Silver, Black or both in your stack?

So who is all in with Silver or Black or do some have both in their rack.

Slight OCD keeps me having all black in my main system but considering adding some silver for fun. Is that just bad form?
Living Room
Musical Fidelity M6si, Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Yamaha BD-S681, Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

Yamaha A-S501, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s

Douglas Connection ICs and Cables


  • All black except for my Sutherland phonostage. If I had the option to get it in black, I would have.

    But I have considered going silver on other things. Kind of depends on the piece.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
  • My shiit amp is silver and dac is black, didn't see the point in spending an extra 40 bucks to get the same in a different color.
    AVR: Yamaha RX-V 765
    Fronts: Polk RTiA3
    sub: Polk PSW110(will add 2x PSW 505)
    Center: CS13
    surrounds:Polk RTi4( also have some def tech pro Mon. 800s, may end up her or expanding this to 7 channel.)
    TV: samsung 40
    The real 2 Channel(work in progress):
    Pre:HK 3490
    Amp:Parasound 1200 MK II
    Sub:RBH 1010-SEP
    Speakers: Monitor 5A peerless
    Source: FIIO X3 CD rips WMA lossless
    Amp: FIIO E12, Nuforce icon udcac-2 W/pangea cable
    Cans: Audio-Technica ATH-M50, Velodyne V-True, Grado SR225i
    most of my comments are passing on of info, im a noob, im just trying to help how i can, if im wrong or out of place to comment, dont hesitate to let me know :)

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  • Black , sounds better with stack (if ya stack em) I don’t but I do like the look of black better in my gear!
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,811
    For the eight component two channel system on a four shelf audio rack: Black top shelf-Silver middle-Silver middle-Silver bottom. The bottom two shelves are behind doors, so wouldn't really matter what's on them.

    Home theater is all black because AV receivers and processors are black, not silver.
    1. Polk LSiM-707, LSiM-704C, LSiM-702FX; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A31 and A23 amps; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables
    2. JM Labs Electra 920.1; Parasound JC2 and JC5; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P1000; MIT S1 Cables
    3. Polk LSiM703; Anthem Pre-2L SE; Parasound A21; Sony 48" 4K TV; Wyred4Sound DAC 2; Oppo 203; Squeezebox Touch; PS Audio Power Director 4.7; MIT S3 cables
  • The majority of my gear is Black. I do have a pair of Mono Amps that have Silver Faceplates, because that is the only option.
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • I prefer all matching black. But I purchased a Parasound C-2 pre/pro from @audioluvr that is silver. Works excellent! Sounds even better! Got a nice deal on it too! So whatever the budget says, goes!
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 7,792
    I don't even try to match my socks. All of my gear was black. The first amp that I got was an Emo black with silver accents, I bought the black trim to replace the silver and it didn't make me feel any better. Later on, I got a silver DAC from Skip to try out, I liked it so I kept it. Skip asked me If I wanted him to send me a black one. I was like why do I need two? I don't care what color the gear is, I am not racist like that.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,906
    All mine is hidden so it doesn’t really matter, but the integrated is silver so when I when to purchase the 851n and has the choice for the same price I went with silver. But, price matters MUCH more to me than color or condition (within reason)...
    Living Room 2.1: Dynaudio Contour 1.3mkii; Martin Logan Grotto sub; Musical Fidelity A308; Marantz SA 14S1; Sony UBP-x1000es
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology SM450; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology StudioMonitor350; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology promonitor 800; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 9,099
    Got a Champagne Marantz PM-80 stereo power amp in the rig right now and it’s a sweet looking piece of kit. Always liked the old S.A.E. Champagne amps and preamps
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,606
    Amongst the Oppo 105D and the Sony 4k spinner and Onkyo AVR and all Polk 7.2 I proudly display my Silver Parasound A31, Technics Turntable and Technics Technics Cassette player. Makes the HT rig interesting.
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

    Stuff for the Head
    JD LABS C5 Headphone Amplifier, Sennheiser HD 598, Polk Audio Buckle, Polk Audio Hinge, Velodyne vPulse, Bose IE2, Sennheiser CX 200 Street II, Sennheiser MX 365

    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,956
    Now that I've switched out the CXN for a 851N, all black. That's my preference.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 27,001
    all over the place here
    50108692947_e19b4b9d2e_b.jpgDSC_0705 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Ever think

    13380845744_0fa5ebafd3_b.jpgHeathkit tuner and RS 8 track by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
  • Thanks for all the responses and pics.
    Living Room
    Musical Fidelity M6si, Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Yamaha BD-S681, Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Yamaha A-S501, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 584
    edited October 2020
    I have silver,black,and blue! Quite eclectic. This picture is from a few weeks ago when I still had the white Node2. It has been replaced with a black2i.

    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Prometheus Audio,April Music,Wyred4sound ,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 2,682
    1/2 and 1/2. Black for the Adcom amp, preamp, SB Duet. Silver power center, TT and phono pre. Even the stand is black glass with silver accents.
    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 23,129
    All silver in the two channel stack and all black on the HT side of things...
    My amps are black granite and silver...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Statement V2 cartridge and Origin Conqueror Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 14,184
    Both. Some gear only comes in one color.
    Lumin X1 file player
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on source, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,564
    Belles 22A Pre, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2, Marantz SA8005, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable, Pro-Ject Phono Box MM, Magnepan LRS, Polk Audio SDA-SRS, AudioQuest Cable throughout. Pro-Ject RPM 5.1 (soon)
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,338

    To me silver is way to flashy.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 3,030
    Amps need to be black. They make that ominous impression that only black amps can make and they have deeper bass... I chose silver for the pre and source components because my eyesight sucks with low light and can't see the knobs, etc.

    Yes I'm a crane operator, shut up.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,563
    Black glass here; except for the Furman pc unit.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,430
    All black here except for my vintage Marantz receivers.
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • verbverb Posts: 10,313
    I like the silver, although I have a bunch of black components all over the house. Silver highlights the surface features much better, IMO. The NS DAC with the exquisite machining on the faceplate really comes out in silver!

    Ahh, but the Marantz SACD player in champagne and gold CJ amp are nothing to frown upon either!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cables, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
  • invalidinvalid Posts: 401
    I like this black oak preampyf0wls9rtqeb.png
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