I have one,it looks good but does not provide any vibration control whatsoever.I pai $ 500 for mine 3 years ago and actually regret now.It is a A/V stand manufacture not a high end one so basicalle my stand now is the weakest point in my system.But if you gonna use it for home theatre,go for it.It is a well biult american stand.
I have a synergy twin 20 in walnut & chrome. I really like the looks & most importantly it offers great flexibility. It also offers the ability to add items/expand down the road, albeit you may have to disassemble to re-assemble.
I think the only downside is the look may not appeal to everyone, especially if you have very traditional taste. I would also recommend deciding what you want upfront since you probably get better pricing. Adding pieces after the fact can get pretty costly.
Wonderful, but a little pricey; however, still worth it. I have two of them :Synergy 40 and a triple with a LCD TV on the latter. Easy to assemble, nice looking IMHO.
I wonder if the vibration control issue could be addressed with either Neuance shelves and/or Aurios?
I have one. Not sure of the model, but it looks good. Black with metallic mesh on a door that opens towards you. In retrospect I don't think it was worth the 700$ I paid for it. It's not rock solid when you put pressure on it side to side it bends . Also I don't think it's design eliminates vibrations. I think there are better racks out there. Someone on here will know.
What I like about the Salamander racks are the "cabinet" look, the adjustable shelves, and the availability of the mesh door for ventilation. I'm open to other suggestions. The feedback thus far has been less than enthusiastic. I'm glad I asked the question!
When I was rack shopping, I considered Salamander, but cheaped out with the very similar DIY Flexy design, which is as dimensionally customizable, but probably not going to look as nice depending on the DIYer. I have since jumped off the Post and MDF designs because my experience with Ikea's LACK had led me to conclude that there are many more better sounding designs. The Ikea is not as good looking as Salamander, but I have yet to find anything that looks nice and sounds nice that is not near $1k.
I have two 40 (black/rosewood) with two bridges in between carrying very heavy stuff (McIntosh MC 2000 and Revel LE-1, which are 140kg alltogether!) The front end such as transport, DAC, Pre, DAT-recorder, harddisk DVD etc. fits nicely into the two columns, the turntable "crowns" the right top shelf. The whole thing really stands like a rock (probably because of the heavy weight in the lower centre) so I don't need to care about vibration control at all. Bottomline: the thing looks beautiful, is very rigid and offers you every thinkable way of putting the shelves.
I am using the Salamander Archetype 5 in a second system with very nice results. Reasonably affordable and sturdy.
Salamandar stands look great with lots of accessories, but have no vibration control. I own one for home theater. Even with vibration control tweaks, there is no substitute for a stand that starts out addresssing these issues. Check out Music Direct's new line called Solid Steel. They are great stands and I have placed two of the 3 shelved units side by side and it looks like a low boy stand.
Rigidity is great, but it does not preclude other aspects concerning vibration from factoring in on sound quality.
If memory serves, the Synergy system got a great review in Stereophile. Vibration control was considered excellent except when placement is on the "top of the top" panel. Then, a simple cone or something like that clears things up easily. It's built like a tank, no A/V store phony garbage here, sorry. Design choices can easily compliment most interiors. I added the "extra weight" isolation shelf option ($50) for my amp and it works very well.
I have a Synergy Triple 20 and agree with most of what's been said.
- flexibility to deal with component changes
- disassembly is NOT required to move/add a shelf if you buy the optional shelf support thingies (forget the name, but they work)
- doors hide components while providing ventilation
- very sturdy BQ, I've got 400+ pounds of gear in mine and it doesn't care
- decent wood finish, not as nicely finished as our B&W's but very few things are
- very poor vibration control, treatments/tweaks are mandatory
- not cheap
On the whole we're happy with it. It's in the living room, where an open rack of gear would simply be unacceptable. It was the best compromise for our needs we could find in six months of searching. Obviously YMMV.
Agree with the posts above, I own a Twin 30. If you are getting doors for them, you can potentially load the rack with 500 lb of iron or brick to increase mass and improve vibration control, and the best part is you can hide those ugly things behind the closed doors.
I am using a Twin 40. With two six shelf stacks, it accomodates all my stuff. I have a larger turntable and a digital source on the top shelf. I don't have any side panels or doors due to concerns about ventilation and the need for regular access. Also, I have some components that extend past the edges of their shelves, and a side panel might not allow this.
The corner post architecture is effective for stable support. The rack is in a corner of the room, and I have braces between the top shelf and the two adjacent walls. The result is a very rigid set up, especially with my heavy amps on the bottom level. There's absolutely no swaying or low frequency sensitivity.
True, there's no real vibration control, and I have thought about special supports or platforms like the Gingko Audio and Vibraplane systems but haven't invested in them yet.
Before the Twin 40, I used two Standesign racks, the Design 4 and 5T, that had shelves attached to single posts in the back of each. I found the post got in the way of cabling for some deeper components. The lack of vertical adjustability of shelf positioning was inefficient for allocating vertical space. Finally, the shelves would sag/dip down under the weight of my heavier equipment. In the long run, these negatives offset the positives of a visually attractive design: with the higher shelves indented/slanting backward and no vertical rack elements visible from the front -- the shelves appearing to float in the air with no support.
I'm using a twin 30 with added MAP isolation platforms for my digital and analog front ends. I also use BDR cones under my pre and amp. They look good, are very flexible and a bit of a PITA to set up the first time (but if you like tweaking a TT, this should be child's play). Using a solid cherry top platform and the cherry front black MDF shelves makes a relatively cost-effective solution, but this is NOT anywhere's near SOTA for vibration control and/or isolation. IMO, a very good storage solution with addtnl tweaking required.
Thanks everyone for your input. It seems there are more Salamander Design users than I thought, and it's good to hear all points of view.
Swampwalker, please educate me...what are "map isolation platforms"?
I love the Salamander products! I have a simple TV table for my TV in beautiful cherry veneer, but also a Twin 30 rack for my audio system. They look nice and are highly flexible in terms of adjusting shelves. They easily hold heavy components. I use the mesh doors and sides. One of the hinges went bad and they quickly shipped a replacement free. In terms of isolation, I use either Sistrum or Neuance for that purpose. You can have custom Neuance shelves made to replace the stock shelves.
Budrew, thanks for the info regarding the Neuance shelving. I was curious if the Neuance would completely replace the Salamander shelf. Is the cherry reddish or more natural in color? It doesn't look particularly red in the online color swatches. I think I'm going to check out the Salamander units at my local Good Guys.
Tvas- MAP is a Danish company (Audio Magic Productions). The Salamander Cherry is natural cherry which of course will darken with age, and will be lighter when you get it than the samples at GG. I too am curious if the Neunance is a drop in replacement for the shelf. If so, I would imagine that this stand could then become a top performer as well being convenient and attractive.
Swampwalker, according to the neuanceaudio.com website, the Neuance shelves can be custom made up to 22"x22" and will replace OEM shelving. $195/shelf for custom sizes.
Thanks, Tvad. At $200 each not cheap, but seems like a better deal than BDR full size shelves and I bet Ken would help with other tweaks for a Salamander stand.
Agreed, Swampwalker. Replacing all of the shelves would be cost prohibitive. I think I'd limit my Neuance investment to one shelf for my CD player.
They're certainly easy enough to build yourself any way you'd like it. Inpexpensive too. My double wide holds plenty of weight(300+lbs) and is rock steady. I was surprised how strong it was and had been concerned before I assembled it, zero problem! My woodworking skills are on the weak side also.