Studio monitors are essential components in mixing and mastering, and proper monitor placement is critical. Though desk mounts and wall-mounts are options, many studio spaces will opt for monitor stands, which keep the monitors in place and isolated from the desk and walls.
Since studio monitors are a necessary component of a proper studio, it makes sense that there are plenty of studio monitor stand options on the market. Though the brand is far from the most important specification, it's worth knowing the best names to watch for when considering your first or next studio monitor stand purchase. In this article, I'll share my take on the top brands to produce studio monitor 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 studio monitor stands
- Longevity of the studio monitor stands
- Variety of studio monitor stands
- Accessibility of the studio monitor 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 studio monitor stand brands for live music in the world are:
- Quik Lok
- Monitor Audio
- König & Meyer
- Gator Frameworks
- Ultimate Support
Let's get into each of these brands in greater detail and explain why they belong in the top 11 best studio monitor stand brands. I'll share their country of origin, a bit of history, an example studio monitor stand, and a link to their official website.
What separates JamRacks from the rest of the brands is that the furniture and stands they make are 100% environmentally-friendly. Moreover, they employ bamboo almost exclusively, one of the most reliable and sturdy yet fastest-growing plants on the planet.
This commitment to the environment, the 25 years he's been in the business, and his love for playing drums led to building private studios in bamboo for artists the size of Lou Reed, Moby, and many others.
If you are looking for a solution with minimal environmental impact, top-notch craftsmanship, and lead by a musician, look no further.
Notable studio monitor stand: Grand Stand (link to check the price of a pair at Sweetwater)
The best craftsmanship meets ultimate isolation to make one of the most beautiful and sturdy stands in the market. Indeed, the Grand Stand by JamRacks features tilt-adjustable feet and an adjustable top going from 36″ to 42″.
The top is also isolated from the base and features a convenient cable management cavity in the center; this is a great asset to make everything look clean and neat. Finally, they are entirely made of bamboo and can withstand a speaker up to 125lbs.
JamRacks was founded in 2001 by Jeff Baker. Today the company's headquarters are in Jersey City, NJ.
Official website: jamracks.com
JamRacks is also featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Audio Studio Equipment Rack Brands On The Market.
David's (and Argosy's) story is as close to the American Dream as possible. He set out to build furniture for his home studio and, after phoning “Recording Magazine” and sending a photo of his new handmade desk, he was featured in the publication. After that, sales exploded exponentially, making Argosy the go-to choice for professionals around the world.
Although much changed in the Argosy world, the passion for a work well done, the obsessive attention to detail and the handmade quality remain the core of their product line.
Notable studio monitor stands: Argosy Spire 420Xi Studio Monitor Stands (link to check the price of a pair at Sweetwater)
These stands made of a powder-coated substrate are some of the sturdiest, most reliable in the market. Indeed, they can hold any size of monitors safe and sound for years.
But there's more than meets the eye in these stands; the patented IsoAcoustic technology isolates all rumble. Thus, it dissipates those low frequencies that can potentially ruin your mixes. Also, they keep all energy on-axis. In other words, all energy moves in the direction of the speaker cones, resisting movement in any other direction.
With a pair of Spire stands, you'll get the sturdiness, innovation, and reliability your studio needs.
Argosy was founded by David Atkins in 1994. The company's current headquarters are in Eldon, MO.
Official website: argosyconsole.com
Argosy is also featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Audio Studio Equipment Rack Brands On The Market.
The motto since the company started is to overcome all obstacles erasing the word “impossible” from their vocabulary. With this goal in mind, Zaor quickly became the go-to option for pro musicians and producers putting together their dream home studio. Thus, it is possible to find Zaor products in artists' homes the size of Snoop Dogg, David Guetta, and Finneas O'Connel (Billy Ellish), among many others.
Because of his background as a music shop owner and piano builder, Zaor has a customer-centric policy based on the flawless craftsmanship of having worked in one of the most-demanding instruments on the planet.
Especially for custom projects, but with a very interesting catalogue, the stands made by Zaor are as close to perfection as humanly possible.
Notable studio monitor stand: Zaor Miza Stand MKIII (link to check it out at Zaor Studio Furniture)
You can create a Miza environment in your home studio, blending these in seamlessly. They represent the pinnacle of design and elegance but also practicality and reliability. Indeed, performance-wise, the top part of the Miza stand is equipped with an Aerstop mat, a state-of-the-art isolator that ensures you'll lose no frequencies due to the rumble of the stand.
Also, with a cleverly-designed height adjustment, many colours to choose from, and flawless craftsmanship, your studio monitors were never safer or looked better.
Michele Zullo founded Zaor in 2006. Currently, the company's factory and headquarters are in Salard, Romania.
Official website: zaorstudiofurniture.com
Zaor is also featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Audio Studio Equipment Rack Brands On The Market.
One of the proudest badges Dave Morrison can bear in his chest is that he helped create the largest multimedia studios in the world with over 1.72 million feet. This was the pinnacle of his 20-year trajectory at the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
Those two decades, and the mammoth project he had to face, gave him the leverage and the understanding of sound needed to put together one of the most amazing catalogues in the market. From home audio to pro studios around the world, IsoAcoustics is the go-to choice for those who are serious about their sound.
Notable studio monitor stand: IsoAcoustics Aperta 200 Aluminum Acoustic Isolation Speaker Stand (link to check the price of a pair at B&H Photo/Video)
IsoAcoustics' patented isolation technology is all that you need to get rid of any unwanted frequencies masking your productions. But that's not all; the Aperta Series features unique technology for tilt adjustment that allows you to fine-tune the position and angle of your speakers.
This is a must-check before buying for those looking for the best technology available in a sober, neutral-looking package that will get the job done day after day.
IsoAcoustics was founded in 2012 by Dave Morrison. Currently, the company's headquarters are in Markham, ON, Canada.
Official website: isoacoustics.com
Perhaps, the most important innovation that this company came up with was the utterly famous disc that you can still see in many keyboard stands to regulate their height. Before that innovation, keyboard players needed more time and effort to set up their instruments.
After revolutionizing the piano stand world, the company branched out with critical acclaim. Thus, every stand by Quik Lok is the result of decades of hard work and bold inventions. Studio monitor stands are no exception to this company's flawless legacy and reputation.
Notable studio monitor stand: Quik Lok BS-402 (link to check the price on Amazon)
These stands' all-steel, arc welded construction is as sturdy as it gets featuring no chipboard or fibre parts. In the same vein, the sturdy metal top plate provides the ultimate safe and steady support to any speaker monitor. Also, the design (patented by Quik Lok) incorporates cable management into the structure. This way, your studio can look tidier than ever.
Finally, the stands are finished with a scratch-resistant, non-reflective, baked-on, black enamel finish that effectively protects them and gives them an elegant touch. If you want the sturdiest pair of studio monitor stands in the market, you have to check these out.
Quik Lok was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Recanati, Italy.
Official website: quiklok.com
Originally, ELAC was founded to focus on sonar radars and signal interception. That is not a minor detail since the brand was required to design and manufacture top-notch products that could save lives. This endeavour set the sky-high standards the company still abides by today.
As time went by, driven by an intense love of music, the company started developing state-of-the-art equipment. That leverage gathered during war years became their competitive advantage making them one of the most sought-after brands in the music world.
Such a deep understanding of sound has also allowed them to study isolation and sound transmission; thus, their speaker stands are among the best in the industry.
Notable studio monitor stand: ELAC LS-80 Speaker Stands (link to check the price of a pair at B&H Photo/Video)
These stands made of aluminum and fillable with your desired material are some of the sturdiest in the market. The reinforced thick steel base plate provides the stability you need. Also, the aluminum column filled with your favourite material will add damping and mass to the stand. Finally, the top plate is made of steel and is as sturdy as it is secure to work as a steady home for your favourite speakers.
This is a serious candidate for those in search of the best technology in isolation and ruggedness.
ELAC was founded in 1926 as ‘Electroacustic GmbH'. In 1978, ELAC was bought out by the American firm Honeywell and renamed to ‘Honeywell-ELAC'. Today, the company is owned by the Chinese investment holdings company Legend Holdings Corporation and is headquartered in Kiel, Germany.
Official website: elac.com
Parent company: Legend Holdings Corporation (China)
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Perhaps the biggest quality to observe about this brand is its flawless work welding steel and the outstanding material sourcing. As a result of this combination, the first-ever Italian brand in this business niche grew astronomically in reputation as well as sales.
Nowadays, despite being a family business still, SolidSteel manufactures and sells its products to some of the most demanding producers and musicians all over the planet, and the legend of the flawless Italian welders, the impeccable attention to detail, and outstanding materials are only growing.
Notable monitor stand: Solidsteel SS-7 (link to check the price of a pair at Crutchfield)
Born in 1992 and still a best-seller for the company, these monitor stands take home the prize for the most beautiful design and retro flavour.
Despite the retro look the company gave them, they are truly masterpieces of modern design. To begin with, the three tubular legs that form the body can be filled with any material and end in removable, stainless-steel spikes. On top of the tubular structure, an MDF shelf that can easily be swappable is decoupled from the base via three precision steel ball bearings. Finally, they are still made with the same brass welding process ensuring quality and sturdiness for years to come. Design and performance meet to create this amazing stand.
SolidSteel was founded in 1990 by Moreno Conti. The company's headquarters are in Montesilvano, Italy.
Official website: solidsteel.it
Monitor Audio is a company made by passionate audiophiles looking for the ultimate sound. That passion cascaded into a carefully-curated catalogue of outstanding equipment that has been the best-kept secret of music lovers for decades. Indeed, being big on the small details is this company's recipe for making some of the best speakers in the market, as well as the needed accessories to make them sound the best they possibly can.
With a deep understanding and passion for audio, this is a company you can't miss when shopping for your next pair of stands.
Notable studio monitor stands: Monitor Audio STAND (link to check the price of a pair at Crutchfield)
The company used bespoke metals in every section to ensure optimum rigidity. The top plate is laser-cut steel, the base is die-cast aluminum, and the centrepiece is made of extruded aluminum. That sturdy structure ends in chrome-plated spikes that guarantee maximum stability minimizing contact with the ground.
For those after the optimum balance between lightweight and sturdiness, this speaker stand is a serious option to check out before buying.
Monitor Audio was founded by Mo Iqbal in 1972 in Cambridge, England. Nowadays, the company's headquarters are in Essex, England.
Official website: monitoraudio.com
König & Meyer
Pursuing excellence is a bold move. Nevertheless, K&M attempted it from day one, keeping the design and manufacturing process of every part in-house. Although it might be cheaper or easier to outsource such materials, having them within the factory gives the company complete control over every product leaving the plant.
As a result, K&M is a synonym of the best, sturdiest, most reliable, and cleverly designed stands in the world. If you haven't already, it is high time you give this brand a try.
Notable studio monitor stand: K&M 26795 Design Monitor Stand (link to check the price at B&H Photo/Video)
Sitting on a sturdy 480x480mm base, the maximum height of 1344mm that it can reach is as stable and trustworthy as the minimum 794mm. The design of these stands is based upon a combination of gradually-adjustable tubes that can be set to the desired height via a spring-loaded clamping knob. Plus, to accommodate more than one speaker size, you can choose one of the three different plates available for this model.
This stand is a must-try before you buy.
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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One of the reasons that explain Gator's success story is that they became the best affordable option for the musician on the go. To gain that status, the company went through a relentless innovation process, shaping a catalogue that today offers more than 1,000 products to fans all over the globe.
Such is their understanding of the music industry that the stands Gator makes can be the go-to option for professionals and aficionados alike. If you want the best in the market at a price you can afford, you have to check Gator out before buying.
Notable studio monitor stand: Gator Frameworks GFW-SPK-SM50 Studio Monitor Stands (link to check the price of a pair at Sweetwater)
Gator Framework's take on what a studio monitor stand should look like is among the best interpretations of that need in the market. Starting with the stand's rubberized pedestal surface for the speaker and wide base for extra stability, you can be sure your favourite monitors are always safe and sound. Plus, with a maximum possible height of 1346mm, you can place them at your convenience to get the most out of your investment.
Gator Frameworks is a brand you can trust, and these stands only expand their flawless reputation.
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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Ultimate Support is a brand that made a bold move, just like K&M, keeping an in-house group of engineers and designers. The difference with K&M is that Ultimate Support built a state-of-the-art facility with cutting-edge design software as well as a CNC machine for them.
As a result, the company is in constant “patent pending” mode. In other words, they are constantly looking for new, innovative, and bold ways to solve problems. That is a road that has taken the company to stages like the Grammys and the Oscars, as well as the White House.
If they are good enough for those venues, they have to work for you too.
Notable studio monitor stand: Ultimate Support MS-100B Adjustable Studio Monitor Stands (link to check the price of a pair at Sweetwater)
This professional studio monitor stand is designed to be sturdy yet flexible, ideal for home studio applications.
To begin with, it is not only adjustable in terms of height but also of the axis. This makes it ideal for creating the needed triangle for optimum studio listening. Moreover, the decoupling happens in two spaces at the same time: spiked rubber-covered feet and decouple pads for the acoustic platform where your favourite monitors can sound their best.
Finally, they are available in black and red to suit every style.
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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