|HI-FI RACK (MODULAR)
• $8,500 per module
The R1 Hi-Fi Rack is a modular rack solution designed to provide
optimal conditions for the operation of state-of-the-art digital and analogue audio equipment.
audio components, the R1 is the most advanced Hi-Fi rack ever
developed. Design details across the R1, are indicative of the
exceptional attention to detail and ‘total engineering’ approach to the products design. Each component working in harmony to
create an energy management system that draws unwanted
structural borne resonance away from sensitive audio
The striking monolithic R1 ‘vertical nodes’ are machined and
finished in house, to a tolerance of 0.02mm. Each level in the R1
rack consists of two vertical nodes, which is assembled from six
high mass blocks of polyoxymethylene (POM). The material has
been selected for its hardness and machinability, much like
aluminium, with the advantage that it is exceptionally well
The R1 vertical nodes are cross-linked by elegant carbon fibre
‘Isobars’ which form the support for the carbon shelves. 14mm
steel bars, tied at the ends with precision machined sockets run
through the centre of the Isobars, compressing them under tons
of pressure along their length. This improves the energy
transmission pathway along the carbon fibre tube, creating a pathway between the sensitive audio components and the nodes that draw unwanted energy, which would otherwise manifest as
resonance in the audio components, away and into the nodes that absorbs and dissipates the energy.
Elegant examples of these highly optimised energy pathways can be seen across the R1 design.
At the interface between the carbon fibre Isobar and the carbon
shelf, Wilson Benesch have designed fluted cups that are
precision machined to create two points which meet with the
Each R1 rack interfaces with the next by four huge 500g chrome
steel spheres that locate kinematically with four sockets on the
adjoining R1 rack. The interface creates an assured feel to the
whole design; there is a palpable feeling of precision when placing each R1 rack onto the next. But the nodes are a functional design element, the nodes legislate that tons of pressure is focussed
equally through the four nodes.
Modular in design, micro-adjustable in setup, the R1 is fitted with
four spikes taken directly from the same shelf as the Cardinal
loudspeaker. Four ball bearing tipped spikes kinematically located into four floor cups holding captive three ball bearings to create
the final energy node.
The R1 is Total Engineering.
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