Salamander Archetype 5.0 (Cherry)
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||16 x 23 x 36 inches|
|Number of Shelves||5|
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- Made of Solid Cherry Hardwood
- Provides 5 shelves along with flexibility of infinite vertical adjustment
- This is often used as the foundation for an expanded Archetype system
- Weight Capacity: 250 lbs
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The Archetype System employs threaded steel support posts and matching fasteners to hold shelves securely in place while providing infinite vertical adjustability.
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When the stand arrived I was very surprised by how small the package was, but that’s not really a problem. The box got beaten up pretty good, but the contents were unharmed.
Unboxing the shelves quickly revealed that they were very poor quality. There was zero effort to match the wood so most of the shelves have stripes of very different color and grain. Worse yet the shelves are very badly finished. Actually the finish is terrible! You can see major dark and light spots in the stain. This is not a simple wax it away problem. The shelves are coated and will never look any better unless you take the time to sand and refinish.
I was very disappointed. But I was only going to use the shelf until I was ready to have something built. I really wanted to setup my new amp. So let’s go ahead and build it. It’s not a difficult shelf to build and the included hardware had some extras which is always nice.
The shelves however do not have sleeves in the holes for the rods, so there is quite a bit of play or wobble. A simple metal sleeve would have vastly improved the stability of the rack. There is also nothing besides the shelves themselves to eliminate twist or wobble.
Once all five shelves are leveled and tightened into place the stability is much improved, but this rack will always have wobble and twist. This wobble and twist makes moving this rack with any weight in it a very bad idea. My equipment is in a corner, so being able to move my old rack once things were properly set made it very convenient, and not being able to do so makes this rack quite a chore. I wound up setting three shelves, the bottom leveled in the desired location, then two more temporarily to stabilize the structure, then building the unit as I added the components.
The top shelf has caps that fit snugly in the holes of the shelf. (Make the same thing without the tops and you would have perfect sleeves for the shelf.) The caps prevent the surface from being perfectly smooth, but they did not interfere with my setting a turntable on top, it was the twist and wobble that prevented that. I have a Pioneer PLX-1000 turntable (a fairly normal DJ TT) and with the glass mat and accessories it is approaching 40 lbs. It was clearly too heavy for this stand. Would the stand support it, yes, was it a nice stable surface and a good idea, heck no!
I am sure the rack will support the weight it claims, but one of the jobs of a good component rack is to eliminate vibration and stabilize everything. The higher you go in this rack the less rigid it will be. The diminutive footprint also makes adding something heavy to the top a bad idea.
If you have light equipment and want a quick and dirty stand, it can work for you, but save yourself some money and get the cheaper black MDF version. If your equipment is too heavy for MDF shelves, skip this rack altogether. I am comfortable with my current setup as the only really heavy item is on the bottom, but I could not place all of equipment on the shelves as I originally planned. The lack of rigidity makes the upper shelves unusable for heavy components and undesirable for turntables. The finish is a huge disappointment, and definitely not worth the premium price over the base model. I'm not saying it doesn't work, but for the price of the hardwood versions, you can do better.
Due to budgetary restrictions, I was forced to take a gamble and purchase the black MDF version of the 5-shelf rack. If I had a second chance, I would admittedly probably buy the walnut or cherry, however recent purchases at the time (which incidentally necessitated the rack itself) led to some frugality. I was reassured with the weight rating for the black MDF rack being given as 250lb - the same as in the walnut and cherry models. The price, furthermore, was very attractive on Amazon.
The box arrived free of damages, and everything inside was in order. Assembly of the unit was tedious yet extremely simple. Most importantly, the stand itself is extremely sturdy. It is satisfyingly heavy, it does not wobble, and there was absolutely no trepidation in placing a particularly heavy or sensitive component upon the rack.
I did not purchase this AV component rack for looks, but rather utility, and in that regard it deserves an unequivocal 5-star rating. That being said, I must admit that I have - in the few months since I've had the unit - become quite fond of its sleek, utilitarian look. Please review the attached photograph to judge for yourself.
I see no better value for the music-lover on a budget who requires additional shelving. The black, MDF, 5-shelf rack from Salamander gets my complete recommendation.
Anyway, this thing works great, makes your equipment look great, and it looks great on its own. You can’t possibly go wrong.