I'm happy with my Salamander Sonoma in the TV/den system. Probably not the last word in audio racks, but my wife likes it (we all know how important that is) and it holds six compononents and 50" TV nicely.
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I'm looking at a twin 40 in maple/aluminum, maple wood sides, maple doors w/frosted glass & saturn casters. couldn't find any reviews on the twin 40, But I did find a few reviews on th single 40. There were some complaints about the the quality. I like the styling & features of the salamander synergy, but I don't want to throw $1500 at a cabinet & find defects in the workmanship of the wood etc. At the $1500 price point, you would expect a flawless piece of furniture w/no issues in workmanship & fit and finish.
When I purchased mine new via a seller on Audiogon, it arrived with a few damaged shelves. The shelves were replaced, but honestly, it was a hassle.
Eventually, everything was perfect.
It's difficult to find stereo cabinets with doors and infinitely adjustable shelves, and Salamander fit our needs, so we paid the price.
I bought a single 40 (w/side panels and glass door) around 1999 - then in 2005 I bought a single 30 in the same configuration. Both are on casters ( a *big* plus). They are built pretty well. I think their main strength is good looks - - they are a bit on the pricey side, and if you're mostly concerned about great sonics from a rack, look elsewhere. As for me, looks are important, I'm happy with mine and would buy them again.
They look nice and they do the job. That was my initial impression of Salamander when I was looking for a rack. However, I found the price to be a bit high compared to other racks that I found that I liked just as much. What really put me off though was when I found what some local woodworkers could do for the same price. I don't think Salamander racks are bad for fit and finish. I just don't think they're value for money unless their "look" is just what you want. Cosmetics are worth money to people too, just like fit, finish, sturdiness, etc. I'm not saying don't buy one. I just recommend that you look around a bit before you put your money down.
I recently had my stand custom built from a local cabinet maker - he was willingly to work with my ideas from various design from other stands like salamander - he drew up the plans and was very flexible on fit and finish - I had mine made out of Eastern HardRock Maple with one inch shelves and the stand is rock solid! All for $900 - Couldn't be any happier!
I upgraded all of my equipment (except for speakers) over the last year and the toughest thing to find was a well made stand/cabinet. After months of searching stores and on-line I stumbled across a company who makes cabinets that I consider to be one of the best values of all the upgrading I did. Not inexpensive, much a much higher quality than those "brand names" you see advertised in the a/v magazines. Not sure if they have a model that fits your needs but take a look. 100% hardwoods, no chip board or veneers. Come to you completely assembled like a quality piece of furniture. Take a look at: (standoutdesigns.com). I'm not associated with this company in any way except as a very satisfied cutomer.
The standout designs looks like top quality for the money. Unfortunately though, they basically make tv stands. I am looking for something to house some audio components for a bedroom system & I need something taller than a tv stand. With the synergy system, there's always expansion capability. Sanus makes some good looking ready-to-assemble audio furniture,(woodbrook series) but no mobility
I believe any decent carpenter could retrofit a stand with casters.
Casters are available from many sources, including Macmaster.com.
Here's an online source for the Salamander Saturna casters discounted 25% with free shipping.
Hi, I bought a basic (no options) twin 20 four years ago for $500. I like it, it looks good, and has been very durable. (see pic of my system.) While at the time I though $500 was kind of high, so far I think it has been worth the money.
However I would agree that there is a lot of competition out there.
I have a twin 30 that is now relagated to my bedroom setup
It isn't the end all in isolation, but if you put a few Silent Running Audio VR stands under your cd, amp and pre it will work wonders for your system at reasonable cost
disclosure - i did that then went up to a craz rack with vr platforms - not cheap but a complete transformation of my system musically
I bought my DVDO 40 (somewhere in between the single and double but now discontinued) on Craigslist for half the price. I didn't really think that it was worth $500 but at $250 it is a much better deal. I really like the look though, so for that I would be willing to pay a little more since it is furniture.
I love the flexibility of the Synergy series, it is second to none. However, the quality is average at best. I have ordered accessories after the fact (doors, casters, sides) and have found very inconsistent finishes between two black doors for example. I also just received two side panels that were supposed to be cherry (came in a box marked cherry), but were indeed walnut! Door pull holes not drilled all the way through :-(
My next rack will most likely be BDI or some other vendor.