KANSO Audio Furniture
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Design Philosophy
A lifetime working in the custom homebuilding industry and a passion for audiophile perfection: this recounts the experience of Kanso’s founder Aaron Hoffman.

Kanso came into being through my personal quest for a better audio rack. The industry offered “cookie cutter” type of rack systems that did provide a place to put one’s components, but little else. These designs did nothing to enhance the performance of my electronics and had little aesthetic value. I also found metal-framed designs with solid wood shelves laid on the frame. To me, these seemed minimalistic and quite spartan looking. "Shaker" style furniture was also being marketed as a kind of equipment rack. Here were solid wood frames with the shelves connected directly to it.

I saw that the problem with all those designs was that they provided no true isolation between the spaces within the shelf or isolation between the different heights of shelves. Everything was rigidly connected together.

Looking further, I found true "audiophile" racks. These were distinguished by hi-tech, ultra-contemporary aesthetics and extremely high costs. I could tell that from a sonic and isolation standpoint, these racks performed at a very high level. But, they weren't what I was really looking for. Their aesthetics (or lack thereof) limited them into what environments they could happily co-exist.

To satisfy my own needs, I set out to build my own rack; one that would enhance the performance of my audio system while satisfying the sense of aesthetics I had developed in the over three decades I had been producing furniture and building fine custom homes. With a first-hand knowledge of what home-owners and their interior designs were seeking, this was a natural starting place for me to begin my efforts. It also allowed me to finally apply my advanced education in physics.

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