by | Sep 1, 2022 | Reviews, Z

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2022 @ 2:48 pm.

What are the best speaker stands? Let our expert staff help you find the best stands for a PA system, mobile DJ or karaoke. First, we interviewed three veteran DJs with 23 combined years of experience for their insights. Then we tried out stands ourselves by mounting a 12" speaker from QSC. Which ones were the best? Here are the winners.

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Best-Budget Friendly

Easy to set up
We liked the bang for the buck here, great for basic PA or mobile DJ setup with speakers 15" or less. Loved the high height (71").
$49.95

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Best Budget-Friendly: Rockville Pair RVES1 Adjustable TripodBinnice New Heated Socks

When it comes to speaker stands, like most audio for PA systems, there is a range of choices . . . and prices can quickly escalate. But what if you just need a basic pair of speaker stands without any fancy bells and whistles? We liked this pair of Rockville stands for their bang-for-the-buck.

What We Liked

• Good for speakers 15″ or less. FYI: When we refer to a speaker size like 15″, we mean those with a 15″ woofer. These speakers are most common for basic PA set-ups or small bands.

 • Sturdy.

• Affordable.

• Piston that enables the stand to rise and fall works well.

What Needs Work

• 100 lbs. capacity means these stands won’t work well for larger speakers.

• Narrow 31″ base could result in speakers being knocked over by accident.

• Speaker needs to be on stand to provide weight for stand to lower.

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Best for PA system

Very sturdy
This stand impresses us with the ease of use and overall quality construction. Also nice: wider base makes them more stable. Excellent weight capacity.
$35.39

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Best for PA System: Pyle Universal Speaker Stand

If you are in charge of setting up a PA system at a church or other facility, you probably need a speaker stand that is simple to set up and use. Since you aren’t transporting it like a mobile DJ, the weight isn’t as much of an issue. In this case, we like Pyle’s universal speaker stand. No, they don’t have the carry bag you find with the Rockville stands above, but we assume most PA set-ups don’t require that.

What We Liked

 Strong and sturdy.

• Easy to set up.

• Lightweight at 3.9 lbs.

• Can hold larger speakers up to 132 lbs.

• Base extends up to 40″ wide, larger than other stands in this price range according to our research.

What Needs Work

• No travel bag means stands may get dinged up during travel.

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Best Tried & True Brand

Good for road gigs
Perfect for small parties or events, these speakers extend up to 60" in height. We liked the build quality and sturdiness.
$73.99

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Best Tried & True Brand: Fender Compact Speaker Stands with Bag

If you are mounting expensive speakers and would prefer a tried and true brand speaker stand, this would be our choice: Fender. Yes, that is the same brand known for its guitar amps and other pro audio. And these speakers live up to the brand reputation, with excellent construction and sturdiness.

What We Liked

• Great for 12″ speakers (60 lbs. each maximum).

• Wide base to prevent tip overs.

• Good quality reputation.

• Durable.

• Travel bag is handy.

What Needs Work

• Only extend to 60″ in height, which is roughly a foot less than other stands we researched for this article. We think this height is fine for small parties or home use, however.

• A bit pricey.

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Best for Karaoke

Easy on the wallet
Loved this simple stand for its ease of use. And yes, it extends up to 54" in height, is perfect for that home party or small gig.
$28.51

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Best For Karaoke: QFX S-14 Tri-Pod PA Speaker Stand

When it comes to karaoke night at home, a simple speaker stand is all you need and this one fills the bill: QFX S-14. No fancy travel bag or other bells and whistles but it gets the job done.

What We Liked

• 60 lbs. weight capacity good for most speakers that are 12″ or less in size.

• 54″ top height is good for most home or small parties.

• Lightweight.

• Easy to set up.

What Needs Work

• Doesn’t extend as tall as other stands in this article.

• No travel bag.

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