And yay for a fellow Southwestern Ontario AVS member.
Oppo BDP-103, , Middle Atlantic Slim 5-37-26
F - Klipsch RB-61 II, C - Klipsch RC-62 II, Side/Rear Surrounds - Klipsch RS-42's, Heights - Klipsch RS-41's
Dual - PSA XV15's, Fractal Designs Node 605 HTPC
Smoked tempered glass shelves with wood frames.
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I tried to keep it as clean as I could in the back. Thoughts???
After a few months of watching craigslist like a hawk, I found a Middle Atlantic WR-44-42 for $100. This thing was huge! Almost 7.5' tall and over 3.5' deep, no way it would fit in my little 3 bedroom house. I gave the rack to my buddy over at Dirt Designs and he hacked it up to fit in the coat closet in my living room. Initially I wanted to utilize some of the space behind my furnace and frame out an area for it with some smoked glass......... but the closet was oh so much easier and it is working great. Plus when the solid wood door is shut, it is silent.
Here are some pictures before and after. Sorry for the quality of the shots, they were never intended for much more than picture messages
Its good to have the extra space. I ran out of space on my rack.
Its great to have a rack at all. Over here in the uk middle atlantic would be twice the price. Im looking at the sanus rack which doesn't seem to be too costly compared to the former. But I am debating if I actually need a rack now. Two sheets of mdf and a few 24u rack rails might see me good.
Any of the Middle Atlantic racks should work great. Their website states -- The WRK series was designed with a wider footprint for mounting equipment with thicker cable bundles that would be difficult to fit in a basic rack. It’s ideal for multi-bay installations, or to insure more cooling airflow. The WRK series also offers seismic certification and open or removable sides.
As long as you are not trying to fit this into a tight space you should be fine.
Hell, mine is an ex-RCMP Surveillance/ video rack. make it yours by being happy with what you build!
I'd much rather an MA rack, but nothing available locally that fits my needs
How are the APC racks? I assume they'll take MA faceplates and accessories just like an MA 19" rack would?
40" deep is huge.
Can you go look at it?
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If it is 40" deep, I wouldn't be interested. I have to call the listing and see what I'm looking at
If you do opt for the 40", make sure the sides are removable so that you can manage wires from the sides as well, and check to see if you can possibly either get more vertical rack rails for it (some ht equipment will required back rails, but won't go the 40") or that you can get rails that are deep enough. I am at 28" because that is the max that my HT APC battery backup's rails will go (And that is stretching it).
Also, make sure you have space for it to be moved around. I was going to go for a 40", but it would have taken up a whole side of my closet where I keep the rack. they are huge and very hard to move around in tight spaces, My 28" rack is a bear to move around in the 6' x 6' closet, even on casters. Granted, that is the room that holds the Air handler for my A/C (2'x2') and there are also wire shelves on some of the walls.