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Stereophile Magazine "Recommended Component"
Beautiful Real Wood Racks By Salamander Design!
The Archetype 5.0 five-shelf audio rack not only looks great, but it is also packed with performance-enhancing features. And it was honored as a "Recommended Component" by Stereophile magazine.
According to HomeTheaterReview.com for August 20, 2008, ""The Salamander Archetype 5.0 AV rack is an affordable and completely flexible system that will proudly hold the finest of AV gear in style, while the numerous options and add-ons allow you to design an entire wall unit for your home…. These are high-quality racks that offer more than their price point would lead you to believe."
Infinitely Adjustable Shelves
Highly original Archetype audio racks offer unique features never before available at this price. Each shelf is infinitely adjustable, so you can change the spacing between shelves for gear of varying heights, or allow extra breathing room for hot running gear.
Shelves are held firmly in place-above and below-by a combination of energy-damping neoprene washers, steel washers, and steel nuts. This damping feature prevents vibrations from traveling from component to component within the rack.
Archetype racks are a modular design, which means you can add or remove shelves as you change equipment. You can even bolt an additional two-shelf rack on top, creating a 54"-tall seven-shelf rack. But that's not all. You can also add extra features to your Archetype, including spike feet, casters, or a storage drawer.
Beautiful Wood Finishes
You get tons of performance with these Salamander racks. But we think the best feature of all might just be the choice of beautiful wood finishes that guarantees a match with any room decor. Choose black, cherry, or walnut finish.
Are the shelves stained with cherry finish or is the wood actually cherry?Salamander uses wood veneer for their shelves.
"The Salamander Archetype 5.0 AV rack is an affordable and completely flexible system that will proudly hold the finest of AV gear in style, while the numerous options and add-ons allow you to design an entire wall unit for your home. The infinitely adjustable shelving provides that custom rack look without the cost. These are high-quality racks that offer more than their price point would lead you to believe. This is a system you should look at if you are in the market for affordable quality shelving for your gear."
- HomeTheaterReview.com, August 20, 2008
|Write Your Own Review|
|For the price, this thing is really well built.|
Its hard to tell from the pics, at least it was for me, how heavy/beefy this rack is. The shelves are VERY solid, I would feel comfortable standing on them. In fact, after putting the bottom shelf in, I did stand on it, and didnt feel any flex. The posts/nuts are huge, I think they use 5/8 threaded metal rods. More than youd ever need. But the size matches perfectly with the depth of the shelves. You get the bottom spacer nuts, and each shelf has metal and rubber washers on each side, to protect the wood. The shelves are quite easy to level, and its a good touch that they added a mini-level in the kit. Overall, Im quite happy with the rack, it looks great, and its very easy to customize the spacing for each shelf. The shelves are quite deep front/back, if you use a shelf for storing vinyl, youll definitely want to get the book-ends to keep everything in place.
|- STEVEN K, WI|
|Great rack for the money!|
The Archtype 5.0 rack is the best Ive found anywhere for the price. Its sturdy and can handle the weight of my older equipment with ease. Of course I ordered mine with the optional casters and couldnt be happier.
|- Todd C, NY|
|Very happy With It|
Every part arrived in good condition. Easy to assemble. Follow the printed instructions and you are in business in less than 30 minutes. Ordered with optional metal bookends for keeping handy about 80 LPs at bottom shelf. This detail adds stability to the whole rack and the final product looks very good. Another practical hint is to put a Magic Slider under each rubber foot. Turntable was put at the top shelf. Excellent music rack.
|- Joe R, PR|
|For the tight base response ... this is what your looking for!|
I always look for solid or wood veneer AV components or accessories when making my purchases. When I decided to buy an AV rack, I knew the Salamander “Archetype” 5.0 stand was what I needed. The combination of solid wood shelves and ease of adjustability was just what I was looking for. Once I assembled it … I knew I had chosen wisely. After some time experimenting with different arrangements of my stereo equipment and the shelves, I came upon what I feel to be the best possible use of the “Archetypes” shelves: two shelves Sandwiched together and separated buy one nut two washer sets. The difference this configuration made one the tightness of my systems base response was obvious -- and improved. The improvement was definitely due to increased deadening of vibrations upon my Cambridge Audio “Azur” theater receiver and phonograph pre-amp. At this point I have only those two components supported in this manner ... I look forward to buying additional shelves from Audio Advisor in the near future to shore-up my turntable, DVD and CD sound. The “Archetype” 5.0 is an exceptional and simple AV rack – sure to please!
|- Charlie H, MI|
|F.Y.I. ... It also makes a great clamping rack|
using this rack, and Vibrapod Support Cones 4 atop, 4 beneath on any shelf or shelves turns this ordinary rack into a roomtunes type clamping rack. Spend a little more on appropriate sized fiberboard and 4 Vibrapod isolation feet per shelf, to place component on, and youre in audio heaven. Salamander includes a wrench with the rack that you can use to --tune-- the component: tighter,less resonance, looser, more resonance. A must try.
|- Larry C, MD|
|I AM HAPPY TO HAVE STUMBLED ACROSS THIS SHELF UNIT|
I ORIGINALLY BOUGHT THE 5 SHELF UNIT AND THEN ADDED THE EXTRA SHELF. IT IS ROCK SOLID AND WITH THE CASTERS IS EASY TO ACCESS THE WIRING FOR THE, CD CAROUSEL,SACD/DVD-A PLAYER WITH 7.1 ANALOG INPUTS, THE DUAL CASSETTE, THE ONKYO 803B HDMI 7.2 RECEIVER, THE XM ANTENNA KIT, MY ZEN DOCKING KIT, THE TURNTABLE, AND A NOTEBOOK COMPUTER. BEST OF ALL, THE WIFE LIKES THE WAY IT LOOKS!
|- Greg R, NJ|