Originally Posted by jautor
LeBon, the RSH shelf isn't the same as the other shelves (which was the OP's question - that wasn't made clear in his follow-up post). Yes you can order the faceplates separately - to effectively recycle the rest of the RSH parts with a different component / matching faceplate. But AFAIK, the faceplate won't work on a standard rackshelf (meaning, anything except an RSH). The faceplate is the front of the shelf, not a decorative element placed over the structural element.
The OP was wanting to start with inexpensive shelves and later, add the custom faceplates as budget allows. I don't believe you can do that.
No Jeff, you are wrong on this one. You are correct that the RSH shelves are probably the only ones that will work with the faceplates, however, the faceplate is not an integral structural component to the shelf.
These pictures show the faceplate on the front of the shelf
and the shelf alone without the faceplate:
You can put the shelf in the rack without the faceplate. The faceplate adds little if any structural integrity to the shelf itself. Unfortunately TheAstronaut, I think you will have a hard time finding an inexpensive shelf that will work with the faceplate. (Can't find separate part numbers for the three individual shelf components)
The faceplates themselves are $85 anyway http://www.performanceaudio.com/item/Middle-Atlantic-Products-AFACE-2-5-Spaces/3442/
As for the PS4 faceplate. Anybody who wants to volunteer, email Michael Cukrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.Edited by jjcritch - 11/17/13 at 11:46am