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    core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    tl/dr: core audio designs plyKraft 3L audio rack …this rack is a highly functional piece of art !!
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    this is a drop-dead-gorgeous audio rack which belongs on display in the Smithsonian American Art Museum right next to the work of sam maloof and george nakashima.

    while expecting an uptick, the increase in SQ for my system is significant. the 135 lbs of mass and the 5-piece 304 stainless steel spikes + coasters provide effective isolation from a suspended wood floor. for my system, there is now certainly more detail and the soundstage is wider. however, i was just blown away by richness and texture of the sound — off the charts improvement here.

    the design and craftsmanship are second to none. this is a quality audio rack in every respect. all this is much better explained and demonstrated than i could ever do at this link.

    it is not possible to say enough good things about the owner of core audio designs. suffice it to say he is extremely knowledgeable and an absolute pleasure to work with — just the nicest guy one would ever hope to meet. by far the best audio (or anything else) purchasing experience i have ever had. i am more than a little sad that this project is finished.

    behold :

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    two small customizations that are incorporated into the rack…

    the first is that i asked if cherry wood with a little more pattern than is usually seen could be selected. well… a unique and absolutely stunning piece of cherry to use for the legs was found and offered it up. the lumber for the shelves also has a nicely figured veneer.

    the second was that i asked to cap one edge of each shelf with a solid strip of cherry. this gives one side of the rack a more traditional look and since the listening room is the main living room of the house, it helped overcome some WAF constraints i was bumping up against. this was brilliantly executed and is henceforth known as the “WAF option”.

    [a note here on the shelves: normally all four sides are exposed apple-Ply which is beautifully finished. personally, i find them quite attractive and they give the rack added visual interest and a touch of mid-century gestalt]

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    i am just thrilled how this project turned out. the SQ and aesthetics in my listening room are greatly enhanced.

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    Beautiful cabinet and nice minimalist setup! Enjoy.

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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    iVery nice set up.. and as mentioned minimalistc one.

    I haven´t seen those bookself.. really nice.

    Congratulations.!!!
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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    aKnyght - Beautiful cabinet. Extraordinary workmanship.
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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    aKnyght ....a very nice set-up and Arnold and crew did a fantastic job! Love the idea of the WAF option.
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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    The craftsmanship is impeccable. Looks really good in your room.
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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    Wow! What a beautiful setup. Love that rack!
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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    thanks all -- although starting from a fairly light weight piece of furniture, i am still quite amazed at the SQ impact the addition of this rack provides. and, i am just loving the build quality and the aesthetics...

    it really ties the room together, does it not? -the dude, the big lebowski
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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    Core and Viking user here too. Looks awesome. Arnold is the best!

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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    Quote Originally Posted by vortrex View Post
    Core and Viking user here too. Looks awesome. Arnold is the best!
    two great companies making the very best products of their type ...and, yes, arnold is THE best
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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    Nice work, Enjoy!


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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    Nice racks
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    Congrats! Arnold is an absolute joy to deal with. He made two racks in Zebra Wood for me last year and just completed an amp stand for me last month!
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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    Great looking rack. Congratulations.


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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    That's a great looking setup in many ways. The rack is a work of art , I like that the shelves are layered. I am a big fan of minimalist setups , they seem to get the midrange right many more times than not.

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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    Quote Originally Posted by stereogeek View Post
    That's a great looking setup in many ways. The rack is a work of art , I like that the shelves are layered. I am a big fan of minimalist setups , they seem to get the midrange right many more times than not.
    thank you

    i am now very happy with all aspects of the system and should probably (definitely?) quit while i am ahead.

    however, i am considering to add an analog source. here, the needle to thread is doing so while keeping the minimalist system gestalt.
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    Adding more stuff and more wire might muck it up. Simple is better.....

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    Re: core audio designs plyKraft 3L component rack ... in the house

    sounds about right... actually, 100% right.

    i have worked diligently to have the absolute minimum box count and connections. dongles of any kind are forbidden -- and, the need for any would indicate some type issue elsewhere which is better addressed directly than with a band-aid -- as always, ymmv.

    however, the siren's song of analog is tempting me toward the rocks. probably best to lash myself to the mast.
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