Interest Check: Apos x MattyBlue Wall-mounted Audio Rack
Jun 6, 2024 at 5:21 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone! This is John from Apos. Over the last couple of months, we've been making a lot of changes and strides into Apos' mission for the audiophile community. More on that later, but in summary, we are working on bringing together community designers and manufacturers to create products for the audiophile community. With this in mind, we’re excited to introduce the first of many projects we have planned—a hand-crafted wall-mounted audio rack specifically designed for turntables and tube amps.

It’s created by Matt Jabloner (aka MattyBlue), an audiophile and designer based in Washington state who’s created loads of products for places like Bottlehead.

We have plans to launch a Group Buy for this product, but before we get too ahead of ourselves, we want to know what you think. Below you’ll find some product info and a poll for you to leave us your feedback.

Tl;dr
We are looking to see if there is interest in the audiophile community for a custom product made by a community designer.

Link to Blog Post with Product Info
Link to Poll
Image Folder of the Product Prototype

Notes:
Apos Blog - What is a Group Buy?
Apos' Group Buy Policies

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Jun 8, 2024 at 12:59 PM Post #2 of 7
I don't have a strong opinion regarding a turntable rack. But given the interests of people here, I'd imagine that a modular, wall-mounted headphone/IEM/cable system for storage and display might be good. Perhaps a trellis of curved radii surfaces or something? Feeling cute, might think on this later, I dunno.
 
Jun 9, 2024 at 6:58 AM Post #3 of 7
I don't have a strong opinion regarding a turntable rack. But given the interests of people here, I'd imagine that a modular, wall-mounted headphone/IEM/cable system for storage and display might be good. Perhaps a trellis of curved radii surfaces or something? Feeling cute, might think on this later, I dunno.

Maybe a modular stand-alone audio rack with a removable bottom/top storage cabinets and flat feet for ottoman storage space is another option for those who have concrete/tougher-material walls. Small side-hanging trays with surface-specified weight limits for coasters and such can also be a good option for these racks as well.
 
Jun 9, 2024 at 12:22 PM Post #4 of 7
I don’t see wall hanging as a good solution. Audio gear can be heavy and you really want to screw it into studs to be safe. However, it’s unlikely the owner will be able to put it right where (s)he wants it and hit a pair of studs. I like the modular floor standing idea better. Also, the top shelf is going to be too high for a turntable. Ideally you wouldn’t want the turntable higher than countertop height.

The other problem is it looks cheap- like it’s been cut out of plywood with a CNC controlled 2 axis laser or router. It’s not going to work aesthetically with other furniture unless the whole space has an industrial vibe.

I think for most people, a wide yet shallow table 36”W x 12”D by 30”H would be more popular. Something like the below pic made from extruded aluminum and nice wood with adjustable shelf height. Audiophiles want their gear to look good.

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Jun 9, 2024 at 1:32 PM Post #5 of 7
Hey John!

So I really like the look and the idea of the wall mounted rack, however one thing that would make me pause is cable management. My first thought was that I'd love to have a simple wall mounted rack for my gear, but my second was that the usb and power cables (some of them pretty thick) would not only detract from the beauty/simplicity of it, but would also need to be longer cables to reach.
 
Jun 10, 2024 at 7:35 PM Post #6 of 7
Hi all,

@DenverW @Barnstormer13 @pbui44 @warrenpchi
Thanks a lot for responding with your thoughts regarding the interest check of the Apos x MattyBlue Wall-mounted Audio Rack. We are taking all this feedback to the designer. As additional context, this is a prototype so final wood wasn't used on this product.

Thanks a lot,

John
Apos Audio
 
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Jun 12, 2024 at 12:01 AM Post #7 of 7
Audiophiles also have a lot of components already in the system. No one is starting from scratch.

And +1 on the turntable placement. That is just way too high. One of the lower shelves should be deep and tall enough to accommodate a turntable with an open cover.
 
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