Items such as speakers and DVD players can be placed on the top of your studio monitors in order to save space, or for some sort of function that will not interfere with your ability to hear and enjoy your recordings. There are some pros and cons to placing different items in your studio. While some prefer not to have anything on top of their monitors at all, some find that they actually make the music or videos seem to come alive. The type of music and/or video you are listening to can really affect how your recording turns out.
The biggest benefit of not placing items above your monitors is safety. If something were to fall and hit your monitor, you would most likely be hurt. Items placed at eye level could easily fall and hit you in the head or shoulders. This could result in a broken neck or life-threatening head injury. Lower shelves or other items that may be out of reach could also be tripped and fallen over, causing similar injuries. Some older people may have trouble seeing clearly from the front of a computer or television.
Putting items on the top of your studio monitor may also help prevent the dreaded sound echo that occurs when you are listening to music or watching a movie in an environment with a lot of background noise. The echo in the studio may not be noticeable to everyone sitting around, but it may be to someone standing next to you. Placing your items closer to you keeps more room between you and the sound in order to block out any unwanted echo.
Some musicians like to place their MP3 players or other electronic devices on top of their studio desks. This makes it easier to access when needed and protects the player from getting damaged. If the player were to break down during an exercise session, the musician would not have to take it down in order to clean it. The player would still have all of its components inside, and the cords would not be damaged. However, there are some musicians who feel that placing an item on top of the desk would make it harder to hear the sounds coming through the speakers.
When considering the placement of monitors, another question to ask yourself is if there are other things that need to be located within the space of the studio that may not be desirable. If there are children in the home or a dog that likes to roam freely, is it likely that you will be able to find alternative positions for them to play or watch while working? Many monitor stands can accommodate up to three extra devices that could easily belong in another room. Is it necessary to put these other items on top of the monitor stand in order to get them out of the way? If so, maybe placing those items on the floor is a better idea.
As you can see, the placement of monitor stands is very important. You will want to ensure that your equipment is out of the way, while at the same time, maintaining easy access to your main monitor. This can also help to prevent any interference with phone lines, or other electrical wires that you may need to use when performing. Keep in mind that it is very important to consider how your studio monitors will be used before you choose the best monitor stands to purchase.