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Postby Budddhacide » 05 Jan 2018 03:10

I'm shopping around for a cheapish audio rack. It needs to be no more than 18 inches deep. I'd like to get my handsome one of these but it's over 3 times the price on Amazon.ca.any suggestions for getting this one for a fair price in Canada,or something similar I'd love the input. Thanks.

https://www.amazon.com/Pangea-Audio-Vul ... Audio+rack
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby JDJX » 08 Jan 2018 17:29

The problem with most commercially available audio rack are many.....

They are cheaply made.
Many have no wire management provisions
They have no bottom storage areas.
Some seem to be simply repurchased book/curio racks or multi shelf utility carts.

I have an audio rack that is no longer available that essentially meets all the above criteria but, it is unstable. This is perhaps why it is no longer sold.
Fortunately, my listening room has a concrete base under the rug.

So, I have come to the conclusion that unless you have a home workshop and can fabricate your own, any audio rack you can purchase leaves much to be desired
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby Budddhacide » 09 Jan 2018 02:56

That's probably true. Id be content with a decent shelf made of wood tbh. All the ones available in Canada for a reasonable price are glass. Im peeved that one from Amazon is bloody pricey here, it's perfect but im not paying a 300% markup On a $100 shelf....yet anyway.
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby vinyl master » 09 Jan 2018 09:02

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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby Budddhacide » 10 Jan 2018 03:18

That's really interested actually. If i brought that list into home Depot and had them assist with cutting the mdf - would I be able to get everything there?

Does the or is the bar need to be cut? I'm Guessing it's not? IM going to try this.
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby vinyl master » 10 Jan 2018 09:08

Home Depot should have all the eseentials you need for the project...Bring a list of materials there and see what you can come up with! If you make the rack, make sure to show us some pics...Don't worry, we won't judge too harshly! :wink:

Seriously, though, many people have made that rack in various dimensions...Looks pretty darn solid, too! 8)
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby Sterling1 » 10 Jan 2018 14:34

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... pment.html Here's the real deal. You can add shelves for equipment that is not supported by rack ears. Put your turntable on the top. This sort of device allows for maximum customization for your exacting requirements. Plus, no worries about the rack breaking or equipment being exposed to shock or other hazard.
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby jdjohn » 10 Jan 2018 16:21

vinyl master wrote:You could make your own one of these, with a few pieces...

https://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/flexye.html

More info here, too...

http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php? ... ns.154096/

http://www.alexmeyer.com/audio/flexy/

That's VERY similar to stands made by Salamander Designs https://www.salamanderdesigns.com/racks ... io-stands/ except that the TNT version only uses three rods.

Interesting in the TNT FAQs that he says this:

May I use the TNT-FleXy Table with my analogue turntable?
I think it is not the best turntable table available. If your turntable is a cheap component you may use the FleXy with no fear :-) For more "audiophile-oriented" turntables I'm working at a special shelf that may successfully be used together with the FleXy Table, so stay tuned. [I don't see where he has posted this special one yet.]

I don't think Home Depot will drill the holes for you, and that is a critical step, so be prepared to take some time with that. I'm kind of surprised that the TNT webpage doesn't spend much time describing the drilling process. My advice would be to align and clamp all the shelves together tightly first, and then drill the holes through the whole stack. That way you are ensured to have them aligned together. It may be difficult, though, to find a drill bit long enough to go through the entire stack. A drill press would be HIGHLY recommended for this step since you'll want those holes to be perfectly perpendicular! Using a hand-held drill, you might get off a few degrees.
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby Sterling1 » 10 Jan 2018 18:16

You can also buy storage racks at Home Depot, industrial grade, which will accommodate your equipment. These have particle board shelves which set on steel pylons and frame. The steel frames are painted grey. If you do not like that shade, you can re-paint to match interior design of your audio listening area.https://www.homedepot.com/p/Edsal-72-in ... /202067997
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby Budddhacide » 11 Jan 2018 03:07

Problem there is I have very limited space towork with. The shelves been to approve 18in deep, and mayBe 24 inches long. So I like I can select the options. I just to make sure homedepot generally has everything.
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby davidsss » 11 Jan 2018 12:18

Making your own means you can get the correct size so a big advantage there. The TNT designs are very good, I made some speaker stands from one of their designs, my daughter still uses them with my old speakers.

One thing I would recommend is to have hollow legs (if you can) and fill them with crushed garnet or sand. Helps with isolation. I have a commercial (not particularly pricey) rack and I filled the legs with crushed garnet. I also made the TNT sandbox specifically for the turntable and it sits close to one speaker with no vibration.

Make the stand yourself and post pics, also ask for advice as many here can Help. Maybe also look for YouTube clips on home made stereo racks.

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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby Budddhacide » 12 Jan 2018 02:28

Thanks all. Im gonna do it, provided my girlfriend won't freak about the look. No accounting for some tastes, lol.

I have friends in the movie business that do props, I'm going to get one them to Help.

Not sure when this will happen, but it will.
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby vinyl master » 12 Jan 2018 06:30

If you do, make sure to show us some pics! :D
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby Rillto » 13 Jan 2018 13:08

Doesn`t get any cheaper than this!
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Re: Looking for a cheap rack

Postby Sterling1 » 13 Jan 2018 14:11

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That's really elegant; but, do you have a problem with it being too low to control without being on your knees. I must admit I need to get down on my knees to control my system on occasion and it's very annoying. I'm too lazy however to remedy the situation as it will require me to get behind my cabinets to re-wire; and, I fear I might not be able to get back out from my entanglement with snakes there. :D
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