Not sure if this is the right area, so if not, I apologize in advance.
I in about a month I am moving and setting up a brand new home theater for my living room. I will be running a Panasonic VT25 Plasma TV and underneath I have a TV Console ; and I've attached what I think is an ok layout for all of the gear within the TV console - please see attached jpg image. Eventually I may add a small HTPC and/or a Sonos, but those have very small footprints too.
there is plenty of room, the tv console is 65'' w x 27'' h x 20'' d. however, it has AWFUL ventilation.
So the question is - adding cooling fans, and should I drill a small hole or two somewhere in the bottom or back wall of the TV Console?
I have tried to research how 12v triggers work, but I am still getting a bit confused. I know there are USB Fans, but those will only work if that device with the USB slot is on, right? I would also prefer to not use the front facing USB ports for a fan, since then you'd always see a USB plug in there, and it just does not look very clean.
From my research:
Onkyo NR708 - has a 12v trigger out
Panamax MX-5300 - has a 12v trigger in and out as well as a front facing USB port
DVD Player - has 2 USB ports (1 front, one back)
Cable Box - has a USB port on the front
Wii - two USB ports on the back
Any advice would be great. From here, I am just about lost! The 12v trigger on the AVR is in the "Zone 2" area, so not sure if that is only a Zone 2 feature or if it can be used to turn on a fan anytime on the AVR is on. If the Panamax is "always on" since its a surge protector, if I plugged a fan into that 12v trigger, wouldn't the fan always be on? That may be overkill, no? Maybe just 1 fan is needed? You can see my headaches and confusion!
I saw cooler guys have small fans to place on top of a component plus the larger ones that you can put between components, I would be ok with either design.
Sorry for the long rambling post, but I could use an education!