On my to do list for today was:
- Order Surround Speakers - check!
- Call someone about a source for reclaimed wood (for the walls) - waiting on reply...
- plan rack
I downloaded MA's rackbuilder software so that I could have some standardized framework to start with. The rails I've got are about 61", so that looks like 35ru. In this image, I've added the components I either already have, or expect to have (or a close approximation). It leaves me with about 8ru open.
I'm a little paranoid that I have left my speaker cables a little short in the closet, so I put the amp(s) near the top. Signal wires will get managed to the rack's left (right in this image) with power at the bottom and on the rack's right (left in this image)
From top to bottom, I have:
1 - Sherbourn PA7-150 7-channel amp - 4ru
2 - Open space - 1ru
3 - Pioneer VSX 1120-K Receiver - 4ru (though it is a little short I think)
4 - Open space - 1ru
5 - Behringer EP4000 subwoofer amp - 2ru
6 - Behringer EP4000 subwoofer amp - 2ru
7 - Open space - 1ru
9 - Blu-ray Player - 2ru (needs shelf)
10 - HTPC - 4ru
11 - Open space - 1ru
12 - Server - 4ru
13 - Unassigned - 8ru
14 - Power Sequencer - 1ru
Maybe I'm pretty close, actually? I should probably have a drawer for 3D glasses and remotes - that's about 4ru. What am I forgetting? What rule am I breaking?
I was thinking I would vent from above, but not use rack space to do it, but maybe I shouldn't. Maybe I should find a rack-mount vent solution? That would be another 4ru, right? Edit: that's no good. The glass door covers all the rack units, and I would want the rack to vent with the door closed.