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MagnaLev ML5 Isolator Electromagnetic AV Rack

by March 31, 2007
MagnaLev AV Rack

MagnaLev AV Rack

  • Product Name: ML5 Isolator Electromagnetic AV Rack
  • Manufacturer: MagnaLev
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: March 31, 2007 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 2899 ($799 for single amplifier version)


  • Freaking cool!
  • Handles up to 150lbs per shelf
  • Smart-capacitance(TM) allows operation on single 15A 120V outlet
  • Safe-T locks prevent accidental overdraft and damage
  • Zero vibrations


  • Pricey
  • Gear can drift forward or backwards if bumped too hard
  • Simplistic look, black only color option
  • Rotation of gear (twisting) not possible


When I say that it is RARE that we review anything that truly takes us by surprise, I mean it. We've seen just about everything and the trade shows ensure that we aren't typically taken by surprise on new product announcements. This new product by MagnaLev, however, came out of nowhere and was first demonstrated at IIC-China earlier this month. We had a colleague who was in town for the show (in addition to some other manufacturing work) and caught site of this new product. A couple weeks later, we had a MagnaLev rack in for review. This may be the most prolific invention for consumer electronics since Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek invented the flip phone. It's just freakin cool.
Seth=L posts on July 17, 2010 13:48
Dave P, post: 734661
I really like this but have one problem - Strong magnetic fields near to sensitive Hi Fi? Couldn't they have done something with a permanent magnet?
The HIFI site

*flies over your head*
Dave P posts on July 17, 2010 11:43
I really like this but have one problem - Strong magnetic fields near to sensitive Hi Fi? Couldn't they have done something with a permanent magnet?
The HIFI site
JonBaker99 posts on April 04, 2007 11:47
Well now with the $2899 I had allocated for my MagnaLev rack, I'll be able to go out and buy something realy cool. Bose Lifestyle system with it's theater-like room filling sound here I come.
birdonthebeach posts on April 04, 2007 07:33
I took delivery yesterday of my MagnaLev ML5 yesterday! (I still can't believe I paid $479 for overnight shipping) After reading the article and seeing the photos, I couldn't wait!

It is so cool. I tried to spray paint it candy apple red, but could never get the can near the stand - that magnetic field is STRONG!!! (Maybe I should have turned it off?) I positioned it near my Zenith CRT television set, and now the picture is all wavy and the colors are weird. Also, one other problem. The BOSE cubes that I had nearby started levitating (who knew there was anything metal in those guys???), and my neighbor is complaining about his pacemaker acting up…
sleeper posts on April 03, 2007 03:09
Very nice. I thought those MagnaPlates looked an awful lot like an electric guitar's single coil pickup case.

Very nice, indeed!

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