Salamander Designs Archetype 3.0 Rack Reviewed

Published On: October 12, 2008
Last Updated on: October 31, 2020
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Salamander Designs Archetype 3.0 Rack Reviewed

Thin, sleek yet study is a starting salvo for the Salamander Designs Archetyple 3.0 rack. Dr. Ken Taraszka takes this rack for a spin with some of today' best audiophile and home theater equipment in the affordable AV world.

Salamander Designs Archetype 3.0 Rack Reviewed

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salamander_3_0.jpgThe Salamander Archetype series of racks utilizes excellent engineering and simplicity to create a totally customizable three-shelf AV rack. The basic design is four threaded rods and your choice of black, cherry, maple or walnut-colored shelving, $179.95 for black shelves and $259.95 for real wood shelving. Each shelf is held in place by large nuts and washers with rubber bushings, making them infinitely adjustable along the threaded rod to suit your personal needs.

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The simple design also is very strong. Each shelf can handle up to 150 pounds of weight on the 23-inch by 16-inch platform. The total height of the rack is 28 inches, but you can add more height by adding additional pieces to the system through the use of stacking couplers. The Archetype system has plenty of options, including matching TV stands, drawers, amp stands, wire management systems, rear panels, arched bookends and additional shelves. You can interface them with the floor using casters. Both standard and heavy-duty models, as well as large spikes, are available.

High Points
• Infinitely adjustable shelving makes for that custom look and allows loads of flexibility in set-up.
•The large shelves have huge weight-handling capability, allowing the simple racks to easily accommodate bigger and heavier gear.
• A wide array of design options allow for total system design and integration of your entire home theater, with the ability to add on in the future or change the set-up as your system evolves.
• The simple design makes for a sleek and modern-looking AV shelving system. The real wood shelves add a nice touch and enhance the appearance of the rack.

Low Points
• The threaded rod design makes set-up tedious, but this is something you're unlikely to change often, so it's tolerable.
• The threaded rods might seem cheap to some and they are only available in black.

The Salamander Archetype 3.0 AV rack is an affordable and completely flexible system that will proudly hold the finest of AV gear in style, while the numerous options and add-ons allow you to design an entire wall unit for your home. The infinitely adjustable shelving creates that custom rack look without the cost. These are high-quality racks that offer more than their price point would lead you to believe. They are a system you should look at if you are in the market for affordable quality shelving for your gear.

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