After reviewing a few speakers, it quickly becomes apparent that placement and organization are equally, if not, more pivotal to the home theater experience. This realization means you’ll probably need to invest in pedestals like OmniMount and their Gemini 2 Bookshelf Stands, which get the job done without hurting more conservative wallets.
There isn’t much to it, other than a few pieces of garnish to accompany the straightforward black steel tube towers, which will appropriately integrate themselves into any living décor. Since these come in a pair you can expect two sets of everything you need to be included from the screws, 6mm foot spikes, 6” by 5.75”metallic top plates, post extensions, four decorative base inserts (which are reversible with different trim); and ‘OnmiMount’ badges to top everything off.
Unlike other brands which offer a multitude of series and models based on price and scale the Gemini 2 keeps it simple. By offering height adjustment for just 24” or 31” by way of the base extender (that has to be installed), this provides a simple fix for most common ear level setups. The middle-of-the-road approach is meant to accommodate midsize speakers and is officially rated to handle up to 20lbs, despite the somewhat narrow base. You can also conceal loose wires underneath and run them upwards, just keep in mind that thicker AWG type (10-Gauge or larger) probably won’t be able to fit through the complimentary openings.
Assembly is required but straightforward with a Philips screwdriver and your hands to secure everything together in less than 15 minutes. You do get instructions but there’s nothing to read with only step-by-step pictures to guide you through the process, you basically start building from the base and work your way upward while being mindful of not stripping the screw threads. The top plate doesn’t make use of anything except double-sized adhesive which is okay if you’re a bachelor audiophile living alone, but a potential concern if you have hyperactive dogs or curious toddlers crawling around – it’s definitely a cost-cutting tactic that can be remedied if you place them behind furniture that doesn’t block the speakers themselves.
But let’s be honest here, the MSRP is $89.95 (it’s even cheaper on Amazon) so that means the aesthetics aren’t quite there with expensive alternatives that costs double the price, but then again, that’s exactly the point. It’s really supposed to offer the same amount of durability and versatility without the premium, and for the majority of people who must live within their means the Gemini 2 will hit that sweet spot.
Armed with some Pioneer SP-EBS73-LR Elite bookshelf speakers which are hefty 15.9lb small units all their own, we put the Gemini 2 to the test. For all the money spent with other models we found that they actually produce nothing counterproductive in terms of sound quality; this includes unsettling vibration or resonance through the floor, or visible rattling. Basically they did everything that speaker stands are ultimately supposed to do.
Despite the debatable lack of polish, nobody should go wanting with the OmniMount Gemini 2 Bookshelf Stands if essential mounting is number one priority. They feel sturdy and will hold almost any large satellites with ease, however, we’re not fans of the somewhat cheap use of adhesive for perching speakers on that top plate. Either way, I won’t discount the viability that comes these stands if you’re after a quality home theater living room under budget — I’ll certainly be keeping them around for the long haul.