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post #1 of 110 Old 06-27-2008, 01:42 PM - Thread Starter
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I recently ordered the Middle Atlantic 5-21 Slim 5 Rack Frame for the Home Theater we are building. I am having a difficult time finding a place that will sell/order the custom face plates.

Who do you guys recommend I try?

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I'm set to buy my RSH shelves from www.rsem.com (bought my Slim 5 from them). They have really good prices and the customer service is super. All shelves are drop shipped from Mid. Atlantic.

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http://www.middleatlantic.com/rsh/rshcus2.htm

to see if they have the rackmount for your component on file. If not, they will add it for free, but you have to ship your component to them to measure. They send it right back, insured. I've only had to do that once or twice. Most of the time, they have the component on file already.
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I worked with Barry at www.asihome.com they had the best prices i could find online.
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Josh,

I have two different MA racks in my house all using custom Middle Atlantic RSH shelves. I bought all my MA racks and custom rack mounted shelves from Chris at StayOnline.com. They've been very responsive each time I purchased and even took care of a clerical shipping problem I had immediately. I went with them based on recommendations from others here on AVS. Prices are pretty good too and they are one of the only companies I've seen with a MA shelf configurator on their website.

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Chris Knout
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www.Stayonline.com
8121 Brownleigh Drive
Raleigh, NC
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Fax: 919-510-5466
Phone: 1-888-346-4688 ext:118
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You can see pictures of my racks over on the Show me your Rack thread.

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StayOnline.com. They've been very responsive each time I purchased and even took care of a clerical shipping problem I had immediately.

I concur. I had one shelf that didn't fit the component (likely an error in the MA measurements database). It took MA four tries to get the faceplate right, and Helen at StayOnline helped me get it all straightened out promptly and without complaint.
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I second the www.rsem.com recommendation. Their prices are some of the lowest, and customer support is second to none. You can also order just the face plate (AFACE) if you already have the shelf and side walls of the correct size, but just want to change out the component face. Saves a lot of $$$.
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Yes ,Chris here has always done great for me and I've swapped out a lot of things requiring new plates.

http://www.buyrackgear.com/rack-custom-shelves.aspx

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I used RSEM for my rack itself and performanceaudio.com for my shelves and faceplates.

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+1 for rsem. Nice folks there.
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Yes ,Chris here has always done great for me and I've swapped out a lot of things requiring new plates.

http://www.buyrackgear.com/rack-custom-shelves.aspx

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Most of my shelves are the 3U shelves. I cannot seem to find how big the face plates are and if they would work with these shelves. Would someone let me know what shelves the custome face plates work with.
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MA has a huge database that tells you exactly what component uses what shelf hight. Most sources seem to be a 2U or a 3U.
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I think as long as the shelf breaks down (removable sides) they should work with the custom rack faces. I might have a few extra 2U shelfs if your interested.
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quick question, do you need to have RSH shelves to work with the faceplates, or can you use other similar shelves?

I have a Wii face plate, but it will not fit on my OmniMount shelf.

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The face plates are designed to work specifically with the RSH shelf.

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The face plates are designed to work specifically with the RSH shelf.

Thanks, I will keep my eye out for some used ones, as I already got the face plates.
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While we are talking about the MA faceplates. Does anyone know a good way to clean the black brushed & anodized faces?

Mine have white scuffs from my fingernails rubbing against them:





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I would try a microfiber towel and a little cleaner, and I would think you would be good to go.
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quick question, do you need to have RSH shelves to work with the faceplates, or can you use other similar shelves?

I have a Wii face plate, but it will not fit on my OmniMount shelf.

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I have used other shelves with the RSH faceplates. They just have to be the break down shelves and the same height. Do you need a 2U shelf? I might have a few left over that are the RSH ones. PM me.
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I have used other shelves with the RSH faceplates. They just have to be the break down shelves and the same height. Do you need a 2U shelf? I might have a few left over that are the RSH ones. PM me.

I'm a bit confused by this and the shelves needed. Similar to Beatboy, I also have a Middle Atlantic 5-21 Slim 5. The shelves are ummm normal shelves... I dont know exactly which item/model number or that they take up a specific amount of units, its a flat shelf. The below is a picture similar to what I have (but may not be exact...) Will these faceplates work with these shelves?

Also my cablebox doesnt seem to be listed in there components list. I know it mentions something about sending in the box if the component isnt in the list but this seems kinda strange that a common cable box (Pace TDC779X) about an year old isnt listed. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Just to clarify i have used some of the CAP and OCAP and I think RC Middle Atlantic rack shelves and added faceplates to them. What you need is the ability to take off the sides to fit the faceplates on. If the sides and bottoms don't came apart you won't get the face on. Take a look at the site and compare the RSH and other shelves.

http://www.middleatlantic.com/rackac...e/shelves2.htm

I also have a Nextlevel/Motorola cable box that is not listed, I just put it at the bottom of the rack and didn't worry about the face plate.
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If you look at the pic in the link in the above post you can see the shelves i have dont really have sides. Will this work and will the faceplates connect right to the frame of the rack itself? I contacted stayonline and of course they said I need to order all new RSH shelves...
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I would have to say no, without the sides I'm not sure how it would attach. Are those the zero space shelves? I used two of those for my amps to save room since they bolt from the side of the rack. I guess you could just screw the face plate to the rack and not have it attached to the shelf, more of just a trim piece which is what they really are. Just my thoughts, so it could work.
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Yes they are zero space and yes thats what i was getting at wether I can screw the faceplates directly to the frame/rack itself and not to the actual shelf?
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I see no reason why it won't work. You might need to shim up the equipment a little since the spacing at the bottom could be different with the zero space vs the other shelves is the only problem i can think of. You can buy on face and see how it works.
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My rack will be in a full walk-in closet with the face of the components flush mounted to the theater. I was just planning on a DIY rack for the closet to hold and support the components and then getting these custom faceplates to "clean up" the look from the theater. Any reason why I can not just screw these into the framing of my custom DIY rack?
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are you just using 2x4's for the rack? If so you would need some sort of wood screw, but the face plates are just flat pieces of aluminum that you can put with anything. The slim-5 racks are only a few hundred dollars and work well. You could also just buy the rack rails and fasten those to your framing to help with changes in the future with your equipment.
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