Audio Rack Selection

Putting together a new system and an upgraded audio rack will be part of the package. Would love to know your thoughts on the issue? Is there a true need to buy upper tier racks?

The rack will need to hold a McIntosh C2600 preamp, 2 monoblocks, power conditioner and a turntable. Flooring in the room is hardwood.

Would love your thoughts and recommendations.

I’ve had two different approach high-end racks with the predictable result that there is no consensus, other then it is system dependent entirely.

1. Camp 1 ... big and heavy with brass footers under the gear

I had the thick air-dried maple MAPLESHADE SAMSON shelves and HEAVYFEET brass footers

ignoring that it is butt- ugly IMO, it served its duty for an entry-level 2 channel high-end system ($7K) on a hardwood floor .

2. Camp 2 .... This involved a multi-level approach for
- (I) lighter shelves isolated from the next using a cup-and-cone interface,
- (ii) an additional, double-layer base platform provides further isolation from resonance; and
- ( iii) A toughened glass sub-shelf rests on minimal-contact ball decouplers, providing even more isolation.

I upgraded my system above to a $30K 2 channel system and the MAPLESHADE SAMSON approach and brass footers worked fine with no complaints. The listening room had some room treatments .The new integrated amp and cdp/dac were a lot heavier than what they replaced ...the new gear was ~ 35+kg and 26kg respectively.

It was then stress-tasted in a direct audition against a bespoke professionally custom made clone of the NAIM FRAIM , on the advice of my dealer, and done in my own house with my own system.


I was more than skeptical that it would impress me in an A-B bake-off against the MAPLESHADE bulky heavy isolation rack approach.

MY DIRECT EXPERIENCE ..... The bespoke NAIM FRAIM CLONE clearly bested the Mapleshade in terms of dynamics and slam much. to my great surprise. ... But don’t ask me to explain why. In any case, I bought it and sold the MAPLESHADE.


Room acoustics and electronics did matter in my experiences, = entirely system dependent...
and ...
until a bake-off is possible, it’s a guessing game .... 

This rack should accommodate your needs.  The SVT series easily bested my Target stand by tightening the bass, dropping the noise floor, separating instruments and voices, improving the speed of attack.
I have a pARTicular Novus rack with 3 high performance acrylic shelves and 2 standard walnut shelves with their Visco-elastics /Aluminum Discs separating each shelf from it support bar. The 2 standard walnut shelves will be replaced with 2 high performance acrylic shelves this spring. This rack walks all over my old Bell'O rack with glass shelves and 3" solid cherry blocks supporting my equipment. The pARTicular rack (without the 3" cherry blocks in use) just presented a whole new soundscape of music I did not know I could get from my modest equipment. The music presentation is now tighter yet more open with space between instruments and a slightly improved sound stage. If interested, check it out along with their other racks at
Check out Kanso Audio Furniture, near Corotoman, Virginia where Robert "King" Carter (1662-1732) lived.
Hi, have you seen the beautiful hardwood racks from Timbernation in PA?  My new rack is strong, beautiful, reasonable, and holds similar equipment.  I modified his stock dimensions to slightly deeper and bigger clearances.  Love it.  Tiger Maple shelves with Walnut rails. He built it in two weeks and shipped free to my door. No more sagging bookshelf under my BHK amp!  Ken