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    Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Tomorrow my Core Audio racks will be delivered by Core Audio founder and craftsman, Arnold Marr.

    Here's some info on these superb audio racks, crafted by hand:

    PlyKraft Platform
    The new plyKraft platform is composed of domestic high density FSC & CARB certified Apple-Ply. The massive 2” Apple-Ply stock consists of 34 layers of hardwood laminates.

    The construction of Apple-Ply lends itself beautifully to be the perfect building blocks for our new shelves. The exposed Apple-Ply edge is nearly void free and offers a refreshing design element that can be integrated into nearly any décor. As with previous designs, the shelves are milled in the center to create two hollow chambers accessible from the underside of the platform by removing the two brushed aluminum composite Di-Bond®/ALUPANEL® panels. The chambers are preloaded with our unique blend of damping materials to create a high mass, low resonance core.

    As with previous designs, the shelves are milled in the center to create two hollow chambers accessible from the underside of the platform by removing the two brushed aluminum composite Di-Bond®/ALUPANEL® panels. The chambers are preloaded with our unique blend of damping materials to create a high mass, low resonance core.

    Photo of the damping chambers underneath each shelf; there are 2 chambers/shelf.


    Uprights
    Massive eight-quarter FAS solid hardwood stock is milled to perfection with precision CNC routers. Dado joinery and threaded metal inserts are used to couple the uprights to the platforms. The dense hardwood uprights create the perfect mechanical diode to drain unwanted vibrations from the shelves to the ground. The uprights are available in: Rift White Oak, Hard Maple, Natural Cherry, American Black Walnut, African Sapele, African Bubinga, and African Zebra. Other wood species are available upon request.

    Finish
    Each component is carefully prepared to maintain its natural beauty with two coats of sealer followed by three coats of clear lacquer. We use Mohawk® professional grade oil based catalyzed lacquer to provide a durable and transparent finish to bring out truly the best in wood by defining grain and depth. We use no stains, dyes or toners in our finishing process. Hand-rubbed oil finishes require occasional oiling. Our catalyzed lacquer is nearly maintenance-free. A simple micro-fiber towel or feather duster is all that’s required.

    Here's a description of some key features of Core Audio Racks:

    Features
    • Solid hardwood uprights composed from premium FAS certified heartwood. Eight-quarter stock selected for even grain, density, and stability.
    • 2” high-density domestic apple-ply shelves consisting of 34 layers of hardwood. FSC & CARB Certified.
    • Milled center core provides hollow chamber for damping materials.
    • Chambers preloaded with lead, clay, and silica. Materials sealed within dual 3 Mil poly bags
    • Constrained layer damping provided by butyl resin, aluminum, PVC/NBR/CR closed cell foam.
    • Di-Bond®/ALUPANEL® aluminum composite panels (brushed copper finish) used to conceal damping material.
    • Available in Rift White Oak, Hard Maple, Natural Cherry, American Black Walnut, African Sapele, African Bubinga, and African Zebra.
    • MOHAWK® Professional grade oil based catalyzed lacquer finish.
    • Minimalist design showcasing the beauty and natural harmonics of solid hardwood.
    • Open architecture allowing for maximum airflow and heat dissipation.
    • Includes adjustable 5 piece v.3 deluxe 304 stainless steel spikes & coasters.


    A pic of a 3L rack:


    Mine will be 2L (2-level) racks in figured maple with walnut supports, which will nicely complement the tones of my 30.2 40th Anniversay Harbeths in eucalyptus on figured maple Resonant Woods stands.


    I'll be installing the two 2L racks side-by-side for my system. Another nice thing will be I won't be needing any bamboo cutting boards, Stillpoints, HRS Nimbus couplers, EVPs, Herbie's Tenderfeet, blah, blah, blah. Just place the component on the rack shelf, and you're "good to go".

    Will post some pics of the system on the new Core Audio racks once it's set up...
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Nice!!

    Be sure to share pics of your gear on the new racks.
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelsMinute View Post
    Nice!!

    Be sure to share pics of your gear on the new racks.
    Yes, will do...
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Whelp, my Core Audio racks arrived today, and they're even more beautiful that I thought they would be. Here's three shots at different perspectives.

    These are crafted with figured maple shelves and walnut legs.



    "1-point" view


    Top view...


    Man, these are gorgeous, the figured maple shelves are stunning.

    Can't see it in these photos, but the two damping chambers underneath each shelf have Core Audio's latest blend of damping materials.
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    Whelp, my Core Audio racks arrived today, and they're even more beautiful that I thought they would be. Here's three shots at different perspectives.

    These are crafted with figured maple shelves and walnut legs.



    "1-point" view


    Top view...


    Man, these are gorgeous, the figured maple shelves are stunning.

    Can't see it in these photos, but the two damping chambers underneath each shelf have Core Audio's latest blend of damping materials.


    That look really nice. I wish I could get away with just 2x2 shelving!
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Beautiful Stephen! Congrats!
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Beautiful Stephen! Congrats!
    Thanks, Mike.
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Furniture grade! Very nice Stephen.

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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Looks superb Stephen and it compliments your hard wood flooring to boot !
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelsMinute View Post
    That look really nice. I wish I could get away with just 2x2 shelving!
    Thanks, Michael. One of the benefits obtained when I significantly simplified my system by going with the Lumin P1 and Inspiration integrated amp was requiring significantly less rack space.
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    Furniture grade! Very nice Stephen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Looks superb Stephen and it compliments your hard wood flooring to boot !

    Thanks, gents.
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Excellent!
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Here's a "system view" with the new Core Audio racks. One of the nice things about the racks is their figured maple shelves and walnut legs nicely match and complement the tones/colors of my Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary speakers with Silver Eucalyptus cabinets resting on figured maple Resonant Woods speaker stands.

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    These wooden racks seem to be finely constructed with audio performance features. Have you given any consideration to modifying them with back-side screens/panels to hide cabling?
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    Re: Core Audio Racks Arrival on Monday...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiker View Post
    These wooden racks seem to be finely constructed with audio performance features. Have you given any consideration to modifying them with back-side screens/panels to hide cabling?
    Respectfully, I've (finally) gotten to a point in life where I don't "sweat the small stuff" anymore, and back-side screens/panels to hide cabling is..."small stuff".

    So....no. Life's too short.

    I just sit back and, as Hans B. says, "Enjoy the music."

    Cheers.
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