Alphason Finewoods 1100 review

A fine wooden rack from Alphason Tested at £300

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

A fine wooden rack from Alphason


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    Screws could be better made

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Composed of glass, steel and wood veneer, the Alphason Finewoods 1100 certainly has the looks.

It's not complicated to build, but it is bulky: it took two of us about 30 minutes to put it together. Watch those screws, too; do them too tightly and they won't come out again.

Once it's built, however, this is a very sturdy stand. It will look very smart in your living room, and holes cut out of the back will provide some rudimentary cable management.

Setting a Roksan Caspian M2 stereo amplifier and Cyrus CD6 SE2 CD player on top, the sound we heard was tight and controlled, with decent weight behind it. For sound-only use we still prefer a dedicated hi-fi rack, but if you want something that can take a large TV too, this is a great option.

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