• If you're into the look or like the
functionality of a Middle Atlantic
rack, then the CFR144 is going to be
ideal for you for it offers up all the same features of a Middle
Atlantic product but with more bang for your buck.
• The CFR144's
build quality is terrific and equal to that of Middle Atlantic so don't
think that just because the CFR144 costs less that it's a lesser quality
• For customization you simply cannot beat a utilitarian
rack such as the CFR144, for as long as the product isn't too heavy the
CFR144 and its myriad of shelves will hold it.
• While it may not
have a furniture grade finish, a properly laid out and installed AV
system inside a rack such as the CFR144 is a sight to behold and one of
the best ways to showcase any audiophile or home theater enthusiasts'
beloved "toys."Low Points
• If you're into super large
amplifiers such as the Krell 402e
, then I wouldn't recommend the CFR144 for the 402e's boat-anchor-like
weight is too much for the CFR144's shelves. If you're more a fan of
moderate to heavy amplifiers such as the Parasound 5250 v2
or even Krell's 3250e
you should be just fine.
• Once you've connected the requisite
cables, not all products conform to the CFR144's 24-inch depth, meaning
you have to remove the back panel or live without the front door, which
may or may not be a deal breaker. My Middle Atlantic rack suffers the
same fate so don't think it's an issue exclusive to the CFR144. Competition and Comparison
course the obvious competitor for the CFR144 is any equipment rack from
. However there are other, non-Middle Atlantic, options also available
- options such as OmniMount's RE42
. The RE42, like the CFR144 is an all-inclusive design, though the
RE42 has a higher weight capacity and integrated fan cooling versus the
CFR144's convection cooling system. The RE42 retails for $1,199.95.
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just under $1,500 retail the Sanus CFR144 85-inch AV Rack is a
wonderful value and a completely functional equipment housing solution.
While it may appear to be similar to a Middle Atlantic equipment rack,
don't let its appearance fool you, for the CFR144 is a much more
complete, much more inclusive solution making it an easy recommendation
for me to make - even if I was late to the party and spent too much on
my Middle Atlantic rack already.
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