In almost all cases, yes! You're not just paying for designer looks and fancy materials, a lot of thought goes into making sure TV stands and hi-fi racks are both practical and offer a performance advantage too. Cable management, for example, means you can neatly tidy away your cables to avoid unsightly spaghetti behind your equipment.
The right stand can also bring about an improvement in performance. The idea is that a better stand not only gives a more stable platform for equipment, but also absorbs any vibrations, however small, produced by equipment without transmitting it to another. This is accomplished either by making the shelf out of specialised materials or using spikes on the base.
Ultimately, a quality rack ensures that your system doesn't just look its best, it sounds it too!
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