Lamm ML2 amps on bottom shelf of HRS SXR equipment rack
In order to form a more compact system one can do several things, many of which, however, lead to a compromised system sound.
Compact systems are still desirable for a number of reasons: ease of use [being able to walk right up to the source components], aesthetics [components strewn about can result in a geeky aura around your system ;-)], and they just help make more room for other things in the sometimes all-too-crowded listening room.
Lamm amps on a SXR rack
Here is something that improves the sound AND reduces the footprint of the system components: Putting ones amps on the equipment rack itself.
Here is an example where we put Lamm ML2.1 amps on the bottom shelf of a Harmonic Resolution Systems SXR rack. The bottom shelf is 12 inches tall [it was originally 10 inches, but we ordered replacement 12″ posts and swapped them out in about 1/2 hour(?) – photos forthcoming]
Lamm ML2.1 amplifiers on a SXR rack
The reason this kicks ass is that the HRS amps stands [which have no peers performance-wise based on our experience with the top contenders to-date and work as normal amp stands that sit out in the middle of the floor], are the EXACT same components as used for the bottom shelf of the SXR.
So essentially we are morphing, Transformers-style, an equipment rack into a combination first-class amp stand and equipment rack.
And, because the amps are somewhat better protected by the rack, and more out of the way of the speaker sound waves, this is probably an even better place for them than the traditional amp stand location [a less sturdy rack, however, might itself pick up vibrations from the sound, and then transfer these negative vibrations to the amp through the rack, something a stand-alone amp stand would not do].
And it looks cool too.
And it takes up a lot less space