As you might expect from Entreq, the Athena rack system goes about things in a totally different way to everything else that came before it.
“Athena is the result of more than 8 years development and tests. Our goal was to develop and create a rack that really handled the special demands around Hi-Fi and AV placement without any limits. The Athena support system is a culmination of Entreq’s knowledge & combined technologies brought together in a support system primarily focused on the control of unwanted physical parasitic energy, high frequency noise & electronic/electrical based field effects. Therefore, by default, it bares little resemblance to almost any other support system currently available. This is simply because it tackles a gamut of problems that traditional Hifi Racks don’t understand or, at this time, deem irrelevant.”
The Athena has a depth of 50cm and is available in 3 different widths, single (60cm), twin (114cm) and Triple (168cm). There are 3 levels of isolation on offer or 3 grades of rack if you like with a sliding pricetag as you go from level 1 to 2 then 3. Lowering the noise floor through noise reduction is the end goal in each case.
Level 1 is a 3 layer constrained design and very cost effective. The layers are fixed with an RF inhibitor and are skinned with bi-lamintaes of oak. Level 2 is an 8 layer shelf which can also be grounded via a ground point and so the entire shelf acts as a noise free zone, removing EMI, RFI and magnetic pulse radiation (from transformers). Level 3 is as 2. but with no less than 11 constrained layers of wood. The support feet on all racks are constructed in a similar layered way and minimal metal is used throughout the design so as to reduce metal interference and field effects.
• Minimal metal construction to reduce the interaction of different metals and their subsequent uncontrolled field effects on the signals themselves.
• Naturally damped, multiple constrained layered construction – not random bits of wood machined in to the shape of shelves – also a completely non-magnetic material!
• Anti-resonance porting within each shelf.
• Active Silvernet system (entire shelf) to reduce and remove RF/RFI and other noise inducing field effects, lowering the noise floor dramatically.
• Finally a Solid Silver Grounding point, found on Level 2 – 3-shelf construction, allowing the option to efficiently remove all high frequency induced field effects, leading them away to an Entreq grounding Box.
Level 1: 3 constrained layers, 21mm thick.
Level 2: 8 constrained layers, 28mm thick, Silvernet and Silver Ground post
Level 3: 11 constrained layers, 49mm thick, Silvernet and Silver Ground post
Available in Oak or Walnut finish, available in Single, double or triple width and three distinct levels of performance.
SINGLE SUPPORT SHELVES – Width 60cm x Depth 50cm
Level 1 Base shelf kit: includes 4 base support feet and 4 top caps £550
Level 1 Shelf: includes 4 legs £520
Level 2 Base shelf kit: includes 4 base support feet and 4 top caps £1100
Level 2 Shelf: includes 4 legs £1000
Level 3 Base shelf kit: includes 4 base support feet and 4 top caps £1600
Level 3 Shelf: includes 4 legs £1500
DOUBLE SUPPORT SHELVES – Width 114cm x Depth 50cm
Level 1 Base shelf kit: includes 6 base support feet and 6 top caps £1000
Level 1 Shelf: includes 6 legs £970
Level 2 Base shelf kit: includes 6 base support feet and 6 top caps £1640
Level 2 Shelf: includes 6 legs £1540
Level 3 Base shelf kit: includes 6 base support feet and 6 top caps £2300
Level 3 Shelf: includes 6 legs £2200
TRIPLE SUPPORT SHELVES – Width 168cm x Depth 50cm
Level 1 Base shelf kit: includes 8 base support feet and 8 top caps £1600
Level 1 Shelf: includes 8 legs £1500
Level 2 Base shelf kit: includes 8 base support feet and 8 top caps £2600
Level 2 Shelf: includes 8 legs £2500
Level 3 Base shelf kit: includes 8 base support feet and 8 top caps £3600
Level 3 Shelf: includes 8 legs £3500
Level 2 – 3 shelves come with Silver net internals and Silver ground post
EXTRA LEGS – 15cm, 20cm, 25cm or 35cm. Bespoke length legs can be ordered too.
Sets of 4 legs £100
Sets of 6 legs £150
Sets of 8 legs £200