AUDIOPHILES need support; the more dedicated to the hobby you are, the more solid the support required. No, we’re not talking about your other half’s acceptance of your crazed obsession or the bank’s willingness to keep extending your credit facilities. Support as in racks, platforms, and such, for your precious hi-fi equipment.
Magico, that famed maker of high-end speakers sporting inert aluminium cabinets, now offers an equipment support system that has been languishing in the factory for a while – the MRACK vibration-dissipation racks and platforms.
Let’s hear the story:
“Over the past 15 years, countless amplifiers, DACs, servers, transports, turntables and cables have made their way in and out of the Magico listening room as we have prototyped and brought to market over two dozen speaker models. The cornerstones that have remained throughout it all are the Magico MRACK equipment stands.
“The MRACK, originally designed for our own internal R&D to maximise system performance where available options consistently fell short, employs the culmination of knowledge accrued in resonance control and energy dissipation through the development of the ‘Q’ and ‘M’ speaker platforms as well as the POD products. The most acoustically resolving and structurally inert audio equipment stand, the new MRACK is for the first time is available to the public.”
There are three- and four-shelf variants available of the MRACK, available in a brushed black anodised finish.
“The middle shelves are factory-adjustable to optimise each rack to your own equipment complement and are coupled to the floor with the renowned Magico MPOD for the ultimate in top-to-bottom vibration management.”
Each shelf weighs about 36kg and is made from five layers of constrained-layer-damped (CLD) aluminium, copper and ISODAMP elastomer, designed to “channel energy away from your front-end equipment, while capturing and dissipating that energy into heat.”
The side struts feature similar layered architecture to further control resonance.
“The results in improved resolution, imaging and soundstage will truly allow you to hear things you never have before.”
Further more, the racks have a copper rod to allow grounding of individual front-end components as well as the shelves themselves to “funnel noise from the electronics and the under skeleton of the rack, resulting in even higher resolution and clarity from the whole system… the grounding rod, in turn, can be connected to external ground.”
Two sets of cable management apparatus per elevated shelf are provided with the MRACK to organise cabling while “improving signal fidelity and reducing tension on IEC connections.”
Along with the MRACK, Magico is also offering two sizes of vibration dissipation platforms to support stand-alone amplifiers and equipment; these use the same CLD architecture as the racks and are mounted on three MPODs per platform.
The complete MRACK weighs in at 181kg and 145kg respectively for the four- and three-rack units.
Wait, before you run out to book these, know the prices – the three-shelf MRACK is US$32,000 and the four-shelf model costs US$42,000. The MSTAND Platform is US$12,000, the Platform Plus is US$14,000.
Now, what was that we were saying about support from the spouse and bank? You don’t have much time to work on them, though – the MRACK and associate gear are shipping in the fourth quarter of the year.
Ye Gods, $40K for a hi-fi rack — a sum that would buy an entire SOTA audiophile system.
Some people are able to spend the same on speaker cables. So they can afford it 😬
SOAT costs a lot more than $40,000.