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#207944 - 05/12/08 04:55 PM Balancing new M80's
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I just picked up my new M80's Friday and have been breaking them in, but have a question. Has anyone else experienced problems with getting their speakers to balance properly (i.e., not wobbling) on carpet? I installed the spikes on the bottom of the speaker and as well the risers, but neither seems to keep the speakers from having a little wobble to them (feels like they could fall over with just a slight brush-up against them). It seems like a wider base attached to the speaker bottom and then attaching the spikes/risers would cure this problem. Has anyone tried this and if so how did you go about doing this (build your own, purchased modification)?

Have played the M80's for ~ 15 hours and they sound great, looking forward to find the proper placement for them in my room.

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#207948 - 05/12/08 05:05 PM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: brucks]
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Mark has a picture of an outrigger mock-up. You can buy some, or DIY your own plinth or base. It'd help with the stability.

Hopefully, Mark will chime in shortly.



Edited by St_PatGuy (05/12/08 05:06 PM)
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#207956 - 05/12/08 05:52 PM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: St_PatGuy]
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No such thing as "break in" \:\) , according to the Axiom...

I have very thick pad/carpeting in my rec room/HT and the 80's do feel a little uneasy, but have never fallen over. My kids have learned to STAY away.... \:\)
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#208019 - 05/13/08 09:11 AM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: SirQuack]
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Brucks,

Maybe you tried this, but I only screwed my spikes in about 3/4ths of the way, and then adjusted each one (testing the wobble) until it felt stable. With the spikes not all the way in, you can move each one up or down. When it felt dialed in, I screwed the lock rings up hard to the bottoms of the speakers to keep the spikes in place.

The M80s DO have a very high centre of balance, so some instability is inevitable. But you can stop them from wobbling!

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#208025 - 05/13/08 10:39 AM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: ClayB]
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M80W perhaps
Weeble shaped speakers for anyone who remembers that "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down."
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#208044 - 05/13/08 02:00 PM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: Murph]
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I dunno, they've got to be more stable than the M50s or M60s. The heavy woofers are lower.
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#208045 - 05/13/08 02:11 PM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: Ken.C]
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I've found that the 80s and the 60s tend to lean out at the top whenever placed on carpet, which of course would make them even more wobbly ... U.S. Quarters used as shims placed under the two outboard rubber feet cured this problem for me.
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#208048 - 05/13/08 02:25 PM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: RickF]
brucks Offline
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Registered: 04/12/08
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Rick,

Love the Avatar, still mis SRV. Riviera Paradise is one of my test songs when auditioning speakers, and the M80's passed this test very well. I'll try a couple of Washington's under the outside feet and see how that works. Thanks for the tip.

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#208051 - 05/13/08 02:55 PM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: RickF]
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 Originally Posted By: RickF
U.S. Quarters used as shims placed under the two outboard rubber feet cured this problem for me.


First I wondered why they had to be U.S. quarters but then I realized that if they were Canadian quarters, the beavers might eat the wood.
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#208055 - 05/13/08 03:25 PM Re: Balancing new M80's [Re: Murph]
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I didn't mean to discriminate Andrew, the U.S. version is all I could find floating around my abode that fit snug under the rubber feet of the speakers. Is the Canadian and U.S. quarter the same size? How about if we stated that the North American variety of the 25 cent piece placed under the rubber feet of these speakers makes for great shims? \:\)

Just think, I used to save those things for gas money.


Brucks, glad to see that you enjoy Stevie Ray .... 'Riviera Paradise' is an awesome song to show off the system as well is the studio version of 'Little Wing'. Welcome aboard!
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