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  1. #51
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    Re: Show me your rack

    Beautiful racks!
    Fleetwood Deville by Oswald Mills Audio, Vienna Acoustics Haydn Jubilee, Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Valvet E3, Job INTegrated. Luxman L-595a, Enleum AMP-23r (aka Bakoon)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzie View Post
    Installed this weekend. Built locally (not by me) from local windfalls of Claro (California) walnut trees. Despite no stain, note the dramatic color change as I start applying the first coat of Osmo Polyox-Oil (satin). Heat shield is to protect the wood and finish in case I move into a "hot" amp. Shield is 14"x20" aluminum flashing backed by 1/8" Amarin felt insulation rated to 600 degrees. I do not know or care what the "R" factor is. I think it will be more than adequate since the large aluminum surface helps to dissipate heat.

    Rack color is darker and more red than in the pictures. My walls are light tan, not white, and so are the darker parts of the floor tile. For some reason my Nikon always washes the color out. Maybe someday I will find the instruction manual and see if there is a correction.
    Really nice, lucky you. Congrats!


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    Qobuz over Roon is my rack and I have close to 10,000 albums on that rack... Only 59,990,000 more to go!

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    It was designed by a friend because it is really difficult to find some really hifi rack here in Buenos Aires.
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    I've been designing performance-oriented racking systems (mostly for myself) for the past 20 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stehno View Post
    I've been designing performance-oriented racking systems (mostly for myself) for the past 20 years.
    Do you have any pictures of your vampire system with the lights turned on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    Do you have any pictures of your vampire system with the lights turned on?
    Impossible! It would disintegrate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    Do you have any pictures of your vampire system with the lights turned on?
    Yeah, I think I've got some brighter pictures somewhere. But since pictures have nothing to do with performance, and since I said I designed (past tense) performance-oriented racking systems, I'll give you a little demo per below. I said, performance-oriented but I really should have said, extreme performance-oriented racking systems as I would attribute about 80-85% of my playback system's level of musicality solely to the rack itself.

    But I would suggest cranking up the volume a bit to get a better perspective.

    "The more I dabble with extreme forms of electrical mgmt and extreme forms of vibration mgmt, the more Iím convinced itís all just variations of managing mechanical energy. Or was it all just variations of managing electrical energy? No, itís all just variations of managing mechanical energy. No, wait. It's all just variations of managing electrical energy" -me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stehno View Post
    Yeah, I think I've got some brighter pictures somewhere. But since pictures have nothing to do with performance, and since I said I designed (past tense) performance-oriented racking systems, I'll give you a little demo per below. I said, performance-oriented but I really should have said, extreme performance-oriented racking systems as I would attribute about 80-85% of my playback system's level of musicality solely to the rack itself.

    But I would suggest cranking up the volume a bit to get a better perspective.

    I don't know who likes watching your videos that hide your system and room because you shoot them in the dark on purpose, but it's not me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    I don't know who likes watching your videos that hide your system and room because you shoot them in the dark on purpose, but it's not me.
    Spoken like a true audio critic.
    "The more I dabble with extreme forms of electrical mgmt and extreme forms of vibration mgmt, the more Iím convinced itís all just variations of managing mechanical energy. Or was it all just variations of managing electrical energy? No, itís all just variations of managing mechanical energy. No, wait. It's all just variations of managing electrical energy" -me

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    I don't understand how someone can perceive good music reproduction from a YouTube video. Also, I don't understand the statement "I would attribute 80-85% of my playback system's level of musicality solely to the rack itself". As compared to no rack? Another rack?

    Lastly, can you please define the word "musicality" as you understand it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Projectman View Post
    I don't understand how someone can perceive good music reproduction from a YouTube video. Also, I don't understand the statement "I would attribute 80-85% of my playback system's level of musicality solely to the rack itself". As compared to no rack? Another rack?

    Lastly, can you please define the word "musicality" as you understand it?
    Anytime anyone ascribes a percentage of improvement to their system based on a particular piece of gear, take it with a grain of salt. When they ascribe a percentage of improvement to a rack they built, take it with less than a grain of salt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Projectman View Post
    I don't understand how someone can perceive good music reproduction from a YouTube video...
    This has always baffled me, yet the videos keep appearing, not uncommonly attempting to demonstrate nuances of analog reproduction via low bitrate MP3/MP4 audio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    This has always baffled me, yet the videos keep appearing, not uncommonly attempting to demonstrate nuances of analog reproduction via low bitrate MP3/MP4 audio.


    I couldn't agree more. The nerve of some people.
    "The more I dabble with extreme forms of electrical mgmt and extreme forms of vibration mgmt, the more Iím convinced itís all just variations of managing mechanical energy. Or was it all just variations of managing electrical energy? No, itís all just variations of managing mechanical energy. No, wait. It's all just variations of managing electrical energy" -me

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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    Anytime anyone ascribes a percentage of improvement to their system based on a particular piece of gear, take it with a grain of salt. When they ascribe a percentage of improvement to a rack they built, take it with less than a grain of salt.
    My thoughts exactly. Well, unless per chance they really knew what they were talking about. Then I'd change my opinion.
    "The more I dabble with extreme forms of electrical mgmt and extreme forms of vibration mgmt, the more Iím convinced itís all just variations of managing mechanical energy. Or was it all just variations of managing electrical energy? No, itís all just variations of managing mechanical energy. No, wait. It's all just variations of managing electrical energy" -me

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    I like Dave Brubeck but of course it doesnít sound good via YouTube. Not sure what your point is in posting low fidelity audio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Projectman View Post
    I like Dave Brubeck but of course it doesnít sound good via YouTube. Not sure what your point is in posting low fidelity audio.
    I do remember one rather hilarious (to me) sequence of posts at another forum that I think was supposed to demonstrate the high quality of several audio systems. Unfortunately (?), interspersed with the videos of different audio systems was one of an amateur string quartet performing live; even the iPhone YouTube audio was good enough to show that none of the highly touted audio systems came anywhere close to sounding like live music
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    Well the title of the thread is show us your rack and his orig statement was just asking for pics of your rack that weren't in the dark. Seems like a reasonable request. They look very interesting but almost impossible to make out what they look like. I'm sure most here would enjoy seeing pics of them in the daylight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swisstrips View Post
    Well the title of the thread is show us your rack and his orig statement was just asking for pics of your rack that weren't in the dark. Seems like a reasonable request. They look very interesting but almost impossible to make out what they look like. I'm sure most here would enjoy seeing pics of them in the daylight.
    He has issues with light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    He has issues with light.
    Vampires have issues with light. Oh, wait..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    Vampires have issues with light. Oh, wait..
    Exactly. If you go to his house you need to wear a garlic necklace and carry a crucifix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzie View Post
    Installed this weekend. Built locally (not by me) from local windfalls of Claro (California) walnut trees. Despite no stain, note the dramatic color change as I start applying the first coat of Osmo Polyox-Oil (satin). Heat shield is to protect the wood and finish in case I move into a "hot" amp. Shield is 14"x20" aluminum flashing backed by 1/8" Amarin felt insulation rated to 600 degrees. I do not know or care what the "R" factor is. I think it will be more than adequate since the large aluminum surface helps to dissipate heat.

    Rack color is darker and more red than in the pictures. My walls are light tan, not white, and so are the darker parts of the floor tile. For some reason my Nikon always washes the color out. Maybe someday I will find the instruction manual and see if there is a correction.
    This is very similar to mine which is also joinery, mostly mortise and tenon. I have ambrosia maple shelves and mahogany posts in same configuration with the extra post in the back.
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