If you want the least expensive option for your speakers, then there are plenty of more modest options available. The “teaser price” listed on the Birk’s site ($35 per stand plus $15 for shipping) is the starting point for stand cost. If you want something larger than a desktop stand, though, the cost DOES go up significantly. For my 18” tall stands, I paid about $240 for the pair after shipping.
- If you have speakers that require a specific tilt or an unusual height, then Birk’s can accommodate you. Since each and every stand is custom-built, you could even specify one stand taller / shorter than the other to match your room / stage elevations.
- If you want some unusual color or configuration (19” rack mount in the bottom of the speaker stand for monoblock amplifiers, anyone? Or 21.75 inch height? Tilted top plate on one and horizontal plate on the other?), then Birk’s can do you proud. Might you want black top / bottom plates with figured mahogany uprights? Birks can do it!
- I’ve worked before with multi-million-dollar centrifugal gas compressors that didn’t exhibit the level of workmanship that my Birk’s stands do. Everything fits, is smoothly cut & finished, and the “natural” finish that I specified is as pretty as could be.
Birks can also construct your stands with a solid center post so that, should you wish to fill the post with about a half-a-ton of lead shot, you can do so. In short, the Birk’s stands are the most fully-customizable that I’ve ever seen.
Now, as I said to start with, if “cheap” is your main criteria, just go to Wal-Mart, buy some plastic trash cans, set them upside-down, and put your speakers on top. But if you need specialty speaker stands, I recommend Birk’s without hesitation. Their pride of craftsmanship seems unparalleled.
The Birk’s stands are available on eBay, or can be direct-ordered from Birk’s Place.
One final comment: The Birk’s packing is the best I’ve ever seen. EVERY part comes wrapped in plastic covering, then it is packed securely into a box with a minimum of about three inches of protection on every side, and there is no rattle among the parts when your box arrives. It’s like receiving a large brick! Would that every package I receive be so well-packed…