I built the rack out of plywood. A server rack wasn't in the budget and I am a little tight on space so I went this route.
The wires are just hanging until I get done painting the room and can start moving equipment in. I have a couple concerns.
Number one is heat buildup. I will have an older ps3, sony receiver str-dg820, and I will probably add a cable box, and the amp for my bass shakers. It's not much equipment, but the ps3 and receiver can put out some heat. Should I cut holes in the sides an install a fan on each level? The front will remain wide open unless I decide to put a glass door on the front in the future.
My second concern is how should I run the cables to keep them tidy looking? I have 7 speaker cables, hdmi, component, a couple ethernet cables, subwoofer cable, and the power cables from the equipment.
I thought of cutting holes just large enough to get the speakers in, but maybe it would be a better idea to make a larger access and put it on hinges? This way I can connect all the wires without having to pull out my equipment.
Sound containment is not an important issue with my ht so all I care about is it looking good.
*Edit just realized I put dyi instead of diy. Can a mod change that for me?