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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:00 pm 
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I just purchased a new set of stands and am debating as to what to fill them with. On my two previous sets of stands, I have used Lead Shot, and Play Sand respectively. Some now seem to be using Rice as well. Any comments on the above mentioned three, and has anyone out there tried, or considered Wood Pellets?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:14 pm 
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Sand, sand and sand. And it's cheap: around $5.00 - $6.00 a bag at Home Depot or Lowes.

Lead shot is not worth the risk and the improvements in performance over sand is negligible i.e. you will not hear the difference.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:21 pm 
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Rice works best in plastic/composite stands rather than metal. Wood chips (like rice) just do not have the required mass to dampen a metal stand. Expanding spray foam does wonders at dampening ringing on thinner metal stands, BUT cannot be easily removed and it is very easy toi overfill the stand and have it ooze out. Another good choice is aquarium gravel.


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Kitty litter. Used for years.

Used to go for sand and strain etc. Never tried lead.

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I am awaiting a new component stand and it is fillable.I got a good deal on white lightning sand blasting media at TSC.It has the consistency of silica and glass.Do you guys think this is a good filling media? It's cheap,!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:53 pm 
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I fill my stands with epoxy coated aquarium gravel. It's reasonably heavy, compacts well, doesn't scratch, and doesn't ring. There are no concerns regarding dust or moisture (or decomposition), and if you don't like it, it's easily reversible.


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I like and use sandblasting sand Princess Auto ,cheep ,packs good and adds substantial weight


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I would definitely recommend trying to fill them, might be surprised by the results even on well built stands. Recommend not filling them all the way, which can over dampen, start maybe 1/3 up & go from there.

I recently filled mine with inert filler from Custom Design. Its less dusty then sand & larger particles (that are of random size), so my thoughts were it would be less messy vs sand (didn't have to worry about sealing up the stands from potential leaks) & didn't have to worry about drying the sand out. Was $10 a bad, & 4 bags worked wonders on my Focal stands that are ~ 3x5" columns. They are less then half full but are dead quiet now when you knock on them. In my case it changed bass response so much that I had to readjust my sub level from the improved quality & quantity of bass after filling.


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I filled the pillars on my two Sanusi Euro equipment stands with play sand. Before if you tapped the posts they would ring like a bell. Now there is just a dull thud. Is it over damped? I am not sure but it is good to know that vibrations are reduced for components.


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I've got kitty litter in mine as well.

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Aquarium gravel. Sand is dirty and grows things. Lead is poisonous.

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