I happened across a husband-and-wife team who build a wide range of beautiful LP storage racks and was so impressed with their work that I wanted to share my find with TAS readers. The racks come in rural Ohio by Jason and Brit Prather. The products range from an easy “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 many models under $150. What all the hifi stand have in common is fine woodworking, natural materials (including copper bars that support the LPs set up), along with a design which makes functionality elegant. Because all the racks are designed to order, you might have the selection of wood and materials. Walnut, cherry, maple, and oak can be purchased in a selection of stain colors.
I opted for a Signature series dual rack that holds 60-80 LPs ($100). Of course, that’s not my entire collection, having said that i utilize it for fast access to albums in heavy rotation. I love the ability 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 make this style in just 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. The 2 of these 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, hard work, humility, and craftsmanship are elements hopefully to convey to the customers.” And it also was indeed gratifying to find out their beautifully crafted record rack within my listening room, and know 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 even a/V cabinet, specialized furniture designed to hold audio/video components can represent a sizable investment. Before you make any purchase, here are some important points to consider: Are you gonna be placing your HiFi on the furniture? If you have, the piece should be able to accommodate the HiFi’s width and support its weight. How many and what sort of components do you want to store? Center channel speakers and sound bars usually need wider compartments compared to a receiver or Blu-ray player. A high-end A/V receiver can require a deeper compartment than a mid-line receiver.
Where will the furnishings be found in the room, and just how much space could it have? If you like your HiFi in a corner, there are engineered cabinets angled to match snugly into that space.
What’s the décor of your own room? In case your family room is mid-century modern, then a cabinet with Federalist molding and pediments might look unnatural. Conversely, should your home includes 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 more. You will find small cabinets for a simple system with Topping NX4 DSD, and larger cabinets for multi-component home cinema systems with large HiFis. Modular cabinets can be easily customized for your needs. The Salamander Designs Synergy System, for instance, allows you to add a turntable tray, extra shelves, a media drawer, alter the type of feet, and a lot more.
Hide your audio gear in a closet or utility room – Want to help keep your audio gear away from sight? Utility-style audio racks feature open shelving or rack mounts. But most audio cabinets and racks are furniture designed to house your gear.
Topping NX4 DSD component rack. Audio component racks can make efficient usage of storage space. Things to look for. An older corner cupboard may seem to make a good A/V cabinet, but without major modifications, it probably isn’t. Below are a few key features to look 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, in the shelving, and in the back of the cabinet to allow free-flowing air.
Wire channels – If you need to connect your receiver on the middle ycqolf to the Blu-ray player on the lower shelf, it’s essential to get access to your cables. Try to find openings at the back of shelves, portals in back panels, and notches at the back of side supports.
Tempered glass door panels – For easy storage, solid door panel could be fine. But if you want to control your gear remotely, you should look for a door which allows IR signals to pass 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 easy to remove for quick 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 cabinet. Of course, you’ll need access to initially set up your gear, but that won’t become the only time. You’ll need access when you upgrade or replace a component within your body. Sometimes wires work loose, and you’ll have to open the cabinet back and view connections. Plus, wheels ensure it is very easy to move the furniture for cleaning.
In the event you don’t would like HiFi relaxing in your cabinet, but don’t (or can’t) mount it to the wall, manufacturers including BDI make compatible floor-standing HiFi mounts that fit behind and attach to their cabinets. If you plan to get your HiFi sit on top of your cabinet, you should put in a safety strap to ensure it doesn’t accidentally tip over. Even though you don’t have small children, securing Shanling TEMPO having a safety strap is a great idea. Wall-mounted shelf systems offer you additional options. This can be a great solution for any small A/V system, especially for a wall-mounted HiFi. It lets you store 1 or 2 components below your set on wall shelving, keeping floor area open.