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HipoFutura 24th July 2006 01:19 AM

Your Thoughts on Racks & Stands
This is a bit off topic, but it relates to the solid state components in my hifi system. I'm trying to find a suitable rack or stand for the Phase Linear gear in my hifi system. My criteria are: 1) Looks, 2) Strength, 3) Size.

I have a pair of tube mono-blocks that are the center pieces of my system. I'm looking for a VERY attractive rack/stand to hold the four Phase Linear power amps/pre-amps and the Paradigm X-30 crossover.

It has to look sharp! I'd like it to be under 4' tall (shorter is better). And it has to be strong enough to hold about 100 lbs of Phase Linear gear. I'll have to figure a seperate way to display the mono-blocks.

I'd like to see what others have done, and any recommendations.


Glen B 24th July 2006 06:10 AM

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Salamander Synergy racks are attractive, strong and versatile. I house my 2-channel system components that include an 85lb. amp and 100lb. line conditioner in a single 41-inch tall Synergy S40 rack. The door pictured is optional and removable in seconds via quick-release latches on the hinges.

MRupp 24th July 2006 07:46 AM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, off course - here is what I use and like, and my priority is also looks:

They have separate “amp stands” and are not overly expensive for a hifi rack. They have other more “traditional” stands too, and very high built quality.

SRMcGee 24th July 2006 12:21 PM


I'm sorry that I cannot post any photos of what I have built, but you might consider building a rack to your own specifications using Bosch Rexroth's extruded aluminum parts. Bosch Rexroth offers struts in a variety of sizes and profiles, as well as all of the hardware you need to assemble an exceptionally nice-looking and very strong rack. Many of the commercial manufacturers use Bosch Rexroth parts, though most also use distinctive shelving sourced elsewhere.

My rack is a 4 shelf unit and the Bosch Rexroth parts were purchased from one of their US distributors. The distributor cut the struts to my specifications (incredibly tight tolerances) and had all of the miscellaneous hardware I needed. Though not cheap, my rack looks identical to products selling for about 3 times as much as I paid.


HipoFutura 24th July 2006 10:36 PM

Scott, Can you post a link to the specific material? I would like to build my own as I could then have a rack mount section for the Phase linear gear and a shelf section for the mono-blocks.

The Salamander and Spider stands do look sharp. I spend quite a bit of time last night looking at their products trying to visualize how they could be modified for my requirements.

Thanks guys!


SRMcGee 25th July 2006 12:17 PM


The extruded aluminum framing comes in a variety of sizes. It's structural aluminum framing and can support a surprising amount of weight. Check out all of the options at

I used the 30 Series profile (specifically, 30x30 2SA for the vertical struts and 30x30 3SA for the horizontal pieces) and it could easily support my entire family. Very highly recommended.


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