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Mines not so fancy, but it works.
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My first rack Its an old server rack I picked up on kijiji for mega cheap, not the prettiest but its located in the room below my media room so its out of sight.

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Turntable in rack

Very nice rack system.


I have a full size middle atlantic rack and I've always wondered about getting a turntable into it. Can you explain the one you have and show pictures of it out. I have a nice Thorens mounted to the wall but with everything mounted in the wall and out of the way it might be nice to hide it as well.
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New to the rack game, so this is my first rack. It is on wheels to enable me to pull it from the small closet which houses my HT gear for maintenance, changes etc.

This is a view of the partially wired rack:



Here's a partial view of the rear of the rack, fully wired with the speaker 'snake' etc:



This is a view of the fully wired rack shown more full-length:



And this is the front. I apologise for the less than stellar cellphone camera images:



The speaker snake goes to these junction boxes in the back of the gear closet (wired for Atmos 5.2.4):



Comments, criticisms, ideas welcomed.

Gear in the rack is, from top to bottom:
  1. Denon X5200W 9 channel Atmos AVR, used in preamp mode.
  2. miniDSP DDRC-88A Dirac Live room correction unit.
  3. Emotiva UPA-2 powering Atmos Front Height L&R on-ceiling speakers.
  4. Emotiva XPA-200 powering Surround L&R speakers.
  5. Emotiva UPA-2 powering Atmos Top Middle L&R on-ceiling speakers.
  6. Emotiva XPA-3 powering LCR speakers.
  7. Oppo 103 BD player.
  8. Panasonic DMP 35 BD player.
  9. Toshiba HD-EP35 HD-DVD player.
  10. Humax HD Satellite TV box.
  11. Behringer Feedback Destroyer.

There are various fans on top of certain items of gear, operated by thermal switches. The AVR has ample clearance at the top and also has dual cooling fans operated by thermal switches.

Speaker cables run down the left side of the rack, interconnects broadly down the middle and power cables down the right side.
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That is one clean looking cable management for not having any cable management hardware!!! great job.


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That is one clean looking cable management for not having any cable management hardware!!! great job.
Thanks! I didn't find out about cable management hardware until after I’d wired it! Shows what can be done when you have a bag of 1,000 cable ties
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New to the rack game, so this is my first rack. It is on wheels to enable me to pull it from the small closet which houses my HT gear for maintenance, changes etc.

This is a view of the partially wired rack:



Here's a partial view of the rear of the rack, fully wired with the speaker 'snake' etc:



This is a view of the fully wired rack shown more full-length:



And this is the front. I apologise for the less than stellar cellphone camera images:



The speaker snake goes to these junction boxes in the back of the gear closet (wired for Atmos 5.2.4):



Comments, criticisms, ideas welcomed.

Gear in the rack is, from top to bottom:
  1. Denon X5200W 9 channel Atmos AVR, used in preamp mode.
  2. miniDSP DDRC-88A Dirac Live room correction unit.
  3. Emotiva UPA-2 powering Atmos Front Height L&R on-ceiling speakers.
  4. Emotiva XPA-200 powering Surround L&R speakers.
  5. Emotiva UPA-2 powering Atmos Top Middle L&R on-ceiling speakers.
  6. Emotiva XPA-3 powering LCR speakers.
  7. Oppo 103 BD player.
  8. Panasonic DMP 35 BD player.
  9. Toshiba HD-EP35 HD-DVD player.
  10. Humax HD Satellite TV box.
  11. Behringer Feedback Destroyer.

There are various fans on top of certain items of gear, operated by thermal switches. The AVR has ample clearance at the top and also has dual cooling fans operated by thermal switches.

Speaker cables run down the left side of the rack, interconnects broadly down the middle and power cables down the right side.
Wow.................for a first rack job, very clean, organized...................now Bob's your uncle!
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Great job! @kbarnes701 I think this is the first pic that I have ever seen of any of your equipment.
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Wow.................for a first rack job, very clean, organized...................now Bob's your uncle!
Thank you sir! I looked through most of this thread before I started and got some great ideas here. I am in the UK and we have far less choice than guys in the States. I eventually found a company called AVracks (avraks.co.uk) and chose their 'Rollarak'. They have a limited range of accessories but their prices and quality are good and for anyone in the UK I can recommend them - their service is also very good with quick responses and delivery.

I had to have a rack with wheels of some sort so that I could pull it from the closet for changes and maintenance. Before, with all the gear on fixed shelves, getting behind was all but impossible. I had to use a small stepladder, a mirror on a stick and a flashlight every time I needed to plug or unplug anything, and installing new gear was a nightmare. Now it is a pleasure to just wheel the rack out, rotate it through 90 degrees and work on it. I made sure that all the cables that have to leave the rack (Ethernet, speaker, sub etc) were long enough and arranged on the rack so that they 'folded' back on themselves when the rack was pushed in. Also, the switch boxes on the wall in the closet make it easy to completely remove the rack and wheel it away if required.

I also spent some time planning the wiring so I could make a neat job. Before I always tried to make a neat job but the difficulty of access meant that as things changed or got added or taken away, the wiring just got more and more disorganised.
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Great job! @kbarnes701 I think this is the first pic that I have ever seen of any of your equipment.
Thanks! I think this is probably the first time I have ever posted a pic of the hardware. I think some of my gear will be here for ever: the Submersive subs, for example, I can never see me changing for anything else. Same with the Emo amps. And my MK S150 Left, Centre, Right speakers. The Toshiba HD-DVD player will obviously never be updated . But I have two spares in storage, bought for next to nothing off eBay. I have about 100 HD-DVD discs, all bought for almost nothing when the format died. I still get some sort of kick when I watch them - a bit like using a Laserdisc player is for some people I guess: obsolete maybe, but a great performer nonetheless.
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Does anyone here have any recommendations on what I should do here - I have a Middle Atlantic ERK 4425 that has had some component changes over the years. I really like the brushed/anodized finishes which is what we have in our family room downstairs, however those racks don't have the lip seen on the ERK series. The ERK series has a powdered coated/wrinkled lip which surrounds the faceplates. I can't decide if I should stick to purchasing the textured finish faceplates (which is how they currently are), or go with the brushed finish.

Here's a picture of my rack as it stands: http://imgur.com/a/HydJ7#5 Disregard the horrendous wiring in the album pictures. That's been cleaned up quite nicely since.

https://www.middleatlantic.com/produ...enclosure.aspx

If you take a look at Holyindian's rack here (Show me your RACK), he also has an ERK 4425, and it seems he also went with a brushed finish faceplates which looks quite good and from the pictures doesn't seem like it clashes much with the enclosure.

Any thoughts?
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I say brushed because it will match your equipment more than the powder coated will.
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New to the rack game, so this is my first rack. It is on wheels to enable me to pull it from the small closet which houses my HT gear for maintenance, changes etc.
Great rack -- what rack are you using?

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Great rack -- what rack are you using?
Thanks. I am in the UK and our choice is limited by comparison with the USA. I found a good site (avracks.co.uk) and am using their Rollarak.
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Awesome setup, kbarnes701.

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Elegant, very nice.
For your rack, what type of material did you use?
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For your rack, what type of material did you use?
This is FMZIP's rack. He'll have to chime in. l'd like to know also.

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Awesome setup, kbarnes701.
Why thank you! My first time too, so I appreciate the kind remarks.
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Here's one I'm still working on. There's lots of wire management/reworking to do, and the last pics were taken before the 12 DirecTV receivers went in. I need some pics of the front as well. A Blu-ray player and a couple game systems will go in a seperate in-wall rack in the theater.

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(1) C4 HC-800 Controller
(2) C4 16x16 Audio Matrix Switch
(4) C4 8-Zone Amplifier
(2) C4 I/O Extender
(4) C4 Wireless Music Bridge
(4) AppleTV
(1) Leaf 20x20 HDMI Matrix
(1) Wirepath 16 channel DVR
(1) WattBox 18 output camera power supply
(1) Episode UPS
(1) WattBox IP controllable power center
(1) Luxul enterprise grade dual-WAN router
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Wow, Chris, nice work. That's a crap ton of connectors. Are those Snap Strong racks? Good to work with?
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Here's one I'm still working on. There's lots of wire management/reworking to do, and the last pics were taken before the 12 DirecTV receivers went in. I need some pics of the front as well. A Blu-ray player and a couple game systems will go in a seperate in-wall rack in the theater.

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(1) C4 HC-800 Controller
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(4) C4 8-Zone Amplifier
(2) C4 I/O Extender
(4) C4 Wireless Music Bridge
(4) AppleTV
(1) Leaf 20x20 HDMI Matrix
(1) Wirepath 16 channel DVR
(1) WattBox 18 output camera power supply
(1) Episode UPS
(1) WattBox IP controllable power center
(1) Luxul enterprise grade dual-WAN router
(1) Luxul 24-port gigabit POE switch
(2) Luxul 24-port gigabit switch
(2) Episode subwoofer amps
(1) Yamaha RX-A2040 AVR
Beautifully wired!
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Thanks, I used 210 Planet Waves RCA connectors for the audio interconnects. Yes, those are Snap racks, and they are a pain to work with. I hate everything about them. We were asked to shave almost $20k off of our proposal for this project, and Middle Alantic racks didn't make the cut.
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Thanks, I used 210 Planet Waves RCA connectors for the audio interconnects. Yes, those are Snap racks, and they are a pain to work with. I hate everything about them. We were asked to shave almost $20k off of our proposal for this project, and Middle Alantic racks didn't make the cut.
What makes them a pain to work with vs. MA? Just curious.

Nice wiring job! I'll have a similar task for my upcoming theater / whole home distributed audio and video build.
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I'm putting the finishing touches on my HT and I do need to get a rack to store all the stuff. Need something like 42u or great. So what's a good rack (for be built in to the false front wall) that can be had for reasonable money? Looked at MA and nice, but kind of expensive.

Guess another question is, does it really matter how nice it looks if you're having it built in? I'm planning to fill all empty spaces (not that it will be many of those) with filler plates. Looking to get it done on the cheap if at all possible… already spent way more than planned on the HT. :-)

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I'm putting the finishing touches on my HT and I do need to get a rack to store all the stuff. Need something like 42u or great. So what's a good rack (for be built in to the false front wall) that can be had for reasonable money? Looked at MA and nice, but kind of expensive.

Guess another question is, does it really matter how nice it looks if you're having it built in? I'm planning to fill all empty spaces (not that it will be many of those) with filler plates. Looking to get it done on the cheap if at all possible… already spent way more than planned on the HT. :-)

Look on Craigslist. Any 19" rack will work.
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Look on Craigslist. Any 19" rack will work.
Most server rack enclosures would not work really well for a built-in rack. The enclosure is designed for a door a few inches in front of the rack

I bought my server rack cheap, from university surplus.

For a full size built-in, look for skeleton rack, 4-post rack, slim rack. For a small rack, look for a CFR - cabinet frame rack.

Server cabinets are a great affordable option for a free-standing rack. Integrated fans are usually very loud, and may need replacing.

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