It’s time to retire my old (and I mean old!) CWD equipment rack. It’s been abused and Frankensteined over 30 years to house my changing equipment configs, but with the arrival of a VPI Avenger TT I’m afraid the rack just won’t provide the degree of service needed.
I’ve been reading about racks for years. Arguments for and against wood. Massive racks vs. lightweight racks. So on and so forth. I do have a set of “givens”, that I hope can help narrow things down. The first is it must be capable of supporting the Avenger on the top shelf inherently. I honestly don’t want to get into buying a rack, then buying a bigger maple (or fill in the blank) shelf that will be isolated/coupled/decoupled/levitated on the rack’s top shelf. I think that means the rack must offer an option for a larger top shelf - at least 24"x20". While the main driver is the new TT, of course I need it to support my DS DAC and DMP in proper order. It must also be modular, or at least have adjustable shelves. I also need a lot of shelves, so maybe a dual rack option would work better - otherwise I’d need a rack to hold eightdifferent chassis. As to price? I can’t afford a Critical Mass, or a Symposium, or the like. I’d like it to be a cost-effective, capable rack that is based on some empirical principle. Looks are secondary as long as it’s not the audio version of an erector set.