Reference Series Audio Racks
These ultra-high quality audio racks represent the "best of the best" and are an upward design progression based on our highly successful 45-Series racks.
These racks are hand crafted using only premium-grade materials and are computer modeled and stress analyzed for superior performance. Incorporating an extensive amount of custom-machined and fabricated components, the manufacturing cost is somewhat higher than our other product lines, although the performance exceeds that of competitive racks costing much more. Made in the USA!
List Price: $2275.00 (as shown, with 3 levels)
Matching amp stand: $825.00 list (with 19x24 platform)
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This is a "stack-able" version of our Zero G racks. The unique X-frame design, borrowed from our classic 45-Series, provides exceptional strength while maintaining a clean, "open air" appearance. The resistance to torsional flexing far exceeds that of most other frame designs. The massive proportions of the cross-beams and columns are simply "pure overkill"..
This rack is intended for use in serious, high-end systems and includes one 19x24 platform and two 18x18 platforms. Available with platforms trimmed in solid cherry, maple or black ash.
A matching amp stand, the Zero CS1 is also available.
Also, please visit our frequently asked questions page for more information.
Our famous Multi-Element Granite Platforms:
The approach is simple and well executed. With just three basic material layers it is easy for us to optimize the performance and eliminate the "muddy" effect that occurs when too many layers are used in a constrained layer system. After all, if you need more than three layers, then you're probably doing something wrong in the first place.
Independent of component weight - whether it's a massive 300 pound amplifier, or a sensitive phono stage, the results are satisfying and predictable! Plus, they are tolerant to a wide range of after-market coupling devices - allowing you to "tweak" your system any way you like it.
Learn more about our Multi-Element Platforms.
The Frame Assembly:
Since aluminum is used for the vertical columns, we use ferrous metal for the horizontal beams. Rack frames made entirely of aluminum exhibit a phenomena we refer to as "cage effect". This is caused when vibration energy loops around the rack frame and feeds back into itself. Since this is caused by vibration along the longitudinal axis, simply applying a damping material to the surface won't eliminate the problem.
Try this simple experiment: Take an aluminum extension ladder and drop it on the ground. The loud clang sound you here is an example of this phenomena which is inherent in the sonic signature of rack frames made entirely of aluminum.
The solution is obvious. We simply use a material for the cross beams that has different properties than that of the columns. Adona rack frames are among the quietest in the industry.
These massive , 3 inch diameter columns weigh in at over two pounds per linear foot.The precision extruded aluminum columns, borrowed from other industries, and are typically used in the manufacture of machinery frames. Aluminum is a good choice for audio racks since it transmits vibration energy quite well down it's longitudinal axis, where it is easily drained by your floor.
Commonly referred to as "end caps" on most racks, these precision machined units serve several functions on the Adona rack. Obviously they add a "finishing touch" to the top of the column, but more importunately they provide a means of coupling (or decoupling) and allow platforms or additional rack layers to be placed above the columns.
The primary function of spiking is to focus the weight of the rack onto an infinitely small surface area, although some floor finishes make the use of such devices impractical. Therefore, we offer optional floor discs, as well as glides and casters.
Shipping weight 135 lbs. (3-shelf version)
Load capacity: 300 pounds per shelf
Overall Dimensions: Width 26", Depth 26", height 38" (other heights available)
Platform size: Includes two Standard 18"x18" and one oversize 19"x24"
Maximum component size: Lower shelves: 19.5" wide, 26" deep
Maximum component size: Turntable top shelf: 24" wide, 19" deep
Maximum component size: Optional larger turntable top shelf: 27" wide, 21" deep