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Salamander Design Salamander Rack Archetype 5
34 Reviews
rating  4.38 of 5
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ugi a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I have been using the Archetype 5 rack for seven years (!) and it has served me well. Yes, it looks like a giant erector set, but that's its utilitarian charm. Mine still looks quite new, and the only scratches it's picked up were when someone transported it over a brick wall. The shelves are very supportive and can handle most components you throw at it. It did get somewhat wobbly when I set an old 20" TV set on top, but that's probably not the best use of the top shelf.

It is time consuming when setting up the first time to get every shelf level, so if you are work-averse you should stay away. But the basic principle of construction is simple. And the versatility is undeniable.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Audio Advisor



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I bought a pair of these on a closeout or someting like that at AA. They must have been like D- stock or something. I could not assemble the unit because the rails were machined so badly that the nuts would not travel down them and got stuck.

AA gave me no problems about authorizing the return, but I never sent them back because the return shipping was so high, the units are very heavy (I live in NYC -- you can't just back your car up to a shipping center around here), the boxes hard to reseal without steel bands, and I ended up just eating the loss.

Also, be aware that you will have to spend hours twiddling nuts to put these together. It is much more tedious an annoying to build than the usual types of assembly-required furniture.

In the end, I found that some of the big box retailers and mom and pop furniture retailers have audio racks that are as good as the lower end racks sold through "audiophile" channels at less than half the price.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Audio Advisor



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Haoleb a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I am writing a review for this rack because i made my own (DIY) clone of this rack, although mine is taller and the shelves are like an inch bigger on each side., its pretty much the same thing. Mine uses 5/8" rods and 3/4" birch plwood shelves, So, it performs like the store bought one anyway... This is a very good rack its very sturdy and can hold MUCHO weight.mine does anyway... I havent tried but im sure i could stand on it no problem . and i aint a little guy either. When fully loaded you can move the top around and it will sway a bit, not much but with heaver rods this would not happpen. And i really think you should try the DIY approch. i got all the materials for less than 100 bucks and only took a day to build+ assembly and its better than the store bought one, And WAYYY cheaper.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   DIY



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by William Eustis a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2002

Bottom Line:   
My wife suggested this rack after looking at an Audio Advisor catalog. We had been using a custom LP storage/equipment rack but we are contemplating the purchase of new speakers and needed vertical rather than horizontal space.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Audio Advisor



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have a 3.0 and a 2.0 joined together. Not difficult to assemble, but time consuming. In cherry, looks much better than those black metal stands. If you tighten the nuts down hard, it's very strong and stable. Infinitely adjustable, and you can add shelves, so you can add components at will and not have to stack them or buy a new rack. You also don't have wasted space between shelves. Salamander's cable organizers are a waste - don't mess with them.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $500.00




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