Just though I must post a picture of Mr. Murthy's awesome rack. As usually his workmanship is outstanding. All against orders only.
Prithvi don't get offended but sure this price of 49K is way too high.
Thanks Prithivi for the price.
Wow!!! Half-a-lakh for rack!!! And i suppose there are other racks even above 1 Lakh range!!! Well need to check other custom products designed by Murthy!!! Hope some of them are not in that range, were i can chip in!!!!
If you find this rack expensive. Then Please try the SRA, Finite Elemente Pagode Reference, all upwards of 5-7 lacs in India. All these racks are very heavy and you pay a huge amount of the freight from abroad to india.
My personal request. As you are in deciding your HT package, complete it first. Then you can look for the rack. Kalyan, a member of hifivision has built a enclosed custom rack (with necessary ventilation) just for 14K. I had a look at that; it is sturdy, spacious, and well planned. With his permission, I will take the snaps and try to post the pictures. Recently, I have moved my stereo setup to my bedroom since my son watches cartoons most of the time. For the purpose, I bought a open rack (dismantible) with three shelves from Saravana Stores for Rs. 437/-. It looks ordinary and serves the purpose.
In my opinion, audio racks do not improve the sound quality (exception: for a turntable, you should have a well built rack to avoid vibration).
I use an expensive Solid Tech Rack of Silence for my CDP and preamp and a Taoc amplifier stand and rack for HT components. TAOC is an excellent rack and reasonably priced and use aluminium frame and MDF shelves with cast iron powder as damping component in the shelves. They are a major supplier of cast iron parts to Toyota Motors and one of the best reputed Japanese companies in cast iron products and vibration dampeners. Their website is taoc.co.jp and some of their Japanese dealers can supply the rack directly. I got mine like that only. A 3-shelf stand could cost around US$500.