Public address systems are commonplace in events ranging from massive festivals to small coffee shops and everything in between. The speakers of such systems often benefit from placement on proper stands, which allow them to project sound at optimal levels and angles.
PA speaker stands are essential parts of many public address systems, and it's no wonder there are so many options on the market. With such a wide variety of choices on the market, it's useful to know the top brands.
In this article, I'll share my take on the top brands to produce PA speaker stands.
Though obviously subjective and prone to biases, I've done my best to list out these brands based on the following metrics (in no particular order):
- Company reputation
- Performance and versatility of the PA speaker stands
- Longevity of the PA speaker stands
- Variety of PA speaker stands
- Accessibility of the PA speaker stands (how easy they are to find/buy)
- The company must currently be in operation
With all that being said, let's list out the brands.
The top 11 best PA speaker stand brands for live music in the world are:
- König & Meyer
- Gator Frameworks
- Ultimate Support
- Hercules Stands
- Gravity Stands
Let's get into each of these brands in greater detail and explain why they belong in the top 11 best PA speaker stand brands. I'll share their country of origin, a bit of history, an example PA speaker stand, and a link to their official website.
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König & Meyer
What K&M achieved in the world of pro audio is to become the synonym of sturdiness and reliability. Furthermore, they are responsible for some of the cleverest designs in the world when it comes to stands and other unsung heroes of music.
To achieve this status, the company worked relentlessly in creating and manufacturing all parts in-house. This way, they have absolute control over every piece of every stand ever to leave the factory. Thus, what you get is German precision to the last bolt.
If you want the best PA speaker stands to withstand a legion of screaming fans, you have to give K&M a chance.
Notable PA speaker stand: K&M 213 Hand Crank Speaker Stand (link to check the price at B&H Photo/Video)
K&M is a company that made a reputation for being the sturdiest, most reliable in the industry. This stand is no exception to that rule, from the zinc die-cast clamps to the infinitely variable height adjustment to the extra screw for extra safety.
Also, the hand crank and push-button system work wonders preventing uncontrolled reverse motion. You can even use it for lighting crossbars. If you want the best money can buy, K&M needs to be on your list.
K&M was founded in 1949 by Karl König and Erich Meyer. The company headquarters is located in Wertheim, Germany.
Official website: k-m.de
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Gator Frameworks came to life in 2013 as a line of stands from Gator Cases, a company founded in the year 2000 by a father-daughter tandem: Jerry Freed and Crystal Morris.
Since day one, Gator's reputation has been that of a great affordable option for musicians on the road. Indeed, the brand grew in sales and reputation because musicians turned into fans and spread the word. Such is the case that what started as a summer hobby is now a company with a 1,000-product catalogue.
Gator is a synonym of reliability and has built an empire on being a restless innovator. If you're out shopping for PA stands, you need to give Gator a chance. More than two decades of non-stop success back their designs up.
Notable PA speaker stand: Gator Frameworks GFW-ID-SPKR Lift-assisted Speaker Stand (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
The first thing you notice when you work with this stand is that it is effortless to operate it. This is because of the piston-assisted clutch design that makes set up and tear-down a fast and easy endeavour.
But that's not all; this is a very sturdy yet lightweight stand that comes with a handy carrying bag to take everywhere. Any surface since the tripod-style legs allow fine-tuning and can adjust to virtually any terrain.
Investing in a piston-assisted clutch is great for drastically reducing setup and tear-down times.
Gator Co. was founded in 2000 by Crystal Morris and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Official website: gatorframeworks.com
Parent company: Gator Co.
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To begin describing Ultimate Support, it is paramount to say that what separates them from the rest is that they employ an in-house group of engineers. Moreover, they break the mould every day from a facility equipped with state-of-the-art technology, modeling software, and a CNC machine.
Thus, Ultimate Support is in a constant “patent pending state”, innovating to make the ultimate stand for musicians worldwide. As a result, they've provided stands for acts in the White House among many other mainstream events like the Oscars or the Grammys.
If it is good enough for those stages, it has to work for your needs; check them out before buying anything else.
Notable PA speaker stand: Ultimate Support TS-110BL Extra-Tall Lift-Assist Speaker Stand (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
This is another great example of how air-powered lift assistance can be a game-changer during set up and tear down moments. But the wonders of this stand don't end there; it also features an integrated speaker adapter as well as the extra height and leveling legs.
Speaking of legs, you can fine-tune the length of each of the three legs in the tripod to accommodate this stand to uneven surfaces and get the job done despite the terrain.
If you're looking for a great stand that will get the job done effortlessly in any scenario, check this model out before buying.
Ultimate Support was founded in 1977 by Darell Schoenig. The company is headquartered in Windsor, Colorado, USA.
Official website: ultimatesupport.com
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Perhaps, the key to this company's astronomic growth was the idea of opening an inbound channel to receive information given by customers to dealers. This way, they took the first-hand experience as a compass to direct innovation. This idea took the company to be regarded as the most innovative yet affordable and sturdy stand brand in the world for many pros.
Thus, if you are after a stand that features everything you need and nothing you don't, it's paramount that you give this brand a chance. It has been perfected by users for over four decades.
Notable PA speaker stand: On-Stage SS8800B+ (link to check the price on Amazon)
This stand features some clever innovations that make it the go-to option for professionals around the world. The rubber feet keep the stand in place at all times, regardless of the speaker and the crowd. Also, the crank system is powerful and safe enough to raise or lower a mounted speaker. Moreover, you can operate it manually or use a power drill.
Finally, the wide base and speaker pole with adapter fit speakers with 1 1/2″ or 1 3/8″ sockets. If you want an effortless, sturdy, cleverly made speaker stand, you have to check this one out.
On-Stage is a division of Jam Industries, a company founded in Montreal, Canada, in 1972 by Marty Golden. On-Stage Stands was founded in 1979 by Jim Hennessey in Hartford, Connecticut. Today the company headquarters is located in Berlin, Connecticut, USA.
Official website: on-stage.com
Parent company: The Music People (Jam Industries USA, LLC.)
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After making speakers and enclosures for the most demanding stages and professionals in the world, this company has gained enough leverage and know-how to create the ultimate stands for any enclosure. Indeed, you can expect JBL speaker stands to be just as trustworthy as their speakers.
Furthermore, they are the natural consequence of over 7 decades of non-stop innovation and hard work dedicated to making the best enclosures in the world. Check them out before buying anything else.
Notable PA speaker stand: JBL JBLTRIPOD-GA Professional Aluminum Tripod (Gas Assist)
When you have been in the industry for a while, you know the effort it takes to set up and tear down a speaker system. Well, you can forget about that struggle because this stand's internal pneumatic shock raises the speaker for you.
Once up there, the durable, sturdy structure will keep it working flawlessly throughout the concert regardless of the surface or the crowd. If you want a tireless assistant that can elevate the speakers for you every time, try these stands out before buying anything else.
JBL was originally founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing and his partner in Los Angeles, California, USA, where the company is still headquartered to this day. The brand is now owned by Samsung Electronics and managed by Harmon International Industries.
Official website: jbl.com
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Hercules Stands became so popular so fast because they invented a revolutionary system that closes the stand's latch with the weight of the instrument. This cutting-edge technology is so reliable and trustable that it became utterly popular and is the go-to choice of pros in every corner of the world.
Besides that, every design commercialized by Hercules Stands shows the leverage of the over 90 years that the KHS Musical Group has been manufacturing state-of-the-art instruments and accessories. Thus, you can expect the perfect blend of current technology with a century of tradition.
Notable PA speaker stand: Hercules Stands SS710B Gear Up (link to check the price on Amazon)
The SS710B Gear Up by Hercules Stands takes the company's Quik-N-EZ technology and adds a crank system to the combo. As a result, you can securely lock the stand and set it up or bring it down effortlessly with a trusty method.
In the same vein, the speaker adaptor is not exchangeable but expandable to accommodate different speaker sizes. This stand is a great candidate for those after state-of-the-art technology, classic build, and superb operation.
KHS Musical Instruments Co., Ltd. was founded in 1930 in Taiwan and created the Hercules Stands brand in 2002. The company is headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan.
Official website: herculesstands.com
Parent company: KHS Musical Instruments Co., Ltd
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The story behind Yorkville's success has been told a million times: premium products and word of mouth. The outstanding design of Yorkville products turned the brand from a small operation in the back room of a music store to a globally-recognized success.
Throughout over half a century of existence, Yorkville stands have seen more stages, local fairs, and churches than most other brands on the planet. If you want affordable quality to get the job done time after time, this brand has to make it to your list.
Notable PA speaker stand: Yorkville SKS-50T (link to check the price at Direct Pro Audio)
This stand features extra-heavy-duty construction and a scratch-resistant black matte finish that turns it into a reliable, roadworthy option. Furthermore, the oversized rubber feet ensure a set-it-and-forget-it approach that can be a game-changer in most scenarios.
Speaking of which, the extra-wide base makes it the ideal option when you need to maximize stability on the ground or the stage. If you want a great, minimalist approach to getting the job done without breaking the bank, you have to check these stands out.
Yorkville was founded in 1963 by Jack Long, Jack McQuade, and Pete Traynor in Toronto, Canada, where the headquarters remain to this day.
Official website: yorkville.com
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Although it started with only two employees, nowadays it manufactures and retails a 250-product catalogue to 140 countries around the globe.
Furthermore, artists the size of Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Richie Kotzen, among many others, choose to trust their uncanny sound to this company night after night. After working on the world's most demanding stages with the best in the business, the company grew a reputation for being top-notch yet affordable equipment that can get the job done without breaking the bank.
If you are looking for reliability, great designs, and performance night after night, you should check Samson before buying any other brand.
Notable PA speaker stand: Samson SP-100 (link to check the price on Amazon)
This lightweight speaker stand can effortlessly raise the speakers to where the crowd needs them and keep them all night long, every night. The SP-100 honours Samson's tradition of delivering the quintessential tripod stand at a price you can afford with a great features/weight ratio.
If what you are looking for is a minimalist approach that has everything you need and nothing you don't, you need to check these stands out before buying.
Samson Technologies was founded in 1980 in Hauppauge, New York, as a subsidiary of Sam Ash Music. The company headquarters is located in Hauppauge, New York, USA.
Official website: samsontech.com
Parent company: Sam Ash Music
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Combining media, entertainment, and pro audio equipment, the Gradous Group manufactures and retails top-notch products to every corner of the globe excelling in every niche. Furthermore, because of its rich past in hi-fi home audio, you can expect obsessive attention to detail and uncanny reliability across the board.
If you are looking for an affordable option that can get the job done in style, this is a serious contender for your money.
Notable PA speaker stand: Auray SS-47A Deluxe (link to check the price on Amazon)
With an included locking pin for extra security, a rugged steel construction, and adjustable height from 3.8 to 7.5 feet, this tripod-style speaker stand is a great option. Furthermore, with weight support of up to 120lb, it works wonders for conferences, concerts, and DJs.
Finally, the rubber feet are oversized, offering optimum traction and stability on most surfaces. If you are in the market for a great stand that can be folded to 44″ and weighs only 9.8lb but can reliably get the job done night after night, this should be a serious choice.
Auray is part of the Gadus Group LLC, founded in 2011 by Tor Olav Seim. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Secaucus, NJ.
Official website: aurayaudio.com
Parent company: Gradus Group
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The story behind Odyssey's foundation is “need becoming the mother of invention”. Indeed, Montano and Hsiao had a DJ/production and DJ/record store, respectively but couldn't find any gear to satisfy their needs without breaking the bank.
They decided to create such a company with the combined leverage and experience and, to critical acclaim, became the go-to option for colleagues and other professionals. In other words, Odyssey stands have seen so many stages that they are tested-and-true workhorses worth checking out before you buy.
Notable PA speaker stand: Odyssey LTS2 (link to check the price on Amazon)
The LTS2 by Odyssey features all you need from a speaker stand in an easy-to-carry, lightweight format that can be set up in a breeze. Moreover, there are some clever details in the design worth mentioning, like the reversible speaker mount pole that can accommodate 1 1/4″ speakers or 1 3/8″ speakers depending on the side you use it. In the same vein, it features a pole safety pin and aluminum/steel tubing, making it as roadworthy and reliable as it is easy to use and transport.
This is a great choice if you're looking for a minimalist approach with reliable results.
Odyssey was founded in 1995 by John Hsiao and Mario Montano. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Official website: odysseygear.com
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Through the leverage of the Adam Hall Group, chosen by the Rolling Stones for a unique collaboration in 2014, Gravity Stands offers some of the best stand designs in the market. They combine decades of hard work and experience with restless innovation.
The best German precision meets decades of performing in the most demanding scenarios creating a groundbreaking catalogue of reliable, well-made products you can rely on, night after night.
Notable PA speaker stand: Gravity Stands SP 5211 B (link to check the price on Amazon)
Finished in a black matte powder coating, this tripod-style speaker stand comes equipped with a carrying bag. It weighs only 2.2 kg while delivering sturdiness and reliability in all its almost 2 meters of height. Moreover, the oversized rubber feet, clamp with a safety pin, and stainless steel height adjustment can withstand up to 50 kg.
If you're looking for the quintessential tripod-style speaker stand with a no-frills design and extreme reliability, you have to give this model a chance.
Gravity Stands is a subsidiary of the Adam Hall Group, founded in 1980 by David John Kirby. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Neu Anspach, Germany.
Official website: gravitystands.com
Parent company: Adam Hall Group.
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