Turntable Rack Mounted to Foundation

I have my stereo in my basement which means I have a concrete floor and foundation. I've found that putting the table on cement blocks on the floor works best.

However its a pain for changing records and looks like hell. I'd like to make a rack for my hifi and mount directly to the foundation of the house. There by getting all components of the floor and isolated form the room.

Has anyone tried this and good results. Your input on my my idea please.
Hi Kel,

Coupling your rack (and components) to the floor - which is one of the main SOURCES of unwanted vibration - will allow that destructive energy to have a direct path into the component. This will alter the signal flowing through the component and make it impossible to faithfully reproduce the sound of the original musical instrument as it has been captured in the recording. Using any rigid foot or a slab of rigid materail will couple to the floor which is the opposite of isolation.

I would suggest that you decouple your stand and/or components from the floor-borne vibration as well as providing methods to address air-borne and internally generated vibration.

Best Regards,

Barry Kohan

Disclaimer: I am a manufacturer of vibration control products.
If you are in a real basement, the "walls" are probably either concrete or concrete block up at least 5 feet or more. In which case you might want to consider mounting a couple of 6 foot long butcher block (maple) shelves on welded steel brackets that are lag-bolted every 2 feet into the wall.

It's not that there's anything wrong with a rack unit sitting on a solid concrete slab floor, except that very few of them are truly rigid, and always require some kind of isolation shelf.

Properly designed and detailed concrete or block Wall-mounted surfaces can't move -- period.


The plan is similar to what you describe. I wish to isolate the components from the room doing what you described. Almost as if the components are floating in air.

I would think the amount of vibration going through a concrete floor and then up a concrete wall would be minimal. I use monitor speakers with a 7" woofer in an 11' by 22'room so I'm not rattling the windows and bringing the house down.

However I could be wrong any thoughts people?
Let me clarify: when I said "very few of them are truly rigid" I was referring to audio racks, not concrete slabs.

Concrete slabs don't vibrate in the audible spectrum, and almost not at all in the mechanical spectrum (below 12 Hz. or so) therefore it's unlikely, unless you live next to a railroad line or an interstate, that you'll have anything to contend with except airborne vibration from the music itself -- and that's really negligible, even for turntables, unless they're positioned right in front of a woofer (also unlikely I imagine?)

just be glad you don't have a suspened floor like I do. My basement is a forest of floorjacks!