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Salamander Designs A5 Archetype

5-shelf audio/video stand for TVs up to 40" (Black)

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Room to expand

The elegantly simple Salamander Designs A5 Archetype provides plenty of storage for your A/V system. The five 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 select hardwoods finished with a natural stain. The top shelf can support a TV up to 40" and weighing up to 150 lbs. The 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"
  • 5 black MDF shelves (each):
    • usable space: 18"W x 16"D
    • supports up to 150 lbs.
  • 4 black steel threaded posts
  • 23"W x 36"H x 16"D
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • assembly required

What's in the Box:

  • 5 Shelves
  • 4 Rods
  • 39 Hex-nuts
  • 39 Metal washers
  • 39 Rubber washers
  • Assembly Instructions

Nice and solid. A little much $ for such a simple stand but not unreasonably priced; it is adjustable which is the reason I chose it. It is challenging to get together level. It isn't so stable on carpet compared to the Whalen audio tower it replaces. 5 stars for Crutchfield as always.

Robert, Olympia, WA


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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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

it's the only open rack system that allows my amplifier to breath [ Willie  Apr 18, 2018 ]
Building a new theater setup and love this units versatility. Being able to add additional shelves, drawers and wheels. Once this unit arrives. If it works out as good as I hope. I'm going to order a few more. [ Brian  Feb 14, 2018 ]
I chose this item for it's small footprint, infinite adjustability, and clean, elegant design. [ MICHAEL  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Perfect size for my 4-component audio system. [ MICHAEL  Nov 07, 2017 ]
It was the only shelf I could find that I could adjust the shelfs that wasn't outrageously priced. I have heavy audio equipment that is big and all the shelves either couldn't handle the weight or if they did the space between the shelves were to small for the equipment. [ Lawrence  May 10, 2017 ]
It will look good in my room and it's less expensive. [ Brad  Mar 03, 2017 ]
Infinite adjustability [ Brad  Jan 23, 2017 ]
I choose this style due to the looks and build quality plus made in the USA [ Victor  Aug 03, 2016 ]
Solid, simple, real materials, made in USA. [ William  Nov 06, 2018 ]
I chose the Salamander Archetype because I look the look of wood with my all black components. I also chose it because of the number of shelves, allowing enough space for a printer, audio equipment, and some storage for accessories and books. Reviews also indicate it is well made, unlike some other units I've seen at a similar price. [ B  Oct 24, 2018 ]
Flexibility to adjust shelves as my needs/technology changes. [ Marc  Aug 20, 2017 ]
I needed it. [ David  Aug 04, 2017 ]
Great reviews, good looking, best price I could find, trusted retailer. [ Daniel  Dec 26, 2016 ]
This is my second SD Audio Rack. Excellent craftsmanship and expandability. Crutchfield delivers them damage-free to my door! [ RODNEY  Oct 21, 2016 ]
The natural walnut color will complement the furniture in our listening area. I like the open design concept for ventilation and the adjustability of the shelving. [ Eugene  Jul 12, 2016 ]
Not too expensive, compact, yet moderately high end. [ Frederick  Apr 25, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

They're powder coated or something, just as easy to dust as any surface I would say. [ Aaron  Apr 26, 2018 ]
They are smooth, so yes . It's a great rack and the assembly was simple. [ jeffrey  Apr 24, 2018 ]
It's easy to wipe off the dust [ MUKESH  Apr 24, 2018 ]
They are laminate with fairly coarse texture, so likely takes more than one wipe. I use vacuum with brush attachment. [ Irvine  Apr 24, 2018 ]
They are very smooth, almost glossy. They wipe up very nicely! [ Gene  Apr 24, 2018 ]
Yes [ Dywane A.  Apr 24, 2018 ]
Use a tape measure and a small level . Adjust the spacing to fit your components as some need more airflow to cool them. [ jeffrey  Apr 24, 2018 ]
I bought this unit specifically because I can adjust the heights and even add more shelves. Not the easiest to get right the first time, but relatively quick once you get the hang of it. [ Rafayel Rafo  Aug 02, 2016 ]
I would say that it's not. But: if you have a component which is narrow in one of the two dimensions, the shelf will accommodate it to its full width or depth--just not both on the same shelf. In the vertical dimension, the shelves are fully adjustable, and you don't even need to install more than two shelves, so almost all of the space is available for use. [ Jay  Jul 04, 2016 ]
I have rack mount dimension equipment which fit just inside the bolt struts...even if not one would slide an oversized component just slightly back behind strut if needed...slight adjustment makes for a very nice set up with turntable on top shelf for easy access [ RUDI  Jul 04, 2016 ]
I'm not quite sure what this guy wants. The shelves are adjustable,so it is pretty easy to accomidate your equipment. I'd say measure your equipment and determine if the unit can fit your equipment with room for air flow. [ william  Jul 03, 2016 ]
I'm not following your question [ Robert  Jul 03, 2016 ]

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