So my Creative Inspire 7800 7.1 speakers have a pretty terrible range, so when I saw this post on the make zine blog I knew I had to do thing and make my own speaker stands. The idea is from this post at chrismetcalf.net.
The first step was to get some cheap lamps from wallmart. Yes I hate wallmart but they were $8.50 each.
With the obligatory lolcats reference.
I decided that I was lazy enough that two segments were tall enough that I just assembled them without having to cut them down. I could have used three (the lamp comes with four) but I have a projector and they would have gotten in the way of the screen.
I bought some simple screws and nuts and drilled bigger and bigger holes until I found the bit that worked with the screws. Each pole uses two screws, one to hang the speaker and the other to stabilize it.
My 8 speaker surround field is way better now, though it’s easy to mix up the left and right channels when you move the stands around. My speakers use RCA cables, not speaker wire, so I couldn’t fit the tips through the pole and the hole in the base. Instead I just velcro-tied them to the outside of the pole at the base.