The best way to stack audio equipment

The best way to stack audio equipment

Racks? Vibration kits? Stacking one atop another? What’s the preferred method of stacking audio components? Have a question you’d like Paul to answer for you? Go to and post it.


  1. Stewart Campbell on October 16, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Start at the bottom of ur Cabinet.4" Wheel’s or +. U Will B Thankfull…

  2. Edgar Ortiz on October 16, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Come on Paul . Give us the one we all need to hear . Please give us a breakdown on what % of your audio budget would you spend on your components . What % of your budget would you invest on amplification , cables , speakers , source , etc. Please put us on the right path . Many thanks .

  3. Joe Home on October 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Paul, that grumpy guy down the street from you peering out the curtains, was it Abraham Lincoln?

  4. fin screenname on October 16, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    I stack mine in a cabinet according to size. Being the 5 disc is the biggest it sits on the bottom followed by my receiver. On top of that I have a AC Infinity cooling system that sucks air out of the receiver and blows it out the front of the cabinet. then the rest on top of it.

  5. Freekwo 777 on October 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I don’t have PS audio but for my system spliting instead of stacking made huge improvment. I don’t know why but it did. I tried stack/split several time and I could clearly hear the difference. It was better when each component was on its own sufrace. The same thing is written in guide for my equipment. But I wouldn’t pay huge amount of money for the shelf/rack.

  6. TorToroPorco on October 16, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Paul’s childhood antics was the genesis of a future engineer. Ingenuity is as well suited for revenge as it is for designing electrical signal pathways.

  7. Carlito Melon on October 16, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Good advice.
    Racks are best for keeping vibrations and digital equipment away from turntables & phono preamps.
    In fact digital is best turned off for a vinyl only evening.
    PauI, hope the neighborhood kids don’t find your home ( speaking of isolation 😉

  8. Don ——. on October 16, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Paul… I’m constantly made fun of because I tell some stories more than once. As a member of the post half century club I think we have earned the right to forget that we’ve told a story already. Besides I enjoy listening to your experiences, thank you for sharing.

  9. Jarod Reddig on October 16, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Great stuff Paul .

  10. MJJM on October 16, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    I noticed you mentioned nothing about heat. Power amps produce heat, and need more space, as in not putting other boxes directly on top of them.

  11. Kevin Roosa on October 16, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    The ol’ Monoprice RCAs photobombing the shot again. 😉

  12. David Watson on October 16, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    how much pot do you ingest prior to filming these vids?

  13. JoeJ8282 on October 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    If you ever stack audio components, make sure to NOT put anything directly on top of the power amp, integrated amp, or receiver, that blocks any of the amps ventilation holes in its top cover, otherwise you run a good risk of overheating your amp or receiver, even if only listening at low to moderate volumes, because power output components such as those need cooling for not just just the actual power output stage, but also for the relatively large power supply componentry inside their chassis’ also! That’s why most amps run relatively warm even when in "idle" mode with no signal… Class D amps produce MUCH less heat than Class A/B or especially Class A amps do, but even Class D amps STILL need to breathe good when being played at a normal to high level!

    Most DVRs and Satellite receivers and Cable boxes also get really hot if not allowed to breathe, (mainly due to the processing CPUs they have in them, like a computer), so don’t block any of those components’ vent holes by stacking anything on top of them either!

    Most source components run cooler than the above stuff does, and pre-amps (if applicable to your system) can vary significantly, depending on its design and type. (tube or transistor, etc.)

    So basically, you just have to keep the hotter running components on or near the top of any component stack you do make, that way the heat from them can rise and dissipate without them overheating, OR overheating any components above them either!

  14. shaun on October 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    you will never use your legs again

  15. Flavio Wilner on October 16, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Dear, Paul, lately the audio level has been varying too much, causing frequent hard clipping. Possibly the lavalier mike is too close to the skin or whatever. Please, look for a more neutral position of it. Thanks anyway; it`s always a great pleasure to attend your posts.

  16. Chris Berg on October 16, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Great Info !

  17. Juke Joint on October 16, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    You should have rolled his yard…

  18. William Lau on October 16, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    I believe casing vibration can introduce interferences of those not high end gears. So I use weighted decorative objects sitting on top. I also use glass (should be granite or cheaper marble) to separate them with spikes. Some high density rubberised materials are also used for damping out vibrational energy. It is simple, cheap and feel good. Why not?

  19. nick parkin on October 16, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    HEY NAPERVILLE ILLINOIS I live right by there

  20. Joe Home on October 16, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    My neighbours hate me. Sometimes they launch rockets and mortars on my land. In return I drop bombs on them. I live in the Middle East. it’s normal here.

  21. Steven Koski on October 16, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    What, no plinths? Their materials & important sonic properties? What gives?

  22. YPO6 on October 16, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Bring back the wooden side panels.

  23. YUKI JINJUJI on October 16, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Egg my house you will be mazed

  24. MAELOB on October 16, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    I am planning to buy one of you DACs and Amp in the future- but I will probably fly to Colorado to meet you in person and listen to your audio room- really like your videos

  25. nicholascremato on October 16, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    I can’t believe that you also had an old man who yelled at you for playing ball!!!. We had on too! Everytime a ball would go in the tiny front yard of his NYC house he would take them and put them in a milk carton right next to his front door. SO we got a bunch of dynamite and taped cigarettes to their fuses after my dad without question showed us how to lace dynamite and we put it behind his front door so that when he opened it to yell at it it would be right behind the door about a foot away from him. We threw a ball in his yard and he took it and we kept yelling at him to keep him next to his door until the 4 sticks went off. Well we got all of our balls back and he never bothered us again……………Good times!!!!

  26. Sebastien D'Amours on October 16, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Paul Will you be at the Montreal Audio Fest in few weeks? I see Ps Audio products but I wonder if you will be there. If so what room? Regards!

  27. Dave Micolichek on October 16, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    "Dumped a ton of gravel in his driveway"….lol… that is a good one Paul! Fairly inexpensive, harmless, just a lot of work to clean it up, good on ya Paul….

  28. Paw Paw on October 16, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    When I was a kid. We always made hand churned homemade ice cream during the summer. We had the mean old hag that hated us children for no cause. So we wrote HAG in her front lawn with rock salt. Now as a mature adult, I do not condone vandalism of any kind. Vandalism is a delinquent criminal act as a child, and a cowardly, criminal, immature act for an adult.

  29. Scott Strang on October 16, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Little hooligans you guys were.

  30. F Duquenne on October 16, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    You do talk in big chunks,but that’s what makes your sharing knowledge from a storyteller’s view so pleasurable.

  31. J-man72 b on October 16, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve always tried to keep the amplifier on top of other components to avoid heating up the component above.
    I do like the idea of having the important things close at hand, having the source close to the seating position is a natural outcome, this includes a mini/bar fridge next to that same seat.

  32. Seth Pennel on October 16, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Hey how do I apply for a job ?

  33. Jake Peters on October 16, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    does your surge protector flash to the eye? might wana check it out?

  34. Rohit Rao on October 16, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Dear Paul, Robert Deutsch mentions in his review of the M700 mono blocks (stereophile Feb 18) that they sound better when they are not stacked on on top of other. I had a hard time understanding why that maybe. So, somehow, in that review, stacking mattered. Whats your take?

  35. sekis newo on October 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Paul are you that old "crow-mug-in" now? JK … Love these videos keep them up.

  36. dell177 on October 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    When stacking equipment there are a couple of things to watch out for. Anything that runs warm has to the top component so it can shed the heat without affecting another component. The second thing is not to put anything heavy on top of a CD player because anything more than 7 or 8 pounds might distort the cd mechanism causing it to lose focus. A little weight does help in some cases because less expensive cd players have pretty flimsy steel cases, a little damping does help but not to much.

    I found that out when my old NAD 5335 cd player had a cassette deck, tuner and preamp (Conrad Johnson preamps are a little chunky)on top of it. After a while the cd player began to skip. I brought it down to the bench and it worked fine until I rested something heavy on it, the weight was distorting the chassis enough to cause the cd assembly to warp. I made the cdplayer the second from the top in the stack and it worked fine for another decade.

  37. YUKI JINJUJI on October 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Who the fuck would spend 2000 on a dac when a prozor dac works great no noise and 15 bucks from Walmart

  38. cbcdesign001 on October 16, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    I put my equipment at the opposite end of the room from my listening position. By doing that I have avoided having a lard ass.

  39. regalblue41 on October 16, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    So.that is where all that dang gravel came from…You good for nothing Jitterbugging kids…

  40. Xfiles Foxisdead on October 16, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I have cheap RTV rack with shelves nade of tempered glass. CD and amplifier are placed on separate glass shelves do i dont have problems with overheating Amp.

  41. XtremeHam on October 16, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    My question is, why do companies at an audio show put thousands of dollars worth of amps and equipment on the floor, convenience? Please clarify!

  42. Alec Grolimond on October 16, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    I remember when living in Canada and this guy living about 20 houses down and shot at us with a shot gun loaded with salt. Yet we were not on his property but on the street. But maybe my memory fail me.

  43. Francisco M on October 16, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    I was going to buy Naim but Paul is so friendly that he is making me consider PS Audio as well.

  44. NycX360! * on October 16, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Great story about kids and Gravel, lol. 🤣we all did dumb shit.

  45. Random Tube on October 16, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Isn’t the purpose of a rack system is to help protect your investment, keep it organized and convenient?