Showing (off) your dCS setup - description and photos

PS - I like your amp stand. What brand and model is it? I have my 2160 on a 50 pound slab of granite.

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The stand is made by artesania, and is obviously a single amp stand.
Great racks, as i also have a double width artesania rack.

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Through many years of HiFi buying/selling I too now find myself looking for purchasing factors such as local manufacture and hence support. In the past I bought overseas brands through a retailer in the UK (who obtained the equipment through the same large UK importer/distributer). I had immediate fault resolution with an amplifier, no resolution at all with a high end SACD player that was just a few weeks out of warranty, and a 12 month fix for a pair of speakers. I have now bought UK manufactured equipment (dCS and Chord Electronics) in the believe that faults have a high chance of being fixed - in spite of their distribution path.


These are the dealer’s stands and Duncan is correct.

I’d love to hear thoughts on Artesania quality. The Boulder is a realtively tall amplifier, ~11 inches, and this platform rack is also ~11 inches so this would put total height at nearly 2 feet off the ground…

Separately (to everyone), does HRS even make a platform stand that can support 220 pounds? My quick review of their specifications indicated No

Thank you!

Having just spent a little time looking throught the HRS literature that I can find online it appears that they do not specify a maximum carrying weight for their amp stands. Irrespective of this they do not make a stock stand large enough for the 2160 which appears to be 28 inches deep ( omitting connectors) whereas the deepest HRS stand is 27 inches.

All is not lost though. We are dealing with some of the most costly audio equipment here so if you have the funds then why not simply contact HRS and request that they build you a stand one inch longer. It may cost a bit more but I’ll bet they will do it.

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I have an Artesania Exoteryc two bay four level rack for my equipment. I did consider Artesania amp stands for my ATC P4s but they brought them too far off the floor for me, making them quite dominant in the room.

That said, I think the quality is excellent compared to some others I saw, although I have never seen a HRS rack. Artesania racks are very flexible because the equipment sits on pads on adjustable cross pieces, rather than solid shelves (so can accommodate a wide range of equipment sizes), although those are available as well and they were prepared to let me adapt my two bay rack to accept four, rather than three levels, by addling a level to each bay. Each level is also adjustable vertically, so they are very flexible.

I auditioned my equipment on the dealer’s Neo Quattron stands but not on the Artesania rack, so I have no idea if they make the equipment sound better than the cheaper Neo racks but they look good and are very heavy!

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I am sure that the Artesanias are great. However a major difference is that the P4s weigh a mere 35 kilos compared to the 2160 at nearly 100 kilos.

I have the dual rack as i said, but with an extra level added that the melco sits on.
But quality is spot on, very well built, and very strong.
Below is the specs on the exoteryc rack that i have.
Obviously the single amp stands are different to the spec below, but you can see from below they can take a lot off weight, so can’t see that the single amp stand would be a problem.

|TOTAL HEIGHT|73CM/28,74"|
|TOTAL DEPTH|52,5CM/20,66"|


|3 LEVELS|320|704|
|4 LEVELS|350|770|
|3+3 LEVELS|400|880|

Just found it the single amp rack can take up to 200 kg or 440 lb
Plus it’s 9 inch high and not 11 inches.
This is the one with the decoupling like the racks.

They also do a more simpler floor stand, this can also take up to 200kg
2 version’s one glass thats 11cm high, and 13.6 in kiron.

“Separately (to everyone), does HRS even make a platform stand that can support 220 pounds? My quick review of their specifications indicated No”

Yes, they do. It begins with a HRS S3 Isolation base/platform/stand; let’s say a M3X2-1921 and then you add their G7 feet (retail USD for $450 for 4), add their G-Link (retail USD $695 for 4) and you can add their floor protectors (USD Unknown) for the G-Link; but Sound Anchors makes a product called Conecoasters ($100 USD for 4).

I believe in the box the G7 feet come in, you’ll also receive a “purple” sticker for the HRS S3 base that means it’s not load dependent. I’ll be using that configuration by HRS to support 215 pound amps.

With HRS, amp stands loading relies primarily on their feet/footers. The base material identical.

Best to all,


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Absolutely correct. And here’s what that configuration looks like:

(Excuse the mess. In the midst of speaker placement. Back hurts. Send help :-))

The 1921 models wouldn’t fit the Boulder’s dimensions, however, but HRS make custom sizes to cover such beasts.


She’s a beauty Ben.

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My solution to isolate my power amps ( 2 x MBL9008a’s at a mere 60 Kg each) was Townshend pods. I have Townshend platforms under my speakers and feet under my rack. Everything wobbles quite impressively but return to balance in a couple of cycles.

6 of the highest weight rated pods will accommodate your amp, perhaps with a granite base between them. A very effective and frankly much cheaper option than very expensive stand type solutions. Having said that, it seems like you’re not short of a bob or two :grinning:

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Yes, Pete that is true!!

The problem you can get with them isoacoustic feet is, if the gear is far heavier at one end then making sure the load is spread correctly can be very tricky, as if you compress them to much they dont work or if you dont compress them enough they also don’t work.
But obviously cheaper if they work for you.

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That seems a good point. I would suggest that the OP sends a message to IsoAcoustic and asks their advice if this is an issue. I have dealt with them in the past and they were wonderfully helpful. Remember that they make products for studios as well as the consumer market and probably have experience with all sorts of issue.


Excellent choice! :+1:t2:

I owned Boulder Amps for quite a few years in the past, first a 1050 monobloc pair, then the 2060 (progenitor of your 2160). Ironically, the only reason I moved off of Boulder was to put a touch of tubes back in my system chain :grin:

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Thank you Anup.
It’s the biggest purchase of my audio “journey” and I am hopeful it works out (!)


Absolutely gorgeous Ben

Best to all,


I want to thank everyone for the helpful advice re: a stand for the Boulder amp, especially @PAR, @all2ofme, and @Mark1961.

I received the amp today and for now I have decided to just let it sit on the floor. It’s an enormous, heavy piece (~100kg), which became even more apparent after receipt, and I can’t justify paying ~$10,000 to lift it 10" off the ground, which to me has the risk of increasing, not decreasing vibrations. In any event, any product that requires three men to safely move is not prone to a lot of natural oscillation, and as I don’t have a transport, the only moving parts close by are the speaker cones.

My Rossini was shipped out for its Apex upgrade today and so I’ll be listening to music on my phone for the next two weeks (!) : /