Sanus AFA Audio Rack
Good Audio Defies Miniaturization
After decades of audio as a hobby, I finally upgraded a component of my
stereo system that had never received much attention - the furniture.
The Sanus AFA Accurate Furniture Audio ($150) is a four-shelf
rack designed for audio equipment. Compared to the old entertainment
center, the Sanus AFA offers superior ventilation and fewer restrictions
on the use of space.
The Sanus AFA nicely accommodates my vintage Dual turntable, Sony CD
player, and phono
preamplifier and integrated amplifier
designed and built by me.
Ye Olde Pentium 4 PC sits on the floor, but this is okay given its use
as a music player. Eventually, a Core i7 PC will be waterfalled to
Audiophiles are known for obsessing over how trivial changes to their
stereo systems can improve the sound. This has led to a slew of audio
products with highly dubious claims.
While I had no expectations that furniture could somehow affect
"accuracy", much to my amazement, the Sanus AFA did produce a subtle
improvement in the sound.
This is likely a result of no longer having an entertainment center
between the speakers. The Magnepan speakers are dipoles, radiating
sound equally to the front and back. They are sensitive to objects
I give the Sanus AFA an A+ on appearance, ventilation, and flexibility,
and extra credit for the sound.