I happened across a husband-and-wife team who build a wide range of beautiful LP storage racks and was impressed with their work that I wanted to share my find with TAS readers. The racks are made in rural Ohio by Jason and Brit Prather. The products range from a simple “now playing” single-LP stand or wall ledge to a full-blown cabinet that stores and displays as much as 480 LPs. Prices range between $20 to $897 with most models under $150. What all the hifi racks have in common is fine woodworking, natural materials (such as copper bars that hold the LPs in position), along with a design which makes functionality elegant. Because all of the racks are designed to order, you might have your choice of wood and materials. Walnut, cherry, maple, and oak can be found in a selection of stain colors.
I opted for a Signature series dual rack that holds 60-80 LPs ($100). Obviously, that’s not my entire collection, however i utilize it for quick access to albums in heavy rotation. I enjoy the opportunity to flip through the albums and find out the whole covers, record-store style, instead of turning my head sideways and squinting on the LP jackets’ spines. The Prathers get this style in one, two, or three bays. Their top model, Morad ($875), combines a triple-bay arrangement with conventional storage below to get a total capacity of 480 records.
The Prather Design website has photos of Jason and Brit Prather inside their workshop building the racks one at a time by hand. Both of them run the entire business, including web development, marketing, photography, managing orders, packing, shipping, and accounting. They are saying on their site: “Our small town ethics of honesty, effort, humility, and craftsmanship are elements we hope to convey to our own customers.” And it also was indeed gratifying to find out their beautifully crafted record rack within my listening room, and realize that it absolutely was hand-crafted in a small shop as opposed to churned out by an anonymous Chinese factory.
Whether it’s called an entertainment center, HiFi console, or A/V cabinet, specialized furniture made to hold audio/video components can represent a substantial investment. Prior to making any purchase, below are a few important facts to consider: Will you be placing your HiFi on the furniture? In that case, the piece will be able to accommodate the HiFi’s width and support the weight. The number of and which kind of components would you like to store? Center channel speakers and sound bars usually need wider compartments when compared to a receiver or Blu-ray player. A higher-end A/V receiver can demand a deeper compartment when compared to a mid-line receiver.
Where will the furnishings be located in the room, and just how much space can it have? If you like your HiFi in a corner, there are specially designed cabinets angled to suit snugly into that space.
What’s the décor of your own room? If your family room is mid-century modern, then a cabinet with Federalist molding and pediments might look unnatural. Conversely, should your home has a classic look, a brushed steel frame stand may appear too modern.
HiFi cabinets can have open compartments, closed compartment (with either solid or glass-panel doors), media drawers, and a lot more. There are small cabinets for a simple system with Topping DAC, and larger cabinets for multi-component home theatre systems with large HiFis. Modular cabinets can be easily customized to meet your needs. The Salamander Designs Synergy System, for instance, lets you add a turntable tray, extra shelves, a media drawer, change the kind of feet, and much more.
Hide your audio gear in a closet or utility room – Want to maintain your audio gear away from sight? Utility-style audio racks feature open shelving or rack mounts. But a majority of audio cabinets and racks are furniture made to house your gear.
Topping NX4 DSD component rack. Audio component racks will make efficient use of storage area. What to consider. An old corner cupboard might appear to produce a good A/V cabinet, but without major modifications, it probably isn’t. Here are some key features to search for in purpose-build entertainment furniture:
Passive ventilation – electronic components generate heat, and without ventilation that trapped heat can seriously affect your gear’s performance. Look for openings towards the bottom, within the shelving, and in the back of the cabinet to permit free-flowing air.
Wire channels – If you want to connect your receiver on the middle ycqolf to the Blu-ray player on the lower shelf, it’s vital that you gain access to your cables. Look for openings in the back of shelves, portals in back panels, and notches in the back of side supports.
Tempered glass door panels – For easy storage, solid door panel might be fine. But if you need to manage your gear remotely, you should search for a door that enables IR signals to move without interference. Such panel doors often feature smoked or tinted glass to discretely hide your components.
Removable back panels – Entertainment furniture features back panels that are simple to remove for fast access. These panels may also have passive ventilation slots, and openings for cables to get run between shelves. Wheels — Built in wheels provide easy accessibility rear of your own cabinet. Of course, you’ll need use of initially set up your gear, but that won’t become the only time. You’ll need access when you upgrade or replace a component in your system. Sometimes wires work loose, and you’ll must start the cabinet back and look connections. Plus, wheels ensure it is easy to move the furniture for cleaning.
If you don’t would like your HiFi relaxing in your cabinet, but don’t (or can’t) mount it for the wall, manufacturers including BDI make compatible floor-standing HiFi mounts which fit behind and connect to their cabinets. If you intend to possess your HiFi sit on top of your cabinet, you need to add a safety strap to make certain it doesn’t accidentally tip over. Even if you don’t have small children, securing Shanling CD player having a safety strap may be beneficial. Wall-mounted shelf systems offer you additional options. It is a great solution for a small A/V system, especially for a wall-mounted HiFi. It lets you store 1 or 2 components beneath your set on wall shelving, keeping floor space open.