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Something Solid XF 4 tier rack

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Has anyone got one of these? How is it? I like the principal of it. 

Also it’s a job to see anywhere how much it is.

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https://decoaudio.com/deco_audio_equipment_supports.html

It might also be worth having a look at the Lateral racks.

No personal experience, but they seem to have picked up a very impressive portfolio of key dealers, including Definitive Audio and Midland Audio Exchange.

http://www.lateralaudiostands.co.uk

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Super Wammer

Cheers for the link 👍🏻

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I have a specially built five-tier XR rack which I purchased from Signals in Ipswich who also still supply them. The XR rack performed better than a variety of other racks that I had previously and I also found the design and appearance of it more pleasing to my eyes than most of the alternative options I considered at the time.

The only thing to be aware of is that the balsa shelves are very lightweight and can suffer minor surface indentations if sharp edged items make contact with them.

I still rate this rack as a fine sounding device and like the ability to adjust the tension of the rope supports as a means of fine tuning.

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I've been looking for a new rack as my old Target has run out of space. This one looks great and is also interesting in it's engineering, never seen anything like that before. I'm not too far from Deco Audio (was there looking at CDs and DACs a few weeks ago) so I may prepare my wallet and go take a look! Thanks for posting :)

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Buy some cheap ladders and knock one up yourself?  In all seriousness if you have a farrier or blacksmiths in your area they could knock you up one of these quite easily (if you like the look and design)   I have to admit my wife wouldn't give anything like this houseroom and I do find the Sounds Unique (sadly no longer made but often seen on ebay second hand) with oak legs to does a fine job for less than £100 second hand and were over £300 new).  Check out   https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/hifi-rack/bn_7024776540?_pgn=3   before you jump

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1 minute ago, uzzy said:

Buy some cheap ladders and knock one up yourself?  In all seriousness if you have a farrier or blacksmiths in your area they could knock you up one of these quite easily (if you like the look and design)   I have to admit my wife wouldn't give anything like this houseroom and I do find the Sounds Unique (sadly no longer made but often seen on ebay second hand) with oak legs to does a fine job for less than £100 second hand and were over £300 new).  Check out   https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/hifi-rack/bn_7024776540?_pgn=3   before you jump

Hang on a minute lol! You want me to knock up a few ladders and build one myself and your wife wouldn’t entertain one of the SS stands? What do you think my mrs would say with a pair of ladders in the house!!

seriously, I hear what you say but when I get my dedicated room, I just want it looking as cool as possible.. I’ve tried so many racks in my time but suspended ones always seem to give the best sonic and flexible results 

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FWIW. When I was looking into Something Solid "Missing Link" isolation feet (which I use with the SS Harbeth stands), I came across this review (in 2 Parts):

https://www.tnt-audio.com/accessories/something_solid_xr4_pt1_e.html

https://www.tnt-audio.com/accessories/something_solid_xr4_pt2_e.html

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1 minute ago, CnoEvil said:

FWIW. When I was looking into Something Solid "Missing Link" isolation feet (which I use with the SS Harbeth stands), I came across this review (in 2 Parts):

https://www.tnt-audio.com/accessories/something_solid_xr4_pt1_e.html

https://www.tnt-audio.com/accessories/something_solid_xr4_pt2_e.html

I’ve ordered a pair of SS stands for the Harbeths so was curious about this rack. 

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I have owned this rack for the old second system. Was very happy with it but didn’t have the time to directly compare against my Hutter. I do use SS stands for my Harbeth with their feet. They can also stain the shelves to suit your needs although I dont believe that they publicise this.

Mark who owns SS is also co-owner of Deco Audio in Aylesbury. They are all great guys at Deco Audio.

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Super Wammer

I have the EXR version, in hindsight probably should have gone for the full 'XR' model as for the frame on its own, only about £50 more.

I saved some money by not buying the shelves with it and just getting some 20mm plywood cut to size and used that.

I'm very happy with it though, nice and flexible with the shelf configuration and I like the industrial but lightweight look (not too oil rig).

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System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr

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33 minutes ago, HoopsOnToast said:

I have the EXR version, in hindsight probably should have gone for the full 'XR' model as for the frame on its own, only about £50 more.

I saved some money by not buying the shelves with it and just getting some 20mm plywood cut to size and used that.

I'm very happy with it though, nice and flexible with the shelf configuration and I like the industrial but lightweight look (not too oil rig).

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System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr

Looks good Rob.. 👍🏻

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3 hours ago, CnoEvil said:

FWIW. When I was looking into Something Solid "Missing Link" isolation feet (which I use with the SS Harbeth stands), I came across this review (in 2 Parts):

https://www.tnt-audio.com/accessories/something_solid_xr4_pt1_e.html

https://www.tnt-audio.com/accessories/something_solid_xr4_pt2_e.html

Seeing the above reminded me that I also found these reviews after I had first seen the XR rack at Signals and arranged to try one at home. As I indicated earlier, I was impressed with how my system sounded whilst supported on this rack and (shock horror!) even my wife said she preferred the look of it in comparison to the glass shelved unit I was using at the time.

Reading the above reviews simply confirmed what I had already found i.e. that my system sounded better while using it, it was more aesthetically pleasing and even my wife liked the look of it. A win win...:)

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Super Wammer

I spoke to my preferred dealer today and can see how varied the price is depending on what type of shelf is used.. 

Basically, rack and support system is £350 for a four tier rack but the shelf material ranges from £25 to £125 for solid birch shelves. I’ve seen some solid birch chopping boards in ikea for £20 each approximately the same size so I might investigate that route

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2 hours ago, radiant red said:

I spoke to my preferred dealer today and can see how varied the price is depending on what type of shelf is used.. 

Basically, rack and support system is £350 for a four tier rack but the shelf material ranges from £25 to £125 for solid birch shelves. I’ve seen some solid birch chopping boards in ikea for £20 each approximately the same size so I might investigate that route

I think you will find that the £125 shelves are mainly end-grain balsa with a thin laminate of plywood on the underside and along each edge. According to the reviews and what I was advised at the time I was thinking of buying, it is the end grain balsa shelves that noticeably lift the performance of these racks......but at a price.

I see that a new double dissipating balsa shelf is now being marketed by Something Solid at £250 each which if chosen really does push the price of a four tier rack significantly upwards.

I was not aware of the existence of these new shelves and have not seen any mention or comments about them. It would be very interesting to hear opinions from any existing XR rack owners that have tried or upgraded to these new shelves.

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