Equipment racks, like most things in the AV industry
, have gotten expensive as of late. A few months ago I was looking for a straightforward, three or four shelf equipment rack to house a very basic two channel audio system in my office, I found dozens of potential suitors; however I was unwilling to pay more than $500 for a rack that was essentially MDF shelving and a bit of steel tubing. Then I saw it, the Sanus Accurate Series AFA equipment rack. At its core it looked like many of the other racks I'd seen: it had four shelves, it was sturdy and it cost $169.99.
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The Sanus Accurate Series AFA is a very basic equipment rack in both looks and design. It features four black lacquered shelves held in place by tubular steel pillars for a complete open-air solution. I have to admit, though the Accurate Series AFA may not have a slick finish, it's still far from ugly. In fact, it's a very good looking rack especially considering its sub $200 price tag. In terms of features the Accurate Series AFA has two adjustable feet and wire management, which is a fancy way of saying it has round holes in the back of every shelf to fish your components' cables through. The Accurate Series AFA is a bit on the larger side at 25 and a half inches wide by 33 inches tall and 19 and a half inches deep. It can accommodate any standard size equipment, including a turntable or medium sized HDTV on its top shelf due to its slightly larger size. In my office I have a 42-inch Samsung LCD resting on the top shelf and it's base fits perfectly on the Accurate Series AFA's top shelf.
The one caveat about the Accurate Series AFA's shelves is their weight capacity. Most consumers looking at purchasing a rack like the Accurate Series AFA probably aren't going to be putting huge power amplifiers or three chassis preamps on its modest shelves. More than likely it will house a receiver or integrated amp, a Blu-ray player or video game consol and a modest HDTV. That being said the weight capacity for the Accurate Series AFA's top shelf is 100 pounds and its bottom shelf, the one most likely to house a separate power amp or receiver, can handle 75 pounds.
Read about the high points and the low points of the AFA rack on Page 2.