DIY Wall mount for turntable

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bart93

Audiophyte
All,

I would like to install my turntable (= Denon DP300F) on a shelf on the wall for two reasons.
1) This should isolate my turntable from floor fibrations (I have a wooden floor).
2) We have a relatively small living room, thus a "floating shelf" looks much lighter than a bulky piece of furniture on the ground.

I've been doing some internet research and I find a couple of turntable wall mounts from Project or Rega, but they're quite expensive (starting price = 150€), which is why I was thinking of making one myself.. Another reason why I would like to make one myself, is because I would want to install my projector and my speakers on similar shelves. These would thus have to be of the same material, and I can't affor to buy 4 turntable wall-mounts :-D

Now, for this DIY wall-mount, I have some questions with regards to material choice.
1) I would like to have wooden shelves. Which type of wood - and which thickness - do you think is suitable
2) Follow-up question: I read that the ideal support for your turntable actually depends on the turntable brand. e.g. A Rega TT supposedly wouldn't sound very good on a wooden support, while other turntables seem to have no issue. Is this something to take into account? If so, does anyone have experience with the Denon DP300F?
3) Which wall brackets should I use? I read that the most important is that it's fixed quite strongly into the wall, so that both shelf and table remain level over the years.

PS: I've ready on multiple forums that the IKEA Lack table tops form good sound isolation, however I don't like the way this looks as the the table top is quite thick.

Looking forward to hearing other people's feedback,

Thx,

Bart
 
mazersteven

mazersteven

Audioholic Warlord
Do searches on Hard Rock Maple and Baltic Birch
 
highfigh

highfigh

Audioholic Overlord
The material won't matter if A) the floor flexes and B) the wall isn't load-bearing. If the floor is a concrete slab, it could work well but then, the wall's construction will make the difference. If the wall isn't extremely stiff, it needs to be made stiff. As long as the sound from the speakers can reach the turntable, the turntable is fair game for feedback and problems with performance.

I'm not telling you it can't be done, it just needs to be done right.

"I read that the ideal support for your turntable actually depends on the turntable brand. e.g. A Rega TT supposedly wouldn't sound very good on a wooden support, while other turntables seem to have no issue." is a total load of crap. The turntable will be fine on a wooden shelf, as long as the shelf won't resonate in a range that will cause problems for the tonearm/cartridge/base resonance. What do those people say about plastic dust covers?
 

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