If you’ve bought yourself a previously enjoyed pair of Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 8000 or similar B&O speakers, you may well find that on the bottom of them are four screw-in spikes on each corner of the speaker base.
The spikes are designed for when the speakers are sitting on the carpet in order that they can penetrate through the carpet and make contact with the floorboards below so the speakers are firmly grounded.
But you don’t want to put those four spikes under such a heavy speaker base in contact with your laminate or wooden floor, do you?
For reasons to do with vibration and sound quality, it is important that the speaker bases have a good sound solid contact to the floor, for this reason, rubber feet are not recommended by Bang & Olufsen purists and enthusiasts.
Bang & Olufsen do make little feet that replace the spikes and they look like this:
However, the only place I could find them available online was in the United States at a price of $69 per set of 4 plus $19 per set of four shipping plus import duty. That seems rather expensive for what are essentially eight little screw bolts.
So I fashioned another solution for my speaker bases to sit on my laminate floors. Nice little domed chrome hex bolts you can see here one of them fitted alongside three spikes on the opposite corners.
This seems like quite a pleasing solution for not a lot of money – see what you think looking at these pictures.
The speaker bases now have four solid contacts to the floor as they were designed to, but nothing sharp enough to damage the floors – unless you plan on dragging the speakers across them.
I did some trial and error with all different kinds of bolts, spacers and washers and this is the solution I have come up with that works for me.
If you have some Bang & Olufsen speakers and you want to replace the carpet spikes with little feet more suitable for laminate or wooden floors, I’ve made the bolts available on eBay at a nominal price for the benefit of others. I did the leg work so you don’t have to.
Find them here: Bang & Olufsen Speaker Base Feet