The purpose of a speaker stand is to allow the speaker on top to sit at the desired height on a stable platform. Ideally, a speaker stand will have the option to be filled with a heavy substance like sand. There are several points to consider so let's dig a little deeper below.
No Wobbles, No Shakes
First and foremost, we can't have your speaker tipping over or even worse, falling on top of someone. Make sure the top of your speaker stand is at least the same width and depth of the base of the speaker resting on top. Furthermore, the heavier the stand the better, as it is less likely to vibrate. Some stands are designed with hollow cavities so you can increase weight by adding sand or ball bearings. Another great feature is the ability to fix the speaker on top of the stand with screws.
When it comes down to it, we like audio because it makes us feel good. Similarly, visual aesthetics are equally important to one's mood when spending time in a space. Thus it is important to take your time and find a speaker stand that matches not only your speaker, but compliments the other visual aspects of your room as well.
Take Care of Your Feet
Better stands tend to come with high quality spikes/rubber pucks. These options help reduce noise transmission into the surface below, making your speaker that much more isolated.
A Respecful Alternative
There is no shame in placing a speaker on top of a subwoofer. In fact when crossed over correctly, this will make your speaker/sub sound like one large tower speaker!
Acoustically inert subwoofers, such as our dual driver 1723 Subwoofer 2S and 2V, are a bonus because the enclosure does not vibrate. Still, it is best to put a thin material like rubber under the speaker in case it gets bumped.