The Best Studio Monitor Stands for Professional & Home Studios

You already have a desk, some insulating studio foam, and maybe even some cozy guest bean bags, so why do you need to install a monitor, and what are your best studio monitors?

Your studio will resemble a giant, hollow ball in an ideal universe, with a free monitor floating in the centre (click here for the top studio chair). No sound obstructions, no noises, nothing that clutters and distorts the sounds that you hear. The best audio reproduction you can achieve, truly! Most individuals, however need to walk somewhere so you cut your ball in half and add a board. Opposing surfaces raise the bass frequency of a monitor, an effect known as loading. Note, a monitor mount is not only designed to allow you to position your monitors best, but also to isolate or de-couple them sonically, so that your sound is as clean and precise as possible. To keep things in balance while playing, you can also look at the equalizer pedals.
For many different applications and specifications, Studio Monitor basics are available. Prices range from below $50 upwards, so there is a lot to consider when purchasing stands. We have reviewed ten of the best items currently available on the market below.

What are the Highest Rated Adjustable Studio Monitor Speaker Stands in 2020 ?

1. Definitive Technology Professional 600/800

This robust display stand has been designed especially for the smaller range of ProMonitor speakers from Definitive Technology. Although the bases do not have height adjustment, they are built to place the tweeters at the exact level of the ear, so your studio ensures accurate sound reproduction.


The central stand has an inner cable guide, which significantly adds to this monitor stand's professional look and appeal.

The height of the ProMonitor 60 monitor stand is 35.88" made from heavy duty, high tensile steel, while the height of the ProMonitor 80 speaker stand is 36.63"

The upper plate is thin, only about 2'x2 ', but a screw mount is provided to firmly connect the monitor to the stand.

Usually, for wooden or tile floors, the bases come with both leveling spikes for carpeted floors and flat rubber glides.

Although produced exclusively for the ProMonitor 60, 80 and 800 series, the Pro Cinema 60 series will also work with these mounts.

Pros:

  •   Designed to precisely position your monitors at ear level
  •   Inner guide for cables
  •   Made from heavy duty, high tensile steel
Why We Liked It - 
We find a rather sturdy, but lightweight, monitor stand. The screw mounting ensures that your speakers are safely held in place, and your monitors are stable by the leveling spikes and rubber glides. They have been designed to position the monitors at ear level, even though they are not height adjustable. The leveling spikes and rubber glides ensure that both carpeted and hard studio floors are appropriate for each stand.

2. Ultimate Support MS-100B

Sold in pairs, the standard of these display bases is excellent and skilled. They provide several features that are useful. It is so smooth and quick to change the angle and axis of the bases that the stand's tilt angle can also be changed with a monitor already in place.

There are four points of acoustic isolation, provided by rough, top mounted rubber pads and spiked, rubber covered feet, to achieve the best display audio decoupling.

There are three internal channels in a rough, metal stand, one wide and 2 small. The big cavity is built for sand or shot loading, for best weight control, while the 2 smaller cavities are perfect for audio and electrical cable management. The tough conductive aluminum column of the 6000-series shields your cables and avoids noise and interference.

The top mount is extremely heavy duty, non-slip and with a front lip, allowing your monitors to rest on the bases without anchoring them.

Generally, our analysis of this monitor stand was rather positive.

Pros:

  •   Rugged, sturdy layout.
  •   3 internal networks to handle the best ballast and cable
  •   Amazing buyer feedback

Why We Liked It -

Such monitor bases are robust, attractive and ideal for small or specialized organizations. A very superior, clean sound is made possible by the main internal cavity that can be filled with ballast, plus the decoupling features. The patented tilt system, although not height adjustable, will allow you to find the best sweet spot. Internal cable routers hidden in the booth help to keep all studies and studios tidy and clean.

 

3. VideoSecu

This stainless, black-finished studio monitor stand is built for stereo or surround sound and can accommodate up to 30 lbs. It's a very flexible stand that is compatible with many of the leading loudspeaker brands, including Sony, Bose and Acoustic Energy.

You should be able to quickly find the best position with comprehensive height adjustability from 26.5" to 47" Plus, these studio bases come with a top plate with side clamping that can both tilt about 10 degrees and pan 180 degrees. The upper plate has an adjustable width ranging from 5.5" to 11", a very fast and simple way to secure the stand to your precious display.

The package is supplied with flexible, screw-in rubber feet, fitting for both carpet and tile floors, to ensure stability.

A central cavity built into the stand allows for the neat concealment of all cables.

Although the relatively small base means that this stand is not recommended for a larger speaker, for a smaller home display, it is more than sufficient.

Bases are sold in a package of two units.

Pros:

  •   Central cavity allows control of cables
  •   Top plate will tilt and pan both
  •   Flexible top plate enables the safe positioning of monitors

Why We Liked It - 

These display mounts, priced at under $50 dollars a pair, are amazing value. These studio display bases are very flexible with a clamping top plate adjustable from widths of 5.5" to 11", which can be both tilted and panned, plus the height adjustment of the central column. The tough metal structure and internal cable routing means that an elegant part of any studio will be created by this stand.

 

 

4. Ultimate Support JS-MS70

Coming in at under $100, this is a decent studio monitor stand for beginners or smaller operations. Supplied as a pair, for best stability, each stand features a low profile, triangular foundation.

Strong enough to carry up to 50lbs of decent sized displays, but light enough to drive around, we liked these bases really. There are four height changes, from 32.5' to 42.25', and a secure locking pin arrangement secures the column.

Each monitor stand has rubber feet for wooden floors and leveling spikes for use on carpets to contribute to stability. For the best sound decoupling, the rigid metal top plates measuring 9"x 9" are also used with insulation pads.

This display stand is lightweight, around 8.4 pounds, making it easy to carry and compact. In fact, it's easy to disassemble each stand, and it'll even fit in your regular-sized luggage. If the low-profile bases are reassembled, you can wedge these monitor mounts into your studio's tightest corners! In fact, the mount's sturdy, hard-wearing, metal construction makes it best for portable studio use.

Pros:

  •   Priced well
  •   Slight and quick to assemble
  •   Solid, low-profile metal foundations for easy positioning
  •   4 changes to height, 32.25", 36.25, 40.25" and 44.25
  •   Locking pin for protection

Why We Liked It -

We found this monitor stand to be extremely adaptable and sturdy, being of all metal construction. Height adjustment is simple, and to keep the height firmly set, there is a strong locking pin. The low profile bases are particularly useful, allowing the units to be placed very flexibly, plus the supplied rubber feet and the carpet leveling spikes guarantee a very stable product.

 

5. OnStage SMS6000

With a view to affordability, longevity and creativity, OnStage bases have been engineered and we think they do a very good job.

Each stand is intended to place monitors at the level of either sitting or standing. The lowest height is 36.5" and the highest is 54". You should be able to find the best height for your monitors, with holes drilled every four inches along the central column. By a fast and simple, yet solid, clutch and pin mechanism, the height of the stand is secured.

Suitable for controlling weights of up to 90 lbs. Some pretty hefty speakers will take up every monitor stand. "A generous 18" is the triangular base spread, and leveling spikes are given to ensure you achieve stability.

To keep your monitor from slipping, the upper plate is 9 12" square with 1mm foam strips."

Sold as a pair, both home and recording studios are intended for these monitor bases. They are built to be compact and for easy travel and storage, the entire stand breaks down into three sections.

Pros:

  •   Conceived to be portable
  •   Heavy, with up to 90 lbs of carrying capacity per monitor
  •   A great deal of height adjustability
  •   Robust and durable

Why We Liked It -

 Both professionals and amateurs alike use these common studio monitor mounts. In the central column, numerous holes allow you to locate your ideal sound with the highest accuracy. The arc-welded construction is solid and robust, and your expensive monitors will ensure a very stable stand with an 18" base spread. There are simple instructions for assembly and an allen wrench, allowing each studio monitor stand to be assembled in minutes.

 

6. DR Pro SMS1BK

If you're looking for a wood finish monitor base rather than metal the DR Pro SMS1BK Studio Monitor Stand might be the top studio monitor stand for you.

The central steel column of the monitor stand is hollow and gasket-sealed, allowing the best weight control to be applied to your choice of ballasts. Nevertheless, even without extra weight, these foundations are strong and very solid. The height of this stand should be the best height for sitting at a studio desk, although the height can not be changed. In most professional and home environments, a classy, wood grain finish ensures these monitor pedestals will look fine.

The monitor bases come with both leveling carpet spikes and vinyl glide feet for additional stability, perfect for studios with hard floors. In addition, the kit contains adhesive cable clips that are best attached to the back of the column to allow tidy cable management.

These units are sold as a pair and the 5-year warranty shows the trust of the manufacturer in this piece.

Pros:

  •   Supplied cable clips for tidy wire management
  •   Attractive finish with wood grain
  •   5 year warranty + 5 year guarantee
  •   Sealed gasket and hollow foundation

Why We Liked It -

These medium-priced monitor mounts are durable, and will perfectly fit into your home or professional studio with their classy, wood grained finish. These monitor bases are also very stable, beautifully weighted and with an inner sand or shot cavity. The cable clips provided will keep everything neat, and you should have some real peace of mind with the 5-year warranty.

 

7. K&M 21300 Heavy Duty

These medium-priced monitor mounts are durable, and will perfectly fit into your home or professional studio with their classy, wood grained finish. These monitor bases are also very stable, beautifully weighted and with an inner sand or shot cavity. The cable clips provided will keep everything neat, and you should have some real peace of mind with the 5-year warranty.

Pros:

  •   Strong steel building
  •   Up to 100 lbs of weight capacity
  •   Unbelievably variable adjustment in height
  •   Stable base-style tripod
Why We Liked It - 
These stands, tried and trusted by professionals worldwide, could well be for you. These stands take up quite a lot of space with their heavy construction and large tripod style legs, and so are probably not the top choice for smaller establishments. Versatile, stable and strong, these stands deserve respect with excellent height adjustability and a large carrying capacity.

8. Raxxess ERSS-42e

This stand has an attractive, square column design with a black oak laminate finish, built from 3⁄4' furniture grade hardboard. With ease and stability, the upper base will support up to 35 lbs.

The upper plate and the base are both 12" square, and the base can be removed without difficulty to allow the center post to be filled with ballast. However it is worth mentioning that the base is not sealed with gaskets. In order to avoid any irritating ballast leaks, some users fill plastic bags with sand and insert them into the inner cavity. We used this technique during our review and found it to be very efficient.

The Raxxess ERSS-42 stand is not height-adjustable at 42", but you should be able to achieve good, true, vibration-free sound at perfect ear-level with the central column ballast filled to allow acoustic de-coupling.

Sold in pairs, these stands are priced reasonably enough not to cause a hole in your pocket to be too big.

Pros:

  •   Attractive finish, wood-laminate.
  •   Solid square design of columns
  •   Central cavity for good sonic decoupling enables ballast filling
  •   Good reviews by buyers
Why We Liked It -
We feel that these stands are a very good purchase, fairly priced and attractive enough for any studio. It is possible to quickly remove the solid central column from the base so that it can be filled with either sand or shot easily. This additional weight facilitates superior decoupling of sound.

9. Ultimate Support MS-90/45B

A wide cavity divided into three chambers is composed of the central column. While the wide chamber is ready to be filled with either sand or fired, the two small chambers are for your audio and power cables, allowing for wonderful sonic decoupling. Not only that, but the column is made of sleek, anodized, conductive aluminum that protects your cables, eliminating noise and interference.

The height is a helpful 45" non-adjustable, which should enable you to find that sweet spot." In order to further meet your requirements, both spiked and ball feet are given.

For very superior sound, all of the MS series of stands have 4 layers of de-coupling. In order to position your speaker without fear of scratching, marking or sliding, the stable upper stand features thick pads.

These stands are equivalent to many much more costly products on the market with their robust, secure structure, cable and weight control.

Pros:

  •   Effective cable management for weight, audio and strength.
  •   Thick upper-stand pads to avoid marring
  •   Conductive construction of aluminum prevents noise and       interference from
  •   Concealed cavity suitable for filling with a chosen ballast
Why We Liked It - 
These moderately priced stands, marketed as a pair, compare favorably to some much more pricey stands available right now. The central column is made from a material that reduces cable noise and interference. The central chamber, split into three parts, has separate audio and power cable cavities and the ballast of your choice.

10. Gator GFW-SPK-2000

This very inexpensive tripod-style foundation, sold individually, can serve several different functions. For live bands, DJ's and PA applications, they are an incredibly common option.

Soft rubberized knobs are used both for tightening the legs and changing the column height, making the monitors easy to position.

This stand can cope with some fairly large monitors with a weight capacity of up to 125 lbs, a 35 mm/38 mm interchangeable display stand, and its tripod building.

These stands, made of aluminium, are relatively lightweight and may therefore be prone to bumps and knocks, but the feet are supplied with removable, red protective trim for use in poorly lit areas to help minimize the risk of accidents.

These are very flexible stands, height adjustable for 48" up to 81" and weighing only 6 lbs.

For any quality defects in workmanship or products, Gator Frameworks provides a 3-year warranty.

Pros:

  •   Lightweight 
  •   For dimly lit venues, removable red safety markers
  •   For quick change, rubberized knobs
  •   Excellent buyer feedback
Why We Liked It -
These stands, both inexpensive and adaptable, are designed for a multitude of applications. These stands are ideal for DJ's, live bands and even PA systems, with a weight capacity of up to 60 lbs. The two rubberized knobs allow easy height and tilt adjustment, while excellent stability is provided by the lightweight, tripod construction.

Studio Monitor Stands Buyers Guide

Top Pick - Definitive Technology Professional 600/800

Although specifically built for the ProMonitor 60, 80 and 800 series, these sturdy, robust stands are compatible with the ProCinema 60 series as well.

We appreciate studio stands with audio and power cable inner cavities, as wires snaking around your studio could prove hazardous to both your personal and expensive studio monitors. These stands, however have been engineered to place your studio monitors at the exact ear level, providing the finest, most precise reproduction of sound. In smaller studios, studies, family rooms and even specialist set-ups, these studio stands are attractive, sleek and discreet and will look fantastic.

When you're seated, they're tall enough to make a decent sound, but trim enough to fit into smaller spaces. The upper plates of these stands are thin, just about 2 'wide, made from heavy duty, high tensile steel, but the screw mounting ensures that your speakers are securely anchored to the stands. The leveling spikes given for carpets and the rubber glides should ensure that your monitors are secure. We don't think you'll be disappointed if you purchase this product from both our own experience and the many favorable buyers' recommendations.

Premium Choice - Ultimate Support MS-100B

Due to their flexibility, excellent quality, cable and weight control, and tough engineering, we have selected these stands as our premium pick. These stands, used by both professionals and smaller studios, provide an impressive four points of sonic separation and decoupling of sound.

In addition, the central column of 6000-series conductive aluminum shields your audio and power cables and eliminates noise interference. This central column contains three internal channels, a third larger column ready to be filled with the ballast of your choosing, the smaller two for your sound and electrical cables. The bottom base is securely attached to the central column and we did not find any leaks when we filled the ballast cavity with sand.

Some of our review's best sound decouplings are provided by the upper, mechanical platform. Plus, with your studio monitors in situ, it is also possible to incline the angle and pan the stand, offering very fine adjustments. Along with the added weight of the ballast of your choosing, the steadiness of these stands is greatly increased by spiked, rubber covered feet. For carpeted studios as well as tiled or hard wooden flooring, the feet are suitable.

Best Value - VideoSecu

We agree that the VideoSecu PA Display Stand Mounts thoroughly merit our 'Great Value' award with outstanding variability and incredible pricing. Up to 30 lbs will accommodate the sleek, steel black finished studio stands, which are built for either surround sound or stereo set-ups. They are acceptable for a wide variety of monitors, including Sony, Acoustic Energy, Bose, and many others! Heights can be set at elevations between 26.5 and 47, so you should be able to find the elevation that is right for you whether sitting or standing.

The upper side clamping plate, and both tilts and pans, can be changed from a width of 5.5" to 11". These stands are supplied with rubber feet that are ideal for studios with both carpet and hard floors. A channel to allow for tidy cable storage is given by the robust central column. If you're just starting out or already have a proven studio, with these wonderful, well priced, portable studio monitor stands, we don't think you can go far wrong.

Are Studio Monitor Stands Necessary?

Take a brief look at your room for studying or recording. The reaction produced by speakers placed against walls or on floors or desks will not sound the same as your final mix. It is said that speakers stacked against walls or on floors are 'loaded' and the bass response would be amplified and your final mix can sound a little thin when played back.

If you are getting sonic echoes from your environment, a helpful method to test is to use a mirror. Try positioning your desk or an adjacent wall with a mirror. If you can see the face of the display mirrored in the mirror from your seat, the surface can distort the sound you hear. To dampen the floor, you should then either use some sort of absorptive material or use stands to reposition your speakers.

Also, if you can sense any noises they are contributing to the sound you are hearing, consider cranking up the sound and then hitting any of the surrounding surfaces and objects such as lamps, chandeliers, etc. So the most critical functions of your monitor stands are possibly to separate your monitors as much as possible and to get the best positioning of your speakers.

If you have a home theatre system and the bass is a little on the light side, the positive side of monitor loading is that putting the speakers on the floor in corners would raise the bass levels by about 9 dB.

Why Not Use Headphones instead of Studio Monitors?

Cans are perfect for picking up minor inaccuracies and tweaking the mixes to a very good degree, but in combination with monitors, many musicians tend to use them. The biggest downside of headphones is that the sound is artificial.

Our brains are used in both ears to perceive sound coming into them. Sound coming from the left would be much louder in that ear, obviously, but it will also be heard at a lower level in the right ear- ditto for sound emanating from the right. The sound is pumped directly into the ears by headphones, and the left/right distinction is lost.

Ultimately, there are many recording artists out there who are very pleased with just only using headphones or standing directly on boards, desks, piles of books, milk crates, etc. Eventually it comes down to the solution that best suits you.

Purchasing The Right Studio Monitor Stand For You

There are many recording artists out there all with different requirements, and you should be able to find the best stands for you once you've developed your own specific needs. The following are things that you should worry about;

Price

Prices are from under $50 to thousands of dollars for studio monitor stands. The display stands we tested all came in under $400 and covered a wide variety of finishes, heights, adaptability, decoupling of tone, and portability.

It might be better to play with a cheaper studio monitor stand for musicians just setting up new studios, to really get a feel for the various monitor bases and the functions they perform. In our study, many of the cheaper studio monitors proved extremely durable and of high quality construction.

Height Adjustability

Can you use your monitors only while sitting in your studio at a desk, or do you need to change the height of your stands to both sit and stand while listening?

Monitor stands such as the Ultimate Support MS-90/45B Studio Monitor Stands and the Raxxess ERSS-42 Monitor Stands are not height adjustable, but are designed to position your speakers at perfect height. On the other hand, height wise, very adaptable units such as the K&M 21300 Heavy Duty Speaker Stands are which ensure the best sound whether you operate sitting or standing.

Many of the non-height adjustable studio stands are built with a regular desk and chair in mind. You will need a more compact stand if you are planning to listen to your sound from an extra low couch, bean bag or something similar. Similarly, if you are planning to position a stand behind existing studio furniture (click here for our full guide), please make sure that the stand provides ample height to protrude over items from your monitor and not be obstructed by it. Know that the quality of the sound you hear will be significantly influenced by all such obstacles!

Stability

Both the upper and lower bases need to be measured when considering stability. Stands are very sturdy, lightweight, tripod type, but not ideal for smaller studios or cramped spaces. Stands such as the JS-MS70 Studio Speaker Stands Ultimate Support have a low profile but stable, triangular base and are ideally suited to certain snugger regions.

Many stands often sell both leveling carpet spikes and rubber feet or glides in addition to stabilization, making them ideal for both carpet and hard floor surfaces. Some studio stands also have a large inner cavity that not only enhances the sound quality of your monitors, but also contributes significantly to your ensemble's overall stability.

None of the studio monitor stands we checked had wheels provided. Stands with wheels may be incredibly useful for heavier monitors to assist with the proper placement of your microphones, providing they are lockable. The frustration of seeing the slowing exit to the left of your precious display and vanishing down the stairs can only be imagined.

The scale of the upper plate is also of great significance when considering stability. A stand will be able to support the weight of your monitors comfortably, but its scale can make the ad wobbly stands unstable.

Another significant aspect to consider is your recording or listening space. Will kids or pets have keys to your recording studio, for instance? A cat curled on top of a monitor could make the top of the stand heavy and shaky. Likewise, is it likely that an errant child or animal might push past your monitors, sending your costly kit crashing to the ground? Certainly, stands with wheels that can not be firmly locked in this kind of setting, or studio stands with smaller bottom bases will not be the best bases for your purposes, in all likelihood.

Suitability

Modern studio monitors are constructed with a number of different finishes, built to accommodate specialist studios, small home studios, studies, and even general studies. There are several stands, such as the Definitive Technology Professional 600/800 Monitor Stands, designed with a particular range or brand of speakers in mind, to ensure the safety and stability of these specific monitors. To work with your specific brand of studio monitors, it may not be possible to adjust or change these stands.

Other brands have an adjustable upper base with non-slip surfaces, such as the Ultimate Support MS-100B Professional Studio Monitor Stand, and a lip to hold your costly stands securely in place. Alternatively, various models have wide flat upper bases that ensure that monitors remain stable without requiring mounts to be secured or adjusted.

 

Sonic Decoupling

Modern studio monitors are made with a number of different finishes, designed to fit professional studios, small home studios, studies, and even general As already mentioned, giving you a cleaner, more precise sound would be one of the key functions of your studio monitor stands. Many stands feature hollow central columns, such as the Raxxess ERSS-42 Monitor Stands and the DR Pro SMS1BK Studio Monitor Stands. The best ballast of your choosing will fill these cavities and provide superior sound decoupling, as do foam isolation pads and rubber feet.

There are a total of four decoupling points in the Ultimate Support MS-100B Professional Studio Monitor Stands, providing a very clean and precise tone.

 

Neatness and General Appearance

As modern studio monitors are constructed to fit technical studios, small home studios, studies, and even general living spaces, with a range of different finishes, modern studio monitors are equipped to suit professional studios, small home studios, studies, and even general living spaces. Wood laminate finishes combine seamlessly with a sleek commercial style in a general home setting or a studio. Many other stands come in elegant black metal finishes, an elegant option that may be better suited to your purposes, but an alternative that is solid.

Certain stands often build different cavities, keeping your power and audio cables tidy and shielded from view. Other brands, such as the DR Pro SMS1BK Studio Monitor Stands, are equipped with adhesive cable clips that can be attached to the back of the stand. If you have several cables and wires snaking across your studio, cable management may be something to consider.

Maneuverability

It is amazingly necessary to position your speakers, height, distance from your ears, etc. Monitor stands allow you to move speakers away from studio walls, raise them away from floors and desk surfaces, and change your speakers so that they are positioned as symmetrically as possible. Both of the above ensure the best possible audio reproduction.

And when playing back on several different devices,' cleaning up' your room will ensure that the sound you hear during recording is as similar as possible to your final studio mix.

Portability

You which need a more compact, traveling studio and some stands, such as the JS-MS70 Music Display Stands Ultimate Support, are built to be packed easily and will even fit into your daily baggage. Other stands, such as the Raxxess ERSS-42 Monitor Stands with a wood-laminate finish, are much heavier and not really appropriate for lugging around the world. It is also worth taking into account that the laminate finishes may be more susceptible to chips, scratches and other damage that may be caused when traveling. Perhaps these kinds of finishing stands are better left in your permanent studio or home base.

What is the Greatest Studio Monitor Stand?

Obviously, finally, the safest & top-rated studio monitor stand is one that caters to your needs as closely as possible. You must consider restricting variables such as the affordability, weight and size of your monitors and the availability of space in your range. You would also need to weigh factors such as; height change, are you planning to listen to both standing and sitting on your monitors? Do you need features like tilting and panning? Will your speakers be situated in an environment that is purely studio-type, or do you want them to blend into your general living environment? The stands would be compatible with your studio monitor brand, or are brand-specific, and you don't own that brand—oops!

Conclusion

There are many reasons why people want or need studio monitor stands and, thankfully, there are many items on the market that satisfy all these different needs and needs more effectively. It should all take into account variables such as price, stability, brand-specific items, portability and the size and weight of your studio monitors. Do you need black metallic or matte finishes, the best for your recording studio (click here to find out more in the study), or would you like a wood-look to suit your lounge or studio better Please take into account the position of your monitors. Make sure you have a very good understanding of your specifications when buying a monitor stand, and you should not go far wrong. With your range of monitor bases, we wish you the best of luck and satisfaction.