You get what you pay for when it comes to VTI. They look decent, but they aren't built for durability. The paint is super easy to scratch. Hopefully you won't go through the horror story I went through. One of the metal pieces was bent during shipping. So they sent a new piece, but it was also bent (or just didn't fit). They ended up sending a whole new unit that turned out to be in tact. With all the shipping, it took a month to get a rack that worked. After that experience I swore I'd never buy anything else from them.
I would actually try to find an older 3 shelf Target rack..They are built to last a lifetime and work very well.....
Problem is I need a 6 shelf rack, so a 3 shelf target won't do
about a year ago I had the same situation you are in. I had a Solid Steel 5.4 and needed more space. I got a VTI.
It is hard to comment about sound differences, but the design and construction are clearly a compromise. The shelves are very thin, and as someone said before, easy to scratch. I am pretty surprised it holds the weight it does without breaking.
on the plus side, the legs and tubing can be filled with sand, granted, not a lot of it, but enough to help.
Look at the Cambre racks on the Gon. 5 shelves for $89! Or 2 3-shelf racks side by side, $99 each. Not too shabby WAF. I had one of their amp stands, very sturdy, well built, and nice looking.
I like mine and for the money they are great. They look great and I had no problems at all.
I bought one of the Cambre Entre 4 shelf racks for $89.00.Well,all I can say is,you get what you pay for!!This rack is not very sturdy and cheaply made.I guess for $89.00 it's okay but I sure feel sorry for the folks that had to pay $350.00 for one.I gave it to my daughter,she thinks it makes a nice make-up stand!!I would look at something else for audio equipment.
I've got a modular 4-shelf VTI rack that is perfectly decent. Sure when I dragged my 88 pound amp the paint scratched, but that's not the fault of the rack. The spike points will also scratch the pole tops if you're not careful.
For the price of VTI rack, I think they are more than decent. They are both functional and great looking in black. They are also very deep (19") and high (9") enough to fit my 110 lb tube amp. If you are looking for the best in class in quality and performance, look somewhere. As mentioned, the tubing paint are easily scratched, and the MDF shelves are not very thick.
I sand filled the tubing and legs. To further reduce vibration from the rack, I use Herbie's iso-cups and tenderfeet under my components. I think I achieve the maximum performance at a relatively low cost.
I have a couple of four-shelf VTI racks and a two-shelf rack filled with sand and with rather expensive custom made spikes separating each layer of shelves. The racks have served well and represent good value. The spikes can be unscrewed and used on another rack should I decide to change; I have the VTI spikes somewhere.
How did you fill the legs with sand?
The legs have a hole where the spikes are screwed in. This is how you fill them.
You just unscrew the top of each leg, pour in sand or shot, and screw the top back on. Simple as that.
In my 6/10/10 post, I should have mentioned that the custom made spikes cost more than the rack. I recently added Sorbothane pads under the feet of the turntable and disc player -- maybe just more mysticism. As with the spikes, the cost of those eight pads doesn't fit the cost-effective nature of VTI stands.
For the money they're a good deal, easy to level and clean looking. I had 75# amps on them and the shelves never warped. They're strong and sturdy but do need to be filled for best results, if you flick a crossbar with your finger nail you'll hear them ring if they're unfilled.
I have a VTI rack that my wife uses for her tv and sound system. Regardless of the cost, I'd definitely rate the one we own as low-end of the high-end. A more than nice rack for the non-audiophile, with very strong (speaking from personal experience) WAF. An OK product for a midline high-end audio devotee.
I bought a Salamander Synergy S40 s shelf audio rack with a 7th shelf that pulls out for my laptop. I also added the perforated metal sides and the rack looks stunning in my living room. It is extremely well made and very sturdy. The shelf spacing is fully adjustable for every shelf.
Hey, I am considering purchasing the VTI speaker stands. Does anyone have an opinion regarding their quality?
Jazzman, if you read through the comments in this forum you'll see a pretty clear picture of what people think.
I have this rack and I would rate it good. The paint scratches on a 500K Lambo too...Be careful. If you own McIntosh gear or other similar tank sized equipment, this will probably hold them all in terms of weight and dimensions. I don't see how filling the legs with sand will make any difference after placing 110 pound amp on it... but I admit I haven't tried that.