Audio Racks

Discussion in 'General Audio Gear Discussion' started by velvetx, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. velvetx

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    I have the salamander. It is very nice, but not the sturdiest rack I've ever used. I might go with something more solid if you are going to put a big heavy turntable on top.
     
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    I have four of the Salamanders...they are good/cheap/easy but if you have a very heavy plinth and carpet, TMoney may be right. Feels fine for everything else though.
     
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    Can someone define very heavy? What is the typical weight of a decent turntable? In regards to the plinth I assume that this is one of those things if you wanted to you could replace the stock plinth and get a really heavy one?

    Thanks for the information thus far I will have to go to the drawing board and add these characteristics.
     
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    My VPI is like 60 pounds I think? I'm tempted to wall mount it. Sadly there's no good place to hide everything else if I wall mount it.
     
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    I can also recommend HiFi Racks in the UK ( http://www.hifiracks.co.uk ) . I think they might have worldwide distributors.

    I recently bought a wide version to sit below the TV to house AV and stereo equipment. It's solid oak, modular and they'll build it to any height or width you like. Not cheap- but very nice quality. They do a wall mount for Turntables / gymnastics



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    I have Salamander cabinets also, and they are pretty nice. But they are the most expensive put together furniture I have ever bought... I would recommend them if they are in your budget and meet your aesthetic requirements.
     
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    Thanks for the update but Salamander racks are cheap compared to the high end stuff that are out there. I am leaning towards picking up a solid steel rack.

    Probably the S5

    http://www.musicdirect.com/p-148708-solidsteel-s5-series-twin-shelf-modular-audio-rack.aspx

    More than likely due to the weight of a potential vinyl setup probably get one of these for my turntable.

    http://shop.mapleshadestore.com/SAMSON-Turntable-Stands/departments/263/
     
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    I guess it depends on your perspective and your monetary resouces... In my home office, I just have Sauder put together furniture that is much less expensive but pretty sturdy with a reasonably good looking oak finish, but it was never "designed" specifically for audio purposes such as having ventilation and such.
     
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    I see what you are saying. I considered it but I have some thick carpet so I need something a little more heavy duty :(
     
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    I went though a number of Target and SO racks over the years. Had a Lead Balloon turntable stand, too. Then, one day, I was walking though BestBuy and saw a sideboard-like TV stand on clearance. It was fairly rigid to begin with, I modified it a bit for more stability, and ditched the audio racks. This thing looks great in the room, holds all my gear in a non--audiophile manner, and the turntable sounds even better. Win-win.
     
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    I went in to a high end turntable dealer (years ago when such a thing was not unheard of) because I had become disenchanted with my Rega P3.
    But after listening to me for awhile the owner of the shop said, "Well certainly that model can be bested, but I think your problem is that you
    don't have it on a sufficiently rigid support -- and it's probably not properly level."

    So instead of a brand new Nottingham Space Deck, he sold me a utilitarian steel hifi rack, some adjustable brass cones, and a level. At least with my turntable, this made a tremendous positive difference. I'm still happy with this arrangement. The rack is not pretty, but it is welded steel and is just as functional as the day I brought it home. So I'm sold on the idea that a rigid rack is the way to go.
     
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    Anyone recommend audio racks with a door & closed back?

    When not in use, my stuff gets dusty like crazy. Cleaning the rack is one thing, but I fear the dust could get inside my amp/dac.
    How does everyone else handle dust & specs of dirt/hair that gets on your equipments when its out in the open.

    I been eyeing this
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/252323474685?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    A bit pricey, but I haven't found anything similar.
     
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    The problem with closed backs/fronts is heat dispersion. You can open the door when you're running your equipment but if the back is permanently closed that's going to trap a lot of heat.
     
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    Where I'm from, it's pretty cheap (less than $400) to have a custom rack done made of solid wood, which makes them really heavy though. I chose teak wood and walnut for mine:

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    It's still halfway done, but is supposed to look like this when it's done. Although, mine is a rack taller.

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    It's finally done!

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    Total cost was $320. :)
     
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    Seeing stuff like this makes me want to start buying power tools and building my own... but I know that way lies madness.
     
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