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How to keep tabletop speakers from shaking table

Right now I have my stereo sitting on a table in my dorm room here at school. My stereo takes up the back part of the table. My bookshelf speakers (Monitor Bronze B2) are at the edges of the table, with my equipment in between.

I used to have the speakers sitting directly on top of the table, but that caused the table top to resonate when music was played at certain frequencies. This caused a significant reduction in sound quality.

I was able to ameliorate the problem by putting each of my speakers on top of an old textbook, and placing coins between the speaker and textbook to prevent the textbook from vibrating too much.
What would be a more effective way to fix the problem? Speaker stands are out of the question... my dorm room simply isn't big enough. There's really nowhere else to put the speakers besides this table.

So what would help? I was thinking I could get spikes for the bottom of the speakers... something like this. Any other ideas? It would be great if it would be something I could make myself or get for cheap at a hardware store... "audiophile spikes" seem a little overpriced to me.

Thanks.

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Re: How to keep tabletop speakers from shaking table

You might try a set of Vibrapods. They're relatively inexpensive - I just don't know if they'll dampen your speaker vibration enough.

http://audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=VIBRA41

You could also try some sorbothane sheets or Blu-Tack (but, bear in mind these might stain the table finish):

http://audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=AQSORS

http://audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=BLUTACK

There are a number of other vibration control devices at varying price points you could explore:

http://www.amusicdirect.com/products/search.asp?cat_id=310&man_id=ALL&advSearch=stdSearch&search_desc=no&keyword=

I suspect the Vibrapods might be the least expensive route to go.

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Re: How to keep tabletop speakers from shaking table

If you have an old shirt hanging around, pop the buttons off and try them under your speakers. Three for each speaker.

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Re: How to keep tabletop speakers from shaking table

Shirt buttons? The hard, little, translucent/pearlescent ones? What a neat tweak.

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Re: How to keep tabletop speakers from shaking table

Hmm... the shirt buttons help a little bit, as do more coins: stacking two dimes on top of a nickel seems to work pretty well... there's a nice gap between the bottom of the speaker and the top of the book.

I still find myself going back to my Grado SR-60 headphones for serious listening though... even in the best of conditions my speakers are unlikely to sound as good. Oh well.

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