Hi Fi stand - Any suggestions

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  1. Tbone68

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    Hi,

    I know there is another forum suited to AV cabinets etc, but it is riddled with AV cabinets etc !!!

    Q - What Hi-Fi stands would you recommend ? I only have a CD player and amp with the possibility of a future power amp, so I do not need many shelves.

    Has to look good, obviously. (Women !!)
     
  2. mjcairney

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    Take a look here.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    Mana...........if you want a proper hifi rack, otherwise anything really.
     
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    Try Ikea. Cheap as chips when compared to "serious" stands, but actually does a reasonable job.
     
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    I strongly recommend the Aria range from Apollo.

    Apollo Hi-Fi Furniture

    It's modular which means you can design your own rack and the metal bits come in a range of finishes so the missus can have her say on the appearance of the thing. It takes quite a while to get your head around designing your own stand but it's worth it to get exactly what you want.

    You have to assemble it yourself which is a bit of a nightmare till you get the hang of it. But it's extremely solid and sturdy if you do it right!
     
  7. Tbone68

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    Sorry to be a cheeky pain in the arse, but roughly what is the cost of this aria setup ? It does llok nice. What colour did you go for ?
     
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    I saw a really nice looking real wood outside table on the Ikea website today that I reckon would make a nice Lack Rack substitute.
     
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    Blimey, I never knew I was so efficient but I've gone back through all my receipts and managed to find it.

    My rack is 455mm wide which is the right width for standard size hi-fi units. It has five shelves so I had to buy five packs.

    The base pack which consists of the bottom shelf (shelf 1) and the legs cost £63.83.

    Next came a 183 add-on pack which consisted of four vertical spacers each 183mm long and shelf 2. That also cost £63.83.

    Next came three 138 add-on packs, each consisting of four 138mm vertical spacers and another shelf (shelves 3, 4 and 5). Each cost £63.83.

    The four top caps to top it off were included in the base pack.

    Total cost £375, including delivery to my home at no extra cost.

    That was in October 2007.

    These units are manufactured in the Black Country, the birthplace of the industrial revolution, and have a very industrial feel to them if you like that sort of thing. They look (and are) rock solid, strong, plain, simple and functional.

    I went for the crackle black finish which is a rough-textured black finish that resembles ground-up anthracite.

    You can order the stands either through your local hi-fi retailer or direct if you prefer. But obviously it's a good idea if you can look at one first so it might be an idea to phone Apollo and find out which local dealer has them on display. I live in central London and spotted them at Walrus Hi-Fi so I ordered them through Walrus, but they were still delivered direct to my home. (Very quickly as I recall.)

    I've gone on at some length because I think these stands are just perfect yet you never hear much about them. (Also, I come from the Black Country!) The great thing is, you can expand them with more modules if you accumulate more equipment, or want to add on record storage space, or want a matching TV stand etc etc - the Apollo site used to include lots of pictures of the possibilities but they seem to have disappeared. There's more info and pictures on Walrus's website, and prices:

    Apollo Stands at Walrus Systems hifi website

    and if you Google Apollo Aria you'll find lots more info.
     
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    I went to a quality carpenter and had him make exactly what we wanted. Such a solution would obviously satisfy your wife's aesthetic demands.
     
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    Isoblue or Quadraspire.

    Both relatively "aesthetically pleasing" and modular.
     

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