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JerryDelColliano 01-13-2008 12:39 PM

Performance Racks
I am seeing an increasing trend of performance oriented racks.

Some POO-POO middle atlantic type racks as too flimsy and the cause of too much noise, distortion. Others have nice shelves that go into the industry standard racks.

For audiophile systems, I can ABSOLUTELY see using a MEAN rack with all of the goodies. The last thing you want in an audiophile system is vibrations that could throw your sound off with needless jitter etc...

How much would you spend on an audiophile grade rack?

Would you invest in performance oriented rack shelves for your more traditional Middle Atlantic rack?

kennyt 01-13-2008 02:16 PM

Re: Performance Racks
I don't really consider Middle Atlantic to be a high end rack, more a rack of convenience allowing gear to be stored out of the way, so I doubt I would spend more on upgraded shelves for it, but if I did have one, I likely would.

How much would I spend on a good rack? You already know that!

Yes, I have a shopping problem but my gear is so solidly sitting on the baddest a$$ rack you've seen!

rolexdaytona 01-13-2008 04:56 PM

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Pics of your rack would be nice.

kennyt 01-13-2008 07:50 PM

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I am having trouble posting pics from my Mac, I will post some ASAP.

deacongreg 01-14-2008 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by kennyt (Post 9350)
I am having trouble posting pics from my Mac, I will post some ASAP.


kennyt 01-14-2008 02:45 PM

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Sorry, I'll try it again....

This is kind of a PITS as the new Intel Macs don't run older, maybe any Photshop Elements so I have to compress them in multiple steps.... Oh and I had to rotate it or really compress it, I suspect you can unrotate it on your viewer.

There is one more shelf up top with the cable box and PS3 on it, and the HPA 2 is below the PurePower regenerator.

rolexdaytona 01-14-2008 03:44 PM

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I like it. Simple and tidy.

kennyt 01-14-2008 04:04 PM

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and amazingly sturdy too....

kennyt 01-20-2008 02:54 PM

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I have been working on a piece for AVRev on audio racks and have done so much research on them over the last two years and since it's scary.

There truly is a solution for every home and price point. I have researched racks that can be had for <$200 to over $30,000 and everything in between. I personally bought AudiAV racks for my main rig, but there are so many cool ones it was a tough decision.

davidboon 01-17-2009 12:15 PM

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Performance Racks is really nice

Mitchell Erblich 01-22-2009 01:51 AM

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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...

Mitchell Erblich 01-22-2009 02:17 AM

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Oh, If I had a high-end turntable and I don't OR in the future am really concerned about vibration, I would do the PREVIOUS HYBRID rack with 1" thick (anything thicker would weigh over 100lb per shelf) black anodized aluminum shelves , ala KRELL. Reference Subs or LATs or ... , and would bump the threaded rods to 3/4" dia. and maybe 6 or 8 rods/legs. This would give me play as to the height of each shelf. O,, these rods can be bought up to 10 feet long each, but the stores only stock up to 5' lengths.

HDTVnut 04-29-2010 08:29 AM

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To give Middle Atlantic credit, though, they make racks of all different shapes and sizes. I don't think there is another company on earth that gives nearly as many options as they do. You can always go up to a beast like their MRK configured A/V rack, which will hold 2500 lbs. Then there's racks like their ERK or WR roll-out enclosure. You can still mount these flush into the wall and they'll look the same if you've got custom RSH shelves and a trim panel. Don't even get me started on the number of options you can configure them with - hundreds of options for casters, fans, power, shelving, screws, panels etc.etc..etc..

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