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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 4:23 pm 
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I need to to get better stands for my KEF speakers. I sold my heavy Target stands when I sold my previous older Proac speakers.

I always thought I would buy new Proac Tablettes as my forever speaker but the new model (Tablette 10) is very different from the classic Tablettes. The new ones are dead ringers for LS3/5a and sound quite similar. I missed some of the magic of the older ported design so I have decided to stay with the KEFs. If I wanted LS3/5a, I would just buy another pair (I sold my rosewood Stirling pair a couple of years ago).

I have some good basic stands that actually look and sound OK but these are $120 specials from the local AV shop. Adequate but not appropriate for something in the class of Proac, LS3/5a or the KEFs.

I have always heard great things about Skylan but never seen or heard a pair.

Anyone using them for LS50s or other such minis?

Any comments would be welcome - how are they finished? How do they improve sound etc.


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Can't speak to Skylan stands' efficacy with the LS50 specifically as I've not owned Kef's notorious minis. However I've used welded 4 post steel Target R2, Atlantis' 4 post Target knock-off, Sound Anchors 4 post, and most recently Skylan 4 post stands under several different loudspeakers over the years. Noel's stands are cleverly designed and packaged and both very rigid and well damped when assembled and filled. I'd be surprised if the 2 post LS50 sized stand Skylan offers wasn't an improvement over the budget stands you are currently using. However the Skylans will be much less massive than 4 post Target reference or Atlantis stands are when filled. Some little stand mounts simply make their best bass when sited on the most massive, rigid stands possible. I suspect the LS50 is one of those sorts of stand mount.

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I have the skylan 2 post 27” stands. Currently they are supporting my Harbeth P3ESR. I also have tried them with my Kef ls50. Really nice quality stands. I have not filled them with anything . I prefer to keep it that way, makes them so much easier to move around and I have never experienced any difference in sound. These are not steel stands , they’re made of high quality pvc .

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Just wanted to add that I’ve got down and put my ears right onto the the skylan stands and heard no ringing. With metal stands I have felt the vibrations. The pvc stands don’t transfer these vibrations like metal does . These are my experiences .


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I purchased these 2 post, 27” stands from Skylan http://www.skylanstands.com/stands.htm. The top plate is measured exactly for the Kefs. I filled them up to about 3/4 of the height with rice as recommended by the owner of Skylan. He was great to deal with and the stands are extremely well made.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 6:12 pm 
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Thanks - how heavy are they without filling?

Rice is an interesting idea - how much rice?


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banerjba wrote:
Thanks - how heavy are they without filling?

Rice is an interesting idea - how much rice?


I had been looking here http://www.skylan-stands.com/accessories.html (the European site,) at ideas for fill. Noel suggested the rice, about 7 Kg. I think. It works! There is no vibration and the bass is excellent.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 10:58 pm 
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Always wanted to try a pair of Skylan stands. I use two post heavy welded Target, and they are quite nice. I filled them up to about the 2/3rd mark with kitty litter, and they are heavy and dead. Nice photograph BTW. But I don't see any stands in the photo. Stands? What stands?


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I can’t comment on the sound but the rounded corners of the stands complement the lines of the LS-50’s really nicely. Very attractive package.


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I bought a single pillar 28" pair from Noel quite a few years now. Asked him to match up the dimension of the NHT SB3's I was placing them on - no issues with that at all. As I live in the Calgary area - I was able to pick them up from his shop to save shipping costs. He even loaded them into my car for me!!
Well built - Rounded MDF top and bottom plates and polymer pillar which was filled with a kitty litter type fill. Nice to be able to custom fit the top plate to match the speakers for greater stability.
Can't say I have compared them with the metal and or wood stands I also have - but have no hesitation to fully recommend them none the less.
Noel is a great guy to deal with.
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Met a fellow Cammer had a set of Lovan Sovereign 24" stands under his LS50 and it sounded great. He was smitten with them.


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Skylan even included a pen flashlight to help attaching the inner rods!


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Looks great - did you compare the sound of the KEFs before and after the stands? With or without rice?


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banerjba wrote:
Looks great - did you compare the sound of the KEFs before and after the stands? With or without rice?

I mass loaded the Skylan stands when I put them together, so never heard the sound without filler. I can compare with Target and Lovan stands, both metal. The bass and depth of sound coming from the Kefs improved dramatically with the Skylans.


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Smokin' deal alert Banerjba: http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/ ... reat-deal/

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 11:25 am 
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Thanks Vince - I had the Target version of those stands.

I have just ordered a new pair of Skylans - will reportback on how they sound.


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