Originally Posted by jcmo34
So my RC180 is on its way, ordered from Amazon(OneCall). But I am now concerned about the size and depth of this receiver and whether or not it will feet in my entertainment center(tower). The spec says 17 1/8" deep, which seems a couple inches deeper than the Pioneer I was eval'ing... My tower has about 19" and especially with the reported heat issues I am concerned that won't be enough space atfer connecting the banana cables to the back. This is going to be a stupid question but:
Can someone tell me if the 17 1/8" depth include the back of the speaker posts or if its just the dimension of the case?
If it doesn't fit into my tower I may have to return it.
My TV stand is 20' deep with a cutout for the receiver, with a back you're gonna smash all the connections even at 20", not good especially for HDMI connectors.
The heat issue concerns come from above the unit, recommended is 8" space above the unit. I had about an inch and had to install this on the shelf above and behind my center speaker:http://www.buyextras.com/cafankitwosc.html
The sides, back and front were open but the unit got so hot you couldn't leave your hand on it, now with the fans it's almost cold.
One thing I have done in racks is to remove the back where the receiver is and used black stretchable fabric thumb tacked to the back of the rack, allowed it to stick out the back and still looked like it was enclosed.
Your main concern is venting the top. I would choose a rack based on my components rather than choose my components based on my rack. But then I wouldn't use a rack at all unless it had cooling..