I therefore designed a rack, where the centre speaker is independently held up with a separate stand, but it appears to be integrated into the design of the hi-fi rack. I then commissioned a cabinet maker to build it in solid ash, with 10mm thick glass shelves, adjustable for height. The result you can see above.
It is now available to order – each one is custom made by the cabinet maker, who has been working with me on this project since the start. Over the next couple of weeks the rack will be on show at the Robinson House Studios in Newhaven, Sussex, England.
The centre speaker used here is the Kef Reference model 150. The rack can be scaled to fit other speakers, and a double width version could also be built to accommodate two columns of components.
As you can see this is a very stylish way to hide away the components and the wiring, and the glass, which has a darkened coating applied, enables the infra red signal from a remote to pass through it, but hides all those bright lights that can spoil your enjoyment of the darker scenes in a movie.
The shelves are all adjustable and further tuning of sound can be achieved by either using oak cones or soft isolators such as foculpods between the glass and the solid ash shelf supports. (Lookout for article on this)
The build quality as you can see is very high, with seasoned wood, craftsmen construction techniques including those wonderful joints, and is a very heavy structure.
As you can see this design has been aimed at those audiophiles that want a piece of quality furniture, that solves all the problems of access, vibration and aesthetics – and not a black metal rack with visible wires!
Contact the cabinet maker to discuss your requirements.
Location of display, Robinson House Studio
Robinson House Studio