Important Skylan Features

Today's high fidelity audio systems commonly employ bookshelf satellite speakers and separate woofer/sub-woofer components. In spite of the name, it is difficult to get optimal performance from a bookshelf speaker in a bookshelf! When high compliance drivers get into full excursion, they want to move the cabinet back and forth too. The effect of the cabinet being in symphony with the speaker is present, albeit subdued, at lower listening levels. The result is a confused audio image, one that is muddy, blurred and seems poorly defined in space. The subtle cues that provide your ears with a pristine stereo image are damaged by these resonant events. 

The simple solution is to get your speakers out of their bookshelves and away from the walls.  Then place them on a solid foundation, one that is acoustically dead. The SKYLAN Speaker Stand provides a solid foundation for your speakers, one that will not resonate with the cabinet, but contribute to its acoustical deadness. Every feature of its design considers support for your speakers, support that goes beyond that of a mere speaker stand. It restores the magic to your sound.

SKYLAN stands bring your sound closer to perfection by providing a foundation that is designed for a speaker.

Pointed feet
Carpets are for comfort. They are soft, often spongy under our feet. The carpet usually rests on an underlay that further isolates us from the sub-floor. This is very good for your feet but NOT for your stands. The SKYLAN Stand, to be most effective, must couple with the sub-floor. Our stands ship with slim-shank pointed feet. They are designed to penetrate right through to the sub-floor. The actual contact area is minimal, (a combined 1/8" overall contact area avoids resonance effects).

Centre of Gravity
SKYLAN stands keep things in balance. The centre of gravity of most cabinets is to the front of the centreline due to the weight of the drivers. We pre-compensate for this by centering our columns toward the rear of the base plate. This places support for the speaker where it should be: Along the centre of gravity. (Centre of gravity runs through the centre of the base.)

Rounded corners
The corners on all SKYLAN products are rounded. We insist on rounding the corners for several reasons.
More aesthetic appeal
Warmer in a room with the rest of your furniture
Approachable - the stand actually looks smaller than it is
Less corner damage over time
Kind to your toes and child friendly

The Threaded Centre Rod
SKYLAN's unique design employs a threaded rod that runs down the centre of each post and mates with top and bottom plates. The rod serves more than the obvious purpose of holding the stand together. It has another purpose as a transmission line. This transmission line takes vibrations from the top plate down to the bottom plate. The mass load (usually rice) surrounds the rod damping vibration down its length.

You mass-load SKYLAN speaker stands the same way you mass-load some high-end speakers. By filling an internal cavity with a Mass-Loading Medium you dampen vibrations on the cabinet's surface. It also adds weight to the stand improving coupling to the supporting surface.
SKYLAN stands allow the entire column to be mass-loaded with a dry medium like wooden barbeque pellets, montmorillonite (kitty litter) or white rice, the dry medium we like the most.

Spike vs cup

Skylan products arrive well packed and easy to assemble.  
Download the assembly instructions here! 

Skylan 2 Post stand assembly
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"I don't know whether the difference would be as great with speakers other the Harbeths (or similar designs such as Spendor) but for anyone who has paid the price for a pair of Harbeths and is purchasing your stands, these should be a mandatory!"

Reviews and Customer Comments

Positive Feedback

Positive Feedback Magazine
Referred to in Noel's bio, this excellent review by Gary Beard describes his experience with Omega speakers on Skylan stands.

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Skylan stands out in a 3 product review.
This review highlights Omega Speaker Systems' Grande 6 speakers on Skylan stands.
Paul Candy reviews Skylan Damping Boards (July, 2006)
"For stands, Louis recommended Noel Nolan's Skylan stands designed specifically for the Omega Super 3."

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Steve's Audio Blog
This extremely well written review is accompanied with great pictures (and observations) while assembling a pair of Skylan stands. 

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What's Best Forum
This comprehensive article covers the use of Skylan stands with Dutch&Dutch 8c's. The author covers his reasons for buying them, then the experience of ordering, shipping, assembly, leveling and positioning. He also documents his experience with the Q-Bricks. 

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Stereophile magazine
A review of Skylan speaker stands and Q-BRICK by Sam Tellig in May, 2012
Sam's Space, by Sam Tellig

"The sound difference is INCREDIBLE. Not subtle at all. ... The Skylans provide a much bigger difference including deeper bass, as well as fuller and more three dimensional midrange."

"Listening to the newly tweaked Skylans (adding Q-bricks) I forgot to be analytical. I spent several hours listening to music and forgot to pay attention. That is very high praise! ... So I believe the Q-bricks make the system more articulate and improve the overall frequency balance. It isn't subtle, it's global."

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