New 705's. I am afraid they will tip over some day. Any ideas for stabilizing the base?

Trevorj800
Trevorj800 Posts: 10
edited November 2016 in Speakers
I know that any really good solution to stabilizing these things will also be likely to ruin the aesthetic, but I am more practical-minded, and occasionally clumsy. I want to find a long-term solution to making sure these things don't tip over. Ideas appreciated.
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    I have never used the 705s but it might be useful to get better spikes for the bottom. I am sure a good set would stabilize well.
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  • You're worried that they will tip over on a flat surface, after being spiked? It would take a lot of force if you've spiked them correctly (make sure you have them ratcheted to be flat, if you set any one side higher than the others than it could be unstable).

    Do you have kids that will be running into these? I have 705s, but I have not worried about them around my 18 month old.
  • Spiked? They are well-ratcheted and stable on their rubber feet. I have no children, but I do enough damage on my own. Maybe I'm worrying too much.
  • DaveHo
    DaveHo Posts: 3,156
    The rubber feet pull off. There are spikes underneath.
  • Legender
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    But shouldn't you only spike them when on carpet, not on a hard floor? I find the rubber feet worked well on a hard floor.
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    Get better stands and fill them with lead or sand to give them weight.
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    I understand your concern , they feel a bit top heavy. Luckily mine haven't tipped with 3 little monkeys living in the house
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    The 705's are meant to be wall-mounted to sound their best and be most stable. It's also the only way to be sure they won't tip.

    These wall mounts would work perfectly. You just install this little guy on the wall with a couple of drywall screws, and then remove one of the 705 feet and thread the speaker on. Piece of cake. Just don't forget to backthread the jam nut.

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  • tonyb
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    rooftop59 wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    Get better stands and fill them with lead or sand to give them weight.

    He's talking about the floorstanders dude. Sheesh someone's hitting the nog early!

    LMAO....your probably right. Too much vino too early can do that to ya.
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  • mdaudioguy
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    msg wrote: »
    The 705's are meant to be wall-mounted to sound their best and be most stable. It's also the only way to be sure they won't tip.

    These wall mounts would work perfectly. You just install this little guy on the wall with a couple of drywall screws, and then remove one of the 705 feet and thread the speaker on. Piece of cake. Just don't forget to backthread the jam nut.

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  • teekay0007
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    msg wrote: »
    Just don't forget to backthread the jam nut.

    That's what she said! :p
  • WTS
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    Keep the liquor cabinet locked so the 705s can't get into it.
  • I have a tile floor. They are ratcheted well and I should keep the rubber feet on, I think. I am looking for a low-tech solution...some sort of mechanism that will widen the base somehow. (Since there are posters in this thread that are writing with cocktail in hand, you might understand my concerns about some tipsy person bumping into one of them).
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    Build an electric fence around them. No drinks in my hands.
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  • This all is too high-falutin for me. I have concrete walls and I will most likely forget to backthread my jam nuts. Any low-tech solutions?
  • tonyb
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    Don't know of any low tech solutions, but you can buy after market outriggers for them.

    The only low tech solution I can think of is.....lower the alcohol content of the drinks you serve. ;)
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  • What I do is place one 705 on my left and one on my right.
    I then turn up the volume and hang on to them.
    I lock the door when I leave. :#
  • My 705's are sitting on thick padded carpet, and even though spiked they are not the most stable. That's said I have not had any issues, and I don't really worry about it. Get your spikes/feet set and you should be fine. Unless they are near a walkway, and could be ran into.
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  • Right....I have mine spiked on carpet, and I think it would take a very large force to tip them. Nothing my toddler or cat could manage.

    I am not an expert on designing outriggers or something like you may need to supplement the stability, but someone here may have an unvoiced idea still.
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,612
    edited November 2016
    You're strictly worried about your own self tipping them over? Not a child or pet?

    I have never even touched my speakers on accident. Do you have unexpected seizures or some other medical condition? No? Don't walk near your speakers if you're drunk would be my solution.
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    DSkip wrote: »
    How did that get past censors?

    Shhhh, just go with it.
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  • Nightfall wrote: »
    You're strictly worried about your own self tipping them over? Not a child or pet?

    I have never even touched my speakers on accident. Do you have unexpected seizures or some other medical condition? No? Don't walk near your speakers if you're drunk would be my solution.

    I don't really drink. I'm accident prone though. I once broke my contrabass on an escalator and almost knocked an old lady down when it plowed into her. Since then, I'm extra cautious.
  • how do you like the 705's vs the real thing in a contrabass?
  • msg
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    Trevor!!! HAHAHA! That was the best! More stories please!!! A whole thread of them, like a weekly column!
    Trevorj800 wrote: »
    I don't really drink. I'm accident prone though. I once broke my contrabass on an escalator and almost knocked an old lady down when it plowed into her. Since then, I'm extra cautious.
    On a more serious note, I know the 705's seem little top heavy, but how often do you come into that close of proximity with them? It does take a bit of doing to get them to the tipping point. Rubber feet on carpet maybe not so good, but since you've got them spiked on tile...

    Indeed, some good discussion and ideas on this thread by @ocezam that @zarrdoss posted - seems exactly like what you'd be looking for for some added peace of mind, with a range of options/cost
    zarrdoss wrote: »
    PS ~ welcome to the forum, great sense of humor, and congrats on 705's B)
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