probably anchoring your speakers to the ground more. since dry friction is a function of mass, gravity and the roughness of the area in contact, and not of surface area, theoretically you would not have a decrease in friction between the floor and the speaker if the point of the spikes is to isolate the speakers by using the false concept of less surface area = less friction = isolation. in fact, because the spikes will slightly dig into any surface that is softer than them, that would increase the friction of the speakers to the floor, and effectively anchor them, which could also be desirable. no hatin' or offense intended. great instructable!
And yet audio experts disagree. I wonder why...
I think it all goes back to "I think it sounds better, because i did something to it"(placebo effect) audio has become so advanced nowadays, that the individual differences that such changes may make are so minute that the human ear cannot possibly tell the difference. Air humidity or temperature probably makes much more of an impact than if speakers have spikes or not, unless your speakers are sliding around while they play...
Assuming a solid surface, a tiny point of contact is going to transfer MUCH less sound than having the entire base touching it. That's why speakers have large surface area, instead of having just the actuator.
two things:

speakers need to have a large surface area because air is not solid, so they need to contact as much of it as possible to achieve the desired amount of air movement. however, you don't need a large point of contact to move a solid mass. try pushing air with the tip of your finger. wasn't very effective, was it? now try pushing a solid object, like your mouse, with the tip of your finger. worked, didn't it? that proves that you don't need a large point of contact to transfer movement, or in your case, sound, through a solid object.

second, assuming the spikes do not slide around on the ground, and assuming their elasticity is negligible, you have no effect on speaker movement in relation to the ground. the speaker cone travels parallel to the plane of the ground, so any third-law forces it would produce (the forces that would move the speaker) will be in the exact opposite direction, parallel to the plane of the ground. so the speaker will not vibrate up and down, only forwards and backwards, transferring sound not up and down, but forwards and backwards. put your spiked speakers on a hardwood floor, with pennies under the spikes, and try pushing it. now take the same speaker, without spikes, and try pushing it. it takes the same force to push the speaker. so the speaker would move exactly the way it did before.
power4 years ago
 lol you should try to repair that dustcap
and I've added some spikes for my speaker,sounded the same but with less complains from my dad :D

5 stars
one way to fix it is to get a small screw driver and poking a hole at the back ang using a pen poke it out from behind
Seems you might be able to pull it out with a vacuum cleaner hose? Is it too fragile for that?
o had a speaker cone with the same problem, and managed to mostly get it out with a dab of hot glue, quickly grab a piece out (ok, its hot, deal with it(its not really hot enough to burn you...) then let it dry for 30 seconds or so, then pull it off, it should work... it did for me.
ps: Why is my firefox spell check putting itself on french by default?
bowmaster2 years ago
The problem with this is, I listen to so much dubstep the spikes would vibrate themselves into the floor.
Justinph54 years ago
 Your first article suggests using pennies under the spikes for hardwood floors. You could suggest that to people with hardwood floors, so they won't get scratched.
teeps (author)  Justinph54 years ago
Thanks, I will add that.  Pennies are one option.  Many spikes are sold with small platforms as well.
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