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Old 01-22-2009   #11
Mitchell Erblich
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Default Re: Performance Racks

A AV rack is a look, feel, piece of furnature, and requires some thought as to how to solve a problem. Below is a summary of different racks that solved different problems that I had and I still own to this day.

Many years ago consumer racks were generally 3 to 4 feet in height had MDF walls and shelves and mostly feel into two camps : those that supported components that mounted on fixed height MDF shelves and those famous 19" racks that had 50% or more black metal. My first rack was the latter and a semi-pro unit and was made by Yamaha. IT currently is used reversed and is about 5' in height.

10 or so years ago, large CRTs weighing 100s of pounds were common and a rack to support a TV plus could be custom built by US company called Billy Bags. I had one built with 4" I-Beams as legs and welded metal shelves.

THe third and last bought rack was made by a company called Sound Anchors. THat stand again was custom and was designed to hold just extremely heavy amps below a screen. Yes, they also make speaker stands.

My last stand is a hybrid DIY and uses Salamander flat panel parts bolted to the top shelf via two uprights. The 24" wide shelves are solid 1 1/4" inch thick maple wood with four stainless steel 36" 1/2" inch roof threaded rods as legs. The shelves are bolted in place. The rods are rated at over 5k lbs each and can be bought at Home Depot. The rack holds over 500lbs of electronics. It was a overkill solution to allow the flat panel to be winged over 2 short subs. The closest Salamander Duo rack that supported a raised flat panel uses a single upright (limit size and weight of panel) and didn't/doesn't support 100 lb plus each amp and a total weight of 500 lbs.

So, IMO 1) You need to decide what type of equipment it is going to hold 2) whether wood / MDF or metal is what you want 3) whether it is to support a TV or a panel 4) Will you design it or just buy it and 5) Lastly the price....

Lastly, if any of your AV equipment is going to be HEAVY or HOT, my suggestion is to stay away from glass and acrylic as shelves. Yes. it looks good, but both have major drawbacks...
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