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You only even have to cast one eye on the Custom Design FS104 Signature Speaker Stand to appreciate how well-built and robust it is. With a strong centre column which can be filled with your acoustic-friendly substance of your choice and four satellite columns, just about any speaker no matter it's size and weight can be supported.
Custom Design's Signature FS 104 Speaker Stands can be tailored to suit with a choice of finish for the satellite support columns (black, polished chrome, brushed chrome or gold as seen in the image below), and a choice of top plate sizes.
Only after you've got your FS104 Signature speaker stands set-up properly does the real magic happen. The satellite columns provide a totally rigid base for speakers to before. Audio sounds more open and free compared to other conventional speaker stands and stereo imaging and precision timing delivers more excitement to your listening experience.
I wanted to try a pair of open-frame stands for my Spendor SP3/1R2's, but there are not many choices available here in the USA, without spending an arm and a leg. That led me to see what was available at Analogue Seduction, whom I've happily purchased from several times already. Considering their open-frame design, I was surprised to find that they are fairly weighty. Assembly was simple and straightforward, and the parts all aligned together perfectly. Once all of the bolts are fastened down tightly, the stand is very rigid. The supplied spikes are pretty substantial too. This is a high quality, serious product.For filler, I used almost an entire 25 lb. bag of aquarium sand. I've used kitty litter in the past to fill stands, but my house has no AC and the summers here are humid, so I didn't want to use anything absorbent. I also didn't want to use something with fine dust, which could leak out of the bottom. I filled the center column 70-80% using a funnel, but was unable to fit the funnel into the opening of the satellite legs. If I can find a small enough funnel somewhere, I'll fill those later on.My listening impression matches what some have told me to expect from thin-walled BBC-style monitors on open frame stands. Bass has less weight/fullness than with the 75 lb. mass-loaded stands I had been using, but it's also more lithe and tuneful, and the overall presentation has more air and snap. I immediately noticed that the soundstage had gained depth and detail, and there are occasional moments when I am struck by how lifelike voices sound. I would also like to say a word about placing orders with Analogue Seduction from overseas. Even though I am located in the USA, sometimes it pays off for me to order British products from a British dealer. Even with the cost of shipping factored in, the total cost is sometimes substantially lower vs. ordering from a US retailer. In the case of these Custom Design stands, I am not aware of any dealers that even carry them in the US. I have now purchased three times from Analogue Seduction, and on average it takes about a week for the items to arrive here in Massachusetts, which is not bad at all. The packing is always done securely and thoroughly, and the buying experience is always top-notch. (Their website even conveniently has the option of viewing prices in USD and other currencies.)
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Analogue Séduction are great professionals. They give very good advices and purchase have been very quickly.I recommend !!
These loudspeaker stands are of the highest quality. First of all when they arrived they were well packed with bubble wrap and protective card around every component, a good sign. I followed the instructions for assembly which asks you to build the top first and if you purchased some inert filler you can add this from the bottom.Allen keys are supplied and all the bolts fitted well, no play and very firm when tightened. The metal work was very nicely finished and the supports very solid. Which is good because my ATC SCM 19's are not light, so I did order mine with the large top plate and the fit is pretty much perfect. The spikes are nice and sharp and easily went through my carpet and underlay right to the floor. They are very easily adjustable with allen key and a locking nut.A word on the inert filler, yes you can make four bags of this stuff disappear into each speaker. Fill the centre support first and make sure you gently tap it with the palm of your hand to help the filler settle. The satellite columns were a little bit more difficult to fill and yes you need a funnel to do this. Make sure you have time and exercise some patience and again tap gently with the palm of your hand. It takes a while but it's worth it. For the satellite columns I also used a bit of masking tape around each column to help hold the funnel and channel the filler. I only spilt about a table spoon full so consider that not too bad.Finally, how do they sound? After filling a final construction make sure you go around again and tighten each bolt. The filler makes them nice and heavy and very dead. The ATC's do like these stands and I am very much in awe of the musical reproduction I am getting with them and the stands. A very worthwhile purchase and hats off to the guy(s) who make them.
The custom design stands are just fantastic.
Just bought these and using with Acoustic Energy AE1s. Top plate has slightly larger footprint than the AE1s but the cabinets sit on these okay. Nicely packed and easy to assemble with the allen keys provided. Centre and satellite tubes have a fair bit of "zing" as they are steel tubes but loading with inexpensive kiln dried sand (not the cheaper sharp wet sand) reduces this and damps any zing very well. Used a pint and a half of KDS per centre column with good effect. Nicely packed, finished and functional. Have these improved the sound of my system ? Would say yes.
Takes the soundstage to a new level!
These speaker stands are fantastic, great build quality, easy to assemble. Excellent finish.The central column holds approximately 10kg of Atabites/inert filler material, this is an approximation as I have filled mine with one 7.5kg tub of atabites for each stand. This leaves the central column about 3/4 filled.Delivery to Norway by FedEx was quick.
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Obtained these Custom Design 104 Signature stands to replace my Atacama HMS 1.1 stands as I needed more height.Amazed at the sound improvement after mass loading the central Column with Atacama atabites. Better all round with my ATC SCM11 speakers, including extra detail, better defined bass, image height and timing. Highly recommended, and Analogue Seduction were extremely prompt with the delivery, and helpful regarding questions of mass loading the stands.Recommended ++
The product is very good, all metal no plastic involved, easy to assemble. Would suggest buying six bags of filler, essential. The service was also very good, ordered a smaller top plate than standard,expected delay was delivered in a few days, Happy!
I bought 2 pairs of these for my Dali zensor 3 for my back 4 channels, the difference tgey make with the bass is amazing don't use my subwoofer for music. Easy to assemble and there is plenty of bass but under tight grip and control look amazing sound amazing what more do you want blood lol, only difference with mine is insted of the inert filler I have uk of attacks attabites in each tube would recommend good isolation pads for speaker to sit on and reduce any vibration of speaker going into stands I'm using attacam gel isolation pads for my speakers. Which by coincidence you can get from these guys right here. May be in near future would upgrade stand with the acoustic plates custom design have for the FS 104
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