I have been contemplating some ideas on "hiding" my A/V equipment so that I just have my wall-mounted TV and front towers (contemplating a center speaker and figure I can place that on a small shelf directly below the wall-mounted tv)
The plan is to drill a hole behind the tv, wire all the cables from the tv to the bottom where the wall meets the floor, then route them along the bottom to ...
(Initially I wanted to place all my components in a closet. But taking into consideration thermal management, I'm not sure how I could make that work without having a hole in the closet door, or, some sort of refrigerated/water-cooled cooling system - beyond my simple mind).
A wicker basket?
Would that allow for proper cooling since the wicker basket has a bunch of tiny holes?
Would cutting out additional slots in the bottom front suffice? Maybe a fan on the lid to push hot air out? Additionally I was contemplating even removing (cutting out) the back panel of the wicker basket and placing it a few inches from the wall (so one couldn't tell it was removed). Might also make it easier to route power strips out and their associated cables out/ plus accessing the back of the components.
I sketched something up
HTPC (which runs VERY hot)
2 External Drives
2 power strips (contemplating not putting these in the basket to reduce unnecessary heat - maybe place them in the closet next to where I plan on putting the basket?)
Shows my closet - yellow
And where I would place the basket - red
Other picture shows total components as they currently sit (routers in blue and power strips in yellow). Even sitting out, if left running, the HTPC will overheat and turn off.
Would a wicker basket be a proper cooling housing unit? Or should I try the chimney effect and seal the wicker basket from within to better funnel air through it?
My summers get hot and temps easily hit the mid to high 90's inside so I'm concerned for the longevity of my media devices. I don't have central A/C and though I have a portable A/C unit, it can be a struggle cooling the apartment in general (or even making bearable).
But this IS also why I am asking if a wicker basket is feasible ;-)