Originally Posted by wkearney99
The same can be said for putting 20's on cars, high-maintenance crazy trophy wives, and all kinds of other nonsense. Sometimes it's just "because".
There are potential upsides to using a rack like orderly and secured wiring, better airflow and looks and consolidation of controls. All of which can be done without a rack. All of which can be done poorly with a rack. So while they're not necessary they do have some appeal worth considering. I don't know that I'd go out of my way to spend $2k on one, but I wouldn't insult someone that chose to do so.
Yeah I forgot to mention that I have several cats also, and the rack will keep them out of the AV gear. No chewing or peeing on the cables, or leaving fur all over the amps they like to sleep on because they're so nice and warm, etc.. and I cal lock the rack which adds a minimal amount of security in addition to the home alarm system (and attack cat.) I can also manage better controlled air flow through a rack with push-pull fan layouts, and much neater cable management. The rack with a tinted glass door also keeps everything tucked away so the room/install looks a lot cleaner.
I used a 5 shelf AV rack prior to this Sanus model, and while it works great, it also gets very dusty on the glass shelves and gear, and there is literally no protection for any of the gear, from anything, be it peoples' kids, the pets, or the clumsy vacuum cleaner bumping into things occasionally.
In regards to the speakers vs display, I also agree on depreciation. I buy a new TV about once every 10 years. I went from a 27" Mits tube set to a 46" Mits widescreen RPTV, then to this new Panasonic plasma, and every time, the prior TV was practically given away, or tossed out. They retain hardly any value beyond about 2-3 years in most cases.
Speakers on the other hand.. My KEFs for example, are still considered really good speakers, and still sell on eBay for $500-1000/pair vs the $3000 they cost new back around 1984-1993. The speakers I have, are ones I wanted since I first heard them in a store in Va, back around 1990 when I worked as a car audio installer, and fell in love with them. Now that I have them, I have no desire to upgrade to something else for the time being. I haven't heard anything I feel sounds much better for under about 5 to 8 grand per pair, and I just don't have the money to spend for those. The ESLs I'd like also require a larger room with better sound treatment and are more picky about positioning, which is just more hassle than I'm prepared to deal with now too.
Anyway, I'll post pics when the rack is in the wall and everything is done.