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How to Stack Your Hi-Fi Units

January 11th 2018

The way we listen to music may have changed dramatically in the past couple of decades, but it is still possible to stack hi-fi equipment to make the most of your media unit.

The term ‘stacking system’ might sound a little old fashioned these days, where wireless streamers have replaced bulky CD players and cassettes are unrecognisable to the youth of today.


That said, stacking hi-fi equipment, one unit on top of the other, is still a great way to make the most of the space you have available.


Is it Safe?


Although there have been various concerns over whether stacking can damage hi-fi equipment, this need not be the case if you choose your equipment wisely.


Many specialists design their hi-fi equipment to support more weight than its own and to distribute its weight evenly. Soft base feet with a  good grip is another must if you plan on stacking individual units.


How to Stack Hi-Fi Equipment

Whilst there is no set way to stack hi-fi equipment, there are a few pieces of advice that it is wise to follow:


  • Your amplifier, or power amp section if you are using a separate pre and power amplifier, should sit on top of the other pieces of equipment in the stack. It is important that the amplifier can radiate the heat it generates, plus it will usually be the heaviest piece of equipment in a stack.

  • Aim to place no more than two pieces of additional equipment underneath your amp — if you have space to store your amp next to the stack then this is the best option

  • Aim for no more than three pieces of equipment in a stack


Keeping Hi-Fi Equipment Separate

Whilst stacking equipment is quite possible and often works well, it is always preferable to aim to keep each piece of equipment apart from one another.


Some pieces of equipment can give off a large amount of energy from their power supplies and sometimes this can affect the sensitive equipment close to them. Turntables, for example, are very sensitive to vibration and should be placed away from other equipment where possible, or at the very least, at the top of a stack.


It is also easier to manage the cables that go hand in hand with hi-fi equipment when there is some space between them.


Choosing a Media Unit


A TV unit or entertainment unit with shelves is the ideal way to store hi-fi equipment. A media unit that incorporates several adjustable shelves means that each unit can be stored in isolation without taking up additional floor space.


A bespoke media unit also makes it easier to tidy away cables plus, it is easier to keep hi-fi equipment clean and dust free when each piece is not stacked directly on top of one another.


Open shelving within a media unit means easy access to your equipment and the chance to show off and admire your latest investments, whilst media units with doors mean you can have a ‘tech shut down’ when you want.


Customising Your Media Unit

When you have spent considerable time and expense on your hi-fi equipment, it is only natural to want to show it off in its best light.


Whilst it is possible to buy bespoke media units, where you select the colour, pattern, finish and configuration of the unit, some people like to go one step further and add their own finishing touches.


LED lighting concealed under the media unit shelves can look stunning and really turn your hi-fi equipment into an eye-catching feature. Remote-controlled LED strip lighting makes it easy to control your new illumination and is inexpensive — just remember, it will also mean one more remote control to find a place for…

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