- Depressed with my old stereo rack. A no effort put-together shelf kit
- Needed something to brighten up and add contrast to my equipment
- Wanted it to blend with my "man-cave basement ambiance"
- Had to be more open and accessible from behind the rack to access equipment
Old stereo cabinet. Depressing.
My new cinder block stereo rack. Made this from (12) 4x8x16 hollow cinder blocks and (3) 8x16 paver blocks. Total cost with 3/4" bullnose laminate 4' shelving was $50 from local hardware store (Menards).
I cut one of the shelves to make a larger opening for vinyl records to fit.
The top shelf doesn't have any weight from the cinder blocks, so I put some thin, rubber-backed, carpeting on top of the cinder blocks before setting the final shelf on top.
The shelving rack is 37" tall. 48" wide. Just shy of 16" deep.
The basement is nice and dry (dehumidifier 24/7). No static or dust issues when playing vinyl. Strangest thing that happened after building the rack is that the music sounded much better. I can sum it up in one word: Imaging. Not just with vinyl, but equally with CD music as well. It's as if the old rack was resonating or something to create a lot of false images. I'm sure the hardboard backing in that old shelf had something to do with it.
Anyway, the musical instruments and vocals just float in an almost eerie realistic way. Someone might say: The way stereo is supposed to truly work! It all puts a smile on my face every time I head down to play music.