When your studio monitors aren’t positioned correctly…
Your sound suffers…as we all know.
And while some studios can find that “sweet spot” simply by placing their monitors on the desk…
Many prefer the added flexibility offered by a good pair of studio monitor stands.
And so, in today’s post…
I will review and compare 7 of the top stands on the market to see just how they stack up.
1. Ultimate Support JSMS70
Undoubtedly the current industry leader in monitor stands…
Ultimate Support has been making quality music equipment since as far back as anyone can remember.
Their baseline model, the Ultimate Support JSMS70, is one of the best selling, and most affordable stands on the market.
Among the many stands in this price range, it’s one of the few that actually does the job well.
Notable features of the JSMS70 include:
- 32″-44″ height adjustment in 4″ increments
- triangular base for fitting in tight spaces
- floor spikes/rubber feet for floor isolation
- rubber pad on top for monitor isolation
For folks on a tight budget, THESE are the stands I recommend.
NOTE: Through comparison shopping, I found several stands almost EXACTLY the same as this one, made by different manufacturers. For instance, the On Stage Stands SMS6000. I recommend the JSMS70 because it has the best combination of price/overall ratings.
2. VideoSecu 2
If the last stands weren’t cheap enough for you…
These next ones are even cheaper: the VideoSecu 2.
Traditionally marketed for home theater systems and computer monitors…
It seems any home studios have found great success with them as well.
It has the same basic features as the JSMS70, plus some cool extras:
- 5.5″ – 11″ adjustable top plate – to cradle various sized monitors
- +/- 10 degree tilt – to angle your monitors up or down
- Cable management – to neatly conceal your cables
While I wouldn’t recommend them for LARGE monitors…
They’re the perfect size for the smaller monitors of most home studios.
- Click to see current price – (Amazon)
Now that we’ve seen a few metal stands, next let’s check out some wooden ones…
3. DR Pro SMS1BK (36″)
For smaller studios, the DR Pro SMS1Bk is one of the most popular options currently on the market.
Compared to metal stands we’ve seen so far, it offers a few key differences:
- it’s less durable than metal stands
- it takes up more space
- its height is non-adjustable
And yes, those are all BAD things. But as many agree, this next feature more than makes up for it…
The SMS1BK, like most wooden stands, has a hollowed out cavity, which can be filled with shot or sand to add density and increase acoustic isolation between your monitors and the floor.
Those who have tried it before will tell you…it makes a HUGE difference in sound. Which is why…the SMS1BK may be the best option we’ve covered so far.
- Click to compare prices – (Amazon)
Also check out the alternative DR Pro Maple Wood version – (Amazon)
4. Gator Framework Elite Series
While the SMS1BK is a great option for smaller studios…
For larger studios using heavier monitors, the robust frame of the Gator Framework Elite is far more appropriate.
With a supported load of up to 75lbs (34kg), these are some of the sturdiest stands out there.
And if you like the look of wood, then these are perfect for your studio.
On top of that
- Gator Framework Elite Series – (B&H)
5. K&M 26740
Long known for making high-end music stands of all shapes and sizes…
The K&M name in itself is synonymous with quality.
So it’s no big surprise to learn that the K&M 26740 is among the most popular choices among pro studios worldwide.
In addition to the standard features of the previous metal stands, here’s what sets it apart:
- a SUPER-HEAVY round cast-iron base for maximum stability
- an extra-wide top plate designed for larger monitors
- direct attachment of certain monitors via connector plates
- a maximum weight rating of 77 lbs, which is more than 2x most other stands
So basically, the K&M 26740 is about the strongest, most stable stand money can buy.
6. Ultimate Support MS-90
At last, we’ve reached the stand that changed everything:
The Ultimate Support MS-90.
As we’ve seen already covered:
Metal stands are better than wooden stands because they’re far more durable.
Yet wooden stands are better because of their hollowed out columns.
But the revolutionary design of the Ms-90 essentially offers the best of both worlds, plus a number of useful extras.
Its 36″ column is made of the super strong 6000 series aluminum, with a brilliant internal design that includes 3 separate channels:
- a small one for audio cables
- a small one for power cables
- a large one for weighting
And in addition to weighting, the Ms-90 offers 3 additional features to maximize decoupling:
- 4 rubber pads to decouple the monitors from the stand
- 2 rubber joints to decouple the top and bottom of the column
- 3 tiny rubber feet to decouple the stand from the floor
Throw in its full lifetime warranty, and you might call the MS-90 the most perfect studio monitor stand ever invented.
Now despite the awesomeness of the MS-90, it still has ONE small problem:
You can’t adjust the height!
And so, with the last stand on the list…
Ultimate Support created the perfect solution:
7. Ultimate Support MS-100
Almost exactly the same as the MS-90…
The Ultimate Support MS-100 differs in ONE key way:
By adding the MS-80 monitor isolation pads…
The MS-100 solves the one problem common to all other stands: Limited positioning options.
Wooden stands have no options whatsoever. Most metal stands are height adjustable, but only in 4″ increments…which is hardly precise.
With the MS-100 however…
The fine-tuned tilt adjustment of the MS-80 pads allow you to point your monitors EXACTLY where you need them.
Combine that one feature with all its other bragging rights, and it’s clear why MS-100 is one of the best there is.
Now, despite all these awesome features, the pads on these stands don’t provide the best decoupling there is.
For that you need the next, and last pick on this list…
8. Argosy Spire
For the final pick, I chose what is probably the best studio monitor stand ever made.
Now, the one feature that truly makes the Argosy Spire stand out from the competition is the integrated isoACOUSTICS stand
And if you’ve read this article, you know how good these are.
And if you haven’t, just know they provide unmatched decoupling and have been praised for their performances for over a decade now, since their launch.
The fact that these stands use original isoACOUSTICS stands guarantee one of – if not THE best sound for your speakers.
They’re also the only monitor stands with this feature currently on the market.
Second, the cable management feature might seem like a gimmick but trust me – it is WAY more important than you might think at first…
And when you’ve used stands without this feature before, you know how convenient it is.
The only downside is that these stands are not height adjustable. They are however available in 36” and 42” models.
So if you can afford these stands, definitely do!
That’s All Folks
So there you go guys: that’s 7 of the best studio monitor stands on the market today.
I have no doubt that somewhere on this list lies the perfect stand for your studio.