Audio Rack Opinions

After a fair amount of research, I have landed on 3 candidates for upgrading my audio rack:

  1. Symposium Acoustics Foundation Ultra 
  2. Core Audio Plykraft 4L
  3. Butcher Block Audio Rigid Rack with 4 shelves 

This will be used with the following system:

Palmer 2.5i Turntable

  • LFD NCSE Mk3 amplifier
  • Sutherland Little Loco phono stage
  • Oppo UDP 203 CD player
  • Palmer turntable power supply
  • This sits on hardwood floors to the left of my Harbeth speakers which are Tontrager stands

I am not in the market for a $10k plus rack, but would love to hear opinions on the above racks or any other suggestions  


Thanks in advance  



If you want functional, no B.S. and not an aesthetic nightmare:

Sanus SA-AFAB Accurate Series - TV/AV Stand • Symphony Hifi

I use 2 side by side. I don't have audible vibration/footfall concerns, so even the table sits atop one.

They are a discontinued model from years ago. I think I purchased 1 back in 1989?  


I just finished a project with Arnold from Core Audio. It's also a plyKRAFT 4L.

I spent a lot of time thinking about which direction to go for a replacement to my Finite Elemente rack. I looked at HRS very seriously, along with Stillpoints, Grand Prix and a few others.

The main thing that I wanted was a very, very stable rack that I could put a Minus-K platform on to support my Spiral Groove table. A friend suggested Core. It took me a long time to actually make the call, but once I did things really clicked with Arnold.

I feel that I have a custom rack that is super beautiful and highly functional. It sets the foundation for my system. I am totally thrilled with it.

+1 on Timbernation

Salamander Design in CT

Both are good products and prices that will not break the bank

After all these great suggestions and perspectives, I wish I could say that I have made my decision. However, what I have learned is that I am not going to spend 5 figures on a rack as there are some truly fine options available for a lot less than some late model used cars. 

I have calls planned with both Arnold at Core and Peter at Symposium over the next few days. The truth is that I am impressed by both of these systems and the approach each of these gentlemen take with regard to customer service. I wish I could rationalize buying one from each, but I am thankful to have two terrific options. 

I did ask the individual who helped me with my system design and choices and while he favors the Quadraspire, that is a non-starter with my wife who generally stays out of the mix on my audio choices!  What my friend did say is that “Stands do make a difference but it is never a really big difference. The better stands are the light weight but rigid designs rather than a very heavy design.”

Based on my reading and this thread, I tend to agree and so we will see how my calls go with the experts. I do want to thank everyone for their help and will post again as I reach my decision.