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Rack ’em Up

Pagode Master Reference Series audio rack

Many owners of perfectly fine, even exceptional, audio gear neglect one important aspect of setting up their systems: where and how the equipment is mounted. Stereo equipment can be very prone to distortion from outside vibration and resonance, the bouncing turntable being perhaps the most obvious and extreme example. We hopefully learned early on that, by placing the Garrard or Linn on a wall-mounted shelf, we could eliminate most of that nasty interference from less-than-solid flooring.

The fact is that, according to most high-performance audio experts, all our equipment is affected by outside vibrations to some degree, so the sale of specialized equipment racks has become big business in this segment of the home-entertainment market. Dedicated speaker stands make notable improvements to a small monitor speaker’s ability to re-create believable holographic images of musicians performing in a real acoustic space, and they allow for proper placement of the speaker away from rear and side walls, further enhancing the speaker’s ability to sound its best.

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