I like the Salamander racks for storage/display but they do not have any vibration control or damping features.
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I own an archetype 5 shelf unit and they do look good they are not too big but they are not the most solid units. I have tightened the nuts on these things and you still get some sway. It needs some cross bracing to be really solid. That said I have tuner, phono stage, cdp, and turntable on it and it works well. the turntable is isolated with 3 silicon balls and 1 1/4 inch slab of granite, the cdp with 4 vibrapods and another slab of granite. I dont think im getting too much noise via the TT.
i got mine used here for $80 so not a big problem for me.
I recvd an AudioAdvisor catalog today. They are offering a three shelf Sanus stand for $179. I have no experience with the Sanus stands but they are in your price range.
Not sure what kind of vibration dampening $200 will buy. I built my own Archetype style rack with Slate shelves. It's very heavy, solid, doesn't wobble and cost less than $200.
Well from your feedback it seems that on a college budget I cant realy afford a rack with built in dampening. So I decided to call my dealer and order the archetype 2.0 in cherry and he gave me 15 percent of because I am a "valuable customer". I figure for much less than it would cost to buy a rack with dampening features I can isolate my equipment with things as simple as the erasers mentioned above by TVAD. I am sure this approach will yield a better cost/performance ratio. Thanks to all for your help.
I got a 5 and a 4 shelf shelf unit for $200 and it holds my entire system. No matter how much you tighten there is a good sway. Two racks for $200, cant beat that. I got the mega spikes for $30 used, I guess it helps, I have two pieces of plywood isolated by ceramic discs and it definitly defeats the Vibrations. I replaced all the rubber washers with leather and I cant tell the difference. They do nothing for Dampening and not worth modifying the wood because the rack itself is crappy. If your in a rush to set your components buy it, buying it used would be wise at MSRP I'd keep my system on bricks. Michael Green Just-a-rack is nice and Mapleshade is nice, but they are very expensive.