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 basic “now playing” single-LP stand or wall ledge to some full-blown cabinet that stores and displays approximately 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 retain the LPs set up), along with a design that makes functionality elegant. Because all of 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 range of stain colors.
I opted for a Signature series dual rack that holds 60-80 LPs ($100). Needless to say, that’s not my entire collection, however i apply it fast access to albums in heavy rotation. I enjoy the cabability to scan through the albums and discover the entire covers, record-store style, instead of turning my head sideways and squinting at the LP jackets’ spines. The Prathers turn this style in just one, two, or three bays. Their top model, Morad ($875), combines a triple-bay arrangement with conventional storage below for any total capacity of 480 records.
The Prather Design website has photos of Jason and Brit Prather in their workshop building the racks one at a time by hand. The two of these run the entire business, including web design, marketing, photography, managing orders, packing, shipping, and accounting. They are saying on their site: “Our small town ethics of honesty, work, humility, and craftsmanship are elements we hope to convey to our own customers.” And it was indeed gratifying to see their beautifully crafted record rack within my listening room, and realize that it was hand-crafted in a small shop rather than churned out by an anonymous Chinese factory.
Whether it’s called an entertainment center, HiFi console, or even a/V cabinet, specialized furniture created to hold audio/video components can represent a substantial investment. Prior to making any purchase, below are a few important points to consider: Are you gonna be placing your HiFi on the furniture? If so, the piece must be able to accommodate the HiFi’s width and support the weight. The number of 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 very high-end A/V receiver can need a deeper compartment compared to a mid-line receiver.
Where will the furniture be based in the room, and how much space could it have? If you appreciate your HiFi in a corner, there are engineered cabinets angled to fit snugly into that space.
What’s the décor of the room? If your family room is mid-century modern, then a cabinet with Federalist molding and pediments might look unnatural. Conversely, if your home has a classic look, a brushed steel frame stand might appear too modern.
HiFi cabinets can have open compartments, closed compartment (with either solid or glass-panel doors), media drawers, and 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 easily be customized for your needs. The Salamander Designs Synergy System, as an example, lets you put in a turntable tray, extra shelves, a media drawer, alter the type of feet, and much 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 many audio cabinets and racks are furniture created to house your gear.
Topping NX4 DSD component rack. Audio component racks could make efficient usage of space for storage. What to look for. An older corner cupboard might appear to produce a good A/V cabinet, but without major modifications, it probably isn’t. Below are a few 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. Try to find openings in the bottom, inside the shelving, and in the back of the cabinet to enable free-flowing air.
Wire channels – If you wish to connect your receiver on the middle ycqolf towards the Blu-ray player on the lower shelf, it’s vital that you have 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 may be fine. But if you need to control your gear remotely, you ought to choose a door which allows 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 really easy to remove for fast access. These panels may also have passive ventilation slots, and openings for cables to become run between shelves. Wheels — Built-in wheels provide easy accessibility rear of your cabinet. Obviously, you’ll need use of initially set up your gear, but that won’t be the only time. You’ll need access whenever you upgrade or replace a component in your body. Sometimes wires work loose, and you’ll must open the cabinet back and check connections. Plus, wheels allow it to be very easy to move the furnishings to clean.
Should you don’t want your HiFi sitting in your cabinet, but don’t (or can’t) mount it for the wall, manufacturers including BDI make compatible floor-standing HiFi mounts that fit behind and attach to their cabinets. If you intend to possess your HiFi sit along with your cabinet, you need to put in a safety strap to make sure it doesn’t accidentally tip over. Even when you don’t have young kids, securing HiFi Audio having a safety strap is a great idea. Wall-mounted shelf systems offer you additional options. This is a great solution to get a small A/V system, specifically for a wall-mounted HiFi. It lets you store one or two components beneath your set on wall shelving, keeping floor area open.