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    Salamander AV furniture?

    Any experience with Salamander AV units? Looking at a couple of their more aesthetically oriented units in the Chameleon series (as opposed to the rack mount pieces) to place in our combined living room / listening room. I know they're not as pure audiophile oriented as a dedicated audio rack, but they at least have ventilation on the bottom and rear, solid moderately damped shelves, and wire management opportunities.

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    Re: Salamander AV furniture?

    I have used the Salamander Synergy for many years in the main system in my old house an currently in a secondary system.
    Main System - Lumin U1, Modwright LS36.5 DM Preamp, EVS 1200 Amp, EMM Labs DAC 2X (ver. 2), Torus RM-20, Thiel CS 3.7s, 2 Rel Storm III subs
    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Integra DPS 6.9 Transport, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
    Back-up 2 - Sherbourn Pre-1, Mivera PurePowerSE Amp, Oppo UDP-203, Vansevers cond, B&W P6s, Sumiko S.5 sub

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    Re: Salamander AV furniture?

    Here it is in a secondary system
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    Main System - Lumin U1, Modwright LS36.5 DM Preamp, EVS 1200 Amp, EMM Labs DAC 2X (ver. 2), Torus RM-20, Thiel CS 3.7s, 2 Rel Storm III subs
    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Integra DPS 6.9 Transport, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
    Back-up 2 - Sherbourn Pre-1, Mivera PurePowerSE Amp, Oppo UDP-203, Vansevers cond, B&W P6s, Sumiko S.5 sub

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    Re: Salamander AV furniture?

    Here it is in the old house
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    Main System - Lumin U1, Modwright LS36.5 DM Preamp, EVS 1200 Amp, EMM Labs DAC 2X (ver. 2), Torus RM-20, Thiel CS 3.7s, 2 Rel Storm III subs
    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Integra DPS 6.9 Transport, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
    Back-up 2 - Sherbourn Pre-1, Mivera PurePowerSE Amp, Oppo UDP-203, Vansevers cond, B&W P6s, Sumiko S.5 sub

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    Re: Salamander AV furniture?

    I own one. I feel it's worth the extra $$$ to buy something better…...
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    Re: Salamander AV furniture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Penthouse-D View Post
    I own one. I feel it's worth the extra $$$ to buy something better…...
    What would you recommend in the "better" category? I know there are any number of more audio-specific racks out there - my problem is that this needs to look like a piece of modern (and enclosed) furniture. Salamander and BDI are the only ones I've come across that seem to have any success combining spouse-approved furniture looks with audio functionality. Salamander's build seems better than BDI's to me. Both are in the $2-3k price range. So if there's something better, I'm definitely interested.

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    Re: Salamander AV furniture?

    It depends on your budget and of course preferences. There is stuff like - http://www.kansoaudiofurniture.com/p5.html or http://bello.com/ or https://www.standoutdesigns.com/ and I'm sure a whole host of others. I ended up getting something from Odyssey Audio. My rack is 350 lbs. I designed its configuration. I also use isolation devices with it.
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    Main System - Lumin U1, Modwright LS36.5 DM Preamp, EVS 1200 Amp, EMM Labs DAC 2X (ver. 2), Torus RM-20, Thiel CS 3.7s, 2 Rel Storm III subs
    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Integra DPS 6.9 Transport, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
    Back-up 2 - Sherbourn Pre-1, Mivera PurePowerSE Amp, Oppo UDP-203, Vansevers cond, B&W P6s, Sumiko S.5 sub

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    Re: Salamander AV furniture?

    There are many audio specific options out there. The Salamander racks are simply wood and aluminum mix and match very basic shelving. No isolation at all.
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    Re: Salamander AV furniture?

    While I have the Salamander in a secondary system currently, I do use isolation devices on components (e.g. Gingko Audio Cloud 10 Platform). The Kanso furniture I noted above looks like furniture does use materials that isolate things better than Salamander. The OP noted "my problem is that this needs to look like a piece of modern (and enclosed) furniture." So perhaps for his needs it would be best to get things to isolate the components on the shelves - e.g. - http://www.ginkgoaudio.com/product-category/platforms/

    There are many other isolation devices of all price points. I originally bought the Salamander as I needed lots of adjustable shelf space and sometimes the space needed to be adjusted when I got a new component. The OP needs something that will satisfy the spouse.
    Main System - Lumin U1, Modwright LS36.5 DM Preamp, EVS 1200 Amp, EMM Labs DAC 2X (ver. 2), Torus RM-20, Thiel CS 3.7s, 2 Rel Storm III subs
    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Integra DPS 6.9 Transport, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
    Back-up 2 - Sherbourn Pre-1, Mivera PurePowerSE Amp, Oppo UDP-203, Vansevers cond, B&W P6s, Sumiko S.5 sub

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    Main System - Lumin U1, Modwright LS36.5 DM Preamp, EVS 1200 Amp, EMM Labs DAC 2X (ver. 2), Torus RM-20, Thiel CS 3.7s, 2 Rel Storm III subs
    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Integra DPS 6.9 Transport, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
    Back-up 2 - Sherbourn Pre-1, Mivera PurePowerSE Amp, Oppo UDP-203, Vansevers cond, B&W P6s, Sumiko S.5 sub

 

 
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