I'm doing a bit of a living/media room remodel, and am looking to try and get my equipment out of a hulking Salamander rack and into the wall where it belongs.
However, I'm not very familiar with the racks, and had a few questions to make sure I'm going in the right direction.
First, I'm aiming for something very similar to what Max Lomax did in this post
. I'll try to post the picture below:
The key elements I like about this are that the rack is embedded in the wall, "starts" a few feet off the ground, and has a really nice seamless look, with plates to cover all sort of components, including the oddly-shaped ones like the video game consoles. I work as a digital entertainment consultant, and have way too many of these little gaming boxes around, and am hoping to get them all cleaned up into a solution that I can tweak and modify well into the future as needed.
The only thing missing from this example picture is a closing door, which is something I might like to have (not 100% decided).
I will be installing this into a wall where I can likely get rear access. So, running power should be relatively easy, and I don't think I need any sort of sliding or pivoting rack.
That leads me to my questions — with thanks in advance to anything any of you can share!
First, based on this article
, I'm leaning toward the Sanus Component Series CFR2136 rack
. I'm curious if anyone has had any experience with this rack, or can imagine any issues with the way I'd hope to install and use it? Related, would this rack work with and without a door, if I wanted to change my mind and go one way or another?
Second, it is unclear to me what the purpose is of some of the rack mounting kits I see for components, when those components appear to simply sit on a shelf? For example, I have rack mount ears for my ATI 1505 Amp, and may order the same for my soon-to-be-delivered Marantz 8801 Preamp. But considering the weight of some of these devices, I struggle to imagine them "hanging" by just these front ears. So, the question is what exactly are those ears or kits for, and are they applicable to my proposed rack solution?
Finally, I'm confused on how to get the clean, flush look with the faceplates above, especially for oddly-shaped devices like the video game consoles. I found some reference to a Performance Audio, stating they can supply these custom plates for Middle Atlantic racks, but I haven't been able to find a specific source, and am not sure if those would fit this rack as well.
At the end of the day I'm hoping to find a reasonably priced rack that I can use to get a similar look as the picture above. The door isn't critical, so if there's a better solution without (quality/price), I'm very open to hearing about it as well.
Thank you very much for anything you can share — with thanks!