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    Join Date: Apr 2015

    Location: Meriden, UK

    Posts: 221
    I'm Phil.

    Default Equipment racks - is the cost justifiable?

    Looking around for a new rack for my gear at the moment, but am massively reluctant to pay the asking price of some of the items on offer.

    Atacama, Hi-Fi Podiums and the like are asking £150-£200 per shelf; whilst I understand that quality materials are involved, they’d need to be hewn from the skeleton of a virgin unicorn to genuinely command the prices being asked.

    Does anyone understand the reasoning behind the price points?

  2. #2
    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: Toulouse, France

    Posts: 5,461
    I'm Kevin.


    They charge what people are willing to pay.
    Get a rack made by a chippie, and it would probably be cheaper.

    Too busy enjoying the music....

    European loan coordinator for Graham Slee HiFi system components..

  3. #3
    Join Date: Nov 2010

    Location: Yorkshire

    Posts: 8,494
    I'm AnDreW.


    Make your own. I have no experience, made my own, it looks ok. Cheaper than spending silly amounts.

    CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU+Dorado DECK 1210 Mat Crystal Audio Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony armboard Feet Isonoe/Ebony PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/3 Stage Regs/Recap PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black FGS CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10


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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Norfolk, UK

    Posts: 5,366
    I'm BigBobJoylove.


    I just use normal AV racks for mine; flat packed jobs. I’ve never heard any audible difference between normal furniture and hifi furniture (except that acrylic stuff that’s very bendy and wobbly - that made a heck of a difference!).

    Main system
    Ben Duncan mains conditioner
    ATL Audio DC mains trap
    Mac mini running Fidelia
    Samsung 55” TV
    XMOS DSD Async USB to Coax converter
    RME Audio ADI-2 FS (AK4493) DAC
    AD Audio bespoke balanced valve buffer stage with...
    1959 NOS RCA Red Base black plate 5691s
    Joe Henry-built Pass Labs Aleph 3 Class A power amp
    Reiver Acoustics Edingdales speakers
    BK Double Gem subwoofer
    Chord Clearway XLR interconnects
    Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC speaker cable
    Audioquest SLiP Neutrik subwoofer interconnect
    Audioquest Crimson USB interconnect
    QED Quartz Reference optical interconnect

    Secondary system
    iMac 27" 5K
    Technics TRS cassette deck
    Arcam rDAC
    Arcam A85 integrated amp
    Edifier S3000 Pro active speakers
    Atacama SE24 stands
    Chord Chameleon interconnects
    Audioquest Evergreen interconnects
    Silver Studio USB interconnect

  5. #5
    Join Date: Jul 2016

    Location: West Wales

    Posts: 128
    I'm Jonathan.


    If you are happy gong it a try make your own. For example wooden shelves and legs a bit like hifi racks. Hardware available on ebay.

    Sometimes decent racks come up secondhand, if wooden any ‘dings’ can be repaired or lived with.

  6. #6
    Join Date: Mar 2017

    Location: Seaford UK

    Posts: 1,667
    I'm Dennis.


    I made mine from four larger diameter broom handles, and MDFG shelves, all polyurethaned and used spikes from Wilmslow.

    Everyone laughed during the process, but now they think differently and say it looks good and is well made.

    And I think commercially it has become another milking racket.

  7. #7
    Join Date: Dec 2018

    Location: Alford Lincolnshire

    Posts: 76
    I'm William.


    Should you fancy a bit diy then you might be interested in this



    I hope it helps



  8. #8
    Join Date: Apr 2014

    Location: swansea

    Posts: 433
    I'm gerald.


    Phil if you knock up a rough drawing with sizes my son in law makes bespoke furniture.I have shown him some units and he laughed at the prices what they charge for them If intrested send me a pm and I will send you my email address and get a price for you

  9. #9
    Join Date: Mar 2014

    Location: KY - Scotland

    Posts: 5,088
    I'm Mike.

    Default Equipment racks - is the cost justifiable?

    I use IKEA Lack coffee tables with legs cut to size, £17 per table

    Ok some will say to watch the legs as they are hollow but they are pretty strong even cut down.

    My power amp is 33kg and the TT is about 15kg at a guess, no issues.

    Last edited by mikeyb; 22-01-2021 at 10:34.

  10. #10
    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

    Posts: 30,314
    I'm Martin.


    The construction of the rack might affect - in fact almost certainly will affect - the sound of a turntable. For any other component it won't matter at all.
    Current Lash Up:

    *Audiolab 6000CDT* SoncozSGD1 * Krell KSA100 mkII * JM Lab Electra 926 *

    'You fool! To think that your ape-brain could contain the full knowledge of the Krell!'

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