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I am building a rack (or a few) in a low cabinet to go under my wall hung tv. I plan on putting the cabinet on wheels and using a diy "z" bar for cables to the wall. My center speaker will sit on top of the cabinet and possibly my right and left (if I upgrade to a 9.2 surround). If I don't upgrade, the r/l speakers will sit on their stands. I will have 2 Elan S6 whole house amps, a power conditioner, a system controller, and possibly my AVR in one rack (left side). In the middle I planned on a slide out shelf with a record player on it and possible a vintage audio receiver/amp (not a rack). On the right side, my HTPC, blueray, cable box, etc would reside. The right side may or may not be rack, it may be just shelves.

So, here comes my questions. What type of vibration suppression would you recommend and where to use it?

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Since no one has responded, I thought I might add to my thoughts.

I plan for sure to mount the two s6 amplifiers, my system controller, and one of my power conditioners in a rack since they all have the rack mount kit. I was thinking of either making or buying a shelf for my AVR. I currently have a pioneer elite VSX-33tx and plan on at some point getting something like a pioneer elite sc-65. I was thinking of either making a face plate and shelf for it so that it appears to be rack mounted, or making just a shelf. I am not sure if the feet are shock mounts.

I was contemplating moving the speakers off of the cabinet. I also was considering shock mounting the speakers and/or shock mounting the rack and the individual components.

Rubber feet, speaker spikes, etc?
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If the center speaker is going to sit on top of the equipment rack, it would probably be good to isolate it by putting sorbothane pads under it.

Some feedback to equipment may occur otherwise.

You definitely do not want power amplifiers or the power conditioner or speakers on the same rack as the turntable.

The turntable needs to be on a solid base isolated from all vibration sources.

I put the power amplifiers on low dedicated amplifier stands behind the main speakers.
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Thanks for your help!!!!

So, just to clarify....

My power conditioner and amps can be in one rack.

My speakers need sorbathane under them if they are on top of my cabinet.

My turntable needs isolation from everything.


Am I correct in the above statements?

Also, can I put isolation under my speakers and under my turntable and be ok? That is if everything is in one cabinet.

Thanks in advance.
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