Boltz Vinyl Record Storage Racks - Initial Thoughts

Manufacturer & Model
Boltz LP Storage Rack (2 Shelves & 3 Shelves)
MSRP
$648 & $828 (as configured)
Link
https://www.boltz.com/entertainment-furniture/lp-storage.html
Highlights
Solid construction, easy assembly, industrial look, expandable
Summary
Looking for an attractive storage solution for large vinyl collections can be a losing battle. You can spend next to nothing, or you can spend thousands. The Boltz offerings are decently priced, rock solid and the will grow and expand with your collection, eliminating the need to buy additional racks or replace with something with a larger capacity.
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It's been an exciting few weeks around here, as the supply chain has been catching up with the orders we placed last fall after purchasing our new home.

One thing we left behind when we moved was the IKEA Kallax and Expedit shelving we had been using for vinyl storage. It was fine for what it was, but I felt like the honeycomb core construction was adding extra static to my records, which was a huge downside. So once we were in the new house, I started looking at options. In the interim, I ordered a couple of inexpensive Crosley-brand MCM-styled units from Target so I would have something to unload the boxes into. Quick tip - avoid these at all cost. The legs included in the package would not even install, and if they did, I wasn't confident they would hold the full weight of the records, so these sat on the floor.

On to the search. There are so many really cool products on Etsy and with various vendors made of solid wood, beautiful walnut options, etc., but the capacity was not enough. I was willing to pay a decent amount for the right product, but these were usually at about my full budget, and my collection would require multiple units. My budget and our room would not allow for taking up that much footprint.

I considered building my own, but quite frankly, I didn't want the hassle. So the search continued.

I then stumbled across Boltz via a comment thread on an Instagram post by Discogs.com. These seemed to be pretty close to what I was looking for - they were priced reasonably, they looked solid, and they were expandable, so as my collection grows, I can simply add a shelf or two and build up instead of out. Most importantly, they were in stock. So after several weeks of going back and forth and making sure there wasn't something more fitting that I would find, I placed an order for a two-shelf unit and a three-shelf unit. And then, nothing.

After a week or so of the order just sitting there, I reached out to discover the shelves were NOT in stock as indicated, but they should ship within a week or two. Guess what? They didn't ship within a week or two. Three months later, they have arrived.

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I put together a quick video with the assembly process and quick first thoughts.


After a few days, I believe I am going to return the casters - when I've had time to remove the records and take them off. They seem to be introducing a bit of a forward lean to the units, not to mention they make it almost impossible to place them with any sort of precision. They also allow for a slight wobble when situating records. Going higher will obviously make these more top-heavy, and the last thing I want is for one of these to tip over. Having paid $149 per set, I don't think the value is there.

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That said, overall, I love these racks, but I also have ideas to make them even better.

I would love to see the ability to easily order shelves and the side uprights in different finishes, to add some contrast. The standard finishes are Anthracite (which is what I ordered) and Black. There are custom paint colors available if you contact Boltz directly, though these may also incur an additional charge.

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I'll put together a follow-up video once I've lived with them for a few more weeks. First impressions are mostly very positive. Instructions could have been better, especially with the back supports I ordered along with them. There was no direction for installing them. And installing them leaves me with 10 vertical supports and no use for them. Seems wasteful, and I don't want to have to store these. There are also add-ons on the website that I have no idea how they could be implemented, having had my hands on the racks themselves.

Until next time...


Boltz Furniture LP Racks
  • Format: Classic or Organic
  • Material: Steel
  • Capacity: 275lbs (180LPs) per shelf
  • Manufacture Location: USA
  • Guarantee: Lifetime
 
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Thanks for the post. I had some boltz furniture from back in the day. I had it for holding my DVD collection at the time. I thought they were solidly made and price was good. Later, I transitioned to putting the DVDs into albums (wife didn't want so many stands) so I had to get rid of the shelf.. From what I remember, it was a pain to put together thou..

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It is always trial and error when it comes to audio/video furniture. Not one thing will fit all the requirements for sure.
 

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Thanks for the post. I had some boltz furniture from back in the day. I had it for holding my DVD collection at the time. I thought they were solidly made and price was good. Later, I transitioned to putting the DVDs into albums (wife didn't want so many stands) so I had to get rid of the shelf.. From what I remember, it was a pain to put together thou..

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It is always trial and error when it comes to audio/video furniture. Not one thing will fit all the requirements for sure.
It’s tough to find the right rack. I’m digging these.
 

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While I can't speak to their LP racking, I've used Boltz floor standing CD racking along with some of their wall mounted DVD racking for DVD-A, SACD, BD-Audio, and longbox CD packaging for nearly 15 years. The high-density Boltz racking was a much more efficient solution than the assortment of Ikea media storage units I'd used previously. While the Boltz aesthetic is more functional than sleek, the racks do their job brilliantly. The expandable towers are rock solid when secured to the wall behind.

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Triad Bronze InWall/4 LCR
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Triad Bronze OnWall/4 LCR
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SVS PB2000
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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 8000
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They still have those?
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ProJect Debut Carbon Turntable (2-channel system), Hana EL cart, Cambridge Audio Phono Stage, Cary Audio Preamp
While I can't speak to their LP racking, I've used Boltz floor standing CD racking along with some of their wall mounted DVD racking for DVD-A, SACD, BD-Audio, and longbox CD packaging for nearly 15 years. The high-density Boltz racking was a much more efficient solution than the assortment of Ikea media storage units I'd used previously. While the Boltz aesthetic is more functional than sleek, the racks do their job brilliantly. The expandable towers are rock solid when secured to the wall behind.

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Awesome. What are you using to anchor to the wall?
 

VinceHoffman

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PS Audio Directstream DAC
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppomod UDP-203 & Jay's Audio CDT2 Mk II transport
Front Speakers
ATC SCM20ASL Pro mkII on Skylan 4 post stands
Center Channel Speaker
ATC SCM20ASL Pro mkII on Skylan 4 post stand
Surround Speakers
ATC SCM20ASL Pro mkII on Skylan 4 post stand
Front Height Speakers
ATC SCM12i Pro hung from K&M ceiling mounts
Rear Height Speakers
ATC SCM12i Pro hung from K&M ceiling mounts
Subwoofers
4x Seaton Sound Submersive HP
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DSPeaker Anti-mode 2.0 for sub modal EQ & delay
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JVC DLA-990 & Isco 3L Ana-lens on motorized sled
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Seymour Screen Excellence 4k 2.37:1 Motorized
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Apple TV 4k
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Awesome. What are you using to anchor to the wall?
L-shaped color matched brackets which Boltz provided with the tall floor standing CD & DVD racking.
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While I can't speak to their LP racking, I've used Boltz floor standing CD racking along with some of their wall mounted DVD racking for DVD-A, SACD, BD-Audio, and longbox CD packaging for nearly 15 years. The high-density Boltz racking was a much more efficient solution than the assortment of Ikea media storage units I'd used previously. While the Boltz aesthetic is more functional than sleek, the racks do their job brilliantly. The expandable towers are rock solid when secured to the wall behind.

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Where did you get your Alphabet divider cards?
 

VinceHoffman

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2x Meridian 557 for Atmos
DAC
PS Audio Directstream DAC
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppomod UDP-203 & Jay's Audio CDT2 Mk II transport
Front Speakers
ATC SCM20ASL Pro mkII on Skylan 4 post stands
Center Channel Speaker
ATC SCM20ASL Pro mkII on Skylan 4 post stand
Surround Speakers
ATC SCM20ASL Pro mkII on Skylan 4 post stand
Front Height Speakers
ATC SCM12i Pro hung from K&M ceiling mounts
Rear Height Speakers
ATC SCM12i Pro hung from K&M ceiling mounts
Subwoofers
4x Seaton Sound Submersive HP
Other Speakers or Equipment
DSPeaker Anti-mode 2.0 for sub modal EQ & delay
Video Display Device
JVC DLA-990 & Isco 3L Ana-lens on motorized sled
Screen
Seymour Screen Excellence 4k 2.37:1 Motorized
Streaming Equipment
Apple TV 4k
Streaming Subscriptions
Apple+, CraveTV, Disney+, Netflix, and PrimeTV
Other Equipment
Oracle Delphi VI Reference/Turbo PS/SME V/Benz LP-S turntable, Foundation Research V5 phono-stage, & JL Audio CR-1 electronic subwoofer crossover
Where did you get your Alphabet divider cards?
Last January I designed them myself and made them with the assistance of my "very crafty" Mrs @NBPK402. The CD version is pictured below. The version for the more widely spaced DVD racking (above the CDs) used to store tall SACD, DVD-A, BD-Audio, and CD longbox packaging is a little different. These new alphabetized dividers replaced an earlier design I'd laboriously made from cardstock years ago. In both cases they were crafted to specifically fit along the Boltz rack's horizontal support rails. This time around they were cut and engraved from 1/8" maple plywood using my wife's Glowforge laser cutter/engraver.

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I've since created the same sort of thing to aid in sorting through our movie & TV series collection.

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