New Rack

I finally got around to a new rack. I built the old wooden back in 85.
I bought a VTI BLG503 with an extra shelf. After a temporary setup I was concerned the glass shelving ringing. I knew this might be an issue but I love the way the black glass looks. So I bought some 3/4" thick mdf and made shelving to go under the glass. I sealed the edges, sanded and sanded and painted them black using oil based paint. Now the shelves are dead with no ringing. I also filled the legs with sand and applied green Loctite any loose caps. I added strips of Dynamat to the steel shelf supports.
The results are outstanding both in looks and acoustically!

In addition I bought a new 65" Sony for the family and moved the 60" to the cave.
Check it out!

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Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
Hafler DH-110 Preamp + (Musical Concepts LXII Elite Mod) >>Equinox 7>>
Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
1KVA Dreadnought
Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

"All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 8,296
    You know you're in deep when You are Dynamatting shelving. ;) That room looks awesome. I wish i could get my ears in there.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,033
    Sweet looking ....really nice, congrats.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,605
    Maaan, that turned out nice! Looks stout.

    I was considering something similar with MDF.
    Can you detail the coating process a bit? Interested to know what you did to seal the edges, and the general process.

    Nice job matching the cutouts, too. What did you use for those cuts?
  • The MDF under the shelves really makes this look substantial, nice!
    Did you bond the MDF to the glass with something?
  • machonemachone Posts: 856
    Thanks!

    I cut the mdf rectangles with a table saw and cutouts with a jig saw using a Bosch T101A0 blade (20tpi).

    I then sanded all surfaces with 220 grit.

    Next using your finger coat the edges with drywall mud. Then sand the edges with 320 grit. They need to be sanded very smooth!

    I used an oil based semi-gloss black paint using a foam roller for smooth surfaces.
    Once dry sand all surfaces again with 320 grit and apply another coat.

    This is a far as I needed to go using glass on top. Even with a foam roller designed for smooth surfaces you can still see the roller bumps/grain because the super smooth surface of the mdf shows everything. It looks good without the glass but spraying would be the best way to get a perfect finish if not using glass over the shelves.
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-110 Preamp + (Musical Concepts LXII Elite Mod) >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,605
    Very nice! Thanks!
    Inspiring work.
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 5,812
    msg wrote: »
    Very nice! Thanks!
    Inspiring work.

    Ditto
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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,605
    Meant to ask, the pads mounted on the rails - are those hard rubber, or something more like Sorbothane?
  • monepolkmonepolk Posts: 739
    Looking good. :)
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,056
    I opened this thread thinking someone had plastic surgery and we might get to see pictures. :'( :p

    Nice set-up, machone! Is this the one that has the well-thought-out electrical service run to it? I think I can see it behind the rack. :)
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,724
    Very nice.
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  • Great job on the rack and an equally great job on the room to put it. Kudos to you
  • machonemachone Posts: 856
    Thanks!
    It has been a journey..............
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-110 Preamp + (Musical Concepts LXII Elite Mod) >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,051
    Awwww...thought this was a boob job thread.
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,131
    Nice work, your Rack, Gear and Room look Exceptional!
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  • Nice Rack Dude!!!
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    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • machonemachone Posts: 856
    Thanks!
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-110 Preamp + (Musical Concepts LXII Elite Mod) >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,485
    Very nice! Your hard work paid off.
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,474
    Fantastic work, taking a nice rack to begin with to a new level...
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  • xschopxschop Posts: 711
    Great looking and nice touch on the matted frames. I've yet to see someone dynamat their cables haha.
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,612
    Nice work!

    I've used lead shot in the tubes of VTI racks. Very important to secure end caps as it's not fun if one comes off while moving rack.

    I've also used foam pipe insulation that fit tightly in the tubes along with insulating cross braces.

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  • machonemachone Posts: 856
    edited January 3
    We were cleaning up at work I inherited a 1" thick piece of clear acrylic. I cut a couple of retangular pieces on my table saw using the Cardas Golden Ratio as a guide. I sanded the edges with 320 grit and added hemispherical silicone feet. One is under the Quantum Byte and one is under the Mojo power supply.

    My system just keeps getting better. Everything matters.
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-110 Preamp + (Musical Concepts LXII Elite Mod) >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
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