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Salamander Designs A2/B Archetype

2-shelf audio/video stand for TVs up to 40"

3 Reviews


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With the Salamander Designs 32/B Archetype, you've got sturdy storage for a small A/V system. The two 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 lower shelf 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"
  • 2 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 20"H x 16"D
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • assembly required

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Shelves
  • 4 Rods
  • 16 Hex-nuts
  • 16 Metal washers
  • 16 Rubber washers
  • Assembly Instructions

Great product offers versatility, adaptability, stability and simplicity!

Anonymous, New York, NY


Salamander Designs A2/B Archetype Reviews

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(3 Reviews)

Great product

Anonymous from New York, NY on 9/21/2017

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Great product offers versatility, adaptability, stability and simplicity!



Solid, Sturdy Stand

Anonymous from Cary, NC on 4/24/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product once assembled (which may take some time). The only issue I encountered was that three of the four threaded rods had bad ends. The threads where smashed or part of the metal end was not cleanly cut which made it impossible to screw on the bolts. I reached out to Crutchfield support and they quickly sent me a replacement set of rods. Three of those rods were good and allowed me to screw on the bolts and get everything setup. It is a sturdy stand and can be easily picked up and moved without worry of it being shaky or failing apart. I know most people won't be moving it around much, but I have had to try a few different locations in my listening room and because it is so study and well put together I did not feel the need to take the components on and off. each time. I also purchased an additional shelf which makes this rack even more flexible for my needs.



Salamander Designs A2/B Archetype

maper from Charlotte, NC on 6/10/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great product. I used this to extend my A5/B Archetype stand with the stacking kit. Holds super heavy components like 100lb amps. Assembly is a breeze.

Pros: Great for a new stand or extending an existing Archetype stand.

Cons: None


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Archetype Series: Salamander's Archetype series of stands is an innovative, infinitely adjustable, modular shelving system for audio/video equipment that allows you to create a wide array of shelving possibilities.

Note: Salamander's Archetype series stands are available in Black, Cherry, and Walnut finishes.

Solid Construction: Salamander's Archetype series stands use solid hardwood shelves (black shelves are powder coated MDF) which are supported by full length, solid steel threaded posts (also powder coated).  The wood shelves are put together using an equalization process which requires the wood panels that make up a single shelf are glued together with grains opposing one another to prevent warping.  Shelves are fastened with hex nuts and metal washers in a gun metal finish and neoprene gaskets to provide resonance damping.

Note: All of the Salamander Archetype series stands are hand-built in the USA.

Audiophile-Grade: The Archetype series of stands was designed with the Audiophile in mind. Metal washers and neoprene gaskets sandwich shelf corners in order to isolate components. The use of dissimilar materials in it's construction further reduces resonant frequencies. Also available are MegaSpikes (537SPIKES, sold separately) to further mechanically isolate racks from environmental vibrations.

Modular System: You can stack shelf units together with optional couplers (537STACK, sold separately) or add individual shelves (537SSB, sold separately) as you need them. The shelf system's maximum overall height should not exceed 64". Available in 2, 3, & 5 shelf systems.

Adjustable Shelves: The Archetype series shelves are infinitely adjustable. The threaded rod allows you to adjust your shelf heights from a minimum of 1" to a maximum recommended of 20" between shelves. Each shelf measures 18.75" wide between the posts and 16" deep. Each shelf can support up to 150 lbs.

Open Architecture Design: The Archetype series stands utilize an open architecture design to allow for superior component venting and simple cable management.

Optional Accessories: The use of optional Bookends, Drawers, and Casters (all sold separately) further enhance the stands capabilities.

Additional Applications: In addition to holding your AV gear, these stands can be used bookshelves, end tables/side tables, night stands, computer/printer stands and any other use for open shelving.

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Simple, modestly priced TV stand. Plan to house LPs below it. [ Michael  Jun 28, 2016 ]