Salamander Designs Chicago 517 Audio Cabinet - Dreamedia AV
Salamander Designs Chicago 517 Audio Cabinet - Dreamedia AV

Salamander Designs Chicago 517 Audio Cabinet

Elegant audio cabinet with built-in ventilation

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Salamander Designs Chicago 517 Audio Cabinet

Elevate Your Entertainment Experience

Imagine an audio-visual cabinet that not only serves as the heart of your home entertainment system but also stands as a testament to exquisite design and functionality. Enter the Salamander Designs Chicago 517 Audio Cabinet—a harmonious blend of style, structure, and sophistication that transforms any space into a seamless multimedia haven.

Timeless Design Meets Modern Functionality

Crafted for those who appreciate the finer details, the Chicago 517 embodies a sleek and contemporary aesthetic. The lightly textured black oak doors exude elegance, while the tempered glass top adds a touch of modernity that is sure to catch the eye. This cabinet doesn’t just hold your equipment; it enhances the overall look of your home theater setup.

  • Sleek Design: Black oak doors paired with a tempered glass top for a modern, stylish appearance.
  • Hidden Levelers: Low-profile black wood feet with hidden levelers ensure stability and a clean look.
  • Customization: Extensive accessory family and personalization options to fit your style.

Engineered for Excellence

Beyond its striking appearance, the Chicago 517 is a marvel of engineering. With an all-aluminum chassis, it boasts a sturdy frame that can confidently support your prized AV components. The top weight capacity of 150 lbs allows you to place a sizeable television, up to 40 inches, or other heavy electronics without a second thought.

  • Solid Construction: Black oak, aluminum posts, and a solid black glass top ensure durability.
  • Weight Limit: Generous 200 lbs capacity to support your AV equipment with ease.

A Symphony of Features

The Chicago 517 isn't just about looks or build quality; it's about creating the perfect user experience. Every feature is designed to cater to your AV needs, from the adjustable shelving to the built-in ventilation system that ensures your equipment stays cool during those binge-watching marathons.

  • Ventilation: Built-in louvers for cooling, preventing overheating of electronics.
  • Soft-Close Doors: Door dampeners for a gentle, silent closure.
  • Adjustable Shelving: Tailor the spacing between shelves to your liking.
  • Wire Management: Rear wire lacing bars keep cables organized and out of sight.

Unparalleled Customization

The Chicago 517 is not just a piece of furniture; it's a canvas for your creativity. With an extensive range of accessories and the option to personalize with a solid surface top, this cabinet is ready to adapt to your evolving style and needs.

  • Retrofit Capability: Upgrade and modify with ease to keep up with technological advancements.
  • Personalization Options: Choose a black or white solid surface top to match your décor.

Smart Features for a Seamless Experience

In a world where convenience is king, the Chicago 517 reigns supreme. Its soft-close door dampeners prevent slamming, and the removable rear panel allows for effortless access to your components. It’s the little things that make a big difference in day-to-day use.

  • Vibration Isolation: Protects your equipment from external disturbances.
  • Removable Rear Panel: Easy access for setup and maintenance.

Effortless Assembly

We understand that your time is precious. That's why the Chicago 517 requires minimal assembly. You can quickly set up your cabinet and get back to enjoying your favorite shows and music. Plus, with a limited lifetime manufacturer warranty, you can be confident in your investment.

  • Minimal Assembly: Spend less time setting up and more time enjoying.
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Peace of mind with a limited lifetime warranty.

The Dreamedia Difference

At Dreamedia, we believe that a home theater system should be as unique as you are. That's why we offer personalized design services to help you integrate the Chicago 517 seamlessly into your home. Our experts are here to ensure that your entertainment space is not just functional but also a reflection of your personal style.

A Cabinet That Grows with You

With the Chicago 517, you’re not just buying a piece of furniture; you’re investing in a flexible system that can adapt to your future needs. The retrofit and upgrade capabilities, combined with the infinite vertical adjustment for shelves, mean that this cabinet can evolve with your technology.

Keep Your Entertainment Organized

The Chicago 517 excels in keeping your space tidy. With adjustable rear wire lacing bars, managing your cables is a breeze, allowing you to maintain a clutter-free environment that is as pleasing to the eye as it is functional.

Discover the Perfect Fit

The dimensions of the Chicago 517 are meticulously crafted to ensure it fits comfortably in any room, without overwhelming the space. Its height, width, and depth are proportioned to house your AV equipment while maintaining a sleek profile.


In the realm of AV cabinets, the Salamander Designs Chicago 517 stands out as an exemplar of design and functionality. It is not just a piece of furniture but the cornerstone of your home entertainment experience. With its robust build, elegant design, and smart features, it caters to those who refuse to compromise on aesthetics or functionality.

At Dreamedia, we are committed to helping you realize the full potential of your home theater system. The Chicago 517 is a testament to our promise of delivering only the best. Indulge in the ultimate entertainment experience with a cabinet that is as much about performance as it is about style.

Invite the Salamander Designs Chicago 517 Audio Cabinet into your home and let it take center stage. It's more than an AV cabinet—it's an integral part of your life's soundtrack.

Our Review


The Salamander Designs Chicago 517 Audio Cabinet is more than just a piece of furniture; it's an integral component for any discerning home theater enthusiast. Designed to house and protect a variety of audio equipment, this cabinet combines functionality with a sleek aesthetic to complement modern living spaces. The importance of a high-quality audio cabinet cannot be overstated, as it not only organizes the audio components but also enhances the performance of your home theater system through proper ventilation and cable management.

Design and Build Quality

The Chicago 517 boasts lightly textured black oak doors that exude a sophisticated charm, paired with a black tempered glass top that adds a touch of elegance to its overall design. The side panels, finished in black oak, ensure a consistent and seamless look, which effortlessly blends with most decor styles. This cabinet is constructed with a focus on durability, featuring robust black oak, sturdy aluminum posts, and a solid glass top that speaks to the craftsmanship invested in its build. The materials chosen are indicative of a product designed to withstand the test of time while maintaining a timeless appeal.

Specifications and Compatibility

Measuring 23.25 inches in width, 50.875 inches in height, and 21.25 inches in depth, the Chicago 517 is a versatile piece that can fit into a variety of spaces without dominating the room. With a weight limit of 200 lbs, it is essential to plan the placement of audio equipment thoughtfully. The inclusion of EIA 19" rack mount rails is a significant boon for audio enthusiasts who require a professional and secure mounting solution for their gear.

Features and Functionality

The Chicago 517 is a treasure trove of features aimed at enhancing user experience. The low-profile feet with hidden levelers ensure stability on uneven surfaces, while an extensive suite of accessories opens up a world of customization. The cabinet's retrofit and upgrade capabilities mean that it can evolve with your technology needs. Infinite vertical adjustment allows for tailored shelf spacing, accommodating components of varying sizes. The built-in ventilation system is crucial for preventing overheating, ensuring your electronics operate within safe temperatures. Soft-close door dampeners minimize noise, and the adjustable shelving, coupled with the optional extended back, provide ample space for all your equipment. Lastly, the adjustable rear wire lacing bars are a godsend for meticulous cable management.

User Experience

The hidden levelers are a subtle yet critical feature that provides a stable foundation for valuable equipment. The ability to customize the cabinet to one's personal taste and requirements cannot be overstated, allowing for a truly personalized setup. The practicality of being able to retrofit and upgrade the cabinet ensures it remains a relevant part of your home theater system for years to come. Users will appreciate the built-in ventilation which works silently in the background to protect their investments, and the convenience of soft-close doors and adjustable shelving enhances the overall user interaction with the cabinet.

Pros and Cons


  • The Chicago 517's sleek design is immediately appealing, with a modern aesthetic that fits well into contemporary homes.
  • The stability and customization features cater to the needs of audio enthusiasts who value a personalized and secure setup.
  • The effective ventilation system and the option for future upgrades add to the longevity of this audio cabinet.


  • The limited color options might not satisfy those looking for a different aesthetic to match their interior design.
  • A weight limit of 200 lbs may require strategic planning in equipment placement, especially for those with heavier components.
  • Weighing 162 lbs, the unit itself may pose challenges when it comes to moving or adjusting its position.

Installation and Setup

The assembly process for the Chicago 517 is straightforward, with clear instructions to guide even the less technically inclined. The provided wire lacing bars and rack mount rails facilitate a clean and organized setup, ensuring that wires are neatly tucked away and components are securely in place. By making use of the adjustable shelving and customization options, users can create a setup that not only looks professional but also operates efficiently.

Price and Value Proposition

When assessing the price point of the Chicago 517, it's important to consider the plethora of features it offers. Compared to other audio cabinets on the market, it stands out with its robust build quality, flexibility in customization, and thoughtful design elements aimed at enhancing the user's experience. For those who prioritize these aspects, the cabinet presents a solid value proposition, justifying its cost for both audiophiles and casual users alike.

Final Thoughts

The Salamander Designs Chicago 517 Audio Cabinet is a stellar option for anyone looking to organize and protect their audio equipment in style. Its robust build, coupled with a suite of user-centric features, makes it a worthy centerpiece for any home theater setup. It is best suited for individuals who appreciate a mix of aesthetic appeal, functionality, and the flexibility to adapt to future technological advancements. With the Chicago 517, Salamander Designs has crafted a product that stands to enhance the audio experience in any home.



  • Model: Chicago 517
  • Cabinet Type: AV Cabinet
  • Material: Wood; Tempered Glass
  • Finish: Textured Black Oak
  • Doors: 2
  • Wall Mounting: Compatible with wall mounting kit (CN/WK1)


  • Width: 23.25 inches
  • Height: 50.88 inches
  • Depth: 21.25 inches
  • Product Weight: 167 lbs


  • Upper Compartment (W x H x D): 19.75 x 27.75 x 19.5 inches
  • Lower Storage Compartment (W x H x D): 19.75 x 17.75 x 19.5 inches
  • Adjustable Shelves (W x D x Th): 19.75 x 18.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Number of Adjustable Shelves: 3


  • Top Weight Capacity: 150 lbs
  • Adjustable Shelf Weight Capacity: 75 lbs
  • TV Size Compatibility: Up to 40 inches

Design & Features

  • Chassis: All aluminum
  • Ventilation: Built-in ventilation louvers
  • Door Dampeners: Soft-close door dampeners
  • Feet: Black, low-profile wood feet with hidden levelers
  • Rear Panel: Removable
  • Vibration Isolation: Yes
  • Customization: Extensive family of accessories available
  • Personalization: Option to personalize with black or white solid surface top

Assembly & Warranty

  • Assembly Required: Minimal
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Limited Lifetime

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