Finally installed the feet on my HT2-TLs

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billmcc

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Finally installed the feet on my HT2-TLs
« on: 2 Nov 2018, 06:19 pm »
I've had my HT2-TLs for a few years and have never installed the feet due having soft pine flooring in my listening room. I was going to buy a set Herbie's threaded stud gliders so I didn't have to worry about marking up the floor. But at close to $140 for the set I decided to take a closer look a possible ways to use the feet that came with the HT2-TLs.

I didn't realize that the provided feet are not spikes per se but are slightly rounded. I went all out on a custom application so I could use the feet ;). I had a bunch of heavy cloth placemats and stacked three together for each speaker. This worked quite well and cushions the feet so the floor isn't marked and makes moving the speakers into position real easy.

I found that the HT2-TLs have a bit better bass response and imaging was improved slightly. Not sure if this is my imagination or due to better speaker/floor isolation and also raising the height of the speakers 2 1/4". The one aspect of installing the feet that surprised me is that the HT2-Ls are much more stable with the feet installed. I thought the HT2-TLs would not be as stable but they are now very stable even more so when the plinths were flat on the floor.

So I highly recommend that anyone concerned about installing feet on their Salk speakers due to flooring or other concerns to definitely do it. You might have to come up with a "custom" install as I did. But it's well worth the effort :)!

Bill

rlee8394

Re: Finally installed the feet on my HT2-TLs
« Reply #1 on: 2 Nov 2018, 08:32 pm »
Use quarters. Cheap and effective.

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Re: Finally installed the feet on my HT2-TLs
« Reply #2 on: 2 Nov 2018, 08:59 pm »
A less expensive alternative is the laminated shapes from Vingh at ? audio.

Otherwise for mucho bucks the Gaia feet work wonders.

billmcc

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Re: Finally installed the feet on my HT2-TLs
« Reply #3 on: 2 Nov 2018, 10:02 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions but I'm good with my "custom" place mat design ;). Using quarters is a good suggestion I guess. But I'd end up with eight impressions of quarters on my floor. I also don't see quarters as being very stable as far as keeping the speakers in place if they were bumped into. Metal to metal with no recess to hold the spiked feet in place. The GAIA Speaker Isolators look very impressive but the least expensive set is $400 for a pair of speakers. More than I'd be willing to spend.

Bill

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Re: Finally installed the feet on my HT2-TLs
« Reply #4 on: 3 Nov 2018, 01:14 am »
Could you use a drill or a nail set to make an indentation in the metal?

Thanks for the suggestions but I'm good with my "custom" place mat design ;). Using quarters is a good suggestion I guess. But I'd end up with eight impressions of quarters on my floor. I also don't see quarters as being very stable as far as keeping the speakers in place if they were bumped into. Metal to metal with no recess to hold the spiked feet in place. The GAIA Speaker Isolators look very impressive but the least expensive set is $400 for a pair of speakers. More than I'd be willing to spend.

Bill