why not rest each component on an ikea lack table with the tennis balls and concrete slab. The tables are cheap enough about 7bucks each. There made of composite wood. There very light weight yet sturdy and will support each piece of gear.I am guessing you have a seperate listening room from the description of various room acoustic materials..good luck.
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I found some 'cheap' racks at a local TV megastore. I bought them and filled all the square section metal tubing with oven dried playbox sand, then sealed the openings with 50 year outdoor urethane sealant. They are pretty nice for $100. stands. I have a tall one for the electronica, and a low one for the plasma and Video stuff, and another low one for my two turntables. The shelves are 'wedged' with materials to stiffen the spaces from below each (glass) shelf The shelves are held in slots with dampening material I added.
I try to dampen more than put on tiptoes. So I use a big pile of Chemical rubber bottle stoppers (size 10) and some cut up chemical mats.
I also have antistatic foam in there too.
So I would suggest if you can, add sand or some other dampening stuff into the tubing. Find cheap substitutes for other expensive 'audiophile' products for spikes, tuning dots, dampening.
Like I have a $5 shelf from a floor sample of an exotic Brazilian wood, very much like teak, 3/4 " thick flooring stuck on a 1/4 " base under my Kuzma TT with the base on concrete patio blocks (on thin hard rubber pads) for mass on the glass rack top.
DiY baby! Costs less and you get that special pride when you're done... click here. This is a great rack, I made mine with Ash that still had the curves of the wood on the edges. Cost me around $200 in materials and a couple weekends of drilling and sanding. Love it
I got a lot of help for a DIY rack (which I enjoy) on the thread below.
But a bit of patience could get you a nice used rack here for a price that might be quite competitive, as the materials for DIY can be pretty dear.
Note that if you go a rod and shelf design, the three rod version linked above limits the depth of components, which might be an issue with some gear, like big power amps.
My bad, Tholt. Missed it on the first picture. You save the cost of one rod and associated hard wear this way; is stability affected (kids, pets)?
Hotmailjbc: I use Boos in my kitchen. Nice blocks, good price. You might call a local countertop/kitchen place for prices, but the Boos are pre cut and finished, which is a nice savings on labor, depending on your woodshop.
I expect you are checking, but below an FYI about the kind of (3 legged!) thing available here (no affiliation with seller). My guess is that over time, lots of options for 500 or less come up (eg, Soild Steel comes up from time to time).
Depends on how you want to spend your time and money, of course. J
@Jdoris - 4 legs would be more stable than 3, but I haven't had a problem with stability. I suspect going with 3 rods over 4 is the same '3 points make a plane' principle as using 3 footers under a component instead of 4; the least contact while still functional.
The rack in the link you provided does have a leg in back, so your previous observation may be true in this case.
I built my own out of salvaged mdf I got from a used display rack/ cabinet from behind a K mart store. At first i built speaker stands, but now I use them for equipment stands. Each comoonent has its own stand. It looks and works great and in fact, I have had lot of people ask where I got it and they can believe it was basically free except for about 10 bucks spent on fasting hardware. Maybe i sould go into business making these.