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  • I'd like an actual audiophile rack so looking for recommendations.

    I'm using a 5-tier audio rack by Sonora. It's a nice solid steel and MDF shelving audio rack that has served me well, but it's in no way an "audiophile" rack. Additionally, my gear is all black and the rack is as well, which is one thing I don't like anymore. I want a contrast so my gear "pops" a little more.

    Are there any racks out there considered to be somewhat of an audiophile rack for $1,000-$1,500 (max)?
    Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

  • #2
    The Quadraspire racks look and sound good for the money.
    Speakers/Amps: Genesis G2.2 Jr with Powered Servo-Sub Bass, Genesis GR1440 Mono Amps, 5,000 watts total power
    Preamp: SMc Audio VRE-1C Preamp (fully balanced inputs and output)
    Analog 1: VPI Signature 21 Belt-Drive Turntable w/ 10” 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti Phono Cartridge driving Lehmann Silver Cube Phono Preamp
    Analog 2: VPI HW-40 Direct-Drive Turntable w/ 12” 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Anna Diamond Phono Cartridge driving Genesis Gold Phono Preamp
    Analog 3: VPI Avenger Reference Rim Drive Turntable w/ 12" 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Verismo Phono Cartridge
    Analog 4: Second 12" Fatboy arm on Avenger with Ortofon 2M Mono SE Cartridge
    Analog 5: Studer A810 R2R tape w/ Bridge Console. Using built-in tape preamp
    Digital: Lumin Network Player with Lumin NAS
    Cables: Genesis Advanced Technologies/Absolute Fidelity Interface Interconnects, Speaker, Phono and Power
    A/C Power: Extensive System Upgrades, Sub-panel w/hard-wired power cables, and IsoTek Super Titan Passive Power Conditioning for Amplifiers
    Accessories: Custom Acrylic Equipment Stands, Klaudio Ultrasonic RCM


    • #3
      Target Audio is back and under Bryston's wing Johnny. Best part for you is....they're in Canada


      • #4
        These are nice racks covering a wide range of prices, many different finishes, not sure how much the surcharge is to ship to Canada

        Tascam BR-20
        Technics 1506 with tape path upgrades, FM head , DeHavilland 222 tape head pre
        Modwright Oppo 205 full tube mod w/LPS
        Euphony Summus server, EtherRegen, HDPLEX LPS
        MSB Discrete DAC (dual PS, ISLPro, balanced out)
        Pass Labs XP-12, XA60.8 (pair)
        Daedalus Audio Apollo 11’s
        VMPS Larger Sub
        Daedalus/Wywires, Audioquest, Acoustic Zen, Sablon Audio, Wireworld cables
        Core Power Equi=Power
        Adona rack; Stillpoints and IsoPods, Tube Traps, GIK


        • Johnny Vinyl
          Johnny Vinyl commented
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          Thanks for this. Lots of options. Maybe a little more $$, but reasonable price.

        • cpp
          cpp commented
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          Nice racks and they are built in my town.

        • rbbert
          rbbert commented
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          When I bought mine, they gave me just over a 10% discount from the prices on the Website, and then 1/2-price shipping as well. I don't know why, but if they don't offer a discount, ask about one.

      • #5
        Do you need one rack with five shelves, or will a double wide three rack shelf work?
        Steve Lefkowicz
        Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
        Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
        Digital: Geekom Mini PC (i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, JRiver Media Center 29, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug FMJ.
        Electronics: Khozmo Stereo Passive with AMRG Ladder Attenuator and "NewClassD" Active Stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
        Speakers: Tekton Perfect SET 15, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7, GoldenEar BRX
        Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
        Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
        Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
        Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, AV Room Services EVPs under the speakers, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
        Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM


        • Johnny Vinyl
          Johnny Vinyl commented
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          It needs to be a single rack as it's taller and better for my back. The height of the Sonora rack is perfect.

        • Bill Hart
          Bill Hart commented
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          Plus, I have this thing about double-wides. Particularly located in Oklahoma. Seems like they are magnets for lightening strikes. Go figure.

      • #6
        Johnny - I've been looking for a nice rack setup for awhile at a lower cost. To be honest I haven't seen anything even close to what I'd like for under over $2,000.

        A year or so back I priced the materials for the equivalent to a nice high end rack. The retail cost of the materials with no bulk quantity, wholesale or jobbers price discount was pretty much the same as the commercial rack.

        Of course, a weekend project with a few cans of Plastikote or Krylon, sandpaper, masking tape and a plan would give different cosmetics for the rack you do have, and give the opportunity to clean all connections.