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Salamander Designs A2/B Archetype

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

Item # 537A2B

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About the Salamander Designs A2/B Archetype

Ralph Graves

Simple and practical

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
  • assembly required
  • MFR # A2/B

What's in the box:

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

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More details on the Salamander Designs A2/B Archetype

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Features & specs

General Features
Type Audio Stand
Stand Style Stand
Color Black
Number of Shelves 2
Number of Adjustable Shelves 2
Number of Drawers None
Assembly Required Yes
Main Materials MDF
Wire Management Yes
Height (inches) 20
Depth (inches) 16
Stand Weight Limit 300 lbs
TV Shelf Weight Limit 140 lbs
TV Shelf Width 18-3/4
TV Shelf Depth 16
Parts Warranty Limited Lifetime
Labor Warranty Limited Lifetime

Product Research


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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Customer Q&A

3 questions already asked

What is the thickness of the top shelf? This unit is 20" high and I need to clear 19" for my outlet so it can sit flush to the wall in a smaller room. Thank you.
randy  Feb 26, 2021
2 answers
The shelf is 7/8" thick
gabriel  Feb 28, 2021
3/4". And if it helps, the distance from my (wood) floor to the bottom of the top shelf is 19 1/2"
jeffrey  Feb 26, 2021
Can the bottom shelf be raised so a sub-woofer can sit on the floor with equipment on the shelves above it?
kevin  Dec 02, 2020
2 answers
Yes, shelves can adjust along entire rod
charles  Dec 04, 2020
The bottom shelf can be adjusted to any height.
michael  Dec 02, 2020
charles  Oct 28, 2019
3 answers
Yes. This unit has rubber feet. I guess they are designed for floors not appropriate for spikes or pointed sharp feet. I have the unit. I am satisfied with it, but I suggest getting additional shelves for it. It is short and low to the ground. But it is very flexible in terms of being able to adjust the space between the 2 shelves.
christopher m  Oct 29, 2019
Rubber for feet and rubber washers under all nuts. No extra isolation pieces of rubber for gear. Hope this helps.
michael  Oct 28, 2019
Oh yeah, real solid rubber feet,
joseph  Oct 28, 2019

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