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Audio Rack Suggestions

I'm around halfway done with my analog rig and two words come to mind:  Expensive and Heavy.  I'll be receiving my VPI Classic 2 turntable this week and received my Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum integrated amp this past Friday.  Both total over 100 lbs.  I've been researching audio racks as of late and I really like the double-width option.  Box Furniture Co. (http://www.boxfurnitureco.com/doublean.html) has an audio rack that I really dig, however at around $4K, it's out of my price range.  The goal is to place the turntable and amp on the same top shelf to keep out of my 18 month daughter's curious hands.  As I continue to build out my system, the CD player will be on the bottom shelf.  I've looked into Billy Bags, Sanus, and Salamander audo racks, but would like to know from all my fellow audiophiles what recommendations they may have.  Any hep wil be greatly appreciated!

 

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I know Mana has bit the dust, I think Sound Organization is still around or maybe Chicago Steel (not the hockey team) used to make stands I think.  My personal stand is a steel frame with lightweight veneered particle board shelves.  I don't remember the make, maybe Sound Org.  These have always been my favorite, whether Billy Bags, Sound Organization, Sanus, etc..  Definately spending more than BB seems a bit silly to me.  They are all very good at what they do.  I'd not spend more than 400-500 bucks on a rack.  I think more than that you are only buying bragging rights.

Look at Sanus Systems.  Just because they are sold in the big box stores doesn't mean they are bad.. ;-)

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Quadraspire is another possibility,

I recently became aware of Quadraspire when checking my favorite hifi dealer's rack selection. I purchased a five shelf Q4evo set. The price was per shelf, and you specify the column height for each shelf (from 4 - 12 inches), and the wood finish. They are assembled similiar to a Salamander rack, but with solid wood shelves, and without fully theaded rods, nuts, and washers, so it looks nicer than Salamander's Archetype in my opinion. Cost was almost double the Salamander, but a fraction of the Box Furniture's price.

The Q4evo won't be wide enough for side by side components, but they also sell a couple of AV versions, QAVM, and QAVX. Rated at 100kg & 180kg per shelf.  http://www.quadraspire.com/av-racks-hifi-stands/av-racks-av-stands-av-furniture-tv-stands-plasma-stands.html

Might be worth a look if you can find a dealer.

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I had somewhat the same problem and simply bought an oak equipment unit that is 43" tall and 24" wide. My turntable is on the top, and my Audio Research PH-5 phono preamp (19"wide) fits on one of the shelves, with LPs on the bottom shelf, and a CD player etc on the other shelves (5 shelves plus the top).

It is strong, functional, and nice-looking; real oak veneer. It is also on casters, which makes it easy to move if I want to get it out from the wall to juggle cables or move equipment. I think I paid about $350, and the quality is very good.

Mine is the WOOD TECHNOLOGY AR-43. They also make a 53" tall and a 28" tall unit . The manufacturer says it is rated for 300 pounds. You can also get it in a dark (ebony or expresso) finish if you don't care for the natural oak.

The price on many of those audio racks is insane; thousands of dollars for a unit that costs less than $200 to manufacture.

 

salesbury wrote:

I'm around halfway done with my analog rig and two words come to mind:  Expensive and Heavy.  I'll be receiving my VPI Classic 2 turntable this week and received my Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum integrated amp this past Friday.  Both total over 100 lbs.  I've been researching audio racks as of late and I really like the double-width option.  Box Furniture Co. (http://www.boxfurnitureco.com/doublean.html) has an audio rack that I really dig, however at around $4K, it's out of my price range.  The goal is to place the turntable and amp on the same top shelf to keep out of my 18 month daughter's curious hands.  As I continue to build out my system, the CD player will be on the bottom shelf.  I've looked into Billy Bags, Sanus, and Salamander audo racks, but would like to know from all my fellow audiophiles what recommendations they may have.  Any hep wil be greatly appreciated!

 

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Thanks for the reply, guys.  I looked into Quadraspire (http://www.needledoctor.com/Quadraspire-Sunoko-Vent-2T-Audio-Rack?sc=2&c...) and it looks solid but I like the look of the Box Furniture the most.  Too bad it costs an arm and a leg.  I also like the simplicity of Hi-Fi Racks from the UK. 

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I would suggest checking with someone that makes furniture or cabinetry.  I had a guy that made the all the cabinets in my house make a rack for me.  Very similar in size to the one you like. My rack cost me between $650 and $700 not including spiked feet which were an additional $120.  You don't need them though in my opinion.  Very beautiful, solid and hand crafted rack.  Let me know and I can send you a pic.

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@acrisante - Picture please!

acrisante - That seems like a great idea.  Can you please post a photo of your audio rack? 

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