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Build an $8.99 Speaker Stand

Gary Diamond
September 8, 2004

Logitech’s Z-2200 Sound System has revolutionized the One Man Band (OMB) entertainment industry, particularly for entertainers who frequently perform at small venues. The Z-2200 is ideally suited for performances in nursing homes, assisted living centers, private parties with 50 or fewer guests, restaurants and cocktail lounges.

Right out of the box, the Logitech Z-2200 Sound System will wow anyone that takes time to properly EQ the keyboard to maximize the quality of both the vocal and instrument sounds. The problem that arises, however, is that the satellite speakers must be elevated to a height of four or more feet and angled slightly up in order for the sound to fill the room. The system’s sub-woofer can be positioned on the floor and the remote control can be placed atop the sub-woofer where it’s easily accessed. The solution to properly positioning the satellite speakers, fortunately, is quite simple and inexpensive. The following is a step-by-step guide to help you construct professional stands and brackets that will do the job. The cost of the stands is just $8.99 each and they’re available from most music stores and internet musical equipment sources.

music holder with support bracket cut off1. Using a hacksaw, cut the support bracket from the stand’s music holder, then smooth the edges using Emory cloth or a fine file.

2. The bracket’s edges can be touched up using black, permanent, magic marker.

support bracket from music holder

support bracked with notches cut out3. Using a small, rattail file and using the Z-2200s original stand as a template, file a small notch on both sides of the bracket to match the locator pins on the back of the speakers. Then drill a hole directly between the two notches that matches the original bracket’s hole size.

 

4. Again, using the original template as a guide, bend the bracket until the angle of the bracket matches the angle of the stand’s top connection.

5. Position the bracket on the back of the speaker, insert the screw and tighten until it is firmly seated. Be careful not to over-tighten the screw or you could strip it from the speaker housing.

The speaker can now be placed on top of the stand. The speakers should be positioned in such a manner as to achieve a slight upward projection of the sound. An angle of 10 to 15 degrees is probably more than sufficient. Here’s the finished product.

Notice that the forward weight of the speaker is positioned directly over one of the stand’s feet. This provides sufficient stability when in use. The satellites can then be positioned on either side of the keyboard and somewhat to the rear of the performer, thereby providing the performer the ability to monitor the system’s volume level.

Gary Diamond

 

This page updated on October 26, 2013 .