The Audio Tailor Voted #1 Australian Hi Fi Store 2021 + 2022
Solidsteel - HY-L - HiFi Rack
Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.
We’re Stuart, Gabby, Nathan and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!
The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”
When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.
Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?
Is Solidsteel the best?
Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?
Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.
And there SHOULD be.
Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.
It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.
Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.
You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!
Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.
Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.
Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.
What could possibly be worse?
What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.
Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.
Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?
Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?
Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?
We like to think so!
And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:
Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)
Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.
We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.
Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.
All they need to worry about, is talking to us.
Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.
We want to know the picture in your head.
That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.
A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.
The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”
Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.
What kind of budget have you set aside?
What’s the existing set-up look like?
How big is the listening room you have in mind?
How much ambient light is coming in?
Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?
What about room resonance and reflection?
No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.
To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.
We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.
Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.
Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.
Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.
Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:
- The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
- A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
- A commitment to end-to-end service.
At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.
Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!
We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.
Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.
To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
This hi-fi rack from premium Italian manufacturer Solidsteel is a robust shelf system, designed to enable optimal performance of your AV equipment and to look fantastic in your home.
About the Hyperspike HY-L Series
The Hyperspike Series is Solidsteel's top range of products. Officially launched in 2004, it is designed to satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiast needs. Aesthetics merge with functional choices to create products that are as beautiful as they are purposeful.
The Hyperspike Series aims to achieve new goals in performance while offering advantages to audio system designs. The HY range combines this distinction with convenience and accessibility. This is made possible by a well thought out manufacturing process that keeps cost down but doesn't affect the overall performance of the unit.
The HY series is an evolution of the HJ (Hyperspike Junior) range, which gives the Hyperspike range a four-pillared matte black option. Introduced in 2018, Solidsteel defines the HY range as a "functional beauty". This range is faithful to the rest of Solidsteel's stylistic catalogue, but is incredibly focused in its design. The HY series racks offer fantastic value for money.
What sets the HY-L series apart from the HY range is the wide design. The HY-L series racks can hold wider equipment (such as high-end turntables) and are stronger.
- Solid, modular design
- Protects equipment from external vibration
- Anti-resonance construction
- An evolution of the HJ series stands
- A wider variant of the popular HY-2
- Wide shelves are suitable for larger turntables and equipment
- Four stainless steel legs for stability
- Included hard-floor protector pads for spikes
- Matte black finish
- Made with high-quality Italian materials
- Supports up to 90kg per shelf
The best of both worlds
This series includes the primary elements and materials of the reference level Hyperspike range, but at a fraction of the cost. Unique to this range are the 30mm thick MDF shelves that are coated with a special anti-resonance finish.
This range features pillars that are made of solid, polished steel, and the same shelving system seen in the other Hyperspike ranges, in which each shelf is isolated from each other.
Designed with Intention. Crafted with care.
With hi-fi appliances, especially high-end equipment, manufacturers attempt to minimise internal vibration. However, this effort cannot completely protect against vibrations introduced by speakers and other external factors. This is where a trustworthy rack is essential to playing back your media free from disruptions to performance or causing damage to the equipment.
The four-pillar design, as seen in the HF series racks, is geometrically positioned to give the unit maximum support and a sturdy contact with the surrounding environment. This means that on level floors, this stand offers incredible support. Another benefit that the four-pillar design has over a three-pillar is that there is no pole in the centre of the stand to get in the way of your equipment's cables.
The stainless steel floor-spikes included are adjustable, to finely regulate the frame on uneven surfaces. They also are critical in minimizing energy transferred from the floor up through the poles of the rack, and ultimately into your equipment. Floor pads are included for protecting hard surfaces from becoming scratched by the spikes.
High-end speakers and amplifiers are designed to look as good as they perform. The same is true for home theatre furniture. The hardware of this unit is made of high-quality stainless steel, polished by a state of the art process, resulting in the eye-catching smooth and polished finish.
Just like the HY range, the HY-L racks are capable of being stacked. As well as further reducing external energy transfer, this enables you to set up the system as you desire. Either as a single 2-shelf rack or two single-shelf platforms for your equipment. This modular design comes at no sacrifice to the core functionality or robustness of the unit.
Most home theatre devices need ample ventilation to ensure they don't overheat. Enclosed cabinets can cause unexpected shutdown and could potentially reduce the lifespan of your AV appliances. An advantage of a hi-fi unit like this is that it allows your equipment to breathe properly.
All the benefits of this rack come together to enable your high-performance gear to perform as well as possible and allow your music to come alive with greater detail.
Solidsteel is an Italian company that has been creating high-quality hi-fi furniture since 1990. They specialise in high-end racks, cabinets, audio stands, speaker stands and wall-shelves for home, commercial and pro use.
Originally constructed using primarily heavy steel, the Italian company now uses a variety of materials in their production, resulting in the solid, but not immovable products the hi-fi world reveres today.
- Tubes & Hardware: Stainless Steel
- Shelves: Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)
- Available as: 2, 3 or 4 shelf rack
- Max loading per shelf: 90kg
- Dimensions when constructed (WxHxD): 780 x 445 x 500 mm (2 shelf); 780 x 660 x 500 mm (3 shelf); 780 x 875 x 500 mm (4 shelf)
- Colour: Flat Black