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Salamander Designs A3/B Archetype

3-shelf audio stand for TVs up to 40" (Maple)

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About the Salamander Designs A3/B Archetype

Practical design

With the Salamander Designs A3/B Archetype, you've got sturdy storage for a small A/V system. The three shelves are supported by threaded steel posts. Lug nuts hold the shelves in position, and can be adjusted to any height. The sturdy, 3/4"-thick shelves are made of low-resonant MDF (medium density fiberboard). The top shelf can support a TV up to 40" and weighing up to 150 lbs. The two lower shelves can also each support 150 lbs. of gear. Salamander Designs proudly manufactures its Archetype line in the U.S.A.

Product highlights:

  • for use with TVs up to 40"
  • 3 black MDF shelves (each):
    • usable space: 18"W x 10-1/4"D
    • supports up to 150 lbs.
  • 4 black steel threaded posts
  • 23"W x 28"H x 16"D
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • assembly required
  • MFR # A3/M
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Salamander Designs A3/B Archetype

Crutchfield customer from Sugar Land, TX on 4/1/2019

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Good value and very solid. Simple to put together but requires a little patience getting the nuts on.

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Crutchfield customer from Bowling Green, OH on 3/18/2019

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I knew I wanted a table like product to have my turntable on but not so much like furniture. this Spartan set-up allows me to have my turntable, laptop, phone preamp, all my turntable stuff, and some pretty decent storage all in one place. the directions provided are easy to follow, the material; nuts, rods, washers, are all heavy duty and fit-up nicely. for me, after I tightened down the nuts per the directions, I felt I had a nice solid structure that looks very nice. again for me, if you want to rack it, you certainly can but if you treat this product with a little respect I'm thinking it'll serve you well.

Pros: solid. adjustable. can hold a lot of stuff.

Cons: it comes w/a little light machining oil on it. depending on how you feel about that you might need to wipe it down with a wet rag and dish soap.

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Thomas from Richmond, VA on 8/29/2018

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It takes some time to properly level and not all of the nuts/bolts included were perfectly sized but overall a great product for the price.

Pros: Good value

Cons: Not the easiest assembly

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Sturdy stand

Mike from Chapel Hill, NC on 7/9/2018

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The Salamander was easy to assemble. It is completely configurable to different size components and yielded a sturdy base for audio and video components.

Pros: Easy to assemble sturdy base that can be configured to meet needs.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 7/3/2017

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Threads came damaged out of the box wrapped, had to file bent treads to install required nuts on 1 of the threaded rods. Otherwise a good product.

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Richard from Brewster, NY on 4/9/2017

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Very stable shelves, I have a 60 lb Marantz amp on the bottom shelf and it holds it with no problem. A little tricky putting it together. By that I mean getting the shelves level. But once it's all together you'll be happy with it. I also bought wheels ( same manufacturer, Salamander) that I can screw on to the bottom of the rods instead of the rubber feet that comes with it.

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Just what I was looking for.

Steven Z from Mentor, OH on 3/26/2017

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This stand is exactly what I was looking for. Well executed and very simple in design - which is good. Highly recommended.

Pros: Very simple design - which is good. The shelving is infinitely adjustable to accommodate just about any gear you may have.

Cons: You have to be patient; the bolts have to be threaded onto the legs and they require leveling - which takes a bit of work. Nothing back breaking but it's not plug and play.

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What a great Rack!

Crutchfield customer from Waipahu, HI on 2/12/2017

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Classic design: simple, strong, and handsomely constructed. Add the Salamander Mega Spikes and you get a great solid foundation thats hard to beat at this price.

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Crutchfield customer from West Chicago, IL on 12/14/2016

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The rack is pretty solid, which is what I needed as I have an amplifier i=on it that weights 100 pounds. Looks nice, easy to assemble, Instructions to assemble it are poor, there are parts for the top and rubber feet for the bottom that are not mentioned in the instructions and are not in the parts list in the instructions! So, I put it together most of the way, called Crutchfield and they looked at the picture on line and figured it out, I looked at the picture as well in detail then. So, a great audio rack for the price, poor instructions but great help from Crutchfield.

Pros: solid, truly variable shelves as the posts are threaded rod. Looks nice

Cons: Instructions are wrong and do not include how to use all the parts that are included.

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Crutchfield customer from San Francisco, CA on 9/21/2016

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Well built, easy to assemble, looks great!

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Good Basic rack, could be a bit stiffer

Geoff M from Tahoe, CA on 6/27/2016

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Good inexpensive, fairly solid rack. Would recommend for audio & video components, but not quite rigid enough for my heavy Rega turntable on top. I will probably get some thinner rubber washers to better balance rigidity with dampening. Also, from my experience, rubber washers continue to compress for months ( I don't like to over-torque nuts on rubber washers ), so I'll keep a wrench handy.

Pros: fairly solid, very well damped

Cons: a little bouncy for a heavy turntable, unless you over-tighten the nuts a bit

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heavy duty [ michael  Apr 18, 2018 ]
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Value [ D  Mar 12, 2017 ]
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With CJ's help when I explained how I wanted to place the items [ Joan  Feb 12, 2017 ]
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have the A5/B I know its a great rack [ william  Dec 20, 2016 ]
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I had good experiences with Salamander Synergy products and now needs a stand of good and simple design. [ KC  Nov 15, 2016 ]
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Looks, build quality [ Brandon  Nov 01, 2016 ]
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What is the total vertical usable space? According to the specs, from floor to the surface of the top shelf is 28.25". Subtract 0.75" for each of the three shelves, and you get 26". However, we need to know the height of the feet to get the total vertical space. I have measured all my components and I need a total of 24.6" in the interior shelves. Is there that much space available among the two middle shelves?
[ Ed  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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I just measured from the top of the bottom shelf, to the bottom of the top shelf and have 25", that includes having the center shelf. So looks like with the shelf it would be really tight for you. They make a larger shelf as well. I use min with a 100 pound 7 channel amp on the bottom shelf, CD player on the middle and large (but light compared to the amp) pre-processor.
[ JOHN  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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Does this have adjustable feet for leveling?
[ John  Aug 18, 2016 ]
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No, the unit comes with rubber caps. They do sell steel spikes for about fifty five bucks which are adjustable.
[ GM  Aug 20, 2016 ]
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No. The feet are just rubber stoppers on the ends of threaded poles. You can adjust the threaded height on the shelves to make minor accommodations, though
[ Christopher  Aug 20, 2016 ]
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Not really...the shelves are sandwiched by rubber washers and bolts you adjust via the threaded legs. They provide a level so whatever height you prefer your shelves to be leveling them individually is a cinch.
[ albert lawrence  Aug 20, 2016 ]
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The feet themselves aren't, strictly speaking, leveling. But the shelves themselves are infinitely leveling -- each corner's height is continuously adjustable using the nuts that hold those corners in place. So the feet are fairly stationary, but the unit itself allows precise leveling both front-back and left-right. BTW, despite that flexibility in leveling, the unit is still very stable and rigid.
[ George  Aug 19, 2016 ]
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The feet are not adjustable but the shelves are. They come with 2 'Bubble' type leveler tools to help you get it just right. We have 2 A3/B's on the bottom connected with 2 A2/B's on the top. Makes for a very strong stand with lots of space.
[ Randall  Aug 19, 2016 ]

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