Target Audio Component RACK Racks & Stands

Audio Component RACK

Very simle design, 4 point standing

User Reviews (9)

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James   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 25, 2000]
Strength:

Its a rack

Weakness:

Quality Control. Looks.

Piece of junk. On mine (TT 4-shelf), one of corners in the rack did not have the support piece welded on. Therefore, the middle shelf only had support on three corners. Was forced to Jimmy rig a fix to allow components to sit on that shelf. Has Target ever heard of quality control? Made cheap, looks cheap, shelves damage easy. Gave up after about a year and took it to the dumpyard.

If your going to put something that looks bad/cheap in your living room,just go down to home depot and throw something together yourself -- at least it really is cheap, and will probably work better.

Would never buy a product from target again.

Similar Products Used: Cinder Blocks, Bookshelf, antique cabinet
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Donnie   Audiophile [Feb 27, 2000]
Strength:

Rigid and to the point////Hey!!! use the 1/4" card board underneath the shelves for more vib attenuation (along with the 4 adjustable spikes) that came with the shipping box////

Weakness:

It is not a piece of art to the eye...by hey who is going to look at the rack with a Sonic Frontiers Line 3 Pre starring at you

Bang for the buck.....harder to unwrap then set up and this will look up to date for years to come if you are looking for that

Similar Products Used: bricks & pine
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
KT Lim   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 17, 2000]
Strength:

rigid, height-adjustable spikes, cost-performance

Weakness:

Quality control: two welding points are not properly done.
Nor suitable for big products like Wadia, etc., but OK for Arcam, etc.

A Target rack bought in 1992.

It does not have things we do not need: wood side panels, glass front door.
It has just what we need, rigidity.

The height of each of the four spikes can be adjusted individually. So the rack stands firmly even where the floor is not even. It needs some time to adjust, but is rewarding.

The top plate lies on four individually adjustable spikes.

Except the top plate, each wood plate lies on four small vibration absorbing rubber and is designed to move about 1~2 mm in any direction before touching steel.

However, two welding points were too protruding. So two wood plates do not move 1~2 mm in any direction, because they are already touching the protruding welding areas.

Target should improve quality control.

Similar Products Used: Before buying Target, I used a wood rack that was sold with a mass production maker's audio set. It had wood side panels and glass door on front.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Marc Bratton   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 08, 1999]
Strength:

Will outlast you. Steady as the proverbial rock when set up properly

Weakness:

A bit dated, and not the best looking of all the racks out there. Do you really care? Still one of the best racks out there for turntable users, who don't want to go to a dedicated turntable stand.

I've been using an older model, the Target TT5T, for over 10 years now. It's the only remaining component of my original "high end" system...enough said! It's a bit dated in that you can't vary the amount of space between shelves, and it's no longer state of the art as far as vibration control goes. But c'mon, gimme a break! One star? That ought to be reserved for wobbly, particleboard "entertain-
ment centers". This thing is absolutely unmovable when set up correctly, and is a very worthy foundation to a fine turntable, not to mention the rest of your components. If you can make a good deal on a used one, it'll probably outlast you.I'm going to give it 5 stars in both categories-
at least in part to offset the skewed valuations posted below.

Similar Products Used: Nothing...this is my 1st, and probably last rack I'll ever need to buy.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Lyle Fong   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 24, 1999]
Strength:

Solid as a rock

Weakness:

Pain to build, not the prettiest stands

These racks are great if you build it properly. However, they take forever to build and require some skill. The cylindrical tubes must be aligned and centered perfectly it looks horrible. Be careful not to screw on the bolts too tight, as I managed to destroy the threads on one of them and had to buy a replacement. Overall, considering the price, I would probably opt for something a little more stylish and a little less complicated to put together.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Steve   an Audiophile [Mar 15, 1999]

.......Terrible, Ugly, .........It has an extraordinary aweful design and the front right stand is a millimeter shorter than the other........

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Bob Berkow   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 24, 1999]
Strength:

None

Weakness:

Build quality

I just received a five tier target stand and, to put it mildly, was extremely disappointed. The stand was delivered chipped, the shelves did not fit, the quality of construction was poor.

There is absolutely nothing I can recommend about Target. I will be returning it and will be purchasing Zoethecus.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Louis   Audiophile [May 27, 2000]
Strength:

Rigid, solid, well-built, and I'd say value-for-money.

Weakness:

Not the prettiest stand around, not the best welding job, too.

Mine is with 4 shelves, about 20cm from each other, one glass plate for each shelf, supported on 4 little rubber pieces, one at each corner.

I don't understand how these other guys got their Target racks in miserable states. I've seen even those models which you have to put together yourself, and I can tell you, they look and feel fine! But I went for the fully assembled and welded model, which is, of course, more solid.

Right away the sound from my system got much tidier, cleaner, more focused. Bass is much better controlled... the whole lot. You can hear the difference. Use the spikes without the shoes and find other some way to protect your floor (e.g. coins). Fill it with sand (through the holes at the bottom of the "legs" where the spikes are supposed to be screwed in) and the sound got even better! Now my stand is as solid as a rock and that's what my system needs exactly.

I've yet to hear what other more expensive racks can do to a system's sound, but hey, I'm pretty contended with my Target (as least for the moment). As for those few guys who claimed to have had a bad experience (assuming they're honest), beats me...

Similar Products Used: First proper equipment rack I've used, after a wooden sideboard and a flimsy rack on rollers.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Martin Kyprianides   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 25, 2000]
Strength:

Reasonable price, easy to buy via mail-order supplier, big improvement over department store hi-fi cabinet

Weakness:

Poorly built, shoddy shelves, welded supports and frame easily scratched, lack of quality control, overpriced for what it is

Having spent a considerable sum of money on a hi-fi upgrage in 1994, I still had the stuff parked on some horrible, cheap hi-fi cabinet sourced from a local department store seven years before. I decided, finally, in 1997 to buy a decent (or so I thought) component rack. I decided to buy a Target Delta 5 with MDF shelving.

Quite frankly I wished I hadn't - it was the worst £200 I ever spent. It's obvious that quality control at Target is not what it should be, the build of this rack (despite the welded column supports) leaving a lot to be desired. In just over 2 years, the thing looked like little more than a piece of junk.

This rack was so badly made as shelves lost all their shape - the top shelf had isolation spikes but I removed them after a while because the top shelf itself went out of shape so quickly. It looked awful! I have not subjected the rack to temperature extremes and I even ordered a couple of replacement shelves direct from Target but they arrived scuffed and damaged due to inadequate packaging.

After replacing the wonky shelves, soon they lost their shape again. Unbelievable!!! The front of the unit showed signs of deterioration very early on, with the colour coming off in places and the whole thing felt like it was going to fall apart on me at some stage. Very poor I thought. I even wrote to Target to complain about the problems with the shelves going out of shape but all they could do was offer me a set of 5 glass shelves at a "preferential" price of £65!

I decided to junk the Target in the end. Yes, it was an improvement on the old hi-fi cabinet I'd had since 1987 but it was let down by very poor quality control and the build was really not up to standard. There are other products on the market offering better value. My advice? Steer clear of Target and buy yourself something like a Soundstyle X105 like I did!

Similar Products Used: Cheap department store hi-fi cabinet
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
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