Originally Posted by will1383
My equipment rack (well, it's gonna be wooden shelves for a while) is going to be located outside of the room completely, and will be located in a corner of the craft room, which is behind one of the walls in the theater. This does mean that you would have to walk through three doors in order to access the equipment, but it provides added security for me and reduces the construction costs involved with putting a very nice, in-wall rack system with some type of glass door... I don't want to put it behind the front wall under the stairs because that is too easily accessible to the kids, and the way I am setting up the house with the media server and 400-disc DVD changer, the remote will suffice just fine for control purposes.
With a disk changers and/or HTPC, I would look into the equipment being totally outside of the theater. With my equipment, though... I'd hate to go through multiple rooms to change a disk.
As for my in wall rack... I think my rack (minus shelves and custom face plates) ran about $100 including the glass door and hinges/hardware. Granted, I got the rails for free, but they probably would have cost me no more than $60. The shelves cost me ~$22 a pop. If you are starting from scratch and plan the framing ahead of time, you can do an in wall rack VERY affordibly.
Extra 2-by lumber for framing: $10
1x10 lumber for inside trim/sill: $15
Wood trim/molding: $10
Rack Rails: $50-75
Custom glass door: $60-100 depending on size
Thats less than a nice MA enclosure.
Both solutions (pre-made enclosure or custom built in-wall) require the following:
Rack Shelves: $20-35 each
Blank panels: $10-15 each (optional)
Custom face plates: $50 each (optional).