Want to jump straight to the answer? Our choices for the Best Studio Monitor Stand from each section is the Auralex Acoustics Monitor Isolation Pads, the Gator Frameworks Desktop Speaker Stand, and the On Stage SMS6000!
The utilization of space is one of the most important parts of running a studio, especially from home. If you currently have a bedroom studio with very little space, you need all that you can to effectively complete projects. A studio monitor stand is the best option when it comes to flexibility of space for your monitors. Not only does it help you free up the desk area, but it also helps improve the sound quality overall.
Quicklook: Best Studio Monitor Stands
- Best for the Lowest Price: Kotto Acoustic Isolation Pads
- Best for Non-Slip Grip: Pyle Sound Dampening Speaker Riser Foam
- Best For Larger Monitors: Auralex Acoustics Monitor Isolation Pads
- Best for Reducing Vibrations: IsoAcoustic Iso-130
- Best for Smaller Speakers: Stageek Aluminum Desktop Stands
- Best for Heavy Monitors: Gator Frameworks Desktop Speaker Stand
- Best for Positioning: Hola! Studio Monitor Speaker Stands
- Best for Heavy Monitors: Gator Frameworks Studio Monitor Stands
- Best for Height: On Stage SMS6000
There are 3 separate stands that we are looking at in this article. They are as follows.
- Foam Stands
- Desktop Stands
- Floor Stands
Now yes, foam stands sit on the desk so it is a “desktop stand.” But for all purposes within this list, we’re counting them as separate. These studio monitor stands are so helpful because they help decrease reverberations and rattles that your monitor creates. When your speakers are playing sound, they are moving and that movement can be transferred into your desk creating unwanted and distracting sounds. Many of these stands will eliminate those sounds. Another important factor to consider is where your monitors are aiming. The best way for you to have your monitors setup is with them aiming at where your ears are. This allows you to hear the clear initial sound without loss of power or reflections.
Best Studio Monitor Stands
These simple pads do their job very well. I use them on my Focal Alpha 50’s and I’ve got to say, I have never heard a rattle or reverberation come from my desk. With the 2 pieces for each side, you can arrange them to sit flat or angled to best suit your needs. And the best part? They are super cheap.
Best For: A Low Price
Height: 1.8” (when flat)
Base Dimensions: 12” x 8”
These Pyle isolation pads are great at giving you multiple angles for your monitors all while holding on firmly to your desk. They have an anti-slip base pad that keeps your monitors from falling onto the floor, all while preventing the reverberations and rattlings of the cones from transferring to the desk.
Best For: Non Slip
Height: 2” (when flat)
Base Dimensions: 12” x 9.44”
Weight Limit: 33 lb.
Auralex is one of the biggest names in sound treatment and that is reflected in their isolation pads. The density of their foam pads is more than what you see in most foam. That is why this isolation pad can handle a higher weight than any of the others above.
Best For: Larger Monitors
Height: 2” (when flat)
Base Dimensions: 12” x 8.75”
Weight Limit: 100 lb.
This studio monitor stand from IsoAcoustics is just the isolating stand you have been looking for. With it, you can reduce vibrations and false resonance in your playbacks making accurate mixes even easier to obtain. When you put these together you have roughly 14 combinations that you can create to make the best possible angle and height for yourself. You can create angles of different degrees to match where your ears are in comparison to the speakers.
Best For: Reducing Vibrations
Height: 2.8” – 8.25”
Base Dimensions: 5.1” x 6”
Weight Limit: 20 lb.
The sleek look of these stands is perfect to lift your monitors up off the desk allowing for a little bit more space underneath. It is also a great choice to get your monitors up to ear level. There is also a 5-degree tilt, which depending on which way it is facing, can aim the monitors up or down. The only downside I have to this is that it is not adjustable, but it is well worth it if it fits your needs.
Best For: Smaller speakers
Height: 4.72 in.
Base Dimensions: 5.12″ x 6.3″
Weight Limit: 15 lb.
These studio monitor stands are as sturdy as they come. They can hold a heavy load for a desktop stand, as well as adjust to match your needs. You can raise or lower the height and even angle them up to 15 degrees. Gator Frameworks has many top of the line stands and you’ll see them again later on in this list.
Best For: Heavy Monitors
Height: 10.5” – 14”
Base Dimensions: 10” x 10”
Weight Limit: 60 lb.
Honestly, most monitor floor stands are very similar. But I love this one. The reason is that the base is not a set shape and can be maneuvered around to straddle the corner of a desk or be moved around the corner of anything. It is so much more helpful when it comes to placement and steadiness for your monitors. It also comes with isolation pads to help prevent vibrations from going through the stand itself.
Best For: Positioning
Height: 29” – 53”
Base Dimensions: Adjustable
Weight Limit: 80 lb.
Here is another fantastic studio monitor stand from Gator Frameworks. This stand is basic and super easy to put together. Once you have it together it helps clear up your workspace all while providing great playback from your monitors. You have many heights you can set these stands at so that you have the optimal placement for your monitors.
Best For: Heavy Monitors
Height: 35” – 53”
Base Dimensions: 17.5” x 17.5” x 17.5”
Weight Limit: 100 lb.
Everyone who works in music knows the name On Stage. They have created stands that have essentially become the standard for everyone out there. Not only does this studio monitor stand have pads on the top to prevent reverberations but it also has three floor spikes to level it out.
Best For: Height
Height: 36.5” – 54”
Base Dimensions: 18” Spread
Weight Limit: 90 lb.
Improving a studio is a process. Sometimes that means buying a new mic to use with your artists. Sometimes that means buying something as simple as a piece of foam to sit under your monitors. Either way, you are moving along to improve your workspace and turning it into an ideal setup for your sound. This helps you draw the attention of better artists for you to produce and engineer for, helping you to afford another upgrade for your space (and you know, eat). Don’t be discouraged if you are not making progressions as fast as those you see on social media, but motivate yourself by imagining your ideal studio and figuring out which part would be best for you to obtain next.
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