What will my shipping cost be?

We get a lot of email requests for shipping costs from people that forget to include their address. Duh? Please, include your complete address! Not just your zip code. Our racks tend to be quite heavy, so the shipping cost varies greatly depending on where you live. Some remote locations are affected by additional charges. We ship via UPS ground.

How much weight will it hold?

Our Reference and Signature series racks are rated at 300 pounds per shelf, while our modular series is rated at 150 pounds per shelf. Note: the bottom shelf on all of our racks can handle much more than the rated weight.

What is the spacing between the shelves?

Infinitely adjustable means you can set the shelves to any spacing you want, and is limited only by the overall height of the rack. Most racks, as pictured, allow for an average spacing of about nine inches. You can, of course, borrow space from one shelf, and donate it to another. If needed, the overall height of the rack may be increased, for an additional charge.

How long will it take to get my rack?

It depends on when you place your order. In many cases the rack will ship within a few days, however sometimes we get really-busy with orders. Options like custom wood trim take longer to build. We are not Walmart.com. When you phone-in your order, we don't just grab a ready-boxed rack off the shelf and ship it to you. Well, sometimes we do, but don't plan on it! About one or two weeks is a better plan.

Which model is your best rack?

We don't really have a "best rack", We offer many application-specific racks as well as ones that address different budget limitations. For example: our analog two-channel system pakages would not be appropriate for someone that is setting-up a home theater system. Our Nemisis racks are more suited toward smaller components while our Signature and Reference series racks can handle huge amps and turntables.

We try to explain the intended application in the upper-right paragraph of each of our product pages, but if you need further assistance, please contact us to discuss your system requirements.

How does the Adona rack compare to other similar racks on the market?

Typically our racks use one or more platforms, supported by a set of columns. Beyond that, the similarities usually end.

As far as the platforms go, I know of only one other company that uses compensated-granite platforms:(HRS). These people seem to know what they are doing and produce very-high quality products. Contact them for more information.

As far as frame-work goes, many companies are using T-Slot extruded-aluminum framing components in one way or another. Most Adona rack designs are unique in regards to the way we combine this popular framing system with other custom-fabricated components in an attempt to "break away" from the typical industrial "machinery-frame" look. Our Classic 45-Series and Zero-Series racks are good examples of this departure.

What are the Adona rack frames made of?

Our Signature series and Reference series frames are made from a combination of 6063 (T-6) aluminum alloy and 11-gage steel, while our Modular series frames are made exclusively of 6063 (T-6) aluminum alloy. Similar to 6105 in strength, the 6063 alloy is known to have a much better cosmetic appearance. The aluminum front panels on most high-audio components are also made from 6063 alloy.

All aluminum used in Adona racks is 6063 (T-6) architectural-grade aluminum alloy. Many industrial machinery frames (and some audio racks) use 6105 (T-5) alloy which has a higher silicon content, making it easier to machine and less costly to extrude, but also less resistant to corrosion. It is typically not used for demanding cosmetic applications. The extruded aluminum sold by 80/20 Inc., is an example of 6105 alloy. Bosch extrusions cost somewhat more, but are available in 6063 alloy.

Visit www.alcoa.com for more information about different aluminum alloys.

I have heard that granite rings. Is this true?

By "ringing" I assume you mean "Does it resonate?". Yes, untreated solid granite does indeed resonate. So does metal, plastic or wood. The truth is that all basic materials contribute somewhat to the sonic signature of an audio product. Adona does not use solid granite for any of it's platforms. Instead, we use granite, in combination with other materials that are selected for their ability to compensate for the characteristics of each other. The Adona platforms resonate less than maple, glass and many composite materials!

If MDF is a poor choice for use as an audio platform why does Adona make platforms out of it?

We don't, or at least not the same way other companies do. We use it as a compensation medium, not as a structural component. MDF has an outstanding ability to naturally damp resonant waves, which is why it is the most popular material for constructing speaker enclosures.

Why are there so many opinions about maple platforms?

I'm not in agreement that there are all that many opinions. I think maple has a distinctive sound associated with it and that everyone hears it the same way. Some people like the sound, some don't. That is all. And, although painful to accept for some, the truth is that maple does resonate. This is well documented throughout the Internet. The good news is, resonance produced by maple platforms can accentuate mid-range and upper-bass performance. Some setups benefit from it, some don't. If the rest of your system is already well-balanced, this could push it over the desirable limit. This may be another reason why they work well for some people but not for others.

My amp is pretty big, do I need the larger 19x24 platform?

Not always. Many "big" amps work just fine on the standard 18x18 platform. For example, many Krell amps with an overall dimension of 19" wide by 24" deep actually have their feet spaced at about 16 inches apart. As long as the feet will land within an 18 inch square, the standard platform is fine.

Are the racks difficult to assemble?

All models of the Adona rack are very easy to assemble. Most racks may be assembled in less than one hour, and we include tools with each product. Many of our product web pages include assembly instruction links. "You can see whats involved before making your purchase". Not many other companies can say that!