Salamander Designs Archetype 5.0 Rack Reviewed

Published On: August 20, 2008
Last Updated on: October 31, 2020
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Salamander Designs Archetype 5.0 Rack Reviewed

Stacks of nicely polished wood spaced perfectly and packed with an AV Preamp, a multi-channel amp, a top Blu-ray player, an AppleTV and all of the audiophile and home theater goodies anyone could hope for just starts to describe where this review goes.

Salamander Designs Archetype 5.0 Rack Reviewed

By Author: Home Theater Review
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salamander_5.0.jpgThe Salamander Archetype series of racks utilizes excellent engineering and simplicity to create a totally customizable five-shelf AV rack. The basic design is four threaded rods and your choice of black, cherry, maple or walnut-colored shelving, $249.95 with black shelves and $399.95 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 36 inches, but you can add more height by adding additional pieces to the systems 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 can handle huge weight, allowing this simple rack 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 elements 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 and the real wood shelves add a nice touch, enhancing the appearance of the rack.

Low Points
• The threaded rod design makes set-up tedious, but this is something you likely will not change often, so it's tolerable.
• The threaded rods might seem cheap to some, and are only available in black.

The Salamander Archetype 5.0 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 provides that custom rack look without the cost. These are high-quality racks that offer more than their price point would lead you to believe. This is a system you should look at if you are in the market for affordable quality shelving for your gear.


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