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    I'm looking for 4 spkr. sets worth of carpet spikes for my RT800i and RT600i speakers. Does anyone have some they dont need?

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    Sag - If you don't find any, check out these:

    www.oregondv.com

    I have used their products, and they are really nice.

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    Sag, what happened to the ones your speaks came with?
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    I bought my speakers used. Because I'm cheap like that.

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    They're not hiding under the rubber feet?

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    Call or email Polk customer service. New ones will probably be cheap. I'd be afraid that I'd get the wrong threads or something if I went non OEM
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    Originally posted by Loud & Clear
    They're not hiding under the rubber feet?
    We're on the same page brotha.

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    I think I might order some spikes from polk... Only $3.20 for a set of 4.

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    Sag, did someone remove them from your speakers? Are the rubber feet there?
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    No feet at all:(

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    What's the deal with these carpet spikes anyway? Do they improve sound or something?? I just bouth a pair of R50's for my fronts and they came with the spike, but have the little feet installed.

    I understand that the spikes will probably hold your speakers in place better, but what's the real benefit?
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    Spiking a speaker does two things:

    Holds the speaker stationary. This is done by the spike penetrating the carpet and then sticking into the sub floor… slightly. This holds the speaker rigidly in place. You can get a similar effect using rubber feet, but it's not as rigid and can flex. By holding a speaker stationary you stop the speaker from using its energy to move the enclosure. Sound ridicules? If you place a micrometer against the side of an enclosure you can measure the back and forth movement. It is very slight and the largest swing I have measured is .0006" at the base. When you consider the amount of energy (HP) required to move this 45 lb speaker .0006" it is significant. This measurement was taken from a speaker without feet and on carpet. This is robbing the speaker of sound potential.

    Reduces base to floor contact vibration. Spiking a speaker also reduces the contact surface of the speaker with the floor. Thus reducing the amount of vibration that can pass into the floor. Once the energy from a speaker is transferred into the floor it becomes non-directional. This means is will go wherever it wants, usually into another room or apartment where everyone can enjoy the little thumps thumps. These vibrations also have a negative impact on surrounding components.


    There is a reason the high end speaker manufactures use speaker spikes; they add value to the speaker’s performance. The tones will be more focused and tighter and you will have more useable power. Polk offers a very good price to their customers on spikes and in my opinion the cost to upgrade is very little risk for the potential benefits.

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    Spiking a speaker does two things:

    Holds the speaker stationary. This is done by the spike penetrating the carpet and then sticking into the sub floor… slightly. This holds the speaker rigidly in place. You can get a similar effect using rubber feet, but it's not as rigid and can flex. By holding a speaker stationary you stop the speaker from using its energy to move the enclosure. Sound ridicules? If you place a micrometer against the side of an enclosure you can measure the back and forth movement. It is very slight and the largest swing I have measured is .0006" at the base. When you consider the amount of energy (HP) required to move this 45 lb speaker .0006" it is significant. This measurement was taken from a speaker without feet and on carpet. This is robbing the speaker of sound potential.

    Reduces base to floor contact vibration. Spiking a speaker also reduces the contact surface of the speaker with the floor. Thus reducing the amount of vibration that can pass into the floor. Once the energy from a speaker is transferred into the floor it becomes non-directional. This means is will go wherever it wants, usually into another room or apartment where everyone can enjoy the little thumps thumps. These vibrations also have a negative impact on surrounding components.


    There is a reason the high end speaker manufactures use speaker spikes; they add value to the speaker’s performance. The tones will be more focused and tighter and you will have more useable power. Polk offers a very good price to their customers on spikes and in my opinion the cost to upgrade is very little risk for the potential benefits.

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    You know that actually makes sense. :) Although i can't see this having a huge impact on the sound, I can see how it could/would imporve it slightly.

    Thanks for the answer. I might just have to plug those spikes in afterall.

    p.s. Watch out for that Back button ;)
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    Wow. I doubled my productivity with one click. I was wondering why it seemed to lock up :)

    Thx

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    Spikes can destroy your carpet if you forget it is spiked and try to move the speaker. I use the rubber feet on my RTi70's instead.
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    I am thinking about spiking my R40's as well. Can anyone attest to any improvement in quality, rather than just say would should be expected? Any real-life experience would be appreciated.

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    I can only comment sub wise, and that is earlier in the thread. Yes, I noticed an improvement with spikes, for my setup.

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