Once these are assembled, they are sturdy and look good. I have the speakers set up in a vertical position.
The reason for dropping two stars is that both stands had welding material in one of the three threaded holes that attach the stand to the base. I was able to knock one off with a screwdriver and a hammer. The other was in the threads, so I had to file it out, but kept enough of the thread that the stand is still stable.