Over the years, I've purchased a fair amount of audio/video gear as I was building up my home theater system. One of the things that became apparent very quickly was that I was going to need something to hold all of my components and keep everything organized. While I was reading one of my A/V related magazines, I came across an ad for Sorice's Asana rack system which offered everything I was looking for, so I gave their 800 number a call.
They sent me a catalog right away which showed several of their preconfigured options, but what really had me excited was that they would allow me to customize my rack system to be exactly what I wanted. When you purchase from them, the give you the ability to choose the type of wood, the finish, the number and spacing of shelves, and several optional add-on components so that your rack will fit your gear exactly the way that you want. I placed an order with them for my own custom rack, and then waited with anticipation.
The rack I selected was based on their model "4R" which contains 6 shelves. When I placed my order I configured the spacing of the shelves the way that I wanted, and I was given the option to equip the bottom of the rack with my choice of heavy duty casters, carpet spikes, or leveler feet. I elected for the casters because they'd make reaching the back of my components much easier for those times when I needed to access the wiring.
When it arrived at my house, the first thing I noticed was that the boxes were HEAVY, and after unpacking them I could understand why. These racks are very sturdy, with thick hardwood shelves and solid steel legs. Assembly was very easy, though, and didn't require the use of any special tools aside from the included hex wrench.
Once I had everything put together, I loaded my equipment and popped in a movie. Like a lot of audio gear, when I crank up the volume, my components start to generate a bit of heat. That's actually another of the reasons that I selected an Asana rack system; because its sides are not enclosed, and it allows for good air circulation around my components. Of course, the fact that these racks are also expandable, allowing me to add or remove shelves at any time in the future, was also a major selling point.
I've had my Asana rack for about ten years now, and I still love it. Over that time, the only problems I've encountered were some staining caused by the foam from a cheap pair of headphones that I foolishly allowed to sit on the bare wood for about five years, and also one of my shelves has developed a small crack in it. The crack has no affect on its weight bearing ability, though, and it can easily be hidden under one of my components.
Overall, I really like my Sorice Asana rack. In fact, after seeing the rack that I bought, my father was so impressed with it that he purchased one of his own. When he sold off some of his gear a few years back, I made sure that I bought his rack from him so I could have an second one in another room.
While it may not be the most stylish rack out there, I feel that it's definitely one of the best made. If you're in the market for a nice, sturdy A/V rack system, be sure to look into the offerings from Sorice.