Thanks for the tip on the Skylans. After looking into the other stands these seemed to offer the best quality for the buck. I talked to Noel and what a nice guy his is! Completely screwed up Irish/Canadian accent but that just added to his charm (the missus is Irish). You can tell he takes this stuff seriously. He custom sized the base for extra stability and also the speaker plate to perfectly fit the dimensions of the VR1's. How cool is that? $200usd and I should have them by the end of the week. BTW, he added ceramic connection point to his stands recently. If you don't have them, you might want to check in with him. I have no idea if it makes an audible difference of course but you seem to take this more seriously than I do.

Thanks again