I don't know whether a rack is in or out of fashion, but my approach these days is to pick the equipment I need first, then figure out what is necessary to hold it.
I went through my "more is more" phase for many years where I liked having a ton of equipment. Now I have a minimalist mindset where I don't want anything I don't absolutely need. However, my "minimalist" system still takes up a lot of room (amp, shaker amp, shaker control EQ, A/V processor, subwoofer amp, ...). I measured everything I absolutely need, put the measurements in a spreadsheet, and then found a rack that would exactly fit. I replaced my huge industrial strength VTI RGR406 rack with a small Pangea Vulcan rack with 1 add-on shelf. There isn't a square inch free on the new Pangea rack, but I'm very happy to have everything so compact.
If anybody needs a large industrial strength (but still stylish (in my opinion)) VTI RGR406 rack -- let me know.
Last edited by pjp; 07-11-2019 at 11:35 AM.