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Introducing: Kallax-Fi

  • 1×1. 2×2. 3×1. 4×1. 4×2. 3×4. 4×4. 5×5. Not mathematics for young ‘uns but IKEA’s KALLAX – the world’s most popular vinyl storage solution. Why? Clean lines, simple colourways and value for money that is unsurpassed. The 1×1 sells for €20, the 5×5 for €120. Each internal cube can hold between 50 and 60 records.

    For those not optioning a separate (and more costly) hi-fi rack to house their audio electronics, the KALLAX can do double duty as vinyl holder and component cache.

    Where’s the rub?

    The standard width of a full-sized hi-fi component is 43cm (19″). That’s nine centimetres too much for the 34cm internal dimensions of a KALLAX cube. Put a turntable atop a 2×2 KALLAX and we can expect to subtract 43cm from 77cm to once again leave 34cm of daylight.

    Having done precisely this with a 2×2 and an SL-1200G turntable, I took visual aim at previously reviewed components that would fit alongside the Technics – or in one of its internal cubes – to classify them as Kallax-Fi.

    Further information: IKEA



    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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