Originally Posted by Olbi
I'm thinking to get a Standout Designs' Horizon stand, but I would like to get some additional information first and I would appreciate feedback from Horizon/Majestic owners, especially the ones that also have a Denon receiver
* How tight the receiver fits in the stand? What is the clearance at the back with all cables attached?
* Does the temperature raise significantly with the doors closed under normal (e.g. -50dB to -40dB) and under loud (e.g. -18dB) conditions? I'll get the colling package, but I would like to ask the members that have one of these stands and a Denon receiver to put a thermometer/probe in the enclosure and to check how high it goes;
* How silent are the fans of the Whisper II package? I'm planning to get 4 fans and I would like to check whether their noise is noticeable in a quiet room.
* At what temperature the Whisper II fans will kick in?
* Are the vented glass shelves sturdy enough to hold a receiver?
* How you organized your power cords? I'm planning to use a surge protector and plug everything into it and I would like to keep it inside the stand. Any issues with this?
* Does anybody installed a sub in one of the enclosures? Any side effects?
* Any issues with Harmony One and the tinted glass panels on the doors?
* Anybody in Canada that ordered anything from Standout Designs? How was the customs (processing, fees, etc), the delivery, how long it took, etc.?
Thank you in advance for your time!
P.S. If this is not the right thread I would appreciate if you point me to the correct one.
1. I don't own a Denon AVR (went with Harman Kardon) but its depth is probably pretty comparable to that of most mainstream AVR's. It would have definitely fit but would have been tight so I went with the extenders and glad I did. Its nice to have that extra space to work with, especially for the HDMI plugs, gives the receiver a little more room to breathe.
2. Temperature did seem to raise inside the cabinet significantly (AVR puts out a lot of heat) and the receiver definitely got hotter vs what it would normally get if it were in an open air type cabinet. I also had it sitting on the bottom shelf and since heat rises, this would also cause the components sitting above it to heat up. This all despite the presence of the whisper fans (would have been even hotter if I didn't have the fans). I didn't feel comfortable with my AVR (hot to the touch after a few hours inside the cabinet) and the other components being subjected to this amount of heat so I improvised. I bought an Antec notebook cooler (http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Notebook...5402877&sr=8-2
), placed it upside down on top of the AVR, and that seems to keep the receiver (and the components above it) at a reasonable temperature. No issues so far after 1 year.
3. Fans are pretty quiet, I definitely don't hear them when any sort of audio is playing and when my system is off and the room is completely silent, if I listen carefully, then I may be able to hear them but its pretty minimal (and of course they shut off after a few minutes once I turn my system off and the components have cooled down). I wouldn't worry about potential fan noise at all, its a non issue.
4. I don't remember off-hand but I am fairly certain the temperature is listed on the website.
5. It depends on how much your AVR weighs. I believe the weight capacity is listed on the website.
6. I have far too many auido, video, data, and power cables to keep everything inside the cabinet. I do have a component-sized APC power conditioner/surge protector sitting on the right top shelf so lots of power cables feed into that but otherwise, I just made all the necessary connections then temporarily let the excess cabling/slack hang freely on the outside of the stand, then bundled it all up to make it look neat.
7. I would not recommend putting a sub inside the cabinet. Vibrations, heat, and diminished sound quality are just some reasons why I would avoid it. I do not believe subwoofers are designed to be placed inside small enclosures anyways.
8. I don't have a Harmony One but my universal remote has no issues with the tinted glass.
9. Sorry, I don't live in Canada.
If you haven't done so already, I would call Standout with any concerns you may have. They are really friendly and helpful and I know will be happy to answer any questions you have.